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(Aint-It-Cool-News)   Mark Hamill says George Lucas said that he'd have Luke, Leia, or Han killed off if the actors didn't want to return for a sequel. Luke, Leia, and Han appear to be alive and well   (aintitcool.com) divider line 148
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2013-02-21 10:06:14 AM

Starhawk: DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: Damn Lucas for refusing to let that original version come out on digital media.

You mean like the DVD set that was released in 2006 that had Special Edition on one disc, and the untouched originals on the other?


Didn't you notice?  When Lucas did released those original versions on DVD, the internet exploded in rage because the were "untouched".

Fanboys will never be happy.
 
2013-02-21 10:13:06 AM

Mentat: HMS_Blinkin: Mugato: Isn't it farked up that as a Star Wars fan from birth, I somehow don't care about this? I'm not a hater by any means. I want to care, I really do. What's wrong with me? Is it the alcohol? Because I've been drunk through and have supportive the Prequels so that's not it.

I'm the same way.  I think the prequels just burned me out.  The other problem is that I was really really hoping they wouldn't bring back the old actors OR old characters.  They should have started totally fresh with a new plotline, new characters, and a different period of galactic history.  I just don't think they can tie the old actors into it without it seeming gimmicky or restricting the script's possibilities too much.

Same here.  I guess I've grown up, but I just have no interest in the franchise at all.  Oh well, let the younger generation have it.


God were old and just dont give a fark bros.  40 years old, saw the first one in the theater and was a die hard fan for all of it......until the prequals.   Now I couldnt give a fark if they took the entire series and flushed it down the toilet or fed to /b/ronies until they pooped out a musical (Christmas Special 2), I just dont give a damn about Star Wars any more.  Seriously, we have emotional scar tissue over that shiat after how bad Lucas farked it up.
 
2013-02-21 10:18:02 AM

knoxvelour: I think anything with an episode number should follow the Skywalker family. There are a lot of themes from previous movies that can be revisited. I like the idea of the side movies to further explore the universe.

Although I think a great reveal in Revenge of the Sith was wasted. What if we found out Luke and Leia were only two of triplets and there was an unaccounted for brother or sister who grew up on a darker path?


The Dark Half?
 
2013-02-21 10:20:01 AM

Darth_Lukecash: knoxvelour: Darth_Lukecash: knoxvelour: oh...and Cumberbatch for Thrawn

Nah. Nothing from EU.

I'm not into the EU either, but he is a popular character so I could see them including him in some way

One if the concepts I disliked from EU was that the Empire was Human only club.

It certainly couldn't have survived long with that attitude.

The only reason why it was that way, was simply because of budgetary reasons. Lucas really couldn't afford to have a lot of makeup heavy scenes.


What part about space Nazis did you not get?
 
2013-02-21 10:29:51 AM

Blathering Idjut: contrapunctus: People that criticize the prequels REALLY need to go back and watch the original films with a critical eye.   You could easily make the case that they're as chock full of shiatty dialogue and lame plot points as the prequels are.

"What I told you was true....from a certain point of view."  <-- Ummmmmm...OK.

That last line was after Lucas lost it.  It foreshadowed the suckiness of the prequels.

But, no, you can't "easily" make the case that the OT was as bad at the Prequels.  For one thing they had an actual character arc, more than one actually.  The prequels are horrible films.  The original films - especially the first two - not so much.


The prequels weren't entirely horrible. Sure, the Phantom Menace sucked, but Attack Of The Clones had its moments, namely any scene that didn't include Anakin or Padme. Revenge of the Sith came together a bit better, mostly because they finally let Obi Wan be the badass he is.
 
2013-02-21 10:33:12 AM
So, the talking point for prequel apologists is to claim the OT is just as crummy?

I'll try. The Two Jakes isn't a bad movie. It's just that Chinatown wasn't as good as everyone remembers.
 
2013-02-21 10:34:17 AM
Attack of the Clones had one (maybe two) saving graces.....

Natalie Portman was smugglin' some nice grapes there.
 
2013-02-21 10:37:31 AM

Darth_Lukecash: Metaluna Mutant: As the years go by, I increasingly put the prequels into the "things that were never filmed" genre like matrix sequels, Raiders of the Lost Ark sequels or any Alien film after Aliens. My imagination of the clone wars and the making of Darth Vader when I was 15 was better than anything from the prequels.

