Well, the 15,000th version of Star Wars is coming out on Blu-ray soon.
I’ll give Lucas a lot of credit. The man is a genius at marketing. He must have a huge storehouse of stuff that he can release for each new version of the movies he puts out.
This time the thing that is getting me to consider buying the Blu-ray is this deleted scenes trailer:
I foolishly thought that the DVD releases from a few years back held all the deleted scenes that could be salvaged. I was wrong. That trailer shows scenes I’d never seen before.
It also shows a scene that I remember from the “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Storybook” that I had when I was a kid: the Wampa attack on the Rebel base on Hoth. As a kid I could never understand why that was in the storybook and not in the movie. I mean there were pictures and everything! How could they have pictures if it wasn’t in the movie?!
I’d seen the recent teaser of the deleted “Luke building his new lightsaber” scene, which was kind of cool. But here’s the Wampa attack and a Tatooine sandstorm, and more on the attack on the Endor shield generator… it looks like good stuff!
I don’t know how many times I can keep buying the same movies in different formats, though. I’ve been a fan since 1978, but come on… stop milking me dry! I’ve learned my lesson. There is obviously more they’re holding back for a future new format (like, say, when they’re converted to 3D).
Still, I’m tempted. Deep breaths… deeeep breaths.