Those with a real life who dont really care who Luke Skywalkers old man is might want to skip this article. But there has been an interesting summary on the Beeb arts page regarding the fight between Star Wars fans and George tinkerin Lucas.
When the digitally re-mastered version was released, some fans just groaned a little, but they were outraged by it when they realised that GL had altered the critical confrontation when Hans Solo shot Greedo (the funny looking alien bounty hunter he shoots in the Cantina). The new version has Greeto shooting first. GLs position is that he was trying to emphasis that Hans had no choice but to shoot Greedo. Fans say that he’s lays it on way too thick and is tinkering with a movie classic. The cultural equivlent of drawing a smily face on the Scream.
Anyway, it now seems he’s at it again. A key scene in which Darth previously remained silent, now the Blue-Ray disk version has Darth Vader screaming like a sissy girl. Naturally the fans are appalled at this turn of events.
My take? Well I know what I saw when I saw the film the first time and thats what counts. And I’ve a copy of both the original and re-mastered at home so GL can ruin the film to his hearts content, I’ll just not be buying a copy of that Blue-Ray disk. What Im not going to do is put on a tinfoil hat.
What I will say is that there’s now a huge amount of “fan fiction” out there and thus fandom has moved well beyond that of the original film.
Also I would note that there is nothing strange about an artish returning to a work and producing several versions of it. There are for example multiple versions of “the Scream” and Van Gogh’s “sunflowers“. What is uncalled for, is George Lucas attempt to rewrite history and suppress the previous versions of his work. I mean he could make a ton of money if he was smart selling the alternative versions of the SW Hexalogy to fans and Blue-ray provides the perfect means for him to do it. Although I do understand his desire to suppress all knowledge of the “star wars holiday special” :oops:. If you’ve ever had the misfortune to see it you’ll understand where he’s coming from. I include a link to it here, but with a health warning, it really is very, very bad, and I mean bad enough to make people ill, so don’t blame me (or GL) if you’re foolish enough to click on the link above.