The fact that GL won't be behind the script, camera, auditioning process etc is why I am excited about these. And while I love American grafitti, thx 1138 and ANH, everything else Lucas has directed has been shiat, frankly.

At least you're honest. Most people won't admit that their ideas didn't match George Lucas vision.

Of course your idea is better because YOU thought of it. I happen to like the Prequels because Uncle George thought of them. You know, the guy whose prequels were critically well received and did great box office?

But of course, I'm sure your films are equally good...


You're missing the point. The world GL describes in the original trilogy doesn't match what he put into the prequels. Not only did he fark up his own timelines but the characters don't make any sense.

Case and point: Anakin is fatally flawed the moment you meet him in episode 2. His character is brash, stupid, impatient, asinine, and all around annoying. That's not the Anakin that GL originally laid out for the viewer in the original movies. By all accounts he was an honorable jedi knight who was THEN corrupted by the dark side. He was smart, rational and calculating. He was an honorable man at one point. In fact, he was always an honorable man but his pursuit of power and corruption by the dark side changed him...until the end.

GL failed to even understand the story he created and that is why the prequels are trash.
 
2013-02-21 10:55:10 AM

enforcerpsu: Darth_Lukecash: Metaluna Mutant: As the years go by, I increasingly put the prequels into the "things that were never filmed" genre like matrix sequels, Raiders of the Lost Ark sequels or any Alien film after Aliens. My imagination of the clone wars and the making of Darth Vader when I was 15 was better than anything from the prequels.

The fact that GL won't be behind the script, camera, auditioning process etc is why I am excited about these. And while I love American grafitti, thx 1138 and ANH, everything else Lucas has directed has been shiat, frankly.

At least you're honest. Most people won't admit that their ideas didn't match George Lucas vision.

Of course your idea is better because YOU thought of it. I happen to like the Prequels because Uncle George thought of them. You know, the guy whose prequels were critically well received and did great box office?

But of course, I'm sure your films are equally good...

You're missing the point. The world GL describes in the original trilogy doesn't match what he put into the prequels. Not only did he fark up his own timelines but the characters don't make any sense.

Case and point: Anakin is fatally flawed the moment you meet him in episode 2. His character is brash, stupid, impatient, asinine, and all around annoying. That's not the Anakin that GL originally laid out for the viewer in the original movies. By all accounts he was an honorable jedi knight who was THEN corrupted by the dark side. He was smart, rational and calculating. He was an honorable man at one point. In fact, he was always an honorable man but his pursuit of power and corruption by the dark side changed him...until the end.

GL failed to even understand the story he created and that is why the prequels are trash.


Yep. What's jarring are the moments when canon is invoked, usually for the purpose of making things worse.
 
2013-02-21 11:09:42 AM
Just going to put in that I enjoyed the pre-quals.

I had fun watching them and PM is great to watch when you have younglings yourself.

/nothing fancy, there you go.
 
2013-02-21 11:53:17 AM
Part of me doesn't care... but it brings up a rather interesting scenario.

If that's truly the case then does this mean that George Luca$ still has full creative control?  Because if he does then I see more drivel like the last 3 movies.

I would hope that the high profile talent/directors would quietly walk away...
 
2013-02-21 12:09:57 PM
"I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere."

There sure are a lot of sandy orifices in here.  Hell, I'm excited to see the franchise being picked up by someone who can hire a real director.  The prequels were just bad filmmaking.  Walking dialogue, limited by the size of the green screen sound stage.  Dialogue shot - dialogue countershot.  Hire a director who does more than sit in his chair sipping coffee, with his best direction being "Okay, do that again, but more."
 
2013-02-21 12:22:58 PM
The only thing that I'm exciting about is the new Plinkett reviews these movies will likely lead to.
 
2013-02-21 12:36:47 PM

sxacho: mariner314: What if a new trilogy were to follow a group of rebels, who are waging a civil war against the galactic republic. Make the original trilogy heroes the corrupted party?

You could have a perfect chance for know it all kids to rebel against their hero parents.

Episode 7: Star Wars Messiah
Episode 8: Children of Star Wars
Episode 9: God Emperor of Star Wars

Yeah, why not? I'd watch that.


I feel like I should understand your reference, but I'm drawing a blank.

/Dune?
 
2013-02-21 12:55:28 PM

mariner314: I feel like I should understand your reference, but I'm drawing a blank.

