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  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Feb. 12 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,280 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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While this documentary is a little geeky, so are Star Wars fans! It was interesting to see the lengths that fans go to to honour their ultimate movie!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Loved this movie! Very funny! Very sexy! May 26 2010
By Robert Davidson - Published on
I loved this movie. It's a very funny and very sexy look at extreme Star Wars fans.

The film covers an entire gambit of Star Wars fans including a guy who built a life size Millenium Falcon in his backyard. (There's a good story behind why he did and what happened to the space ship.) Film also shows this group called the NY Jedi - who are light saber experts. Also shown are toy collectors and people who make Star Wars fan films.

And if you're interested in women who dress up like Princess Leia in her metal bikini - aka "Slave Leia" you will not be disapointed.

A few actors from the Star Wars films are interviewed. That includes Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Ray Park (Darth Maul) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett).

Also interviewed is Olivia Munn from Attack of the Show.

I'm glad that this film doesn't make fun of Star Wars fans. Yes, it shows that some fans might take it too far....(one guy doesn't have a bed because he bought to many toys.) But the film really celebrates the fans.

In short... Very funny. Very sexy. Very entertaining.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Charming but Amateurish Aug. 5 2013
By Ubertrout - Published on
Format: DVD
As an inveterate but perhaps fading Star Wars fan I picked up this movie was cheap and looked amusing. It follows a number of stories, including a fellow who made a life-size Millenium Falcon in his back yard, the NY Jedi folks who do lightsaber combat as a form of choreographed martial arts, the "Slave Leia" phenomenon dramatized on the disc cover, and a fellow who creates custom Star Wars figures. Along the way we're treated to interviews from the prominently credited Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Ray Park (Darth Maul), and Olivia Munn, along with Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett).

This all sounds good on paper, but it's less than the sum of its parts. The interviews with everyone but Olivia Munn were done with the various interviewees at their signing tables at cons, and although all are interesting, there's not a lot of interview content in the film. The various pieces of the film are just that - there's no story arc, just a number of documentary short subject pieces welded together. I'm a bit bewildered at the praise for the Slave Leia segment; there's a lot of eye candy, but the interviews with the women who participated in this segment - particularly with one given a lot of screen time - are robotic and content-free. An investigation of the cultural phenomenon and how it represents both a repudiation and a embrace of certain gender roles prevalent in the world would be interesting. This is not that.

So just didn't work for me, even though I wanted to love it. I didn't expect an Oscar contender, but I expected a somewhat better put-together film.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not Quite As Charming as TREKKIES, These JEDI JUNKIES Give Fandom Something To Celebrate Feb. 11 2013
By E. Lee Zimmerman - Published on
Format: DVD
Fandom is a curious thing. Much ado has been made about what truly establishes the psychological difference between fandom and obsession, but methinks the line has been blurred over the years. As any entertainment franchise grows - be it STAR WARS, STAR TREK, HARRY POTTER, or even the adventures taking place in Middle-earth - it only stands to reason that fans - true, die-hard, uncompromising fans - are forced to up-the-ante personally in order to distinguish themselves more from the casual observer. Somewhere between costuming, collecting, and consuming, there always needs to be a healthy balance, but - seriously - what harm are we doing to ourselves or society-at-large when we "binge" over something so utterly harmless as a motion picture?

(NOTE: the following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

In short, JEDI JUNKIES follows the lives and experiences of only a few fans within the stunningly huge STAR WARS fan universe. Unlike TREKKIES - which took the central narrative presentation of hand-picking a few enthusiasts who celebrate all things Trek and then followed their craziness through to the nth degree - JUNKIES pretty much is all over the place, but in a good way. No one fan's obsession is brought to any measureable closure, though there are a few suggestions about when and where and if to draw limitations provided by those who have first-hand familiarity with exploring (and exploiting) their compulsive behaviors.

Additionally, the film has smartly employed the services of a few psychologists who pop up in some moderation to speak about fandom and the whole practice. While they don't offer any Earth-shattering revelations, they do offer up a few cautionary words to those who'd throw on a metal bikini while trying to start a family.

To add modest insult to injury, fan-favorite Olivia Munn makes a few appearances (and, as she's been prone to do, incorrectly dishes out stereotypes instead of providing any substantive observations); PHANTOM MENACE Ray Park stops by for a few choices words about who would win in the ultimate face-off between Darth Vader and Darth Maul; Peter Mayhew (the man who played Chewbacca) shares a few anecdotes about conventions; and even Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) stops by to debate `who shot first.'

All-in-all, it's a fun way to spend seventy-five minutes, realizing that there's something magical and, perhaps, equally mythic about celebrating one's love for the STAR WARS property ... so may the Force be with us all!

