I picked up a copy of this off of eBay a couple years back. For the $10-$15 that I paid for it, I'd say it was well worth it! This show is a nostalgic treasure of years past - true 70's in all it's glory. No Star Wars video library would be complete without one!
But, with that said, from a Star Wars standpoint, I must point out that this is a complete and total abomination. An atrocity of monumental proportions. It's like watching a train wreck, or the freak show at the circus. You never look at some of your favorite Trilogy characters the same again! From the very beginning, your jaw just drops open, as you sit and wonder how in the hell this show ever got produced and released on network TV. What was George thinking when he signed off on this?!? Absolutely unbelievable...
There are a couple of redeeming points to the Holiday Special though (kinda). There's the interesting Boba Fett cartoon, with his first ever appearance anywhere in the SW Saga. Then there's also the Cantina scene... Sure, it's more than frightening to see one of the Golden Girls filling in for Wuher behind the bar, and leading the entire Cantina alien gang in a wonderous song and dance number. But if you consider the fact that you barely got a glimpse of most of these aliens in ANH, you'll perhaps enjoy seeing them up close and personal, in much greater detail throughout this extended scene. Granted they're singing and dancing, but from a reference standpoint, this scene is a customizers dream!
The whole show is just freakishly bizarre. You'll never be the same after watching it, but it's so far out there that it's almost worth watching just for the pure shock value (similar to the recent Anna Nicole show).
If any of you do wind up getting a copy and watching it, listen to me when I tell you that no matter what, it will be even worse than you ever imagined - despite all the terrible things that you've already heard about it. It was the most difficult hour or two of my life watching this thing... But I'm glad that I did, 'cause at least I now know where my POTJ Zutton comes from!