Friday, September 2, 2011

George Lucas is Destroying My Childhood


Why on God's green Earth would George Lucas add in this sound clip? The genius of the original clip is that Vader makes his silent decision and within that decision you can see all of his power as he returns to the Jedi side of the "force." This new version is so cartoonish and absolutely unnecessary. This is just one of the injustices to the original version of the trilogy that would have made 1988 George Lucas livid. 

In 1988, Lucas issued a statement about the importance of preserving cinematic history. He was one of several filmmakers urging Congress to enact legislation to protect films and ensure the public access to these films in their original form. 
"The destruction of our film heritage, which is the focus of concern today, is only the tip of the iceberg."
"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." 
"These current defacements are just the beginning. Today, engineers with their computers can add color to black-and-white movies, change the soundtrack, speed up the pace, and add or subtract material to the philosophical tastes of the copyright holder. Tommorrow, more advanced technology will be able to replace actors with "fresher faces," or alter dialogue and change the movement of the actor's lips to match."
Lucas is doing the very thing he spoke out against 20 years back. He started this 10 years ago with the DVD releases of the trilogy and now he is doing it again. George, if you are so set on these change then release them, but do us all a favor and release the theatrical versions at the same time. Let the fans decided which version they like.

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