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Remember that time George Lucas spoke out about digitally altering movies?

Sep. 1, 2011by: Mike Sampson

There's been a lot of anger the past couple of days as word broke that George Lucas was once again making changes to the original STAR WARS trilogy for the upcoming Blu-ray box set. Darth Vader screaming "NOOOO!!!" seemed vaguely appropriate. (Today also comes word that the Ewoks will now be blinking via CGI.)

But while you're busy vilifying Mr. Lucas and building your effigy that you plan on burning sometime later this month, remember that this very same once person spoke out against altering films.

Back in 1988, upset by Ted Turner's purchase and planned colorization of film classics like CITIZEN KANE, George Lucas joined Hollywood directors like Steven Spielberg, James Stewart, Woody Allen and John Huston in Congress testifying for a new legislation that would protect films and ensure the public had access to the director's original cut. Said Lucas at the time:

"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. The preservation of our cultural heritage may not seem to be as politically sensitive an issue as 'when life begins' or 'when it should be appropriately terminated,' but it is important because it goes to the heart of what sets mankind apart. Creative expression is at the core of our humanness. Art is a distinctly human endeavor. We must have respect for it if we are to have any respect for the human race.

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. Tomorrow, more advanced technology will be able to replace actors with fresher faces, or alter dialogue and change the movement of the actors lips to match. It will soon be possible to create a new original negative with whatever changes or alterations the copyright holder of the moment desires...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."

Telling words, huh? "Alter dialogue"..."replace actors"...

In fairness, Lucas was speaking more to outside parties purchasing film rights and making changes without the creator's consent. And what Lucas is doing is entirely within his rights - it's his films after all. But it does seem oddly contradictory to speak so vehemently against film alteration when now he's one of the more vocal proponents of the technique.

And the point of many STAR WARS fans is that they wouldn't care what George Lucas is doing to the films, as long as he was releasing the untouched, original trilogy on Blu-ray at the same time. But that isn't happening. It's becoming increasingly difficult for younger generations to see the same STAR WARS movies we saw in theaters or on VHS. "Our cultural history must not allowed to be rewritten." Words to live by...

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1:28PM on 09/03/2011
Here's a link to all of the changes on the Blu-rays...

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Here's a link to all of the changes on the Blu-rays...

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10:02AM on 09/02/2011
we dont know for sure it was george lucas saying that.
could have been one of his clones.
we dont know for sure it was george lucas saying that.
could have been one of his clones.
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4:32AM on 09/02/2011

Greedy hypocrite with a fevered ego

That's all...
That's all...
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12:08AM on 09/02/2011
To the dipshits that still aren't getting it (I'm sorry for the insult right off the bat but I just finished reading jsin.atomic's idiotic analogy and felt it necessary) let me break this down for you.

Let's stick with the house analogy. I like how jsin.atomic just keeps using words like "my" house and "I" built it because if he used the appropriate words, his entire half assed argument falls apart. The correct words being words like "we" and "us". Maybe you're just completely clueless but
To the dipshits that still aren't getting it (I'm sorry for the insult right off the bat but I just finished reading jsin.atomic's idiotic analogy and felt it necessary) let me break this down for you.

