|Say it ain't so
||[Nov. 26th, 2003|10:29 am]
|||||Pirates of Pensance||]|
The most recent word from the Rumor Mill at Digital Bits:
We've heard from a number of interesting (and we believe
reliable) inside sources that Lucsafilm is currently making major new
changes to the original Star Wars films - the kind of changes he
began a few years ago with the theatrical "Special Edition"
releases. These changes include new special effects, revised and
updated shots and scenes, and new footage shot with actors Hayden
Christensen (Anakin) and Ian McDiarmid (the Emperor) that would
flesh out moments with their characters in the original films.
For example, an aged and scarred Hayden now appears as Anakin at
the end of Return of the Jedi when Luke removes Vader's helmet.
Among the other changes reportedly being made are the restoration
of the original "Han shoots first" moment from Star Wars and a
revamped lightsaber fight between Obi-Wan and Vader. What we've
heard meshes with what we've been told before, which is that
Lucas has always planned to release ultimate, "Archive" editions of
these films that tie in better with the new prequels. The main
question in our minds now is this: will these changes be
completed in time to appear on the DVD releases planned for next
September, or will we have to wait until after Episode III hits
theaters to see them? And if we have to wait, what versions will appear
on the DVDs? Time will tell.
George Lucas, not content with his fidgeting the first time around, is going in for another bout.
The Holy Trilogy has become Michael Jackson's face.
Think about the first time Michael had work done - it wasn't bad, but a couple things were a bit off. If he would have only gone back to the way they used to be, it would have been fine - a good thing, even.
Same with The Holy Trilogy. I'm all for restoring the original Han shoots first, and while he's at it, get rid of Luke's yowling as he plummets into oblivion at Bespin. Remove the Muppet Show moments of camera mugging from Jabba's Palace. Small extractions, and I would live happily with the other enhancements. Hell, I'll even tolerate the stupid floating droids on Tatooine.
But George won't be happy with that. He will have to fiddle, and try and make things "funnier," "cuter," his own version of "clever." Tatooine will reflect the presence of the earlier travellers - there may even be Gungans there. He will inflict his new idea of humor onto his old masterpiece, like DaVinci painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.
Like Michael Jackson having his eyeliner tatooed.
The sad thing is, like Jackson's face, The Holy Trilogy is something that George owns, and has the money to do with as he sees fit. He looks at it and he's restless and unhappy with the results of his twiddling, but lacks the skill or perspective to fix it, and the self-control to leave it alone. His fans have to tolerate an increasing sense of horror as his self-destruction progresses. Until he commits acts that drive even the most loyal away.
Even here, the parallel continues. Jackson has allegedly violated the trust of everyone by molesting small children. And George has molested my childhood memories, sullied them with his twiddling.
Don't diddle with my memories, George.