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Jedi Junkies (DVD) (2010)

Ray Park , Olivia Munn , Mark Edlitz  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ray Park, Olivia Munn, Peter Mayhew, Eduardo Sanchez, Jeremy Bulloch
  • Directors: Mark Edlitz
  • Producers: Mark Edlitz, Jerry Kolber
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Full length
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047H2F28
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,156 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

"Jedi Junkies tears the lid off one of the most rabid pop culture fandoms in America." -- Primary Ignition

"Jedi Junkies is the Star Wars fan film Star Wars fans have been waiting for. The Force is strong with this one." -- Geek Chic Daily

Star Wars isn't just a series of films. It's an indelible part of the last thirty years of global culture, going far beyond mere entertainment. For some, being a Star Wars fan has become a way of life. Go deep inside this astonishing world of ultimate Star Wars fandom in this documentary profile of a unique group of individuals who walk a fine line between movie fan and obsession. Jedi Junkies is a fun, affectionate, and funny inside look at people whose lives were changed forever by the Star Wars franchise. In addition to the Jedi Junkies, the film features interviews on the Star Wars fan phenomena from Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Ray Park (Darth Maul), Linda Papadopoulos (therapist, Celebrity Fit Club), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Eduardo Sanchez (director Blair Witch Project), and Olivia Munn (Attack of the Show, Daily Show).

"Jedi Junkies is a nearly flawless look at the fans who bind the Star Wars galaxy together. If you're a Star Wars fan or just a sci-fi fan, you'll definitely dig this documentary." -- SciFi Mania

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie! Very funny! Very sexy! May 26, 2010
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Charming but Amateurish August 5, 2013
Format:DVD
As an inveterate but perhaps fading Star Wars fan I picked up this movie because...it 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 yeah...it 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars what more needs to be said
Good for the Star Wars fan! It has a lot of good fan based stuff! Good to know there are bigger fans then me
Published 9 days ago by Customer clay
5.0 out of 5 stars The fix for that Comic Con Withdrawal.
I have been a STAR WARS fan since I was 11 years old in the summer of 1977. And sometimes you just want to watch a documentary about others who are fans of science fantasy and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. Joseph Delaney
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad
Accidentally purchased this on prime. Not funny, not entertaining, not filmed well. Just save your money and move on. A waste of time.
Published 4 months ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars a true jedi junkie
i love star wars. i just recently order everything to be a jedi for halloween. i love this documentary because it shows that im not the only one thats crazy and collective of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by weylin canon
3.0 out of 5 stars Documentary
Being that it is rather old... can't blame that it is not DVD clear. More of a VHS quality recorded to a DVD. Really meant for true Star Wars fans only.
Published 10 months ago by Seb
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of obvious, a little condesending.
If you've been to any science fiction convention, you'll know all this already. If you haven't been, I don't know that you'll care.
Published 12 months ago by Robert Griffith
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Star Wars documentary ever!
I am a huge Star Wars fan and have seen a lot of Star Wars documentaries and this has to be the worst. Don't be fooled by the Slave Leia on the front of the box. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JediReview
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining film that applies to "collecting" in general. DVD...
I see that there are already 15 reviews of this film posted before me - nearly all from the Amazon Instant streaming version. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Steven I. Ramm
3.0 out of 5 stars The plight of the Star Wars Junky
This film tries to capture the life of a Jedi Junky in non high definition format. Although, it does have some interesting junky stories. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ruben C. Almaraz
4.0 out of 5 stars Wars version of Trekkies
This flick is just plain and simple a fun watch. Of course you'll see people who may take their love of these movies too far but you'll also see just some really neat stuff.
Published 14 months ago by Gary Kennedy
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