I would think the movies are short enough to just branch in 2 whole versions of the death star battle, 2 versions of the snow battle, mos eisley, etc.?
Well apparently they are coming to Blu-Ray, but only the PT for now, with TPM slated for a 2010 release.
For the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back we get...Phantom menace?! What bizarro world am I stuck in?
Seriously, please George, just follow the Lord of the Rings and Star Trek example and put out the theatrical versions now so you can sell different versions down the line. I promise you'll make money!
Choosing either end song will always be a big annoying controversy, I suggest a "neutral" choice. There are many familiar Star Wars themes that would work well for the end, Leia's theme, Luke/Leia's theme, the extended throne room, something everybody already knows and likes?
About Boba Fett's death, maybe its possible to "steal" the later shot of Han throwing the bag at the officer in the bunker, (the guy whos says "freeze") and alter it to be Han deliberately swinging the pole at Boba Fett. In other words we need three shots to kill Fett on purpose:
1. Han's blurry POV of Fett preparing to fire at Luke (that shot is there, it just needs to be made blurry to imply it's Han's POV)
2.Han "attacks" using the aforementioned shot, it would need to be flipped, Han's vest erased, and the background changed to desert. The bag needs to be altered to be the pole that Han jabs with (it sounds impractical but that recut of Superman 2 on youtube has similar stuff)
3.Fett's backpack is struck, but with Han cropped out so you can't see he was facing the other way.
Maybe the subsequent shots of Fett flying through the air, his legs could be on fire from the burning jet fuel. He hits the barge raining flames.
The response was "STAR WARS EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE (1977)"
I guess the guy thought I was asking which of the six movies was showing and probably has no idea there is more than one version. It's a good thing he doesn't work for some kind of film institute.
But yeah, that weird letter isn't an indicator of anything really. I'm still holding out hope that the one-two punch of Blade Runner and Close Encounters will shame LFL into putting out a higher quality product. Star Wars sure has kind of a desperate, tacky feel about it these days. (Weirdly, my hyperspace membership still works. I haven't renewed it in a REALLY long time. I don't think I've received the magazine since Revenge came out.)
It WOULD be so simple to put individual BluRay versions out now, acknowlegde that the original versions are now a separate thing and then be done with them forever. They would just be three more basic Bluray discs of 80s movies, sitting next to Dune and Lethal Weapon in the store. Why does everything have to be such a fucking "event"? (And then "ultimate Saga sets" starting in 09 for the rest of time). Just have your cake an eat it too, LFL!
In that vein, maybe adding endor and the early superstructure of Death Star 2 to the shot in Star Wars when the cruiser first arrives for the conference. (In other words, implying that there were always 2 death stars in various stages of construction at Endor, so that it doesn't come out of left field in Jedi.)
So, we could have say, "Phantom Menace voting week"-for a week everybody can list one-sentence changes. Starting with number 1. Then a poll to pick the top ten. Democracy in action.
As for the people who don't know the difference between HD, BD, blah blah, who cares? They're the ones saying "The original version of Star Wars? You GOT that! It came out last year! Aren't you people ever happy?"