George Lucas is a bonafide film genius, we can't argue over that fact but even though a lot of us celebrate his creation of the Star Wars franchise — the original trilogy, in particular, Lucas apparently has his nitpicks regarding the first three films — A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi which prompted him to change some stuff in the films' re-releases which a lot of us know as the Star Wars Special Edition films.
In the new book called the Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005, George revealed that he felt a sense of embarrassment with the original trilogy and he has a good reason for it which led to the creation of the special edition films. Lucas explained: "There are two or three shots that are really bad and I know that [1977’s Star Wars] is going to be judged on that. I was embarrassed. In 1993, the 20th anniversary was coming up and that was the impetus for doing a Special Edition of A New Hope – to bring it up to the standard we were aiming for."
Now, whether the special edition releases were better than the original trilogy is actually up for debate but you can't deny the fact that the re-releases were more visually-pleasing than the original material. There's nothing wrong with enhancing your own work to fit your standards, right? Still, regardless of his nitpicks, George Lucas should still be proud that he was able to build an entire galaxy with his brilliant and imaginative mind and 40 something years later, the Star Wars franchise is still a hot commodity which is downright astonishing.
Speaking of, Season 2 of The Mandalorian is streaming on Disney+.
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