SO, I rented the first Star Wars (now called Episode IV in its title) which just came out on DVD. (It was sorta hard to resist the *buy it now* ad campaign, so I compromised) I always thought it was great 27 years ago at the Beacon theater. What a bonding experience to have with the Bear, who is about at the age to maybe enjoy it.
The tweaks for the 20th anniversary were stupid but mostly innocuous. The latest DVD is worse. It seems like things have been re-edited, especially the last fight sequence – not simple inserts of crap, but a reordering. the final battle is now linear and boring, where before it seemed wonderfully chaotic.
Or maybe my job of taking isolated facts and distilling a coherent story makes me incapable of still enjoying the frenetic seemingly convoluted pace for what it is (or seemingly was).
Anyway, all of the extra footage is unhelpful at best. I like (as a monument to ego and abject stupidity) the extra scene where computer-generated Jabba has the same conversation with Han that Greedo had in the earlier cantina scene . I also like the fact that Greedo is in the added (*restored*) scene, which, in story time, occurs minutes AFTER Greedo was shot. Way to fight the pain, dude.
Finally, WTF is with manipulating the special effects so that Greedo shoots first. I always like the “Oh, you’re going to shoot ME now?” Blam. “Guess not” And WTF? The giant worm will send an assassin to kill you, but get in a room with the worm AND the assassin and he’ll let you off with a verbal promise to pay at some indeterminate point in the future? Please. I wish my credit card company worked like that (the taking a promise to pay instead of $$ part).
Anyway, this rant about the 1997 tweaks says it better than I feel like doing.
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