/Dune?


Yup, what you described, and its fallout, pretty much covers those three Dune books. It's a great story. I should read them again.
 
2013-02-21 12:57:58 PM

sxacho: mariner314: I feel like I should understand your reference, but I'm drawing a blank.

/Dune?

Yup, what you described, and its fallout, pretty much covers those three Dune books. It's a great story. I should read them again.


I've never read the books, but I am read enough to identify that your titles were familiar.  Star Wars just seems like a never ending cycle to me.  Look at the OT, the prequels, the EU, the old republic era....

It's all about established order falling.

/just like all civilizations in history.
 
2013-02-21 01:00:32 PM
Redlettermedia: The best reviews of the prequels and other awful movies you'll find ever!

If you have a some time to kill watch this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxKtZmQgxrI">http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=FxKtZmQgxrI
 
2013-02-21 01:08:11 PM

HMS_Blinkin: The other problem is that I was really really hoping they wouldn't bring back the old actors OR old characters. They should have started totally fresh with a new plotline, new characters, and a different period of galactic history.


Star Wars:  The Next Generation
 
2013-02-21 01:51:38 PM
Ugh...the prequels...WTF was Lucas thinking giving us a backstory to Boba Fett?  That we see his childhood makes us sympathetic to him and when he unceremoniously dies in Jedi in the desert teeth-sphincter we're now supposed to feel sorry for him as opposed to YEAH RIGHT ON!!(?)
 
2013-02-21 01:54:27 PM

Tsar_Bomba1: Part of me doesn't care... but it brings up a rather interesting scenario.

If that's truly the case then does this mean that George Luca$ still has full creative control?  Because if he does then I see more drivel like the last 3 movies.

I would hope that the high profile talent/directors would quietly walk away...


NO!

He has nothing to do with star wars anymore. Nothing. Hes just that guy that used to own it.  NOBODY in their right mind would have payed good money for that franchise with Lucas attached. I'm willing to bet Lucas NOT being involved was a stipulation of the sale.

Its unsolicited advice from someone with very little credibility. Who the hell is going to listen to GL? His recent stuff has been SOOOOOOOO well received.
 
2013-02-21 01:55:47 PM

Mugato: Isn't it farked up that as a Star Wars fan from birth, I somehow don't care about this? I'm not a hater by any means. I want to care, I really do. What's wrong with me? Is it the alcohol? Because I've been drunk through and have supportive the Prequels so that's not it.


My two boys (5 and 8) have rewatched the crap out of all six movies and really like the Clone Wars show.  Empire is my most favorite movie, but it wears on you after a while.
 
2013-02-21 01:57:04 PM
I trust Bill Murray.  He didn't want to do Ghostbusters 3 because no one wants to see old people fighting ghosts, and no one wants to see Egon giving a proton pac to Jonah Hill.  Trust Bill Murray.
 
2013-02-21 02:14:08 PM
It's really a shame so many people are passing on The Clone Wars series, just because the movie/pilot sucked. The show has gotten increasingly more amazing as it continues. Hell, the whole series was worth it just to see Darth Maul get his ass handed to him by Darth Sidious in a full-on fight.

Honestly, I'd love to see The Clone Wars crew go on to remake the Prequels in their style, with some corrections to the original script and pacing. I bet they could make rather awesome.

The meat of the prequels-- the core story-- is decent. It's the way it was told that makes the whole three-story arc seem less compelling. A better director with a better screenplay would be able to turn that story into something even the haters would embrace.
 
2013-02-21 02:28:58 PM

Champion of the Sun: I trust Bill Murray.  He didn't want to do Ghostbusters 3 because no one wants to see old people fighting ghosts, and no one wants to see Egon giving a proton pac to Jonah Hill.  Trust Bill Murray.


Jonah Hill? Hell no.

But give a proton pack to Nathan Fillion and I might be interested. Give one to Matt Smith and the Internet will explode. Give one to Emma Stone and every seat will sell.
 
2013-02-21 03:44:49 PM

LargeCanine: Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: I wonder what it's like to be held hostage by George Lucas.

Like butter.


made of money. millions and millions dollars.


knoxvelour: I think anything with an episode number should follow the Skywalker family. There are a lot of themes from previous movies that can be revisited. I like the idea of the side movies to further explore the universe.

