On Sep. 16, 2011 George Lucas will be releasing the “Complete Star Wars Saga” onto Blu Ray.
People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society.
In the future it will become even easier for old negatives to become lost and be “replaced” by new altered negatives. This would be a great loss to our society. Our cultural history must not be allowed to be rewritten.
Attention should be paid to this question of our soul, and not simply to accounting procedures. Attention should be paid to the interest of those who are yet unborn, who should be able to see this generation as it saw itself, and the past generation as it saw itself.
— George Lucas’s 1988 speech to the U.S. Congress
On Sep. 16, 2011 George Lucas will be releasing the “Complete Star Wars Saga” onto Blu Ray. Lucas has already confirmed alterations, and leaked visuals have already appeared on YouTube.
Lucas’ speech to congress was in response to Hollywood’s attempt to color black and white films. Due to the invigorated and passionate outrage at such indiscretion of original pieces of art, the “National Film Registry” was established to protect original copies of historically significant films from being edited without preservation of the original.
Whether or not these changes make for better films, it will certainly be interesting to see Lucas continue to change the face of movies.