Originally Posted by Brandon B
I saw it in the theater when it was new. While I would never clamor for its release, and am unlikely to even ever watch it again, I do recall the era back then when sci fi films of any caliber were somewhat rare and always rather anticipated and heavily discussed in fan publications, and this one was no exception. Art, I think you are a couple years older than me, and even the difference between being a teenager and being in your 20s can have a significant effect on the level of nostalgia you feel for something later. I think if you look at it in that context, there are going to be some people for whom this movie hit at impressionable point in their film viewing history.
Plus, early Harvey Keitel.
I also saw it in the theatre, and my thoughts match yours. This is before all the CGI that is available now, and what could be done effects wise was still limited. I remember thinking how great "the Black Hole" was, and bought it on DVD when it came out for my daughter to see. In viewing it again, I couldn't believe how poorly it stood up to my memories.
I'd like to revisit S3, but am worried the same will happen with it. In saying that, I'm glad I grew up before all the tech advances of today. Growing up with a 19" B/W TV, it makes me appreciate having a 3d projection system in a dedicated room.