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Han shoots first again!

I can't even put into words how happy this makes me:
This September: Original Unaltered Star Wars Trilogy on DVD
Why yes, George, late is better than never. Thank you.


In publication news, my tribute to Octavia Butler, "The Parables of Octavia Butler," is now available in the hard-copy June 2006 issue of Reason.

Also, my scholarly article "Reimagining Rose: Portraits of Tolkien's Rosie Cotton in Twenty-First Century Fan Fiction" is now out in the new Winter/Spring 2006 issue of the journal Mythlore.


In the spirit of this Star Wars news, I offer a quote for the day:

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy...

Star Wars, old-school style!

Comments

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estellye
May. 4th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
May the fourth be with you.

I am positive that is an old joke, but it was new to me. My friend told me this morning and I died!
eldritchhobbit
May. 4th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
LOL! I hadn't heard that either. I love it! :):):)
terrylj
May. 4th, 2006 12:33 pm (UTC)
What I want to know is, how do I get the middle-version--not the digitally altered version, not the original, but the one somewhere in the middle where he changed just a few things, like the horrible Ewok music at the end of ROTJ when he added in some digital scenes of cities and put some decent music in?

I'd like those middle-ground ones.

P.S. I think < marquee up > might give the effect you're looking for...

eldritchhobbit
May. 4th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
Good question about the middle-ground ones! I don't know if those are available anymore. Hmmmm...

And thanks tremendously for the coding advice. It works! And I've learned something new. I owe you one. :):):)
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ltlj
May. 4th, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
Yay for finally releasing DVDs of the real original trilogy! (Jeeze, it took him long enough to break down.) And I love your icon!
eldritchhobbit
May. 4th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah! I started to say "C'mon, George, while we are still young!" but, um, I guess it's too late. Ah well. I cans till swing a lightsaber. *wink*
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mamomo
May. 4th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
That is good news (except for my miserable bank account)! Thanks for the heads-up!
eldritchhobbit
May. 4th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
And you know George will gouge us with the price, too! At least we have several months' warning...
semielliptical
May. 4th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
Yay for the original Star Wars! I'm amused that they're packaging it as "bonus material" rather than the primary feature on the DVD set.
eldritchhobbit
May. 4th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
That is very ironic, isn't it? I think he's pretty grudging in throwing my generation a bone. But I have no pride in this instance - I'll fetch it! LOL.
agentxpndble
May. 4th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
This September: Original Unaltered Star Wars Trilogy on DVD

I'm speechless. Really, I'm crying I'm so happy...

Unfortunately, Lucas has permanently damaged my appreciation of his work/genius with his absurd control issues over the years. I *could* compare him to a certain group of people but I'm sure that would draw all sorts of unpleasant comments to your journal. I can only imagine what the sets will cost - I have to say, I'm inclined to illegally copy a set (and not purchase) purely out of boycott/protest of Lucas' tactics and pricing policies over the years.
true_gaudior
May. 4th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
I can't give another dime to that money-grubbing hack.

* dons tin foil hat *

Scene: George Lucas' office:

George: I want to release the original trilogy on DVD.
Lackey: OK, but how about if make a few changes. We can muck up the story, and irritate the fans. They will still buy it, and then a few years later, we'll re-release the correct version. They'll buy it all over again.
George: I like the way you think, boy. Have a cigar.

FIN

* removes tin foil hat *
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melissagay
May. 4th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
Omigod omigod omigod I am so buying that!!!!!!!!!!!

A celebratory quotation:

"I've been waiting for this moment for a long time."
"Yeah. I'll bet you have."
::BLAST::
eldritchhobbit
May. 4th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
WOOHOO! Welcome back, trigger-happy Han! *applause*

Seriously, I never understood what was up with those changes. Making him some sort of white knight smuggler (huh?!?) from the beginning totally diminishes the character transformation/evolution of Han over the three films. Making him an unapologetic badass makes for a much more interesting character arc.

And I'll admit it: I like my musically-challenged Ewoks. :)
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sneezythesquid
May. 4th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
It's like the sun has come out from behind the clouds, the birds are singing and the flowers are dueling with lightsabers.

I know where I'll be in September. In line. With all the other geeks.

And congrats on the being published again! Promise not to forget all us little people when you reach the top! :)
eldritchhobbit
May. 4th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
It's like the sun has come out from behind the clouds, the birds are singing and the flowers are dueling with lightsabers.

ROFLOL! You are the BEST.

I'll be in line with you!

Promise not to forget all us little people when you reach the top! :)

Shouldn't that be my line to you, Mr. RevSF Staff Writer? :):):)

Seriously, thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it.
sarah531
May. 4th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
I'm now going to commit major, major blasphemy and say I like the SW DVDs I've already got- the altered ones. ;)

Still- May the forth! Good timing. XD
eldritchhobbit
May. 4th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
I'm now going to commit major, major blasphemy and say I like the SW DVDs I've already got- the altered ones. ;)

LOL! I don't mind fancier explosions, but it seems to me that having Han shoot after Greedo makes his character transformation over the three films much less complex and interesting. His unapologetic "shoot first, apologize later" persona in the original version makes his character arc much more sophisticated and meaningful, I think. But hey, as the Trek fans say, Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. Different strokes for different folks! :)

Plus, I'm an old lady, and I remember the original version as the first "grown up" (that is, non-Disney) film I was allowed to see in the movie theater. I then wore Chewbacca kneesocks faithfully to my kindergarten class on a regular basis. :) So I'll admit the nostalgia level is pretty high for me.

The "May the 4th" is too funny! Good point indeed.
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