Although I think a great reveal in Revenge of the Sith was wasted. What if we found out Luke and Leia were only two of triplets and there was an unaccounted for brother or sister who grew up on a darker path?


they had a EU comic series taking place 1,000 years later centering around the last skywalker decendant. Link. it was pretty good, skywalker was just a cog in the struggle and showed how the jedi order split to 2 factions and sith evolved from master/apprentice only structure.

i don't remember revenge showing there were triplets..?

Champion of the Sun: I trust Bill Murray.  He didn't want to do Ghostbusters 3 because no one wants to see old people fighting ghosts, and no one wants to see Egon giving a proton pac to Jonah Hill.  Trust Bill Murray.


uh. he signed on a few months ago...
 
2013-02-21 03:49:06 PM

not5am: they had a EU comic series taking place 1,000 years later centering around the last skywalker decendant. Link. it was pretty good, skywalker was just a cog in the struggle and showed how the jedi order split to 2 factions and sith evolved from master/apprentice only structure.


Wasn't it a bit more than 100 years after RoTJ, not 1,000?
 
2013-02-21 03:57:25 PM

Strongbeerrules: Picture, if you will, Princess Leia in a  bikini today.

Bleeeeuaaaagggghhhhh!!!


americanroosters.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-02-21 04:18:43 PM

karmachameleon: Mugato: Isn't it farked up that as a Star Wars fan from birth, I somehow don't care about this? I'm not a hater by any means. I want to care, I really do. What's wrong with me? Is it the alcohol? Because I've been drunk through and have supportive the Prequels so that's not it.

Is that why you post liberally in every single Star Wars thread that hits Fark?


Because your mother.
 
2013-02-21 04:26:07 PM

Fano: So, the talking point for prequel apologists is to claim the OT is just as crummy?

I'll try. The Two Jakes isn't a bad movie. It's just that Chinatown wasn't as good as everyone remembers.


Them's fighting words round here.  Although I haven't seen two Jakes, I really dig Chinatown.  Curly's wife with  Irish sunglasses really cracks me up.
 
2013-02-21 04:30:07 PM

treesloth: not5am: they had a EU comic series taking place 1,000 years later centering around the last skywalker decendant. Link. it was pretty good, skywalker was just a cog in the struggle and showed how the jedi order split to 2 factions and sith evolved from master/apprentice only structure.

Wasn't it a bit more than 100 years after RoTJ, not 1,000?


hah. wiki has it 125 years. i should've double checked it since i had the link up.
 
2013-02-21 04:46:07 PM

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: I wonder what it's like to be held hostage by George Lucas.


Let's just say that shortly after Hamill's car accident, he got a bouquet of flowers from Lucas with a tag that read "Get the hint?".

memedepot.com
 
2013-02-21 04:59:56 PM

Champion of the Sun: I trust Bill Murray.  He didn't want to do Ghostbusters 3 because no one wants to see old people fighting ghosts, and no one wants to see Egon giving a proton pac to Jonah Hill.  Trust Bill Murray.


Bill Murray is farkin' awesome.  He makes everything he does better.  That said- he's not the most stable guy in the world and he did star in "Garfield."
 
2013-02-21 05:32:03 PM

xria: karmachameleon: Yeah, I said "highly quotable".  :-)  Meaning, lines that most people (even non-geeks) would easily recognize.  "Use the force, Luke."  "Size matters not.  Judge me by my size, do you?"  "May the force be with you."  "I find your lack of faith disturbing."  "No, I am your father."  (Frequently misquoted as, "Luke, I am your father," or some variant.)  Instantly recognizable by virtually everyone, and I could come up with dozens more.  The lines you quoted up above, not so much.

That really isn't much of a judgment though - popular films from 3 decades ago the quotes will be more widely known than much more recent films, regardless of their relative quality. There are much better things to criticize about the prequels.


That's not why they're better known, and you know it.  Yes, there are better things to criticize; this is just an exercise similar to Red Letter Media's exercise about the characterizations.  There are a number of exercises along these lines you could perform that demonstrate the vast superiority of the original films over the prequels.
 
2013-02-21 05:50:07 PM

ZeroCorpse: Champion of the Sun: I trust Bill Murray.  He didn't want to do Ghostbusters 3 because no one wants to see old people fighting ghosts, and no one wants to see Egon giving a proton pac to Jonah Hill.  Trust Bill Murray.

