My dellow felegates…
George Lucas has confirmed some unexpected, and in at least one case genuinely awful, changes to the Star Wars: Complete Saga Blu-Ray boxed set. Yoda's CGI now, Darth Vader yells unconvincingly during his biggest dramatic moment in the original trilogy. Ewoks blink. Krayt dragons sound implausible. Up is down, black is white, dogs and cats… living together… MASS HYSTERIA!!!
In all seriousness, we have a problem with all these changes too… Just like we had a problem with just about every other change to the Star Wars series, with the possible exception of cleaning up the light saber animations. But as with any franchise, complaints only really matter if they affect sales. For years the makers of Star Wars, just like every other wonky franchise like the various comic book series and events we geeks like to bitch about but keep buying anyway, have enjoyed continued sales of every single piece of Star Wars merchandise, with the possible exception of the ones with Jar Jar Binks on them, no matter what they did to the movies. Because the fans were still fans, and wished to support the movies that so positively affected their lives.
And now, those fans are revolting. (We've allowed room for the pun but we're not committing to it.)
Deadline has reported that fans are putting together a boycott of Star Wars: The Complete Saga because, finally, they've had enough. They're citing George Lucas's own words to congress on the issue of preserving motion pictures for historical and cultural posterity, in which he said such inspiring, at least somewhat hypocritical statements as the following:
"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."
It's a noble sentiment, and we support it even though George Lucas no longer seems to. (In his defense, his original argument was against tinkering with other filmmakers' work, but it certainly seems to apply.
The question is… Will this actually work? Has the market finally been saturated with so much sub-par Star Wars material that fans are willing to actually stave off from Star Wars: The Complete Saga, regardless of its high-definition content and 40 hours of bonus features? Or will it break records like everyone's expecting it to, sentencing us to more years of unnecessary (at best) rejiggering?
What do you think? Are you willing or going to boycott Star Wars: The Complete Saga based on sheer principles, or is it just too enticing a Blu-Ray set to resist?