According to Lucasfilm, the Star Wars saga is slowly but surely making its way to the HD format. Are you really gonna pony up to own these films again? And again...and again?
Since the advent of home video, the Star Wars saga has been released, and rereleased, enough times to make the head spin: at least four times on VHS, a couple of laserdisc releases, and twice — so far — on DVD. That's eight iterations of, basically, the same content. Yes, it was tweaked a couple times — never really for the better, but that's just one fan's opinion — but it got bought nevertheless.
So, speaking for both my wallet and my sense of justice, I refuse to pay for these films again.
Oh, sure, Lucasfilm will continue — somehow — to find new goods for the supplemental materials. Lucas' fan relations major domo Steve Sansweet admits as much:
"We have been at work for a couple of years working on — I won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff — but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material. We're finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about…there are some real treasures."
But my question is, are they really "finding all kinds of scenes that have never been seen before" or have they simply been putting such things aside for the express purpose of convincing people to re-purchase these movies over and over and over?
Maybe it's time for you to ask yourself a hard question: How much Star Wars do you really need?
Don't get me wrong: I love the original trilogy, and tolerate the prequels as one must tolerate your significant other's pets and/or children. But are these movies going to substantively improve with each progressive release? No. They are never going to get better than when you first saw them. Perhaps it's time to stop chasing this particular dragon.
(Via Topless Robot)