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I’ll Never Leave You

August 24th, 2011

Early reviews of the forthcoming Star Wars Blu-Ray disc set have been hitting the Interwebs. And I have realized a terrible truth about myself.

I want it. I really, really want it.

There are several reasons why this is beyond stupid, but the top two are these:

  • I already own all six films on DVD.
  • I do not own a Blu-Ray player.

That latter one is an especially good reason, I tell myself.

Yet, the fact remains that in my heart of hearts, I want to caress this box and hold it to my bosom. I want to revel in its splendiferous high-definition images. I want to watch the legendary deleted scenes over and over.

I know how this sounds.

And I know that the old frustrations remain. The original versions of the Original Trilogy will stubbornly continue to be unavailable, replaced by even-further revised “special editions.” Greedo will shoot first.

I find it amusing that the above reviews tout the Blu-Rays for correcting many of the flaws of the previous DVDs, even those that were presented as intentional choices. When audiophiles noticed that John Williams’ score had been flip-flopped on the left and right rear audio channels of the Star Wars (aka A New Hope) DVD, the response from Lucasfilm was a literal we-meant-to-do-that. Yet now it’s been corrected.

It occurs to me that if George Lucas invents a time machine, he will spend all of eternity changing the past so that reality will match whatever version of his invented history he will have, for the moment, decided upon.

And yet. And yet.

Why can’t I quit you?

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