In this article on BBC News, Arts Editor Will Gompertz argues that the constant changes and tweaking of the Star Wars movies is no less than a form of vandalism. Instead of rewriting a pop-culture classic, George Lucas should leave these films alone and in the hands of the fans.
The fact that George Lucas has made changes to the original films is not the root of the problem (although there are plenty who wish he hadn't). It is the fact that he is not making those original versions available, which is causing all the fuss.
Lucas is quoted on the Save Star Wars website as saying in a 1997 interview with American Cinematographer magazine that he thought "the other versions will disappear". He said: "Even the 35 million [video] tapes out there wont last more than 30 or 40 years. A hundred years from now, the only version of the movie that anyone will remember will be the [Special Edition] version."
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