Sunday, August 15, 2010

Star Wars on BluRay? I (probably) don't care.

Big news for geeks out there. Lucasfilm has officially announced that Star Wars is coming to BluRay. I think we all knew it was coming.

Horay for high def, but at the same time, this is (probably) not the product I, and I'm sure many other fans, want.

When the Original Trilogy was first released on DVD, most everyone I knew that was a real fan didn't bother purchasing it. The reason is that there are numerous versions of Star Wars. The DVD releases, that came out after the Prequel Trilogy, all have been revised in some significant ways that don't sit well with purist fans who found the PT underwhelming since many of the most offensive changes were made to bring the OT more in line with the PT. For example, Hayden Christensen was inserted as Anakin's ghost at the end of Return of the Jedi and the exchange between Vader and the Emperor where they discuss Luke was rewritten since anyone seeing the PT first would already know that Luke is Vader's son. The stormtrooper voices were all redubbed by Temura Morrison, who played Jango Fett in the PT and from which all clone/stormtroopers were apparently created.

Eventually, another release of the DVDs came out that, while containing the heavily abused versions, also included the original theatrical releases. The original Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) lacks the episode title and number since when it was originally released, there was no anticipation that sequels would ever be made. The snowspeeders on Hoth were still semi transparent to hide the matte lines and the Ewoks still did their song and dance in Jedi. It was this version that fans of my generation grew up on and love.

But that's not likely to be what gets released on BluRay. I'll be curious to see if these classic versions will ever be released, but until they are, I don't care.

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