Let's stick with the house analogy. I like how jsin.atomic just keeps using words like "my" house and "I" built it because if he used the appropriate words, his entire half assed argument falls apart. The correct words being words like "we" and "us". Maybe you're just completely clueless but you need to realize that Lucas did not single handedly create Star Wars. It was a team effort. Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand, Lawrence Kasdan, the cast and and entire rest of the crew are all a part of the team that built Star Wars. How much of a say did they have in what has happened to their hard work?
So to do a more accurate analogy would be this: You and a group of your friends buy a house together. You guys are best buds and each buy stuff for or contribute in some way to the place. Over the years together, you buy a Ps3 and big screen for the place. Your one friend sees that the roof is really weak and may break so he goes ahead and fixes it because that's what he does for a living. Your other friend is a chef and brings home food for everyone and cooks it for dinner every night. Another friend is a plumber and fixes all the repairs that come up because that's what he does. One of your friend's is a painter and everyone decides that a green house would be awesome, so he paints it green. No one minds because you're all in it together and you know that your contributions are appreciated and really, you're making the whole house better with your contributions and that gives you a real good feeling.
Now, Spring Break arrives and you and all your buds decide to go to Mexico for a vacation. You guys decide to leave one guy behind so that he can watch the house and make sure nothing happens while your gone. You come back to find that the guy decided to paint the house pink while you were gone. Even your room. He also decided that he doesn't really watch TV much so he threw out your TV. He also decided that the professional roof repair just isn't good enough and attempts to do a better job, but causes the roof to leak ... etc.
Everyone's confused. "What the hell dude. What did you do to OUR house?" His response is, "Well, guys. It was my idea to buy the house together in the first place so even though you guys worked on it, I technically own it. So fuck you guys."
I'm not sure if I explained that as well as I would have liked, but I hope the message still came through. The summary is basically just that Lucas does not single handedly own Star Wars (For fucks sake, he hasn't even directed 2 out of the 3 movies) and therefore cannot single handedly decide to change whatever he likes. I'd also like to post a link to the comment I posted when the whole replacing Yoda story came up. I think I did a better job summarizing my views there : [link]

It should also be noted that there is a huge difference between pre-Phantom Menace Lucas and post. Old Lucas also gave me one of my favorite film related quotes; "A special effect is a tool, a means of telling a story. A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing." Obviously new Lucas would never say anything like that. New Lucas can be summarized with this bit of trivia: Martin Scorsese recreated 19th-century New York on the lot of Cinecitta studios in Rome for Gangs Of New York. When George Lucas visited the massive set, he reportedly turned to Martin Scorsese and said "Sets like that can be done with computers now." What hard work and manual labor. Walking?! Fuck that. Have the computer guys do it.
Whatever, I've clearly lost focus and am just ranting so I'll just stop here.
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12:41AM on 09/02/2011
There is a fundamental flaw with your argument. Lucas does single handedly own the films. Your right, he is not the onw that made them, but he does own them.

The laws of films are not equal to the laws of homes. There are no such things as evictions or squaters rights in film purchases so I have no basis for a snappy analogy, I also have not read any of the other threads, and it looks like it has been going on a while. But he does own them, they are hi9s, and he can do whatever he wants
There is a fundamental flaw with your argument. Lucas does single handedly own the films. Your right, he is not the onw that made them, but he does own them.

The laws of films are not equal to the laws of homes. There are no such things as evictions or squaters rights in film purchases so I have no basis for a snappy analogy, I also have not read any of the other threads, and it looks like it has been going on a while. But he does own them, they are hi9s, and he can do whatever he wants to them.
11:05PM on 09/01/2011
Instead of making Ewoks blink via CGI, why not CGI out the Ewoks and CGI in some goddamn Wookies?!!!
Instead of making Ewoks blink via CGI, why not CGI out the Ewoks and CGI in some goddamn Wookies?!!!
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8:38PM on 09/01/2011

I'm torn.

