Star Wars (1977) was released on VHS for the first time in 1982. To commemorate the arrival of The Force on home video, the Dark Side was summoned to Houston by the city's oldest indie video retailer, Audio/Video Plus (AVP).
In September 1982, David Prowse, the man behind the iconic mask, attended an in-store event giving Star Wars fans of all ages a chance to meet the "real" Darth Vader. We've unearthed these promotional artifacts, including an original Star Wars poster (detail shown), to once again show why AVP was the greatest video store in the galaxy.
Three decades later and now featured in 3-D, the latest film in this saga will soon find its way onto DVD. But it's unlikely that the universe will provide the fanfare that once existed during the reign of the independent and almighty Video Store.