So now Star Wars is coming out on Blu-ray! How long will it be before George Lucas tries to milk his fans (again!) by re-releasing it in 3D?
If we put the money-making aspects to one side, I can see why he would want to keep re-releasing it in every new format that comes out. Most people don’t have video players nowadays (except me, with my DVD/video player combo). Plus, video tapes degrade over time. That was a good reason to re-release the films on DVD. They would not degrade, and the films could be enjoyed by a whole new generation of sci-fi fans.
However, I don’t think it should have to be released again. He has already released so many “re-mastered” editions and “director’s cut” editions. I think I can even remember an “enhanced sound” edition!
I blame the TV and movie industries for coming out with all these new formats without having some sort of backwards compatibility. When DVDs first came out, they looked so sharp and clear. Now, you try to play them on a High Definition television (HDTV), and the same DVDs look a bit degraded and blocky.
And speaking of HDTVs, they have been out for only 2 – 3 years, and now we’re being encouraged to ditch them in favour of 3D televisions!
Guys, I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but we’re in the middle of a recession at the moment! Why would we want to spend our hard-earned cash on televisions that make our (previously expensive) DVDs look old and worthless?