For What It's Worth: George Lucas Needs an Intervention

Does anybody have the phone number to Jeff Van Vonderen or Candy Finnigan? We need to form an intervention group for George Lucas - stat!

In about 10 days the Blu-Ray edition of the Star Wars saga will be released, with a ton of "fixes." Most of them you would never have noticed it was wrong, but he did. Vader's control panel that didn't blink? or his red eyes? The lack of stars in the most of the space sequences? The blue decals on the rebel pilots' helmets (there was no blue group)? Ben Kenobi's Krayt dragon cry now sounds like someone riding with the Dukes of Hazzard. That's just some of the ones in A New Hope.

Return of the Jedi's fixes have made more headlines. As you have probably seen, we have Vader screaming "NO!" as he grabs the Emperor and throws him down the reactor shaft. If not, here it is...

We also have Ewoks that can blink. You will see a dug (Anakin's podrace nemesis, Sebulba was a dug) in Jabba's palace. I'm sure there is more that I'm not aware of yet. I've heard nothing regarding changes in The Empire Strikes Back, but I'm sure there are some.

Some will argue it's his property, he can do what he wants. BS. He talks about moving on and doing other stuff, yet he does this for the Blu-Rays...will this version of the films be the ones converted into 3D? Or will there be a Special, Special, Special, Special Edition?

Here is an interesting quote I got from Movieline:

“People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society.”

This quote came from George Lucas testifying before Congress in 1988. Is this another case of not practicing what you preach? Here is an interview done earlier this year with Lucas buddy and director Steven Spielberg saying he won't do this kind of thing again. He will leave his films alone. Fans are boycotting these movies and I don't blame them. I'll stick to the Special, Special Editions.

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