Who you gunna believe? George Lucas or your lying eyes?
Well, it’s not a religious event. I hate to tell people that. It’s a movie, just a movie. The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down.
Granted, Lucas has every right to change his films, every right to make them worse. That is his property. But this absurd stance of dismissing criticism after he alters (dramatically, in some cases) something that was so universally beloved, is truly remarkable. If it’s “just a movie” why the non-stop tweaking?
And the real problem isn’t the tweaks. Lucas is right that films get tweaked all the time. No question. The problem is that he practically forces us to purchase his inferior recuts, and only after we’ve all been stupid enough to do that, does he release the untouched originals. This is exactly what he did with the DVD release.
If, in this latest Blu-ray release, Lucas would’ve had the decency to include the original cuts of the films, I doubt very much the backlash would be as big as it is.
There’s nothing wrong with being a profiteer. Just don’t pretend you’re something else.
Oh, the irony. The overwhelming specter of “Rebecca” is going to hang over a second movie made about a second wife living with the overwhelming specter of a woman named Rebecca.
Here comes the future:
Following numerous reports that “cord cutting” did not represent a serious threat to cable television operators, Nielsen said on Wednesday that the number of households that have dropped their satellite TV subscriptions and relied exclusively on broadband Internet access to watch TV had grown 22.8 percent over the last year. While such households now represent fewer than 5 percent of all TV households, the growing number was described by Nielsen as “a development to watch.”
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CLASSIC PICK FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11
12:15 AM Three Days of the Condor (1975) — A CIA researcher uncovers top secret information and finds himself marked for death. Dir: Sydney Pollack Cast: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson. C-117 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format.
One of those liberal films that’s not really as liberal as some remember. Robertson’s closing speech complicates all that came before and director Pollack deserves enormous credit for doing something liberals films are afraid to do today: Present the alternate point-of-view in an intelligent fashion.
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