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#250106
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Favorite Star Wars Movie
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Did a lot of you see them when they were originally released in '77, '80, '83?

I don't know the age group here.

I was too young to see the first, I was a one-year-old. Never saw Empire, still too young. However, I do remeber seeing Return of the Jedi, when I was 7. Well, some of it I remember, mostly Jabba's palace! I remember being totally mesmerized by all the strange creatures, especially Jabba. His whole creation is something to behold, looking back at it now. He looked so real, slimy, gross, disgusting, and you wouldn't want to within 10 feet of the thing. From the synthetic to the final product, the creative talent that went into creature design and creation, really something to marvel at ... even to this day!
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#249931
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"..secret to the future is quantity," Lucas said
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Maybe this is old news, as in you've already read it, but I found it going through some word documents I saved. Might be interesting for some of you to read again since it kind of applies to this thread.

Fans have eagerly awaited the first three "Star Wars" films on DVD, a release Lucas initially intended to delay until he finished "Episode III."

Some will be miffed that the original theatrical versions are not included in the "Star Wars" boxed set, which features only the special-edition versions Lucas issued in the late 1990s, with added effects and footage, including a scene between Harrison Ford's Han Solo and crime lord Jabba the Hutt in the first "Star Wars."

Q: Why did you change your mind and decide to put the original three movies out on DVD now?

GEORGE LUCAS: Just because the market has shifted so dramatically. A lot of people are getting very worried about piracy. That has really eaten dramatically into the sales. It really just came down to, there may not be a market when I wanted to bring it out, which was like, three years from now. So rather than just sit by and watch the whole thing fall apart, better to bring it out early and get it over with.

Q: Why did you rework the original trilogy into the special-edition versions in the late 1990s?

LUCAS: To me, the special edition ones are the films I wanted to make. Anybody that makes films knows the film is never finished. It's abandoned or it's ripped out of your hands, and it's thrown into the marketplace, never finished. It's a very rare experience where you find a filmmaker who says, "That's exactly what I wanted. I got everything I needed. I made it just perfect. I'm going to put it out there." And even most artists, most painters, even composers would want to come back and redo their work now. They've got a new perspective on it, they've got more resources, they have better technology, and they can fix or finish the things that were never done. ...
I wanted to actually finish the film the way it was meant to be when I was originally doing it. At the beginning, people went, "Don't you like it?" I said, "Well, the film only came out to be 25 or 30 percent of what I wanted it to be." They said, "What are you talking about?" So finally, I stopped saying that, but if you read any interviews for about an eight- or nine-year period there, it was all about how disappointed I was and how unhappy I was and what a dismal experience it was. You know, it's too bad you need to get kind of half a job done and never get to finish it. So this was my chance to finish it.

I'm making the movies'

Q: Why not release both the originals and special editions on DVD?

LUCAS: The special edition, that's the one I wanted out there. The other movie, it's on VHS, if anybody wants it. ...
I'm not going to spend the, we're talking millions of dollars here, the money and the time to refurbish that, because to me, it doesn't really exist anymore. 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.

Q: Do you pay much attention to fan reactions to your choices?

LUCAS: Not really. The movies are what the movies are. ... The thing about science-fiction fans and "Star Wars" fans is they're very independent-thinking people. They all think outside the box, but they all have very strong ideas about what should happen, and they think it should be their way. Which is fine, except I'm making the movies, so I should have it my way.

Q: After "Episode III," will you ever revisit "Star Wars"?

LUCAS: Ultimately, I'm going to probably move it into television and let other people take it. I'm sort of preserving the feature film part for what has happened and never go there again, but I can go off into various offshoots and things.
You know, I've got offshoot novels, I've got offshoot comics. So it's very easy to say, "Well, OK, that's that genre, and I'll find a really talented person to take it and create it." Just like the comic books and the novels are somebody else's way of doing it. I don't mind that. Some of it might turn out to be pretty good. If I get the right people involved, it could be interesting.






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#249918
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Favorite Star Wars Movie
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I can't say I enjoyed any of the prequels as a whole, and when I first saw them I tried to ignore it, convincing myself ... "It ain't so bad!", but I'd just be lying to myself if I continued. I can pick and choose parts I like or dislike, or parts that I just think are badly acted, poorly written, or the cheesy, romantisized scenes. It just keeps me from enjoying them as whole. It keeps me from saying I like each of the Star Wars prequels. I've never done that with the first three films, because there was nothing to pick apart, nothing that made me cringe and say, "George ...why?" It's different for everyone, but if I was to say I liked the prequels just as much as I like the orginals, that would go against every grain in body to decipher good film making as opposed to bad.