I don't like some of the changes George made. It seems like tinkering just for the sake of tinkering. I agree that all versions of the film should be released, but it doesn't always happen. Dances with Wolves and Kingdom of Heaven are only available in their director's cuts on blu-ray (though those are the better verisons). Grindhouse has 2 release: the extended versions or the theater version, even though it would have been easy to have both in 1 release. So although I really dislike some
I don't like some of the changes George made. It seems like tinkering just for the sake of tinkering. I agree that all versions of the film should be released, but it doesn't always happen. Dances with Wolves and Kingdom of Heaven are only available in their director's cuts on blu-ray (though those are the better verisons). Grindhouse has 2 release: the extended versions or the theater version, even though it would have been easy to have both in 1 release. So although I really dislike some things, they only account for less than 10% of the series as a whole. I still love these films, and I'll be damned if I let a few bad choices by Lucas stop me from enjoying these films on blu-ray. I choose to see the glass as half full.
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7:58PM on 09/01/2011
Is it me or is George's neck starting to look like admiral Ackbar's? Don't buy the blu rays...IT'S A TRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is it me or is George's neck starting to look like admiral Ackbar's? Don't buy the blu rays...IT'S A TRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!
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7:26PM on 09/01/2011
Is it me, or is George's neck about to give birth?
Is it me, or is George's neck about to give birth?
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6:40PM on 09/01/2011
All of these ridiculous changes have made me appreciate the memories of my childhood even more. To me, Star Wars will always be as I remember it from that summer in 1977. Armed with a huge greasy tub of salty buttered popcorn and an icy Coke in a cup so large I that I needed both hands to lift it, I sat there in my small, packed suburban theater, joking with my friends, not knowing that we were about to see something that would change us forever. The lights went down, the curtains parted
All of these ridiculous changes have made me appreciate the memories of my childhood even more. To me, Star Wars will always be as I remember it from that summer in 1977. Armed with a huge greasy tub of salty buttered popcorn and an icy Coke in a cup so large I that I needed both hands to lift it, I sat there in my small, packed suburban theater, joking with my friends, not knowing that we were about to see something that would change us forever. The lights went down, the curtains parted (yes, movies had curtains back then) and the music of John Williams washed over us and my heart soared. And nothing George Lucas does can ever take that away from me.
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6:34PM on 09/01/2011

Pleasing himself

Lucas is obviously doing this to please himself. He isn't happy with the way the films turned out so he is making changes. I can't say I blame him. Being an aspiring filmmaker and having made several student films I can relate to how he feels. If I had access to his state of the art effects house I would definitely go back and change everything about my films. I don't think any director is truly happy with their films. I can rarely enjoy my films because I'm always thinking about what I
Lucas is obviously doing this to please himself. He isn't happy with the way the films turned out so he is making changes. I can't say I blame him. Being an aspiring filmmaker and having made several student films I can relate to how he feels. If I had access to his state of the art effects house I would definitely go back and change everything about my films. I don't think any director is truly happy with their films. I can rarely enjoy my films because I'm always thinking about what I originally planned or what I wish I could have done. It's Lucas' films so he can change them if he wants.

