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Let It Be, George

Thanks to Pop Thought, I finally can release my GenX angst over the new Star Wars DVD trilogy set. (My piece is the third and final one.) And yes, I do feel much better now, thank you.

And now for the quote of the day:

"I miss you more than Michael Bay missed the mark
When he made Pearl Harbor
I miss you more than that movie missed the point
And that's an awful lot, girl
And now, now you've gone away
And all I'm trying to say
Is Pearl Harbor sucked and I miss you..."

from "The End of an Act," Team America: World Police Soundtrack

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randomalia
Nov. 17th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC)
It took me a while, but I managed to get the time to read your thoughts on the dvd release. I enjoy the way you write! Personally I have been in two minds about the changes. I have the original on vhs and they were probably the most awe-inspiring christmas present ever when I received them as a child (I kept them wrapped in tissue paper in a box for a while...). I think that the original movies are very much etched into my memories and connected with all the good feelings I associated with watching them.

So the 'improvements' change that - they aren't the same movies - and that is a very real shame. However, I would have been happy if both versions were included on the dvd. I think there's some merit, for me, in knowing what George's vision was, and seeing him get closer to that with his tinkering.

Will Lucas continue making alterations until all we have left is one long series of CGI chases and explosions? (Actually, he’s already done that: it’s called Attack of the Clones, a film made all the more troubling by the utter absence of key storytelling ingredients like character motivation.)

Yes, I agree. Too much attention to the bells and whistles, too little to getting these characters into our heads and hearts. I itch to know what could have been done with Qui-Gon, but also with Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan. I'm hopeful for Ep 3, however!

Thanks for the link :)
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2004 04:14 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for reading the piece and responding! I appreciate your kind words about my writing very much.

However, I would have been happy if both versions were included on the dvd. I think there's some merit, for me, in knowing what George's vision was, and seeing him get closer to that with his tinkering.

Very good point! That would have been great. As you say, we could see what improvements GL had made without losing the opportunity to see the original version. I could support that whole-heartedly. It's his desire to replace the original, instead of offering something new side-by-side with the old, that drives me nuts. Your solution would make everyone happy. (Are you listening, George? *g*)

I itch to know what could have been done with Qui-Gon, but also with Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan. I'm hopeful for Ep 3, however!

I have my fingers crossed, too. When he does get a good scene he's brilliant in it, so I hope the fact the next film has his showdown with Anakin means that we'll have more quality Obi-Wan time.

You know, I think I sometimes forget to give EM credit for his interpretation of Obi-Wan precisely because he's so good at it that his work seems to me to be an extension of Sir Alec Guinness's performance, which, when you think about it, is pretty amazing. The character seems to me to be quite coherent across the films, and that's quite an achievement considering he was portrayed by two tremendous actors of very different generations.

Thanks again for your reply! :)
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