Jonah Hill? Hell no.

But give a proton pack to Nathan Fillion and I might be interested. Give one to Matt Smith and the Internet will explode. Give one to Emma Stone and every seat will sell.


Is this where I say, "Shut up and take my money!"? Because I would pay to see that.
 
2013-02-21 05:54:53 PM

MylesHeartVodak: "I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere."

There sure are a lot of sandy orifices in here.  Hell, I'm excited to see the franchise being picked up by someone who can hire a real director.  The prequels were just bad filmmaking.  Walking dialogue, limited by the size of the green screen sound stage.  Dialogue shot - dialogue countershot.  Hire a director who does more than sit in his chair sipping coffee, with his best direction being "Okay, do that again, but more."


Hey, don't get me wrong.  I'm excited for new movies.  I am reassured by the fact that they simply can't be any worse than the last ones.  They could be just as bad, but they can't be any worse.  I'm betting they'll be considerably better, though.  Abrams is a competent filmmaker who is young, hungry, full of energy and has the drive and imagination to make great Star Wars movies.

But I'm not merely a Star Wars geek.  I like good films of any kind, and I don't let Star Wars movies off the hook from being good films just because they're Star Wars.  The first two movies helped prove that science fiction, even serialized science fiction, could be high quality.  The prequels were a letdown not because they were bad Star Wars films, but because they were simply bad films.  If they didn't have the Star Wars name attached to them, they would be forgotten already.

/Not that George Lucas isn't hungry too, just in a different way
 
2013-02-21 05:56:06 PM

Sparkimus Prime: Starhawk: DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: Damn Lucas for refusing to let that original version come out on digital media.

You mean like the DVD set that was released in 2006 that had Special Edition on one disc, and the untouched originals on the other?

Didn't you notice?  When Lucas did released those original versions on DVD, the internet exploded in rage because the were "untouched".

Fanboys will never be happy.


Oh please, both of you.  Being intentionally obtuse never won anyone an argument.
 
2013-02-21 08:35:13 PM
I saw the first 2 movies when the first came out. Since then they have been nothing but extended commercials for Star Wars toys and products.


/CGI does not save poor writing and uninspired acting.
 
2013-02-21 09:34:29 PM
imageshack.us

/moneyshot
 
2013-02-21 09:51:32 PM

tacos4jesus: My most quoted line is always "You can't go out there, your tauntaun will freeze before you reach the first marker."

[www.santacarlaboardwalk.com image 482x600]

/really


Still better weather than Alderaan.

posterous.com
 
2013-02-21 10:10:46 PM

fusillade762: tacos4jesus: My most quoted line is always "You can't go out there, your tauntaun will freeze before you reach the first marker."

[www.santacarlaboardwalk.com image 482x600]

/really

Still better weather than Alderaan.

[posterous.com image 500x364]


Okay, that actually made me laugh out loud. Good one.
 
2013-02-21 10:57:21 PM
not5am:

Champion of the Sun: I trust Bill Murray.  He didn't want to do Ghostbusters 3 because no one wants to see old people fighting ghosts, and no one wants to see Egon giving a proton pac to Jonah Hill.  Trust Bill Murray.

uh. he signed on a few months ago...


No he didn't.
 
2013-02-21 11:05:24 PM

Sparkimus Prime: Starhawk: DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: Damn Lucas for refusing to let that original version come out on digital media.

You mean like the DVD set that was released in 2006 that had Special Edition on one disc, and the untouched originals on the other?

Didn't you notice?  When Lucas did released those original versions on DVD, the internet exploded in rage because the were "untouched".

Fanboys will never be happy.


The rage was because it was sub-DVD quality. It's basically a laserdisc in DVD form, with about 300 lines of resolution between the widescreen mattes. However, it's a legitimate digital preservation of what was state-of-the-art home video 20 years ago, and anybody is clinging to a VHS, Beta, or Laserdisc, this DVD is better.
 
2013-02-22 12:49:31 AM

Nem Wan: Sparkimus Prime: Starhawk: DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: Damn Lucas for refusing to let that original version come out on digital media.

You mean like the DVD set that was released in 2006 that had Special Edition on one disc, and the untouched originals on the other?

Didn't you notice?  When Lucas did released those original versions on DVD, the internet exploded in rage because the were "untouched".

Fanboys will never be happy.

