Thursday, August 19, 2010

Scintillating Scene: Return of the Jedi

I picked something slightly controversial for this Scintillating Scene. And no, not because the singing alien-chick-thing is technically topless, but because hard core Star Wars fans tend to think the re-mastering of the original films was blasphemous (and the CGI in the prequel trilogy was crapped all over too).

Granted, I loved the multitude of muppets, guys in rubber masks, and stop motion Tauntauns in the OG as much as anyone, but I feel kinda bad for Lucas. I mean, really, he was trying to do it better. He was trying to heighten the experience with new technology, and make the films more accurate to how he had originally imagined them. GEEZ, I mean come on! He was limited to puppets and crap technology of the 80s! He wanted better than that! GAWD EVERYONE STOP POOPING ON LUCAS AND CGI!

[End rant.]

Anyways, I present you with the CGI version of the Max Rebo Band's performance in Return of the Jedi (1983). Not only was the song rewritten, but the puppets were replaced with CGI characters, and a whole new performer was added to the number.

Another interesting tidbit - the quick clip of Boba Fett flirting with the ladiens (ladies + aliens) was another addition to the revamped version.

How do you feel about the newer, edited editions of Star Wars? Be honest, I promise I won't yell at you.


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Christina In Wonderland said...

I'm of the persuasion that what's good is good and that it should be left alone. case in point: as awesomelicious as Avatar was, there is no reason why Cameron has to be re-releasing it. I think a lot of these redos are for monetary gain, and I'm not the kind of artist, if you will, that agrees with that. If you're going to make changes, do it because you truly want to make something better, not make more money in the process.