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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday March 25 2014, @06:44PM   Printer-friendly
from the Ches-ko-ba-tuta-creesta-crenko-ya-kolska! dept.

mechanicjay writes:

While a bit pop-culture and light hearted, it's an indelible part of every geek's soul, so perhaps it's worthy of a front page discussion:

Over at Movie Pilot, Alex Rosenhiem puts forth a compelling argument for preservation of art and of shared cultural experience and why that matters. He couches it in the context of revisionism as applied to the Han/Greedo Cantina scene, long a source of nerd rage, countless arguments and is even it's own meme. The moment is a pivotal one for the development of the Han Solo character, but more importantly Rosenhiem argues that Art, Star Wars included, gives us access to the past and where we were at a certain point in time when we first experienced it.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by gallondr00nk on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:14PM

    by gallondr00nk (392) on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:14PM (#21129)

    I've got the trilogy on VHS, thankfully not one of the special editions as I like to pretend the prequels don't exist.

    As far as I understand, there's only one release that's widescreen and not a special edition, and it's on VHS.

    I've got a working VHS player now, but I'm sure I won't in ten years time. If I want to watch Star Wars as it was originally released, it means either ripping them myself or downloading from TPB. You simply can't get them legitimately in a modern format.

    At what point does it stop being simply Make-George-Lucas-Money entertainment and become something society deserves to preserve in its original form as part of cultural history? Greedo shooting first changes the entire tone of Han's introduction.

    Maybe it's just a show and I should really just relax.

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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:18PM (#21132)

    Wondering how they eat and breathe, and other science facts? (La la la!)

    • (Score: 2) by Tork on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:28PM

      by Tork (3914) on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:28PM (#21143)
      (That wasn't off-topic...)
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  • (Score: 1) by DECbot on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:24PM

    by DECbot (832) on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:24PM (#21138) Journal

    Given that Disney is now the IP owner, the Hans-shoots-first versions will never hit the market.

    Well, not unless Disney sees it would be more profitable than maintaining the current, Greedo shoots first and look!-inappropriate-shiny-CGI-shit-everywhere-caus e-I-need-to-justify-re-releasing-the-films version.

    Maybe during the 50 anniversary addition, Disney will re-release the Hans-shoots-first remastered edition.

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:59PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:59PM (#21161)

    I'm pretty sure I rented the original release versions from Netflix a few years back... worth a look to see if they still have them. TPB surely does.

  • (Score: 2) by evilviper on Wednesday March 26 2014, @04:09AM

    by evilviper (1760) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @04:09AM (#21318) Homepage Journal

    Throw away your VCR. The Laser Disc version, converted to DVD, is available at several locations around the internet.

    And now that Lucas sold control of the company, he can't stop Disney releasing the remastered originals, to a waiting market. Knowing Disney, then they'll take it off the market for years, and r re re release it from the "vault" periodically.

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