To everyone on originaltrilogy.com
I’ve done a number of posts in the past about what my dad has thought about the various fan edits and preservation initiatives to try to bring STAR WARS, either, up-to-date with added effects that we wonder why they didn’t think about that when they did the SE, DVD, or BD or back to what they originally remember before the SE. We recently got a new 4k 55” SONY that looks so good we haven’t bothered to change any of the color settings from the factory default. When I showed him my STAR WARS BDs on that TV, his comment was that it looked better than the limited equipment they had to work with back at CBS/FOX Video. As such, I thought that this was the best moment to announce that I plan on interviewing him. I plan on asking him what it was like working at CBS/FOX, working on so many high profile movies, dealing with the limitations in equipment that he was stuck with at the time, and, most importantly, how the most recent release of STAR WARS compares with what he handled at the studio in terms of audio and video quality.
If anyone has any particular question that you’d like me to ask him, post it here. I WILL NOT be asking him what he thinks of a particular fan project. You can see my other post as a reference point for that:
Questions will be limited to his tenure there, his feelings about the movie series, and whether or not recent DVDs/BDs have done the movie series justice in terms of audio and video quality. I’ll consider asking him how he feels about the changes made (SE/post-SE); but, only if there’s enough of a consensus to want to hear his thoughts. Otherwise, when it gets down to it, it’s all about one man’s creative decisions about his own art and the lines in the sand that get drawn just because people feel they are “owed” the version that they fell in love with in the first place. This is not to say that any one version is more relevant than another. I just consider that a topic for another discussion.
“…It’s like this is the movie I wanted it to be, and I’m sorry you saw half a completed film and fell in love with it. But I want it to be the way I want it to be. I’m the one who has to take responsibility for it. I’m the one who has to have everybody throw rocks at me all the time, so at least if they’re going to throw rocks at me, they’re going to throw rocks at me for something I love rather than something I think is not very good, or at least something I think is not finished.”
- George Lucas, 2004