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New ‘Star Wars’ Blu-Ray Creates Controversy

posted by Nell Minow

George Lucas can’t stop fiddling with “Star Wars.” This week’s highly anticipated Blu-Ray release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga films has 40 hours of extra material, which will make the fan-boys happy, but it also tinkers with the original films so significantly that some of the hardcore fans are calling for a boycott and have even set up a Facebook page to get support for the boycott.  For example, you won’t see the famous “Han shot first” scene in the Blu-Ray.

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And the Ewoks now have CGI-enhanced eyes that blink.

Nikki Finke cheekily quotes from Lucas’ 1988 testimony before Congress to her story on the controversy:

People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society.

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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 this question of our soul, and not simply to accounting procedures. 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.

Ross Lulppold of The Huffington Post has a funny piece with some other suggested changes Lucas might want to consider.  Chewie in pants?  Googly eyes for the Sarlaac?  Stay tuned.

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