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Star Wars fans are up in arms about changes George Lucas has made in the films now that the original Star Wars trilogy Blu-ray edition is out.
An example of an altered scene, check this out. It's gotten 1,192,790 views on YouTube in three days as of this writing.
Read more about how fans are up in arms over this...
Lucasfilm Admits 'Star Wars' Blu-ray Changes, Fans Threaten Boycott
How has Lucas ruined the original trilogy now?
Posted by Corwin Neuse Friday, September 02, 2011
Remember the last scene of "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," in which Emperor Palpatine completely undresses the myth of Darth Vader as an all-time badass by— spoiler alert — telling him he accidentally killed his wife, thus prompting a sad, guttural, unintentionally hilarious cry of "Nooooooooooooooo!?" Wasn't that awesome?
Remember watching the Ewoks beat the previously-omnipotent Stormtroopers senseless with little else but their furry little fists at the end of "Return of the Jedi," and then thinking the movie was way too entertaining and respectable? And that it needed something to make it more egregiously, outwardly awful?
You may want to avoid buying, watching, or reading anything about the original "Star Wars" trilogy on Blu-ray, then.
Creator George Lucas has continued his damning propensity for "fixing" problems where none previously existed by replacing the puppet Yoda with CGI; using CGI to give those aforementioned Ewoks eyes that actually blink; and by making Vader utter another indignant "Nooooooooooooooo!" or two right before he—spoiler alert—throws Emperor Palpetine down an exhaust shaft. Also, all of Obi-Wan Kenobi's lines have been redubbed by a seemingly drunk Ewan McGregor, and Han Solo and Princess Leia now spend most of their time together in "The Empire Strikes Back" talking about how great George Lucas's upcoming "Red Tails" is going to be, in a neat piece of corporate synergy/viral marketing. (Note: some of the above may not be true. But would it really surprise you if they were?)
And, of course, all of these changes seem particularly ironic in light of the recently unearthed testimony George Lucas gave Congress in 1988, to protest the then-popular trend of colorizing old black-and-white movies:
"People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society.
In the future it will become even easier for old negatives to become lost and be “replaced” by new altered negatives. This would be a great loss to our society. Our cultural history must not be allowed to be rewritten.
Attention should be paid to this question of our soul, and not simply to accounting procedures. Attention should be paid to the interest of those who are yet unborn, who should be able to see this generation as it saw itself, and the past generation as it saw itself."
Well said, sir!
Will you buy the "Star Wars" saga on Blu-ray? Or are you willing to wait until Lucas "relents" and releases an intentionally crappy-looking version of the originals as yet another insult to longtime fans? As always, let us know the extent of your apathy/frothing, barely-suppressed rage in the comments.
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