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It's just marketing... wait a while.
It's not about art or money, it's about EGO and PRIDE. How would you feel if you worked your butt off on scenes that you thought would improve your movies only for the majority of viewers to complain about how much some of the scenes suck? Would you just turn your back on what you did? I think in George Lucas's mind he had too much confidence in the changes to be improvements, I'm sure deep down in his heart he really felt the Jedi Rocks, Han shooting first, the butchering of the ROTJ end music, etc.. etc.. all were great additions.

Lucasarts could realistically create a box-set DVD with both Special Editions and the originals and it could sell for $100, it'd still sell an unbelievable amount of copies. But that would be a complete slap in the face if that box set sold nearly as well as just the Special Editions. George Lucas just doesn't want to be proved that he's wrong, it's not about art, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi aren't even his art for god's sake!

Originally posted by: Rebel Scumb
Actually I felt one of the biggest problems with AotC was that GL tried to hard to make for the fans. In the end thats how I look at the PT, its fanfiction that happens to be written by GL. TPM was a flawed movie, but it was an honest mistake and I felt like I was getting GL's vision, miscaluclated as it may hve been in spots.

AotC just felt like an apology for TPM. It seemed like a laundry list of fanboy complaints being addressed. And Ep3 will be the same way. Why else do you think that Chewbacca is it, or that Yoda now has two big fights (given that the yoda battle was the one thing most people liked in AOTC) the fact that the emperor will have one maybe two saber duels.

Grievous is the ultimate example of this because he seems like a character that fanboys would dream up. "He's like Vader, but like beter then Vader"
"Yeah because he looks like the terminator, but he wears a cape"
"Yeah cause capes are cool"
"Yeah and he's tougher then darth maul, cause he uses like four sabers at once"
"Dude thats awesome"

Will the character work onscreen? I'll reserve final judgement until I see the movie, but it certainly seems like he could be the weaklink of this movie. He's a new villian who's pretty pointless and dies quickly, who ultimately stealing screentime that should of been given to Dooku, thus rendering him a villian who was pretty pointless and dies quickly.

I said this exact thing after I left the theater when AOTC came out. I think it's cool that he does actually listen to fans, despite what he says. He obviously hears feedback from at least some people in his completely isolated Skywalker Ranch.

But I think he's just got the wrong idea of what people want. If you have a kickass story, with adequate dialogue, likeable characters, and you direct the hell out of it, people are going to love the movie. Instead he fixed things like lessening Jar Jar's screentime, no more poop/fart jokes, made it a lot darker than TPM, made it more adult, etc.. etc.. While these things are fine and good, they aren't central to how much a movie will be liked.
Buy or not to buy. That is the question.
I downloaded Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi Laserdisc copy from the internet, and they were alright, wasn't as good of quality as I was hoping for. But far better than VHS.

I don't plan on buying the Special Editions on DVD, I'll just download the extra disc. But realistically, even if 20,000 people don't buy the Special Editions DVD because they suck compared to the originals, it's not going to make a bit of difference. It's not so much that I dislike the Special Editions that bad, it's how George Lucas is going about it. First he acts like anyone that doesn't like the prequels is a simpleton, and basically says they'll be classics in 50 years, but people are too stupid to understand them now. Then for the DVDs he's basically said "screw Star Wars fans, special editions are what I want to release. Besides, it'll make me tons of money either way".

This would be the first time I've ever not bought a movie because of issues outside of the movie itself, but I just have a hard time giving that man more money. *cough* IHOPEHEGETSCANCER *cough*
Info: OT Bootleg DVDs
Are there any Original Trilogy LaserDisc copies on the internet that aren't 6 700meg files?

The file size seems incredibly excessive since a 3 hour DIVX movie is usually 2 700meg files. I'm downloading them, but it might take a few weeks or months even. So if there is another place I should look, I'd rather do that. If someone could PM me of where I might be able to download good quality OT Star Wars I would appreciate it.
SE Trilogy on DVD coming this Fall
I hate to say it people, but the only thing that will get George Lucas to release the Original Trilogy on DVD is lackluster sales of the September 21st release (not going to happen) or an overwhelming popularity of bootlegs of the Laserdisc copies on the Internet.

George Lucas has proved that he's more of a business man than a director. He'd change his mind if he felt there was enough financial opportunity involved, even if that meant he would put his ego asside.

So get those bootlegs out there people!
How do u all like Eps I & II compare to OT
I think The Phantom Menace is one of the worst films made in the last 10 years. If it wasn't a Star Wars film it would have absolutely bombed in the movie theater.

Attack of the Clones is far better, but still leagues behind the original trilogy quality wise.

And to the original poster: nrg_2000

What do you mean Anakin shouldn't show love and tenderness to go along??? THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT OF THE PREQUELS!
The core of the movies are about how a normal person can grow up to be evil!

Personally I think the prequels lack pretty much all the qualities besides action that made people fall in love with the Original Trilogy. Acting is poor, the scripts are TERRIBLE, the story is all over the place, they're far too childish, etc.. etc... The only good qualities I can think of for the prequels are the action scenes. But what good is an awesome action scene if you couldn't care less about the individuals involved?