With that said, Lucas needs to understand that the fans love these films the way they are. To us they are perfect, even if he doesn't think so. I was able to start enjoying my own films, despite the problems I saw, once I saw how much other people enjoyed watching them. People watching my films don't know that I originally what something else planned or that I wasn't able to do this or that. People watch what's on scene and that's that. Once a director releases a film it becomes everyone's. Directors can change it if they want but they should always keep the original untouched version for those that prefer them. Lucas should have included the original untouched masterpieces with this collection.
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6:12PM on 09/01/2011
Lucas is making very small changes to 30 year old movies. I'm actually shocked that people are mad over this. Who cares if he's making small changes anyway? He's not altering the plot with these changes, (especially considering that Han shoots first in the Blu Ray versions). Saying that your childhood is ruined because of a few changes to a 30 year old movie franchise is ridiculous. Those of you who claim that your childhood is ruined need to get a life.
Lucas is making very small changes to 30 year old movies. I'm actually shocked that people are mad over this. Who cares if he's making small changes anyway? He's not altering the plot with these changes, (especially considering that Han shoots first in the Blu Ray versions). Saying that your childhood is ruined because of a few changes to a 30 year old movie franchise is ridiculous. Those of you who claim that your childhood is ruined need to get a life.
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6:27PM on 09/01/2011
Han shoots first in the bluray? Where'd you hear this? I'd love to know what stuff, if anything, was reverted back.
Han shoots first in the bluray? Where'd you hear this? I'd love to know what stuff, if anything, was reverted back.
8:29PM on 09/01/2011
I see your point, but I would argue, while not huge, the changes he's made up to this point, are distractingly off. Expanding the Mos Eisely? I can agree with. It doesn't impact the story or character. Greedo shooting first though dulled the edge Han Solo had and I'd really like to see him switch that back, I hope that's true. It is ridiculous to say he raped our childhood, but he should simply let the movies stand on there own two feet as they were, he's simply cheapening the experience so
I see your point, but I would argue, while not huge, the changes he's made up to this point, are distractingly off. Expanding the Mos Eisely? I can agree with. It doesn't impact the story or character. Greedo shooting first though dulled the edge Han Solo had and I'd really like to see him switch that back, I hope that's true. It is ridiculous to say he raped our childhood, but he should simply let the movies stand on there own two feet as they were, he's simply cheapening the experience so many of us had we watched it originally. Kids today might dig it, but really? Justifying what he's doing is like saying any director should dust off an older movie and "touch it up". Situations like Blade Runner The Final Cut, where CGI was used to touch up special effects, but they in no way changed the story, actors, characters, etc.
5:04PM on 09/01/2011
Too many people are excusing the alterations for the wrong reasons. Okay, so back in the day the tech wasn't there and maybe the Death Star explosion wasn't what George wanted, and it always stuck in his craw so he changed it. Fine. But if Greedo was MEANT to shoot first, he'd have fucking shot first to BEGIN with. Same with Vader's "NOOOOO." These aren't changes George "always wanted to make once the tech finally caught up with him." The simple fact is that he's rich and bored and tweeking for
Too many people are excusing the alterations for the wrong reasons. Okay, so back in the day the tech wasn't there and maybe the Death Star explosion wasn't what George wanted, and it always stuck in his craw so he changed it. Fine. But if Greedo was MEANT to shoot first, he'd have fucking shot first to BEGIN with. Same with Vader's "NOOOOO." These aren't changes George "always wanted to make once the tech finally caught up with him." The simple fact is that he's rich and bored and tweeking for the sake of tweeking. It's OKAY to say he's doing it. He seems to have to justify each re-release of the movies by making them different. E.T. blinked, you're saying that the Ewoks couldn't have blinked back then? It didn't matter then but only does now because he's bored. What Lucas forgets is that the ORIGINAL versions are what grossed so highly and are so well remembered. We loved them BEFORE the alterations, didn't we?
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3:48PM on 09/01/2011
These are extremely minor changes...why is everyone getting so upset? The Ewoks blink now, who the fuck cares? They're the exact same movies. Adding one line of dialogue for Vader will not affect the overall movie AT ALL! Jesus people, if these tiny changes ruined your childhood, then your childhood sucked balls. Frankly, I'm glad he's making minor changes and alterations to the movies. It's better to get updates to the source material, then to get complete remakes with different actors.
These are extremely minor changes...why is everyone getting so upset? The Ewoks blink now, who the fuck cares? They're the exact same movies. Adding one line of dialogue for Vader will not affect the overall movie AT ALL! Jesus people, if these tiny changes ruined your childhood, then your childhood sucked balls. Frankly, I'm glad he's making minor changes and alterations to the movies. It's better to get updates to the source material, then to get complete remakes with different actors.
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3:38PM on 09/01/2011
No!! [link]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No!! [link]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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3:25PM on 09/01/2011

I understood the outrage the last time he changed shit

even though they did nothing to change the plot. (Greedo shot first! my life is ruined!) but what's gonna happen when the 3d box set comes out in 4 years? Lucas is gonna change the color of one of the background Jedi's light sabres? talk about nitpicking. I'm a star wars fan, and i hate when people call fans of the series "nerds," but god damn, this whole outrage is the nerdiest thing to ever happen to the internet.
even though they did nothing to change the plot. (Greedo shot first! my life is ruined!) but what's gonna happen when the 3d box set comes out in 4 years? Lucas is gonna change the color of one of the background Jedi's light sabres? talk about nitpicking. I'm a star wars fan, and i hate when people call fans of the series "nerds," but god damn, this whole outrage is the nerdiest thing to ever happen to the internet.
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3:12PM on 09/01/2011
So I built a house 30+ years ago. It was a modest house with some pretty amazing features that were ahead of its time, and everyone who saw this house couldn't heap enough praise on my house building skills. Some years went by and I finally got around to building the driveway, planting the garden, and a wrap-around porch because I had always envisioned that's the way my house would look, even before I built the house itself.

