FilmRise, with sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has tabbed June 28 as the DVD debut date for documentary filmmaker Jon Spira’s Elstree 1976.
The film recently opened in selected arthouse venues and will be playing around the country right up until street date. The ARR works out to 53 days.
For the uninitiated, the name Elstree will be of little meaning. But for the legions of fans devoted to George Lucas’ Star Wars, the venerable Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, England is where the magic was born.
It’s now a generation later — 40 years — but the actors and extras who worked on the film are still connected. From such iconic figures as David Prowse (Darth Vader), Paul Blake (Greedo — the Rodian bounty hunter) and Garrick Hagon (as X-Wing pilot “Red Three”) to extras, whose performances without credit. Ten in all are the focus of Spira’s wonderful trip down memory lane … a to place; a studio … far, far away.