JEDI JUNKIES is produced by Tuesday Night Movies Inc. (and the packaging indicates participation from Fanboy Films, as well). DVD distribution is being handled through New Video. As for the technical specifications? Meh. The video and the audio are good, at best. To be honest, I was a bit surprised by how low-tech all of this was, especially given the fact that there exist so very many extremely high-quality STAR WARS fan films. Audio levels fluctuate quite a bit (stay ready with the remote, because you may need it as much as I did), and the video quality is quite grainy consistently. I'm no expert on imaging, but I can say that my DVD player also could not quite get the `orientation' of the picture to work universally; the black bars gave me the impression that this was not fully letterboxed but was adjusted for widescreen televisions - however, when playing the image this way, the people were all tall and skinny. Again, this might be a problem of the original filming and not the production, but I thought it worth a mention.

Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that there are special features! There's a filmmaker commentary, some deleted and extended scenes (don't really add much to what appears in the completed project), and three shorts (The Stars of Star Wars; Build Your Own Action Figure; and The Cult of Slave Leia). It's a very solid package, clearly prepared for the fan-at-heart.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. While the production quality really left a lot to be desired, methinks you'll find JEDI JUNKIES as much a delight as you do fandom. Face facts: if you're really interested in watching this film, then you're quite probably already won over by the premise. JUNKIES delivers exactly what it promises - a reasonably comprehensive look at those who have gone overboard, be it collecting, be it cosplay, be it coordinating their own mini-Star Wars fan film. It doesn't hurt having a few celebrity appearances, either, and the ones chosen appear to have embraced their respective roles within the larger fan community. Who didn't want to be Luke Skywalker, after all? There's great mirth and charm in watching those who take their obsessions seriously.

In the interests of fairness, I'm pleased to disclose that the fine folks at New Video / Cinedigm / Docudrama Films provided me with an advance DVD screener of JEDI JUNKIES for the expressed purposes of completing this review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Fun Collection Of Topics, But Never Quite Succeeds As An Exploration On The Psychology Of Fandom Feb. 11 2013
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: DVD
The entertaining, if not particularly substantial, documentary "Jedi Junkies" introduces an interesting topic but never really explores it with much depth. Looking at the cult of "Star Wars," this 73 minute endeavor by Mark Edlitz can't quite figure out what it wants to be. Is it a serious exploration of obsession? A loving tribute to the concept of fandom? A quirky extension of the film's fantasy? "Jedi Junkies" is simultaneously all of these things without really ever settling on a cohesive theme. As a piece of movie making, it lacks a certain sophistication due to this absence of focus. But as a passable amusement, many of the subjects profiled within the film are engaging and will appeal to those with an interest in the "Star Wars" franchise.

Mind you, this is not a Lucas sanctioned event. There is no footage from any of the films. Rather, this is a melange of different topics. Some of the movie deals with the collectors, some with the makers of fan fiction and films, some with those who attend events in costumes. There is no real delineation between what constitutes a fervent fan and what represents someone stepping over the line into so-called junkie behavior (when does a hobby turn borderline unhealthy?) A couple of psychologists weigh in periodically, but their comments generally hit closer to the group of compulsive collectors than to any other subcategory featured in the narrative. As one of these experts (Linda Papadopoulos) once worked as the resident therapist on the TV reality train wreck "Celebrity Fit Camp, it was hard to take her very seriously. Late in the movie, one man does express the negative consequences of his obsessive hoarding and it becomes clear just how different this movie might have been.

But instead of anything particularly challenging, the script sticks to the more familiar settings such as conventions where people come out to support something that they love. Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Ray Park (Darth Maul), Orli Shoshan (Shaak Ti) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) all get a few moments answering a question or two, but don't think that they are prominent in any way. Olivia Munn is also interviewed as a fan and Eduardo Sanchez (one of the creators behind The Blair Witch Project) is on hand as a collector. I did enjoy a segment on the slave Princess Leia phenomenon and a New York group that trains in the art of light saber battles. And there are lots of clips of goofy videos that fans have made in homage to or parody of the film franchise (most are taken way too seriously).

Overall, "Jedi Junkies" is fun enough. I love movies and was enthralled by the original "Star Wars" as a child. I went to the theater multiple times to see it, it was probably the first movie I saw more than once in its original run. I enjoyed spending time with the subjects of this feature. If, however, there was a thought to make this a psychological meditation of the topic of fans (which there clearly is), I just don't think the experience is as successful to this theme as it might have been. KGHarris, 2/13.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Cosmic fun May 19 2012
By Elliot Ravetz - Published on
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"Jedi Junkies" is an extraordinary film. It's smart, knowing, lively, sympathetic, and besides being great fun it's an eye-opening introduction to some far-out super-dedicated Star War fans. I've watched it a couple of times with fascination and admiration. Though it's likely to be most appreciated by people (unlike me) who are seriously into the Star Wars saga, it's really a film for everyone who is curious about extraordinarily passionate people, even if some of them sometimes seem to be over the edge. Mark Edlitz is, I believe, a singularly talented and imaginative filmmaker: he's an artist who deeply understands, admires, and in his smart and entertaining film celebrates passionate people.

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