Blinking Ewoks

And George Lucas on why he is against changing films before he started changing all of his films:

“These current defacements are just the beginning. Today, engineers with their computers can add color to black-and-white movies, change the soundtrack, speed up the pace, and add or subtract material to the philosophical tastes of the copyright holder. Tomorrow, more advanced technology will be able to replace actors with ‘fresher faces,’ or alter dialogue and change the movement of the actor’s lips to match. It will soon be possible to create a new ‘original’ negative with whatever changes or alterations the copyright holder of the moment desires….

In the future it will become even easier for old negatives to become lost and be ‘replaced’ by new altered negatives. This would be a great loss to our society. Our cultural history must not be allowed to be rewritten…. Attention should be paid to the interest of those who are yet unborn, who should be able to see this generation as it saw itself, and the past generation as it saw itself.”

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  1. Surrounded by growing hordes of cold-hearted, computer-wielding opportunists eager to digitally alter classic films, indulge their modern whims, and reap ill-gotten profits, a rebel filmmaker stood before Congress in 1988 and argued that the madness must stop: “People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians,” he said, his voice no doubt taking on an emotional, Jimmy Stewart-like quaver. “And if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society.”

    http://www.avclub.com/articles/george-lucas-offers-a-compelling-argument-against,61224/

  2. It’s so nice to know I am not the only one hanging on to my old laserdiscs… I do believe I own every version he has put out.

    I have to make a point though – perhaps what he was protesting was someone else making changes to movies they themselves did not make – he is only changing movies that HE made. I kind of seeing it as polishing something that wasn’t quite finished. Believe me I am ECSTATIC that he changed the final scene in Return of the Jedi – god I hated that ewok song!

    I’m just annoyed that I will now have 5 sets of star wars movies. Sheesh. The blue ray is IT – I’m DONE!!!

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