Originally Posted by PeterTHX
Enough with the off-topic nonsense.
I didn't start the topic, so why jump on me? Besides, it's relevant to the extent that speculation is occurring regarding whether or not the Indy films will be altered. I'm not gonna shut up just because some guy on the internet calls my post "nonsense." haha
Originally Posted by rickah88
It's not like I'm really disagreeing with you per se, as I understand where you are coming from.
My stance on GL has always been the same going back to the dvd release: It's his product, he can do whatever he wishes.
As a fan of his work, for the most part, I'm not that put off by all his changes. Some of which I actually liked. But that's just me. I'm quite certain this lightning rod has attracted enough storm clouds to date, that we don't need to keep adding to it.
As for Blade Runner, I can't be certain but are all 7 versions of the film available on BD?
As for Indy...well I guess we need an announcement with specs/screencraps before a new saga in the never-ending Purist/Revisionist War begins anew!
Certainly, Lucas can do whatever he wants. If he wants to destroy the original film elements for Star Wars and replace them with a computer animation of a monkey playing scrabble against a giraffe (yes, this is
the weirdest example I could come up with ;)), and call that Star Wars, he's completely within his legal rights. But I'll never call it Star Wars, and I won't buy it, and I reserve the right to say that I think the man's integrity disappeared around the same time as his chin. haha
As for Blade Runner, one of the seven cuts was the TV Cut, which was just the Theatrical Cut, edited for television...its inclusion would be pretty pointless. So the only existing cut of Blade Runner that isn't included (that wouldn't be silly to include) would be the San Diego sneak preview cut, which was largely identical to the Theatrical Cut, but with three very brief additions. And this version was only screened once
. Including it may have been nice, for absolute completion's sake, but this is a cut that hardly anyone
saw...it's not really any fan's preference. Besides, I don't think anyone's really clamoring for the rough cuts of Star Wars, Empire, and Jedi...just the theatrical cuts. ;)
Originally Posted by rickah88
It is a shame, especially as Oblivion pointed out Lucas really vented about this very subject before Congress back in '88(savestarwars.com). All I can say about that is: People change their minds!
I know I don't think the same, or hold many of the same beliefs I did back in '88 when I was in high school.
Anyway, as I said earlier: this topic will always be a lightning rod.
For Indy's sake I hope the Purist/Revisionist battle doesn't continue, but I fear it might. I guess we'll have to cross that bridge when we come to it.
For Indy's sake, I hope Spielberg's newfound "No more alterations to my films" conviction will win out over Lucas's "I'm never happy with anything the way it is" mindset.
Again, I'm not a total
purist...people can make whatever changes they want to their work. But denying the fans who gave him his success - the original fans who went to their local theaters to see those movies over and over again until they made millions and millions of dollars - the ability to relive those fond memories with their children...I just think that's bullshit. I totally agree that he has the right to make changes. But preserve the original, as well...because it's part of our "cultural heritage," as he once put it.