31 Aug

NYTimes.com – Lucasfilm Confirms Change to Blu-ray Release of ‘Return of the Jedi’

So it goes for the latest editions of the six “Star Wars” live-action features that are being prepared for a Blu-ray home video release on Sept. 16. Previously, it was reported that the version of “Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace” included in this release would replace the puppet version of the Yoda character with a computer-generated creation. Then on Tuesday, an online report by Devin Faraci suggested a revelation almost as troubling as the news that Luke and Leia had been brother and sister all along: in a climactic scene from “Return of the Jedi,” when Darth Vader hurls the evil Emperor to his demise on the Death Star, he would now shout “No!” (In all previous versions of “Jedi,” Vader has committed this crucial deed in silence.)

On Wednesday, a press representative for Lucasfilm confirmed that this change will be included in the Blu-ray release, writing in an e-mail: “Yes — Darth says NO.”

via NYTimes.com – Lucasfilm Confirms Change to Blu-ray Release of ‘Return of the Jedi’. Lucas have you not done enough already?

23 Feb

rstevens’ Joe Biden Fan Club Tree House of Furor – Star Wars didn’t change my life

Star Wars didn’t change my life by making me want to be a hero, a scoundrel or a freedom fighter. Star Wars changed my life by making me feel as badly for broken machines and robots who just want to do their job as I do for animals or people.

Jawa pride.

via rstevens’ Joe Biden Fan Club Tree House of Furor – Star Wars didn’t change my life. Jawa pride indeed folks.

20 Feb

Al Jazeera English – North Korea’s cinema of dreams

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il’s love of film is well-documented, but few outsiders know that he is revered as a genius of cinema by his own people.

Now, this groundbreaking film opens a window inside the world’s most secretive country and an elite academy, where young actors are hand-picked to serve a massive propaganda machine.

Filmmakers Lynn Lee and James Leong spent more than two years on this project, becoming the first foreigners to film inside Pyongyang’s University of Cinematic and Dramatic Arts.

via Al Jazeera English – North Korea’s cinema of dreams. This was an incredibly interesting 25 minutes.