"I'm like that guy who single-handedly built the rocket & flew to the moon. What was his name? Apollo Creed?"
-- Homer Simpson

I find his lack of faith disturbing…

I’ve been going through the DVD goodness that is the newly-released Trilogy, and I have to say that there are both good and bad things going on here.

Before I get into it, I should say that I haven’t finished all of the material on the discs…I’ve watched most of Ep IV, all of Ep V (along with about half of its commentary), and the bonus materials on the fourth disc. While I have had sufficient hours between purchasing the Trilogy on Tuesday and now to have watched all of these, I have chosen not to forsake real life.

In what I’ve seen so far, I do have to say that I love the extras (the 2.5 hour documentary about the making of all three movies is absolutely excellent). I am, however, a bit lukewarm on the new edits in the movies. Stuff like the revamped Jabba scene in A New Hope are a welcome improvement on the early-CG efforts of the Special Editions, and I can accept changing the holographic Emperor in Empire to Ian McDiarmid, but did we really need to have the new line stating that Luke Skywalker is probably the son of Anakin Skywalker? I mean, was Vader really having issues connecting the dots between himself and a kid named Skywalker coming off Tatooine, where the Death Star plans were jettisoned?

Don’t get me wrong–I think Lucas has the right to do whatever he wants with his films. I just draw a big difference between restoring a deleted scene or enhancing some effects and changing the behaviour of the characters. One of the coolest things about Vader and the Emperor is that they rarely spoke. A few lines here and there (along with several evil, yet meaningful, pauses) were enough to convey the emotion and progress the plot.

All that being said, I’m still geek enough to love the fact that I can now enjoy these glorious movies in full 5.1 surround sound. So, despite all the griping, I’m still pretty happy… :-)

One Response to “I find his lack of faith disturbing…”

  1. I’ll say it, though I know this comment will be traced by the geek intelligentsia and I will be flogged with viruses through my email. Star Wars sucks. George Lucas is a multination coroprate whore manipulating the minds of children across the globe. Save your money and buy the LOTR super size 28 DVD set with running commentary from Tolkien himself acting through a spiritual medium. Or better yet go watch BladeRunner again…

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