Of course Star Wars! If someone had never seen a science fiction film in their life you HAVE to show them one of the most influential films of all time. But which episode? Or more specifically which version? This is where my pick gets a little controversial.
With the recent release of the complete series on Blu Ray, people are once again complaining about the changes George Lucas has made to the franchise. Does Greedo shoot first or not? Introducing new fans to the series isn’t as easy as popping in Episode 1. To me, you have to view them as they were released. So my pick is the ORIGINAL VERSION of Episode 4.
A NEW HOPE
Somewhere out there, are millions of scratchy VHS copies of the original release. If I had to recommend ONE science fiction film, I would find the entire original trilogy on VHS and show it off the way we all remember it. Having said that, I’m not one of those Star Wars fans that felt betrayed when George Lucas started tinkering with the films. I think it sucks that he hasn’t released the original versions in a digital format though. Having said that, regardless of the changes he has made, the films still kick ass.