George Lucas Must Be Stopped: New “Star Wars” Blu-ray Editions Include More Changes.

So here’s the good news: All six “Star Wars” films are coming out on Blu-ray DVD.

Here’s the bad news: According to FilmNewsDaily, George Lucas couldn’t leave well enough alone and has screwed around with the movies again.

It was bad enough when Lucas messed with the original trilogy for the 1997 re-releases and then even worse when old man Anakin Skywalker was replaced with horrid Hayden Christensen in the version of “Return of the Jedi” that was included in the 2004 DVD boxed set.

According to FilmNewsDaily (via Ain’t It Cool), the new Blu-Ray set makes some needed technical and sound corrections, but they also include:

“Once again, George has apparently added a few new “surprises” into these films. I don’t know what they are and didn’t get to see any of them on Friday, but I was assured that there will be “new things to notice” when we watch the films. I think we can safely assume that one of them will be the new all-digital Yoda in Episode I. Way back when Episode III was released on DVD, ILM digital effects supervisor Pablo Helman confirmed to me that the puppet Yoda in Episode I was replaced with a digital version to better match his appearance in Episodes II and III. In fact, the Episode III DVD extras includes a clip of the Episode I digital Yoda. However, this Blu-ray set is really the first opportunity we’ll have to see it in full. What the other changes to these films may be, I have no idea, but I suspect there will be no lack of blog posts on this very subject within hours of the first discs becoming available to fans.
That’s a potentially frightening proposition, but I tend to agree the only major change would be a digital Yoda. And whatever, I’m not going to cry about that. He wouldn’t go any further, would he?”

There are also apparently deleted scenes for all the movies, including the prequels, so that could be pretty interesting. But, at this point, the only people who are going to remember what the original trilogy looked like are those of us (like me) who are old enough to have seen them in the theaters the first time around.

It also speaks to the creative bankruptcy in Lucasland. The man hasn’t made an original movie since “Attack of the Sith.” But he’s been living in the same universe (“Raiders” excluded) since 1977. That’s practically my entire life.

Either he’s run out of things to say — which is understandable and even forgivable — or is so in thrall to the cash-cow that is “Star Wars” that he simply cannot let go. And that’s sad.

Those of us who grew up loving “Star Wars” already know the trilogy was perfect the first time around. It’d be nice if its creator felt the same way.

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4 Responses to George Lucas Must Be Stopped: New “Star Wars” Blu-ray Editions Include More Changes.

  1. Joachim Boaz says:

    I hate when Lucas makes changes! I mean, I just saw the re-released (multiple years back) version of THX-1138 and the CGI “updated” mutated creatures were super lame. Alas….

  2. This is literally a subject I can’t afford to get started on. I could rant and rave all day.

    High level:

    I have no problems if creators want to continually tinker with their work. If I did, I’d be a hypocrite for loving Blade Runner: The Final Cut so much. However, like Blade Runner, the original versions need to be not only preserved, but made available on the latest and greatest home media product.

    I have no beef with Lucas for tinkering, I have a BIG beef with the fact he’s trying to have those CGI bs versions become “the only versions”.

    I think at the end of the day, he probably received far too much credit for the original films. I have to look at the fact that he’s such a hack on other things and look back at things like he only directed the first movie of the original three, he only wrote the first movie, he had Harrison Ford in his breakout role, Alec Guiness, John Williams in his prime, and a host of costume designers, special effects artists, etcetc

    I just don’t know how else to explain the dropoff

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