Posts Tagged ‘DVD’

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

IF ONLY people would listen to this. I don’t know where people go to smoke whatever it is they are smoking to think that remakes are a good idea.

As a whole, I think that certain classic and legendary films should be left alone. Lately though, Hollywood can do no better than to attempt to remake movies that would stand the test of time and remain forever as brilliant films.

But then we have this:

Where in the WORLD did George Lucas go that he fell and bumped his head (yet again) and decided that this was a good idea?? Did he take his billions of dollars and hire a hooker to asphyxiate him while sitting on his bed made of Star Wars bed sheets while wearing nothing but Jabba the Hutt underwear? Did these thoughts occur to him then?? 

The Star Wars saga is going to be on Blu-Ray. Well, that is exciting for those who have it. But now its reported that Lucas is adding more and more to these films for the Blu-Ray release. In particular the scene from the film “Return of the Jedi” where the Emperor is about to finish off Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader has a change of heart and saves Luke by throwing the Emperor into oblivion. Yet for the Blu-Ray version of this film, Lucas is going to add the screams of “NO!!!!!!” from Darth Vader.

Umm, what? You mean even though we can clearly see that Vader changes his mind about the fate of Luke and saves him, Lucas is going to turn this bad ass villain into a whining little tart with emotions?? COME ON!!!

But honestly, this isn’t what gets to me. Whether or not he is trying to make Darth Vader more heroic and less of a villain is not the problem. Although I would say leave the character as dark and as evil as he was.

What really is burning a hole in my brain is the fact that these particular changes are only going to be on Blu-Ray. (At least for now.) How fair is this to the people who enjoy the standard DVD or do not have Blu-Ray??

Star Wars began in May of 1977 with Episode IV “A New Hope”. Everybody in the world knows it as “Star Wars”. For whatever reason, Lucas decided to start with that and it ended with Episode VI “Return of the Jedi” in May of 1983. Then several years later, Lucas went back to the beginning and gave us Episodes I-III. 

The six part series made George Lucas so much cash! In theatrical releases (included the dreaded RE-release), the total that he made was over $4.41 BILLION. That is more money than the average human being can even fathom. Granted it is not the highest grossing movie series of all time, but it’s up there.

And then what did he decide to do? With his re-releases, he added lots of exciting graphics and special effects and images. He even came out with a trilogy of movies that added scenes to the film that were for some reason or another, removed from the original prints.

The Star Wars faithful: I feel for you.

Billions of fans worldwide dedicated to this film series, and so obsessed with collections that every time George Lucas has to sneeze, another version of the trilogies is released.

Nevermind that there are a ton of piece of memorabilia out there, and the marketing for Star Wars seems endless. Theme parks and other television programs and collectibles, all for the Star Wars faithful to consume and purchase and enjoy. And now this.

Yet another consumer product for them to spend their money on, and for George Lucas to line his already enormous bank accounts with.

Now I will say that I applaud him for coming up with an original idea. That idea worked in his favor as it became very popular and has remained so for the past 30+ years. So in that sense, he did a great thing and it worked for him.

Even I was totally stunned and overwhelmed with awe when I went and visited the  John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science in Houston with Jessica and her family last weekend. I had a wonderful time seeing everything that they had, including movie props from all six films.

But to already have the knowledge that he is the “fat cat” of southern California, and for him to pour out more and more and more of the same stuff, just tweaking it a little, so he can make more profit? He may be a genius but he is also a jerk. And you best believe that is the four-letter word I am thinking of to describe. 

You do not have to speak any foreign language at all. But if you say “Star Wars”, the WORLD knows what you are talking about!! 

So now the Star Wars faithful will either have to just collect the Blu-Ray series and enjoy the fact that they have it, or go and spend their money on the series AND purchase something that will play it so that they can enjoy the new editions to the films, whatever they may be.

Ridiculous! Greedy Bastard!!

I’m done. Rant over.