Maybe younger people like them more than the older fans. I didn't really discover them until I was like 13, which would of been the early 90's, and I probably watched them 500 times through my teenage years. It's hard to pull yourself apart from that nostalgia aspect. They also represent a period in time that was special to many.

But, as Han Solo would say, "Hey, it's me!"
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#249898
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Super ESB and ROTJ SNES Video Review
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I bought all three for my SNES ... and beat them all!!! http://www.anikaos.com/0004-pinkusagi/kaos-pinkusagi42.gif But, I remember not being happy with the lightsaber dueling vs. Darth Vader. It was just button mashing, swing, swing, swing ... I even wrote EGM magazine coming up with my own blocking and attack system. haha ...kids.

My all time biggest memory was the release of Street Fighter II for SNES. Man, the anticipation was off the charts! I remember it being a whopping 16 megs, which was suppostly the reason it was $70.
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#249894
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your buying the PT all over again in Blue ray !!!!!!!!
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Is the Blu-ray vs HD DVD thing still going on?

I'm still scared off by this to invest in either format. I'm sure you've seen it compared to the Beta vs VHS days.

Is one pulling ahead of the other?

On diggnation they talked about "PS3 Price Going To Destroy Sony." Mgiht check it out for the hell of it: http://revision3.com/diggnation/2006-09-07
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#170196
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Who saw Lucas's speech at Peoples Choice Awards?
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Originally posted by: CO
"This is vintage Lucas, aww shucks, every fan loves these movies, just the critics hate them, and that is why we don't win awards. The last time I checked the original SW was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, and was nominated in the big categories: Best Picture, Best Director, and Alec Guiness for Best Supporting Actor, thats right an actor was nominated for his performance in a SW movie, because they usually say the OT performances were just as bad as the PT ones. Star Wars took home 7 awards that night, while being the #1 movie at the box office in 1977.

Message to George: Yeah, there are always critics who don't love every movie, that is natural, but you made that classic one in 1977, which was loved by critics, fans, and the studios, and do you know why? It's a great movie!

And when you said you do it for the fans at the end of your speech, the only ones you keep forgetting are the millions of fans from 1977-83 who can't see those original films anymore on DVD. Sometimes I believe Lucas has selective memory...."


(Even louder applause)

""You bring it out too early, and it's Buck Rogers. You bring it out too late, it flops. But if you bring it out right when the war in vietnam was ending, it's a hit."

I don't really buy into that. I was born in '76, saw Star Wars on VHS around '89, fell in love with the film. I watch Star Wars now and I see no cheese, I watch Buck Rogers T.V. series and it has pure cheese. A film is what a film is, good or bad, and this was a great film. Personally, I loved the grit of Star Wars when I first saw it, it looked lived in, it looked real. It wasn't hokie like sci-fi before it and after.

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#168830
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So, what would happen if he did release the OOT on DVD?
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And "The Terminator" ... although, the special effects might look that much more cheesy! ... Speaking of films that could use a Special Edtion type treatment, I'd like to see this one with CGI upgrades. Mostly the scene where he's fixing his eyeball and the stop motion at the end. And I'd be cool with it, because we have the original on DVD, already.

But yeah, my favs I would want on HD-DVD or Blu-Ray.

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#168824
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So, what would happen if he did release the OOT on DVD?
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I have question:

Will the players that play Blu-Ray or HD-DVD (I guess the war is still on) be able to play your standard disc/duel layer?

Like someone said, I don't want to have re-buy all my DVDs. I'm sure I'm not the only one!

And about the widescreen, I know what you mean. My grandmother and cousin are fullscreen all the way. I explain it, and they're like, "I hate the black lines blah blah blah it's stupid blah blah blah!" Even though most HDTV is widescreen, and with their fullscreen versions, they'll have the black bars on the sides of picture.

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#166402
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Someone please explain why there is a 50's diner in the Star Wars universe...
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Originally posted by: gethedgicalSee: Space Balls truck stop scene, almost anything in the Space Quest adventure series (particularly Monolith burgers), etc...


Woooh! Space Quest! I LOVE those games!

Maybe the 50's type diner was just like what we have. We're almost in '06, but yet we still have throwback restaurants. It doesn't really matter to me, though, if this scene was or wasn't there ... the movie would still stink.