Return of George Lucas

OK, so we just finished watching Return of the Jedi from the new DVD box set, and sure ’nuff, George played a little too hard with the film…. again.

This time — and this could be a spoiler to some folks out there — in the final scene with the ghostly Yoda and Obi-Wan, is a youthful Anakin Skywalker….. played by Hayden Christensen, and looking just a few years older than he was in Attack of the Clones. Surprise! Obi-Wan didn’t get younger as a spirit, and who knows about Yoda, but Anakin drops about 50 years by crossing over to the spirit realm — amazing!

What that tells me is that if you’re an English Knight, as Sir Alec Guinness was, you don’t get bumped off the film. If you are — by comparison in US eyes — a nobody, such as Sebastian Shaw was, then your days are numbered in a Lucas film. 🙂

I think this thread on IMDB really sums it up: “Where are the movies I fell in love with?”

Inside the thread is a link to, which quotes Lucas, in speaking out against the colorization of black and white films:

“I am very concerned about our national heritage, and I am very concerned that the films that I watched when I was young and the films that I watched throughout my life are preserved, so that my children can see them.”

So, here’s bone thrown out to those guys. 64,000 signatures on a petition can’t be wrong! (I am number 64,541)

Join the campaign for the original theatrical cuts

BTW, if you want to see some of the big changes, go to The Digital Bits — they’ve got a lot of it there.