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The Original Empire,
This review is from: Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (Limited Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
It's great to see what people can do when they shout loud enough, in this case to get Mr. Lucas to release his orginal theatrical cuts of some of the most popular films in cinematic history.
The Empire Strikes Back has always been my favourite film of the trilogy as it has all the elements needed for a great film with a touch of magic too. When Mr. Lucas revealled he was tinkering with his films over 10 years ago I thought this was actually a good idea. To be fair he didn't actually mess around with any of the 3 films content too much plus they needed remastering anyway. I still think this is the case and the newer versions look stunning.
However in recent years I think George Lucas' biggest mistake was to basically forget about the original versions of the films and not to allow people to make a choice of which version of the films they would like to see. After all it was these original versions that made him all his money in the first place. Plus even though they were his films, they are of course incredibly popular so if he didn't expect a large amount of backlash when he tinkered with them then he must have been stupid.
Now George Lucas has released the original versions it appears he has taken all the cries for them to be released very, very literally and given us the original bare bones films. As for what we have here, yes the picture and sound quality is far inferior to the special editions but I think some reviewers have been a little extreme in their words on this aspect. I personally feel that they hold up very well even when viewed on a widescreen TV.
As for George Lucas himself, well he's an astute businessman. People seem to keep lambasting him for trying to squeeze every penny out of the Star Wars fans. Well, it's the fans that keep buying the films again and again.