It’s said audiences wanted their universes brighter (Star Wars) or they were tired of sci-fi, which was coming fast and furious on the heels of Wars.
Whatever the reason, critics and audiences weren’t impressed.
The years since its original release have been very kind to the film, however.
Many prominent critics (including Roger Ebert) who panned it when it was originally released have long since come around to hail it as a classic in the science fiction genre.
There are also five different versions available to watch.