Star Wars Blu-rays

This post was published more than a few years ago (on 2011-09-01) and may contain inaccurate technical information, outmoded thoughts, or cringe takes. Proceed at your own risk.

So, you may have heard the Star Wars Blu-rays are coming out in a couple of weeks.

After the last of the prequels came out, I was annoyed at Lucas’ clumsy storytelling, and… well, with those and the Special Editions, it felt like a cheapening of some great movies that I loved from my childhood. I try very hard not to be one of those people who turn whining and arguing about Star Wars into their life’s work, but I was frustrated enough that I made a conscious decision not to watch any of them for quite a while.

When I heard that the Blu-rays were coming out, I decided to pre-order the original trilogy, and I’d finally watch them again when they came out. Just in the last day or two, though, a bunch of previews have been posted to the web.

First, one very in-depth look with links to two more parts of the article.

This got me excited. Okay, so still no theatrical versions, but I suppose I can live with that, and there’s some really amazing behind the scenes stuff on the bonus discs that only ship with the full 9-disc set. Hmmm.

But then, I saw this.

…and a few other articles elsewhere, that indicate Lucas is still dicking around with the original movies, and in my opinion, making them worse in the process. So now I’m torn between upgrading my order to the full set just so I can see those cool extras, or canceling my order altogether because I don’t know if I even want the original trilogy if he’s messed with them again.

Maybe I should just try to find a cheap used Laserdisc player so I can watch these relatively unadulterated early-90s “restored” versions again.