I got to looking around one day and relized the things that were
So I built a house 30+ years ago. It was a modest house with some pretty amazing features that were ahead of its time, and everyone who saw this house couldn't heap enough praise on my house building skills. Some years went by and I finally got around to building the driveway, planting the garden, and a wrap-around porch because I had always envisioned that's the way my house would look, even before I built the house itself.

I got to looking around one day and relized the things that were ahead of the times 30 years ago are looking pretty dated and since I own this house I figured now would be the perfect time for some renovations. The foundation is fully intact, and I fixed the attic 15 years ago so I only need new paint, maybe some drapes, updated appliances, and furniture.

And I know someone may come over to my house and not like the changes I made and that's fair, as everyone in entitled to their opinion, but they can go fuck themselves because it's my fucking house.
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3:37PM on 09/01/2011
This is the most idiotic fucking subhuman caveman response I've ever read in my life. A house and a movie are two completely (and i mean completely) different things.
This is the most idiotic fucking subhuman caveman response I've ever read in my life. A house and a movie are two completely (and i mean completely) different things.
4:02PM on 09/01/2011
Thank you for playing along dear friend and I will, in 500 words or less prove to you why you, sir, are a moron.

The story I created is what is called an allegory and Webster defines it as such: A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

The allegory is much like the metaphor but it isn't as economical with words.

Now to the subject at hand. You are very correct, a house and a movie are two completely different
Thank you for playing along dear friend and I will, in 500 words or less prove to you why you, sir, are a moron.

The story I created is what is called an allegory and Webster defines it as such: A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

The allegory is much like the metaphor but it isn't as economical with words.

Now to the subject at hand. You are very correct, a house and a movie are two completely different things (and I mean completely) and for that astute observation I give you a gold star. Now don't use that star yer because I will, at some point in this diatribe, ask for it back.

In this day-in-age the idea of creator owned media is a new and rare one. Comic book artists, musicians, and filmmakers typically have to give up right to their property (remember that word, it will come up again) and allow it to be controlled by labels, studios, and publishers. Lucas is in the position for better or worse to make any changes he wants to HIS properties as he sees fit. Does that mean he is beyond reproach or criticism? Not a chance, after all what we do on the internet if not bitch about movies?

So we have established that Lucas is not much more than a property holder with rights that are deservedly unto him. Why do we as fans care? Nostalgia plain and simple. We as a sub-culture believe in preserving the images our eyes ingested while we were young, naive, and innocent and any change is a complete affront to those precious memories. I think a little subjectivity is in order, but that is one opinion among many.

So lets weigh my response against yours, shall we. My response was a well thought out and crafted plan to try a different perspective on the story at hand, while yours is knee-jerk and reactionary.

What would define "idiotic fucking subhuman caveman response" more fittingly? Well thought out, or reactionary?

Time is up, give me my fucking star back. (359 words)
4:37PM on 09/01/2011
So you opt to go the "smart" route instead of just saying Star Wars fans are whiners. Horray, where's my golden cookie?
So you opt to go the "smart" route instead of just saying Star Wars fans are whiners. Horray, where's my golden cookie?
5:14PM on 09/01/2011
You are correct sir. Cookies and milk for the chap with the Tremors avatar.
You are correct sir. Cookies and milk for the chap with the Tremors avatar.
5:16PM on 09/01/2011
Now imagine your selling your house, and you've found some pretty interested buyers. They're quite excited, they love everything about the house, and can't wait to get their hands on it.

But then just as they are about to seal the deal, they've found out that you've knocked down the conservatory, dug up the garden and replaced it with concrete and taken the nice old fashioned fireplace and chimney breast out completely. Also there's a new train track that's been built round the back of the
Now imagine your selling your house, and you've found some pretty interested buyers. They're quite excited, they love everything about the house, and can't wait to get their hands on it.

But then just as they are about to seal the deal, they've found out that you've knocked down the conservatory, dug up the garden and replaced it with concrete and taken the nice old fashioned fireplace and chimney breast out completely. Also there's a new train track that's been built round the back of the house, and every night when they start to get warm and comfy it's interrupted by a horrible barrage of sound that wasn't there when they originally looked at the property.

