Thursday, May 05, 2011

Star Wars Blu-Ray -- Worse Than the Dentist

So, yesterday was "Star Wars Day." Know why? Because "May the fourth" sounds similar to "May the Force" as in "May the Force be with you."


Maybe if you have a speech impediment. "May the fourth be with you!" "Gee, fanks!" It's pretty lame.

And speaking of lame... the announcement came yesterday of what would be on the upcoming Blu-Ray release of the Star Wars set. As I don't have a Blu-Ray player, I couldn't really give a shit. As I would never purchase The Phantom Menace, The Clone Wars, Revenge of the Sith or Return of the Jedi, that makes a set that includes these even less appealing.

What the news of the Blu-Ray set doesn't address is what changes director George Lucas has made to his films between their last release and this one. As he can't stop fiddling about, it's going to be interesting to see just how much more tinkering he's done and how much worse he's made his films.

More than anything about the set, the cover art made me cringe. I couldn't believe that just how aesthetically unappealing the artwork chosen for the set is:

I don't know if there was some king of contest held and the powers that be took pity on an artist who was taking a break from inept landscape paintings but that image is about as bland as matzo. And let's not talk about the questionable symbolism of young Annakin Skywalker coming towards the viewer while his son, Luke Skywalker, walks away. Are we to think that Annakin left Tattoine for an adventure while his son came back? Or is Luke so ashamed of being in the image that he's turning his back on us? Or could the artist not find an image of Mark Hamil to use so he painted him from the back?

This image sums up just how lame the Star Wars films and franchise has gotten. Not even a respectable dentist office would display such an atrocity. It reminds me of something Bob Ross would have scoffed at.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

So true, well said Mike. I agree that Jedi can be grouped in with the prequels. My own personal beef is that they say they're "finding these DVD extras" in the archives when in fact, these and many more rarities are all already available from fan bootleg copies. Obviously, they are locking them up for some future, re-release, Bring on the original theatrical versions, that's the ultimate "extra."

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