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The sad part is, I'm actually excited [May. 4th, 2006|08:12 am]
Zoethe
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George Lucas is a lying bastard.

We all know this. We have suffered through his fabrications time and again: 9 movies, no 6 movies, no 9 movies, no 6...; the sister gig was planned from the start;

the original versions of the Holy Trilogy will never be released on DVD.

I actually believed him on that last one. After making such a pig's breakfast of Return of the Jedi, I thought he would be forced to brave it out, unblinking, standing by his claim that the movies were his to do with as he damned well pleased.

I should have known it was just a ploy to get me to buy them one last time.

Which I will. Because, look, I've already purchased the Holy Trilogy four times; why should I stop there?
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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2006-05-04 12:32 pm (UTC)
... Define "original". Original original? Like, non-SE original, I get, so we'll see the correct blue-ghost Anakin Skywalker and no CGI Jabba the Hutt and Han will shoot first, as god intended; but, like, non-mid-90's-THX original? The original non-big-bad-splodey versions, without the ramped-up sound effects or anything?

Duuude.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2006-05-04 01:00 pm (UTC)
I believe it is the original theatrical release. Original soundtrack, sound effects, and visual effects.

Worse case, it's the remastered THX version which removed matte lines and cleaned up the film stock. All of the annoying new sound effects were injected as part of the SE.
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[User Picture]From: ls56
2006-05-04 12:33 pm (UTC)
fuckerfuckerfuckerfucker.....

If VHS wasn't such a delicate format....
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[User Picture]From: bart_calendar
2006-05-04 12:37 pm (UTC)
Does anyone know if the original actors get any points on the DVD/VHS releases of these things or did they just get them on the theatrical showings of the movies.

I mean, I have no problem buying them if they keep Mark Hammil rich enough to stay from acting forever...
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2006-05-04 12:58 pm (UTC)
Good question. Not sure if they do or not since it is a different format. I know that the cast of Seinfeld fought over getting money from the DVDs, and we all now how the castaways on Gilligan's Island got screwed by syndication.
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[User Picture]From: scarfman
2006-05-04 12:43 pm (UTC)

Oh, so now we're mad at him for doing what we wanted.

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[User Picture]From: jfargo
2006-05-04 12:45 pm (UTC)
It's just easy to be mad at the man. Do we need a reason?
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[User Picture]From: wdomburg
2006-05-04 12:46 pm (UTC)
This will be the first time I buy them. My pig-headed refusal to pay for butchered copies has finally paid off. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-05-04 01:24 pm (UTC)
Not me. I was suckered in. Silly girl.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2006-05-04 12:56 pm (UTC)
I believed him, too. It was such a campaign by Lucasfilm, insisting that the only version of the HT that existed was the infernal SE.

My only complaint: Dolby Digital 2.0.

Yes, I will buy them. And yes, I will watch them with greater frequency than the SE. Because, like midichlorians and Wedge's spine, they don't exist.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-05-04 01:25 pm (UTC)
Well, that's so he can get us to buy them again in THX.

He's giggling all the way to the bank.
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[User Picture]From: fictionalizedme
2006-05-04 12:57 pm (UTC)
*headpalm*

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[User Picture]From: donkey_hokey
2006-05-04 01:24 pm (UTC)
Cool.. this saves me from having to take my old video tapes and trying to transfer them onto DVD. I keep meaning to, but haven't gotten around to it quite yet.
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[User Picture]From: dawntreader90
2006-05-04 01:25 pm (UTC)
i don't think he's a lying bastard; i think he's caving to pressure of 6 billion fans. yay! this will be the first one i've ever bought.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-05-04 01:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, no. He is a lying bastard. As a serious fanatic for many years, I can promise you that.

;-)
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[User Picture]From: gieves
2006-05-04 01:26 pm (UTC)
And now my apathy pays off; I was so unimpressed by the SE movies that I could not be bothered to buy and own them. Now, though... now I will have to buy them all.

(And of course you're excited! It's the REAL DEAL, on DVD! Even if GL is a lying bastard.)
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[User Picture]From: joxn
2006-05-04 01:27 pm (UTC)
"fallacy of sunk costs" is what it's called.

On the other hand perhaps this means that I'll finally buy a set.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-04 02:10 pm (UTC)
I figured either he'd cave and I'd get to own the real thing, or else he'd stick to his idiotic guns and I wouldn't have to waste my money. I'll wait to make sure they're the real deal-- if anything is altered beyond cleaning up matte lines and so forth, no sale-- but assuming they are, I'll pony up.

" I've been looking forward to this for a long time."

-1em
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-05-04 02:26 pm (UTC)
You are a wise man with far more impulse control than I.
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[User Picture]From: tevriel
2006-05-04 04:31 pm (UTC)
My dad MADE DVDs of the originals from his videos, on the basis that he's bought them once, and he's not going to pay again to buy inferior versions.

The sad part of Lucas's endless cycle of fucking up his own movies is that a couple of years back I just completely ceased to care. I was once a diehard Star Ward fan. I was so excited I could hardly stand it about the cinematic re-release, having missed them the first time through being either not born yet or barely born. Even though I didn't like most of the changes, I was still a fan, maybe a little less diehard... I saw The Phantom Menace four times on its opening weekend. I even convinced myself I liked most of it!

But you know, my capacity to stay in abusive relationships, fannish or otherwise, is limited. George Lucas is not only the metaphorical abusive boyfriend, he's the metaphorical abusive boyfriend who isn't even that sorry. He's the one who acts like he owns you, like you'll never leave him because without him you're nothing, that no other guy can give you what he can.

No guy acts like that to me, and no franchise either. Got so I was so over Star Wars: Crappy Now that I still haven't seen Revenge of the Sith, and still don't care. I get lovin' from other guys who don't treat me bad like George does.

Not that I'm judging your choices here, of course. If you've maintained the love, that's good. Metaphors aside this isn't ACTUALLY about relationships and so it's not ACTUALLY like you're sticking with an abusive boyfriend, which would be more of a concern than, you know, being less inclined than I am to blow off a series of movies I can't remember not loving before the twenty-first century because the movies' originator can't leave them the hell alone.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-05-04 05:30 pm (UTC)
my capacity to stay in abusive relationships, fannish or otherwise, is limited

You totally cracked me up with this entire thing! It's true! It's true! He keeps slapping me around, I keep coming back for more. I stay for the children characters: I will always love Luke and Han and Leia.
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[User Picture]From: happydog
2006-05-04 05:01 pm (UTC)
I am actually rejoicing. I have refrained from buying the holy trilogy because (1) I actually only care about The Real First Star Wars Movie (a/k/a A New Hope) and HAN SHOT FIRST DAMMIT. Now that Lucas has decided to release them AS THEY WERE with no Dickery, I will actually buy it this time.

I know it's a pain to buy things over and over again. Ask me about the Frank Zappa CD's sometime and how many times THOSE have been reissued.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-05-04 05:38 pm (UTC)
The restoration of Han Shooting first is worth the price of the whole damned thing, IMHO.

But he's still a lying bastard.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2006-05-04 05:40 pm (UTC)
He only beats you because he loves you.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-05-04 05:57 pm (UTC)
He only beats me because he loves my money.
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