Now those people no longer like the house, and what's worse they can't get back the house they wanted to buy in the first place.
5:32PM on 09/01/2011
@Guy Simple don't buy the house. If anyone did that to your house by all means get pissed. But if it's not yours you have no soap box. By the by I really appreciate you playing along but my own metaphor is struggling to maintain (it was paper thin to begin with) so let me speak plainly.
The changes being made are hardly that severe. Its polish that's all. If the report said Lucas Film is holding onto Red Tails for ILM to do some additional CGI work that wasn't available to them just last year
@Guy Simple don't buy the house. If anyone did that to your house by all means get pissed. But if it's not yours you have no soap box. By the by I really appreciate you playing along but my own metaphor is struggling to maintain (it was paper thin to begin with) so let me speak plainly.
The changes being made are hardly that severe. Its polish that's all. If the report said Lucas Film is holding onto Red Tails for ILM to do some additional CGI work that wasn't available to them just last year no one would have a problem with it because no one has a vested interest in that movie. The only reason why this is such a big deal is the nostalgia factor period. Nostalgia is ruining progress. Is this Blu-ray release progress? Probably not. Is this the last time it will be released? Not by a long shot. Maybe in 3-4 years when 3k TVs hit the market they have to release it again this time replacing Chewy's tongue with CGI. Who cares? Does Luke ultimately redeem his father, allowing him to fulfill the prophesy? If so sign me up.
5:47PM on 09/01/2011
Yes because Jay and Silent Bob are the epitome of quality filmaking.
Yes because Jay and Silent Bob are the epitome of quality filmaking.
6:29PM on 09/01/2011
I think you misunderstood me... It was used as an identifier, not a slight against your taste in films. Like "the man in the hat" or "the short guy over there." No offense meant or intended.

That being said I realize Smiths work is more or less sub par, but we are all allowed our guilty pleasures.
I think you misunderstood me... It was used as an identifier, not a slight against your taste in films. Like "the man in the hat" or "the short guy over there." No offense meant or intended.

That being said I realize Smiths work is more or less sub par, but we are all allowed our guilty pleasures.
7:27PM on 09/01/2011
I'm sorry if I sounded like a jerk. I guess with all of this fighting over these alterations just put me in a jerky mood. Let's agree to disagree.
I'm sorry if I sounded like a jerk. I guess with all of this fighting over these alterations just put me in a jerky mood. Let's agree to disagree.
11:04AM on 09/02/2011
No harm no foul. Agree to disagree we shall.
No harm no foul. Agree to disagree we shall.
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3:08PM on 09/01/2011

He's a twat

I'm not even a massive fan of the franchise, and I'm not even going to try and defend myself beyond that.

George Lucas is a twat.
I'm not even a massive fan of the franchise, and I'm not even going to try and defend myself beyond that.

George Lucas is a twat.
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3:07PM on 09/01/2011
I think I might just end up keeping my regular DVD star wars box sets.
I think I might just end up keeping my regular DVD star wars box sets.
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2:55PM on 09/01/2011
Hes a right fuckin tit.
Hes a right fuckin tit.
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2:22PM on 09/01/2011
George, it's no one else's fault that you've had writer's block for the past 30 years. Quit ruining my childhood.
George, it's no one else's fault that you've had writer's block for the past 30 years. Quit ruining my childhood.
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2:16PM on 09/01/2011
That picture of George Lucas makes him look like he just popped out of a hole in the ground and started dancing as "I'm all RIIIIIGHT, nobody worry 'bout MEEEEE" plays loudly in the background.
That picture of George Lucas makes him look like he just popped out of a hole in the ground and started dancing as "I'm all RIIIIIGHT, nobody worry 'bout MEEEEE" plays loudly in the background.
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2:15PM on 09/01/2011
All these articles on the internet of George Lucas have made me dizzy. I need a break from controversy. I'm glad I bookmarked this little article on gizmodo about a girl who went on a date with a Magic: The Gathering champion. Should be cute.
All these articles on the internet of George Lucas have made me dizzy. I need a break from controversy. I'm glad I bookmarked this little article on gizmodo about a girl who went on a date with a Magic: The Gathering champion. Should be cute.
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2:10PM on 09/01/2011

Shit....

