Greg(g) is just a stupid 16 year old kid with too much time on his hands.18
Looks like a lot of you are reiterating what I said after first watching FOTR, and again after seeing TTT (and obviously even more now with ROTK) - that the LOTR Trilogy was everything that I was hoping and expecting the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy to be, but it unfortunately wasn't. Not even close. This is my new Trilogy. The PT Trilogy barely even counts in my book. But the OT is still on top by a hair, just due to the nostalgia, and the quarter century connection that I've had with it. I just pray that good ol' Uncle George doesn't tinker with the OT any further, ala the Special Editions, but I'm afraid "the artist's painting" is still yet to be finalized... Just give me the ORIGINAL OT on DVD, and then tinker with it all you want! That's all I ask...
I think pretty much my only interest in the Prequels so far, is just that they are a part of the Star Wars saga as a whole, and bring to light some of the back story for the OT. But if the OT was never released, and just the Prequels were, I probably wouldn't care much more for them than I do any other Summer blockbuster, like Spiderman
. And I most definitely would not be collecting any Star Wars toys, collectibles, or various other stuff.
Brian, though I'm not entirely at the "collect only OT" point since I'm still a 4" completist with everything, I have scaled back most of my other Star Wars collecting subsets to only OT - like Legos, Action Fleet/Micro Machines, and several others. Still sticking with the Prequel 4"ers though, despite a few times when I considered giving them the axe too.
Those are some good points that Brad made there as well. Jackson cares
about his creation. He also cares
what the fans think of his creation. Lucas has definitely shown that he doesn't care much what the fans think, simply by not releasing the original versions of the OT on DVD. Jackson wants so badly to tell the full stories, and to tell them right, that he's been releasing 3 - 3.25 hour movies, only to follow them up with even longer
extended edition DVDs. That says everything
to me right there!
Can you even imagine Lucas contemplating such a thing? No way. He won't even go beyond the dreaded 2.25 hour mark for his movies, which is downright sad considering there's so much more story to be told, and characters and subplots to more properly develop. It honestly makes me angry, disappointed, and even embarrassed to see what Peter Jackson brings to the fans versus what Lucas gives us (with the Prequels). It's as lopsided a contest as could be! Not to mention Jackson had the balls to film his entire Trilogy at once, and can manage to pump 'em out at one per year, while lucas needs 3 years a piece, just to give all the computer guys time to creat 75% of his movies.
A lot of people say that Lucas just uses the Prequels as a giant ad for his line of toys. I don't think that's really true. I think he uses it as a giant ad for what he can do as far as CG filmmaking goes. He likes to show off his special effects, completely CG environments, and his CG characters - which pale in comparison to Gollum in LOTR. I feel like I'm watching a cartoon much of the time with the Prequels. As good as some of the stuff looks, I'm constantly reminding myself that none of it's really even there...
LOTR: Good. Very good.
SW Prequels: Bad. Very bad.