From the BBC News website:
“The entire Star Wars film saga is to be converted into 3D, director George Lucas has announced. A statement on the Star Wars website said: “The cutting edge conversion will take that immersion to the next thrilling level.”
“Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is expected to be released in 2012, with the other films to follow.” Check out the rest of the story here.
Several people (including me) predicted that George Lucas would release a 3D version of Star Wars. I’m sure many Star Wars fans were happy when they heard the news, but I’m not sure if it’s a good idea. I really enjoyed watching Avatar in 3D, but it was filmed using special 3D cameras (the Fusion Camera System). I do not, however, like the idea of converting 2D movies into 3D.
The tickets for 3D movies cost more money and some people have complained of having headaches after watching films in 3D. I haven’t seen any of the ‘converted’ movies, and I don’t intend to. I think they are perfectly fine in 2D. Why are these studio execs so greedy? How many times is George Lucas going to squeeze money out of the Star Wars movies? The first Star Wars film came out in 1977. Surely the time has come for him to leave the film alone, and to work on new ideas.
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?