Shit i would like to see CITIZEN KANE in color ! ;-)
Shit i would like to see CITIZEN KANE in color ! ;-)
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1:43PM on 09/01/2011
Well considering Lucas didn't even direct "Empire" or "Jedi", makes me believe that he is now, in my eyes, a fat fucking hypocrite.
Well considering Lucas didn't even direct "Empire" or "Jedi", makes me believe that he is now, in my eyes, a fat fucking hypocrite.
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4:14AM on 09/02/2011
With 9 chins.
With 9 chins.
1:39PM on 09/01/2011
they should release the un-tinkered-with versions and watch us all buy those, then maybe lucas can stop wasting both ILM's and our time
they should release the un-tinkered-with versions and watch us all buy those, then maybe lucas can stop wasting both ILM's and our time
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1:18PM on 09/01/2011
Hope he doesnt take out the stormtrooper who bonks his head on the door in New Hope. Infact I hope he adds more troopers bonking there heads on things. not sarcastic at all.
Hope he doesnt take out the stormtrooper who bonks his head on the door in New Hope. Infact I hope he adds more troopers bonking there heads on things. not sarcastic at all.
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1:02PM on 09/01/2011

WE NEED NEW STAR WARS MOVIES

It's about money, and it's the public fault for buying DVDs after DVDs of the same movie -- no wonder why Lucas won't make more SW's -- He's milking his work and the public is buying it like a cheap hooker! ENOUGH! Tell how a Jedi's became Sith; Tell Us about the golden age of the Sith; the battles between Jedi and Sith -- it's all in books, and it should be in the big screen!
It's about money, and it's the public fault for buying DVDs after DVDs of the same movie -- no wonder why Lucas won't make more SW's -- He's milking his work and the public is buying it like a cheap hooker! ENOUGH! Tell how a Jedi's became Sith; Tell Us about the golden age of the Sith; the battles between Jedi and Sith -- it's all in books, and it should be in the big screen!
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12:57PM on 09/01/2011

If you want to make a difference...

...DONT buy the new blue rays...he will only listen to his wallet-- not the fans. Spread the word! He'll stop if we stop enabling him!!
...DONT buy the new blue rays...he will only listen to his wallet-- not the fans. Spread the word! He'll stop if we stop enabling him!!
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12:51PM on 09/01/2011

Everyone's a hypocrite...who knew?

Enough already, move on.
Enough already, move on.
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4:09PM on 09/01/2011
It's getting crazy up in here.
It's getting crazy up in here.
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12:47PM on 09/01/2011

Jesus, shut up already

your childhood is ruined bc they changed the way Obi wan screamed? It's stupid, but let it go.
your childhood is ruined bc they changed the way Obi wan screamed? It's stupid, but let it go.
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12:32PM on 09/01/2011

To be fair...

The CG Ewok eyes don't look much different, they just look a little more like actual eyes and they blink. That's fine.

However, they took so much time adding all these little detail (inlcuding the fixed arm of the Wampa), yet the ONLY thing fans has always wanted changed (since the SE) are the OT lightsaber, especially Luke's training on the Falcon in ANH!

Don't get me started on Darth Vader's new "No! Nooo!!!", and this is coming from someone who didn't mind Greedo shooting
The CG Ewok eyes don't look much different, they just look a little more like actual eyes and they blink. That's fine.

However, they took so much time adding all these little detail (inlcuding the fixed arm of the Wampa), yet the ONLY thing fans has always wanted changed (since the SE) are the OT lightsaber, especially Luke's training on the Falcon in ANH!

Don't get me started on Darth Vader's new "No! Nooo!!!", and this is coming from someone who didn't mind Greedo shooting first.

