This Friday sees the release of the holy trinity of nerdry on Blu Ray, The Star Wars Saga. Included in this release will also be a set of decorative coasters, also known as the prequels. (What? Ok, I suppose you could put them in your Blu Ray player and watch them… if you really want to.) George Lucas and his desire to monkey with the movies yet again has been covered here there and just about everywhere, should we worry about future Blu Ray releases of other classics? Will they to be digitally diddled? Will E.T. blink and scream like a walrus with kidney stones? Will Indy scream out “Nooooooooo” when the shirtless Nazi man becomes propeller paste? Will nerds and geeks everywhere just scream?
Worry no more. At the L.A. Times Hero Complex 30th anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Steven Spielberg said:
For myself, I tried this once and lived to regret it. Not because of fan outrage, but because I was disappointed in myself. I got overly sensitive to [some of the reaction] to E.T., and I thought if technology evolved, [I might go in and change some things]…it was OK for a while, but I realized what I had done was I had robbed people who loved E.T. of their memories of E.T. If I put just one cut of E.T. on Blu-ray and it was the 1982 [version], would anyone object to that? (The crowd yells “NO!” in unison.) OK, so be it. [geektyrant]
Well, that is a relief.
Spielberg admitting that walkie talkies replacing guns was maybe a mistake restores a little of my nerd faith. He understands that we fell in love with the movies how they were and will at least give us the option of having them as we remember them. Now we need Steve to put a little pressure on Mr. Lucas to learn the same lesson and… well, again. The ‘Star Wars changes’ talk has been done. Let’s stop beating that dead Tauntaun.
Spielberg, you’ve done nerdom a solid on this one and we thank you. When you release the 30th anniversary edition of Kingdom of the Crystals Skulls, you have our permission to digitally change Shia LaBeouf into walkie talkie, a broom stick, whatever you want buddy, you’ve earned it!
As of this writing, both E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark Blu Ray release dates are yet to be announced.