Originally posted by: Gaffer Tape
I still cast my vote as planning to buy them, because they are the original versions, and I want the original versions. But I disagree with the logic of buying low-quality products to inspire the release of high-quality products. We're the consumers, damnit! Companies are supposed to compete and pander for our money! We shouldn't just throw it at them in hopes of getting something we want. That's poor consumerism! It's also the same viewpoint that the SE enthusiasts have. "Well, it doesn't matter if there are mistakes on this version, or if the special effects aren't good enough yet. I'll still spend $70 on them, and I'm sure they'll be fixed for the 2007 super special archive holy edition... which I'll also buy!" It's a pretty sad time in the history of economics when consumers become that stupid with their own money. And the sad thing is, I'm in the same pit of despair.
But the problem is that the 'ball' still belongs to Lucas. It's his 'ball' and he can still take his ball and go home if we don't play. He's already made all the money anyone would ever need off these movies. So what if nobody buys the new releases? Just proves him right that nobody wants it and he can lock them away for good. If he was cash-strapped, our wallet would have a vote. Of course, if we play now, he wouldn't think twice about gaining MORE money in the future with a better transfer/release of the OT, would he? You gotta pay to play. Sucks, don't it?