“A Disturbance in the Force,” the partly comedic behind-the-scenes documentary about 1978’s “Star Wars Holiday Special” has been set for a digital and disc release on December 5th.
In addition, the will also play in select theaters across the U.S., U.K. and Australia ahead of its home entertainment launch. The film had its world premiere at SXSW in Austin on March 11th.
The original two-hour special scored a single airing on CBS in 1978 and, despite approximately 13 million tuning in, was subsequently buried officially and has become a thing of legend for how infamously awful it is.
As the doco synopsis explains: “While some fans of the franchise are aware of this dark secret, this bizarre two hours of television still remains relatively unknown among the general public. Simply put, we will answer how and why did the ‘Holiday Special’ get made.”
Jeremy Coon and Steve Kozak write and direct the documentary which features interviews with various celebrities, including Seth Green, Weird Al Yankovich, Paul Scheer, Taran Killam, Donny Osmond, Bonnie Burton, Bruce Vilanch, Steve Binder and the late Gilbert Gottfried.
Today’s announcement comes on Life Day, a Wookie holiday in the Star Wars universe brought up in the special.