Name 14/09/14(Sun)15:15 No.24786
In 1977 it was, blotchy bluescreen FX, Wilhelm screams, and all. Remember it's the first future we saw that was dusty and used and dented and had chipped paint, the first "used future" in film.
Keep in mind that Lucas really wanted the rights to do a "modern" adaptation of Flash Gordon but couldn't afford them, so he went with an, er, really totally original script with totally original characters. Star Wars is a story about a plucky everyman hero, who is totally not Flash Gordon, who learns to believe in himself and puts the kibosh on a mad alien dictator, who has Oriental mystical powers of mesmerism but is totally not Ming the Merciless, who threatens all of civilization with a planet-busting doomsday weapon.