Yes, it’s true. George Lucas is going to re-release the Star Wars saga in theaters, this time in the third dimension. Currently, the plan is that one film will be released per year starting in 2012 with The Phantom Menace. But nothing else has been confirmed. Whether or not the original trilogy will be released in their original theatrical form, as they appeared upon the re-release in 1997, if they will appear as they did on the 2004 DVD release, or if Lucas intends to make more changes is at this point unknown. It’s also unknown if any changes will be made to the prequel trilogy. Finally, whether they will also be released in 2D or not is also unknown.
So what do I think is gonna happen? Well, in regard to the original trilogy, I believe they will be re-released as they were on the 2004 DVD release. On top of that, I wouldn’t be surprised if Lucas made even more changes. Especially considering new footage has recently been confirmed for the Return of the Jedi Blu-ray release. I could also see Lucas putting new CGI into the original trilogy just for it to “look cool” in 3D. As for the prequels, I doubt Lucas would add more here, but I don’t put it past him either. As for the possibility of a 2D release. Maybe in a few theaters for a short time, but only select theaters.
As for my opinion on the re-release. Well, I’m not happy about it. It seems Lucas is just capitalizing on the 3D craze to make a bunch of money. Now matter how you slice it, the Star Wars films were not made to be in 3D. As such, you aren’t really going to get much from seeing them in 3D. Also, the idea is that 3D is suppose to further immerse you into the world the film creates. But the original trilogy already succeeds at pulling you in through the characters, the story, the direction, etc. The original trilogy doesn’t need any help pulling the audience in. The prequel trilogy is a different story. It doesn’t do nearly as good a job at pulling the audience in, but to be fair, showing it in 3D isn’t going to change that.
I think it’s important to note, that I don’t like 3D movies in the first place. Given the choice, I’d much rather see a movie in 2D, no matter what it is. 3D is suppose to further immerse you in the film, but I find 3D actually distracts me and takes me out of the film. If a film is good, the audience will be immersed in the story, with or without 3D. On the contrary, putting a bad movie in 3D won’t save it. What I’m getting at is that 3D is just a gimmick. It can’t make or break a film.
I wanna talk about the original trilogy for a second. Like a lot of people, I love the original trilogy. I grew up on those movies and I’ve loved em since I was a kid. The Empire Strikes Back especially is, to this day, one of my all time favourite films. With that said, I doubt I’ll see any of the original films on their 3D re-release. The primary reason is to me this is just a shameless cash grab. But also, I don’t like 3D in general and the films probably won’t be released in their original theatrical versions anyway. And yes, I prefer the original theatrical cuts as appose to the edits. So really, there’s no reason for me to watch these in theaters when I could just stay at home and watch them how I like them on DVD. Granted, there is an appeal to seeing Star Wars a way I never have before; on the big screen. It is temping, I must admit.
The prequels are an entirely different story. I can totally see why someone would want to see the original trilogy in theaters, I feel the same temptation myself. But I can’t see why anybody would want to see the prequels again. I mean, these are pretty bad. The only decent one was Revenge of the Sith, and even that was heavily flawed. All three are plagued by bad dialogue, horrible performances, and an annoying reliance on CGI, among other things. My point is, 3D won’t make these movies any better.
Well, that’s pretty much it. Just thought I’d give my two cents on the re-release. Sorry if I annoyed any Star Wars fans who are really excited to see these in 3D and to those people, I hope you enjoy it. So anyway, as always, agree with me, disagree, have your say in the comments section.