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23rd June 2004, 10:22
I think I'll probably buy it, to me, this is what Star Wars is truly about.
I haven't seen "The Phantom Menace" but I have seen "Attack of the clones", it was plain rubbish. Has anyone actually liked the "new" movies so far ?
23rd June 2004, 11:08
Phantom Menace was ok, I think it had too much riding on it after 20 years, although I do admit I've grown to dislike it the more often I've seen it.
AOTC I thought was ok, not stellar, but good non the less, he tried a few different tricks with his directing, but as usual Lucas suffers from the fact that he can't direct peopel, witness the dreadfull dialogue scenes during the film.
As a crash bang action film it can't be faulted, I mean come on, you got whzizzy car chases, one on one fighting with jango, zillions of droids going off against zillions of clones , jedis kicking much booty and yoda going one to one with Christopher Lee, who I must admit was probably the best actor in this film and lent his not inconsiderable talent to it, it's a shame that he's rumoured to be killed off fairly quickly in episode 3.
Take out all the "anakin starts going bad" and crappy romance scenes and it'd be a much better film, or maybe I should say, get better actors and a director to film the "anakin goes bad scenes" and the romance scenes and it might not have been half bad..
People look back at the original trilogy with such effection, and some of that is childhood memories that taint things, I know I always remember standing in line to see star wars back in 78, being absolutley dumbstruck when that first ship went over , then being even more dumbstruck when the imperial destroyer followed it.
With memories like that, the next trilogy had a lot to live up to , and could probably never surpass.
If however, you'd never seen the original films, never heard of them, and watched them today, you would probably level a lot of the same moans and groans at them that people do with the new trilogy, they wern't acted that brilliantly, the story was a little flaky in places, some of the dialogue was very wooden etc etc, it's just those rose tinted memories that make them seem better than they probaly are.
Having said all that, yes, I'll be buying the box set, this will be like the 4th time I've bought the things, lets see...
Original VHS editions
Special Edition VHS versions
Special Edition Laserdisc versions
And now the DVD versions.
If I had to rank the movies on which is my faves, it'd run something like
Empire strikes back
Return of the jedi / AOTC (tied for second place, both had good bits, both had shit bits)
A new hope (not as good as you remember it, and clearly a stand alone movie, the others just followed on when this was a success)
Phantom Menace , (poor PM, although it did have a great bad guy, shame Lucas saw fit to off him)
23rd June 2004, 12:28
Sorry about the dupe, really didn't see it :)
23rd June 2004, 13:10
That's ok, it was in breaking news anyhow, meant to move it at the time, but forgot, anyhow, if us mods can't cut ourselves a little slack here and there, who can :D
May the force be with you!
23rd June 2004, 13:14
Thank you :)
/me blasts off in his outdated land speeder :D
24th June 2004, 02:52
I'll definatly buy it, since my VHS player broke the other week.
24th June 2004, 08:30
i am probably going to get this, although it is the special edition released 7 years ago.
i heard "american graffiti" was a good movie that shows that lucas could once direct people instead of pixels
24th June 2004, 09:02
I think that's his problem, he's more into moving pixels than audiences.
Lets not forget however he is a good story writer, witness the indiana jones trilogy, great stories, and lets not also forget Empire strikes back, widely regarded as the best SW film wasn't directed by Lucas, which kind of goes to show his storytelling is good and it can be directed well, as long as someone else does it.
It's what he should have done with AOTC and Ep3, realised that he had taken on too much and given some of the work to other people and concentrated on the story, but he insists on it being "his thing" and doing everything.
24th June 2004, 16:55
well, even episode 4 was badass, considering it had a budget of 100,000$ or so, and it revolutionized the sci-fi genre, which was directed by georgey
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