... 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?
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.
2006-05-04 12:33 pm (UTC)
If VHS wasn't such a delicate format....
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...
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.
Oh, so now we're mad at him for doing what we wanted.
It's just easy to be mad at the man. Do we need a reason?
This will be the first time I buy them. My pig-headed refusal to pay for butchered copies has finally paid off. :)
Not me. I was suckered in. Silly girl.
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.
Well, that's so he can get us to buy them again in THX.
He's giggling all the way to the bank.
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.
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.
Oh, no. He is a lying bastard. As a serious fanatic for many years, I can promise you that.
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.)
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.
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."
You are a wise man with far more impulse control than I.
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.
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.
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.
The restoration of Han Shooting first is worth the price of the whole damned thing, IMHO.
But he's still a lying bastard.
He only beats you because he loves you.
He only beats me because he loves my money.
And the single pre-requisite for me to again give George Lucas money has been met. At last I will finally be able to own the original trilogy on DVD.
I knew that if I waited long enough, I'd get what I wanted. I can now retire my precious VHS original trilogy.
I'm glad I held out. :) I don't have any starwars on DVD, but getting the origional release and the remakes in the same perchase? Sounds cool to me.
You are a wiser woman than I.
And we'll buy it again when the anniversary six-movie set comes out in another few years. *sigh* We are sheep.
As much as this makes me happy, the remade ending of Jedi (with or without Hayden as Vader) is far superior to the original Ewok song. It's true.
I'll still be buying the DVDs, or course.
What the people want, they will eventually get.
Me... I'm looking forward to the next Star Wars Lego game.
If only I could have the all the gorgeous restoration without all of the bullshit that came along with it.
2006-06-08 04:31 am (UTC)
Stop being excited.
At this point, the only thing I can hope to enjoy out of all this is a rant from you about the sheer idiocy involved. (I got a dry chuckle out of today's Penny Arcade, I admit.)
If all this holds true, I'll definitely forgo buying them yet again.
Oh, good Christ.
Yeah, I will be exploding on this later. Must let the anger build....