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a new disturbance in the force

by Qi » 05 Jan 2012, 19:49

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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 3:58 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

By ISD Editorial Board

There has been a new disturbance in the force. If you haven't heard, you can now watch all of the six "Star Wars" movies in full 1080p HD on Blu-ray that were released on Friday. While it's good news that you can now watch the most popular sci-fi films of all time in stunning high-definition and 6.1 surround sound, some of you may be thinking "I've got a bad feeling about this."

Yes, once again George Lucas has made many tweaks to the series as he converted it for your high-def viewing pleasure. It wasn't enough that Lucas has revised the movies four times already, first with audio remixes in 1985 and 1993 on VHS and Laserdisk, then deciding he would spend $15 million to rework the original three films with new scenes, new computer effects and new editing.

The most controversial change was the famous scene in which Han no longer preemptively blasts Greedo from beneath the table to avoid being killed or captured, but instead returns fire after dodging Greedo's kill shot. Lucas explained that he wanted to paint a more child-friendly picture of Han Solo, rather than casting him as an immoral bounty hunter.

Then in 2005, when the original trilogy was first released on DVD, Lucas made more modifications, most notably replacing actor Sebastian Shaw with Hayden Christensen at the end of Return of the Jedi to synchronize the film with the recent prequel trilogy of films (starring Christensen). Who knows why the ghost of Anakin Skywalker would appear to be 20 years younger all of a sudden. Maybe it's one of those benefits of the force — it makes you look younger after death sometimes.

So in short, George Lucas has made literally hundreds of tweaks to the movies in the last 30 years. Does Lucas simply have too much power for his own good? We'd love to see the originals as they appeared in theaters, but instead we'll just have to grit our teeth and ignore the many changes instituted by "Uncle George," as "MythBuster" Grant Imahara referred to him.

After seeing a few scenes from the Blu-ray set, it is true that some of the changes are a bit ridiculous. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan now flee from the conference room at the beginning of Episode I at ridiculously high speeds in a "force-sprint." You can now see an iris in the Ewok Wicket's eyes and he blinks, which is a bit freaky, while Darth Vader's guttural "Noooo!" as he attacks the emperor in Return of the Jedi is unnecessary and detracts from the musical score.

[youtubehd]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27RVJJfny4I[/youtubehd]

So George, please stop messing with a good thing or if you simply must make extra changes, make removing Jar-Jar one of them.

And by the way, Han shot first.



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Re: a new disturbance in the force

by Axxif » 06 Jan 2012, 04:08

IDK, I actually like the "No" audio, it distinguishes him more as changing sides, at least more than just picking him up and throwing him into the abyss.
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Re: a new disturbance in the force

by currican » 06 Jan 2012, 12:51

Axxif wrote:IDK, I actually like the "No" audio, it distinguishes him more as changing sides, at least more than just picking him up and throwing him into the abyss.

For almost 30 years, Darth Vaders silence, as he unselfishly saves his son, meant more than a thousand BlueRay® "Noes."
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Re: a new disturbance in the force

by zal » 06 Jan 2012, 22:33

A lot of the changes really do frustrate me and the stand out, and not in a good way, for anyone who's watched the films enough times. none of its really added anything for me either. and because these changes are happening over a span of decades, it manages to look both dated and out of sync at the same time. Like Bad cg mixed with good models mixed with new cg, and suddenly it feels like this hodgepodge of visuals that completely clash.
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Re: a new disturbance in the force

by Rylsadar » 07 Jan 2012, 14:48

Qi wrote:Who knows why the ghost of Anakin Skywalker would appear to be 20 years younger all of a sudden. Maybe it's one of those benefits of the force — it makes you look younger after death sometimes.


The force just gave back his last aspect before going directly into the dark side. It wouldn't make much sense if Vader appeared, due to the fact that Vader was completely evil, while Anakin was "regularly" good. So the force kept his "good" aspect.
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Re: a new disturbance in the force

by Bardus » 13 Jan 2012, 07:19

Seriously and I mean it, short of assassination can anything be done to get George out of Star Wars? How much self destruction can one man do to his own legacy?

Please George just step aside for your own good and let people that actually know what made you so great to begin with bring your name back to greatness. What you have done to yourself after episode VI is disturbing and I'm to the point of sack on my head when asked if I'm a Star Wars fan.

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