Originally posted by: ocpmovie
Doesn't matter now. I was never into pre-release hype, unlike some releases.
Unable to find alcohol, I lay down and thought about this.
I fought to get At Last the 1948 Show on DVD for a long time (and Do Not Adjust Your Set). Finally they released a DVD set, and it was indeed At Last the 1948 Show (and Do Not Adjust Your Set) and it was wonderful ... but it was none of the episodes I had, or had seen. It was all new to me. I loved it, but they hadn't released what I'd expected. And they still haven't. They released other stuff.
I fought to get the rather crap Rutles 2 released actually, and when it came out no one cared including me.
I fought to get Rutland Weekend Television released, and now it's been announced.
I wanted the Frighteners extended LD released - Alex was working on a version of it - then it came out, which was nice.
All this is nice.
But, y'know, you spend so much time fighting these battles, you're not a regular consumer anymore. Somehow you can't share in the joy in the same way. Or it takes a minute to.
When my rough cut of the Thief and the Cobbler was released on GBS.TV, somebody posted, really happily, at IMDB saying, we won! It's restored! We are the champions! We've defeated Disney, etc ...
Well ... no. No one defeated anyone. I restored a movie, the fight goes on.
It was like at the end of the Seven Samurai ... a film I haven't seen in a few years so pardon if I misquote. At the end, as I recall anyway, there's been a great victory won, but the old, experienced samurai just say to each other, it's been another battle lost.
Because so many died fighting, y'know?
We were fighting a war here, and we've won it, but we'll never be thanked for it. We, the fans, will never be thanked for our part in that. The joy we get is from the film itself, on its little picture disc.
We know, on some level, that we've been duped again. That George got us to freak out again, and buy his things over and over and over again, again.
Like when he wouldn't release Star Wars on video. Like when he wouldn't release it on DVD. Like when he wouldn't release the original versions.
It's like a cosmic joke on some level. He always hurts the ones who love him.
I feel a fool.
Holy crap! I haven't been around in a while (mostly lurking when I do), but the second I heard about I had to come over to OT.com and find out what was going on around here. To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel, just kinda weird-happy I suppose, but when I read that quote above by OCP, you summed things up nicely for me, so a big thanks!
You also help put things in perspective. Things have been rough for a while and I'm unemployed again, but no matter what Star Wars and especially its fans have always been there. Sure, it's just entertainment, they're fun movies, but the way they're enriched our lives, the ideas they represent, and the people they've inspired and in turn have inspired others is so much more than I can imagine.
It's clear that Star Wars fans have at its best been a wonderful kind of family (with all the good and bad that entails), and it doesn’t take much to see that the OT.com has become a very strong and supportive community. While I wish that I could contribute more to this place as others have, I'm glad that's here and for all the people that it's brought together. I may never meet any of you, but I'm thankful for all your efforts (while I only know Rikter, this pretty much goes for everyone here).
Now before all the preservationists cheer hallelujah, or give up in disgust, Lucas has just announced a new baby. Let's wait and see this sucker get delivered before we decide one way or another. I'm cautiously optimistic, but wary enough to know that not much effort will have been put into this, especially so close before the 30th anniversary (I’m sure they weren’t kidding about this: “Sources said the transfers won’t be as clean or vivid as the digitally modified versions.”) If Lucas fails its fans again, it will be the people here whom I would trust the most to safeguard the Star Wars legacy. This battle may be over, but the war goes on…