And I’m getting senile in my old age, for not figuring out just how hard he sucks those balls before now. If you don’t know by now, come September, Lucas will be releasing a new box set of the original trilogy on DVD. It will have both the Shortbus Editions and the laser disc versions of the films. The laser disc versions will be as close to the original versions of the films that we’re likely to get, ufortunately, the quality won’t be all that good. Here’s the official explaination as to why.
This is bullshit. First of all, Lucas quit editing on film ages ago. It’s all done by computer (which last I heard was called the “Editdroid”). How ILM would have cleaned the film up and added the “enhancements” is pretty simple. First, you clean the film up, and then save that as a master file. Next, you use a copy of that master file, for your “enhancements.” Never touching the original master file, because you never know when you’re going have to completely rework something (like say, splicing douchebag in at the end of Jedi). Yeah, sure, they did create new negatives of the altered films, but somewhere in Skywalker ranch are discs (be they hard drives, flopticals, laser discs, or what have you) with the cleaned up master files on them! It would probably be easier to use those files than transcoding the laser discs, but because Lucas is so pissy about people not accepting what he says is his “original intentions for the film” (horseshit, George, you’ve changed your stories so many times on what your intentions for the saga were, that it’s pointless to believe you), he’s using the crappy copies in hopes that it’ll shut everyone up.
Hey, George, there’s a reason that people bitch about the Shortbus Editions. It’s because they suck! The added CGI in most cases is annoying, and Greedo shooting first totally eliminates much of the character development of Han Solo. I hope a rancor chews your nuts off.