Hardware Wars Data

Here's some info on Hardware Wars, the short-film parody of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Newsgroups: alt.binaries.starwars

Subject: Hardware Wars available!

Date: May 27, 1996

Written by Hologram:

I'm glad so many people remember this gem. If nobody bothered to thread thru the replies, let it be known my first reply from Guy Kargl said it and other spoofs are available on a tape called "Bambi Meets Godzilla" (I even remember THAT...this quasi-Bambi stands there for about 20 secs before a huge reptilian foot smashes him flat...excellent). Anyway, I have seen this at a local Blockbuster Video near where I used to work. The one near home does not carry it, but I (and I imagine anyone) can order it for only $5.95! BONUS!


- Fluke plays with the flashlight

- Ham Salad, intergalactic wise guy

- Chinchilla the Wookie monster bites Princess Anne Droid's hair

- Planet Basketball bites it

- Augie looks for the tractor beam and sees the farmer

- "oh, you go on without me, I'll be alright..." "ahh, what a martyr! see ya later ya martyr!"

- Fluke takes the IndyCar on the trench run

"What is it Augie Ben Doggie, did you feel a great disturbance like when millions of voices cried out and were suddenly silenced?"

"No, just a slight headache."

Added note by T. Rob: In addition to the original edition Hologram mentioned, I managed to pick up the Special Edition version, with a few seconds of new special effects produced after Lucas released his own special edition. Pretty funny stuff. Only problem? $15 cost at Suncoast Motion Picture. I've never seen it anywhere else for sale.

Newsgroups: alt.binaries.starwars

Subject: Hardware Wars

Date: May 28, 1996

I remember one part where the Obi Wan Kenobi character suddenly felt sick, and the Luke character asked him: "What's the matter? Did millions of voices cry out in terror and were suddenly silenced?"

Obi Wan tells him something like: "No, I have a stomach ache..."


I remember they played it on HBO around 1980. There was also a good spoof of Close Encounters, called something like "Closet Cases of the Weird Kind." People were looking up at the sky, looking through view-masters, instead of binoculars. FUNNY!

Anyone have these on tape?

I know they play part of both in two different episodes of the Bloopers and Practical Jokes show. Maybe E (cable channel) still has the rights to the show...

Added note by T. Rob: Here's the low down on it.

The Farce is Back!

The critics were raving about the hilarious parody of Star Wars which was awarded "The Most Popular Short Film of the Year" at the Chicago Film Festival. The year was 1977 and this little spoof became the highest-grossing short film of all time!

Today, the farce is back -- and just like its big-screen cousin Star Wars, it too has been "redigitized, remastered and re-released" -- with more than 20 new "special effects" and scenes by Los Angeles' leading computer graphic artists.

This "space saga of romance, rebellion and household appliances" features steam-iron spaceships, flying toasters (no, those weren't first created by After Dark), Star Wars look-alikes Fluke Starbucker, Ham Salad, Auggie "Ben" Doggie, Princess Anne-Droid, 4-Q-2, Artie Deco, and Darph Nader.

You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll kiss three bucks goodbye. Get in line now!

May the Farce be with you!

color, approx. 20 mins.

Note: The Special Edition version was created without the approval or consent of creator Ernie Fossellus.

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