There has been a new disturbance in the force. If you haven't heard, you can now watch all of the six "Star Wars" movies in full 1080p HD on Blu-ray that were released on Friday. While it's good news that you can now watch the most popular sci-fi films of all time in stunning high-definition and 6.1 surround sound, some of you may be thinking http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/I_have_a_bad_feeling_about_this" target="_blank">"I've got a bad feeling about this."
Yes, once again George Lucas has made many tweaks to the series as he converted it for your high-def viewing pleasure. It wasn't enough that Lucas has revised the movies four times already, first with audio remixes in 1985 and 1993 on VHS and Laserdisk, then deciding he would spend $15 million to rework the original three films with new scenes, new computer effects and new editing.
The most controversial change was the famous scene in which Han no longer preemptively blasts Greedo from beneath the table to avoid being killed or captured, but instead returns fire after dodging Greedo's kill shot. Lucas explained that he wanted to paint a more child-friendly picture of Han Solo, rather than casting him as an amoral bounty hunter.
Then in 2005, when the original trilogy was first released on DVD, Lucas made more modifications, most notably replacing actor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_Shaw_%28actor%29#Return_of_the_Jedi" target="_blank">Sebastian Shaw with Hayden Christensen at the end of Return of the Jedi to synchronize the film with the recent prequel trilogy of films (starring Christensen). Who knows why the ghost of Anakin Skywalker would appear to be 20 years younger all of a sudden. Maybe it's one of those benefits of the force — it makes you look younger after death sometimes.
So in short, George Lucas has made literally hundreds of tweaks to the movies in the last 30 years. Does Lucas simply have too much power for his own good? We'd love to see the originals as they appeared in theaters, but instead we'll just have to grit our teeth and ignore the many changes instituted by "Uncle George," as "MythBuster" Grant Imahara referred to him.
After seeing a few scenes from the Blu-ray set, it is true that some of the changes are a bit ridiculous. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan now flee from the conference room at the beginning of Episode I at ridiculously high speeds in a "http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Force_speed" target= "_blank">force-sprint." You can now see an iris in the Ewok Wicket's eyes and he blinks, which is a bit freaky, while Darth Vader's guttural "Noooo!" as he attacks the emperor in Return of the Jedi is unnecessary and detracts from the musical score.
So George, please stop messing with a good thing or if you simply must make extra changes, make removing Jar-Jar one of them.
And by the way, Han shot first.