The rage was because it was sub-DVD quality. It's basically a laserdisc in DVD form, with about 300 lines of resolution between the widescreen mattes. However, it's a legitimate digital preservation of what was state-of-the-art home video 20 years ago, and anybody is clinging to a VHS, Beta, or Laserdisc, this DVD is better.


People also biatched because it was non-anamorphic and had a mono audio track.

So basically, they wanted the untouched original, but not really untouched as they wanted it touched just enough to make it look better and sound better than the original.

And I still say anybody who wants the original in digital format with only good changes should find Adywan's Star Wars Revisited. It's the best version out there.
 
2013-02-22 02:58:45 AM

ZeroCorpse: People also biatched because it was non-anamorphic and had a mono audio track.

So basically, they wanted the untouched original, but not really untouched as they wanted it touched just enough to make it look better and sound better than the original.

And I still say anybody who wants the original in digital format with only good changes should find Adywan's Star Wars Revisited. It's the best version out there.


Anamorphic and stereo would not be "better than the original", but that aside...nobody says it should be untouched.  It's 35 years old, of course it will need to be restored.  But restored means restored, not revised.
 
2013-02-22 07:12:33 AM

chewielouie: No he didn't.


did this turn out to be false or did he back out?
 
2013-02-22 10:01:42 AM
as long as jar jar becomes a jedi and we get a reboot of the xmas special, i'm on bored with the next movie being about a retirement community

however it must be directed by michael bay, starring shia lebouf as a sith master
 
2013-02-23 03:43:21 PM

karmachameleon: ZeroCorpse: People also biatched because it was non-anamorphic and had a mono audio track.

So basically, they wanted the untouched original, but not really untouched as they wanted it touched just enough to make it look better and sound better than the original.

And I still say anybody who wants the original in digital format with only good changes should find Adywan's Star Wars Revisited. It's the best version out there.

Anamorphic and stereo would not be "better than the original", but that aside...nobody says it should be untouched.  It's 35 years old, of course it will need to be restored.  But restored means restored, not revised.


I own the 2006 original-version DVDs and they're not mono sound, they're the Dolby Surround stereo mix that was on the laserdiscs, and they're fine as far as that goes, better than the films ever sounded in 1970s-1980s movie theaters.

What's lacking is better picture quality, because these DVDs are sourced from a standard-definition video transfer from the early 1990s, not from the film negatives like a proper DVD/Blu-ray project would be done today. Lucasfilms's excuse is that the negatives were recut for the Special Editions and so a new transfer of the original version is not possible, but that's bunk because somewhere every frame of footage is saved and could be scanned and assembled and cleaned up to conform to the theatrical edition. Lucas didn't want to spend his own money to do that, but pulling the laserdisc master tapes from storage and putting them on DVD was relatively easy (and a common thing to do with early DVD releases 10 years before this).

I found some of Adywan's changes unnecessary and out of place, equally glaring but just different than Lucas's revisions.

A good example of proper sci-fi restoration is Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray. It's using modern post-production to seamlessly re-assemble the raw footage that was originally filmed. They're making some changes but it's all meant to look consistent with the original material.
 
2013-02-23 05:52:19 PM

Nem Wan: What's lacking is better picture quality, because these DVDs are sourced from a standard-definition video transfer from the early 1990s, not from the film negatives like a proper DVD/Blu-ray project would be done today. Lucasfilms's excuse is that the negatives were recut for the Special Editions and so a new transfer of the original version is not possible, but that's bunk because somewhere every frame of footage is saved and could be scanned and assembled and cleaned up to conform to the theatrical edition. Lucas didn't want to spend his own money to do that, but pulling the laserdisc master tapes from storage and putting them on DVD was relatively easy (and a common thing to do with early DVD releases 10 years before this).


Yup.  And the myth that the original "Star Wars" is destroyed is just that - a myth.  It needs a full restoration, and to be honest this is the real reason I'm excited Disney now owns the property.  They have no emotional investment in holding back the originals, and would make a buttload of money releasing them, so I see no reason that's not inevitable now that they own it.

Nem Wan: I found some of Adywan's changes unnecessary and out of place, equally glaring but just different than Lucas's revisions.


I agree.  The best version is Harmy's, which brings the films back to their original state as closely as possible without having access to the source material.  The quality is the best of all currently or previously available digital copies of "Star Wars".
 
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