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‘Force Awakens’ won’t be framed

Film frames were sold as part of the ‘Star Wars’ collectibles.
Film frames were sold as part of the ‘Star Wars’ collectibles. Rick Bentley/The Fresno Bee

A lot of things will be the same when “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens” is released as it was when the original “Star Wars” hit theaters in 1977. There will be long lines. Fans will debate the good and bad. Merchandise will be available.

There will be one difference.

Back when “Star Wars” was released, the movie was shot and shown on film. Because of that, collectibles like the one you see here were available. Fans of the movie could actually own a frame from the movie.

Each frame came packaged in a plastic holder. The only problem is that film stock tends to fade. A lot of these film collectibles tended to lose their blue and yellow colors.

At least there was film stock to cut up. This is a digital world and that means there won’t be massive containers of film sent to every theater. These days, it’s all done through downloads.

Don’t worry. There will be plenty of other “The Force Awakens” merchandise to purchase.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

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