Come on George! Just release the original version on blu-ray too. I don't really mind, but I'm on the side of my fellow Star Wars fans. It's not just about movies, it's also about nostalgia, and the newer version takes that away from the older fans.
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12:07PM on 09/01/2011
Lucas is a hypocrite. And I wouldn't be so quick to judge if he would also release the untouched movies. For the love of God, with the T2 Skynet Edition Blu-ray you get 3 versions of T2 all on 1 disc!!! There is no reason why the same cannot be done with Star Wars.
Lucas is a hypocrite. And I wouldn't be so quick to judge if he would also release the untouched movies. For the love of God, with the T2 Skynet Edition Blu-ray you get 3 versions of T2 all on 1 disc!!! There is no reason why the same cannot be done with Star Wars.
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11:22AM on 09/01/2011
"...subsequent colorization of film classics like THE WIZARD OF OZ..." uh,Mike... the Wizard of Oz always WAS in color except for the sepia toned bookend scenes in Kansas. No, I'm not a movie dork. LOL!
"...subsequent colorization of film classics like THE WIZARD OF OZ..." uh,Mike... the Wizard of Oz always WAS in color except for the sepia toned bookend scenes in Kansas. No, I'm not a movie dork. LOL!
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12:08PM on 09/01/2011
I think they were referencing the re-adding of the sepia color, which were switched to standard black and white from 1949 to 1989, even though it was originally filmed on sepia film.

Who knows, Spielberg and Lucas are two of the most notorious Hollywood hypocrites on the planet.
I think they were referencing the re-adding of the sepia color, which were switched to standard black and white from 1949 to 1989, even though it was originally filmed on sepia film.

Who knows, Spielberg and Lucas are two of the most notorious Hollywood hypocrites on the planet.
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11:08AM on 09/01/2011
The problem people have with George Lucas for doing this is sound. But i am among them but will by the Blu-rays but if they put the original non special edition up i will buy again.
The problem people have with George Lucas for doing this is sound. But i am among them but will by the Blu-rays but if they put the original non special edition up i will buy again.
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11:07AM on 09/01/2011
That proofs again that he has been replaced by a robot. He behaves in ways he was against in the past... the cold and emotionless directing job of the prequels...
That proofs again that he has been replaced by a robot. He behaves in ways he was against in the past... the cold and emotionless directing job of the prequels...
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11:01AM on 09/01/2011
I am still going to buy 'Star Wars' on Blu-Ray the first day it comes out, but will feel like an asshole doing so.
I am still going to buy 'Star Wars' on Blu-Ray the first day it comes out, but will feel like an asshole doing so.
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2:38PM on 09/01/2011
Me too.. :/
Me too.. :/
10:57AM on 09/01/2011

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Don't agree. Without George creating the story and having the will to make it happen, none of us would have STAR WARS. They're his forever. The only thing I don't agree with is making changes to the installments he didn't direct.
Don't agree. Without George creating the story and having the will to make it happen, none of us would have STAR WARS. They're his forever. The only thing I don't agree with is making changes to the installments he didn't direct.
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10:41AM on 09/01/2011
I wonder what will happen to the franchise the day he dies? Will it belong to family who can continue to fuck around with it, or a studio that can create further films and series?
I wonder what will happen to the franchise the day he dies? Will it belong to family who can continue to fuck around with it, or a studio that can create further films and series?
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2:37PM on 09/01/2011
Sounds like a plot device for a "Fanboys 2" lol
Instead of trying to steal a print of a new flick, they instead plan an assassination attempt on Lucas so that the future of Star Wars might look a little brighter :]
Sounds like a plot device for a "Fanboys 2" lol
Instead of trying to steal a print of a new flick, they instead plan an assassination attempt on Lucas so that the future of Star Wars might look a little brighter :]
10:15AM on 09/01/2011

I disagree, Star Wars isn't his film.

It's ours, it became ours when we embraced it as something special. He just keeps trying to take it back, and you know what? It's working.
It's ours, it became ours when we embraced it as something special. He just keeps trying to take it back, and you know what? It's working.
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10:11AM on 09/01/2011
Is that Ewok part true?! Why doesn't he just buy the rights to every movie, tinker, and endlessly muck up?
Is that Ewok part true?! Why doesn't he just buy the rights to every movie, tinker, and endlessly muck up?
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