Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Lucasfilm halts Star Wars 3D restorations. World rejoices!

Ha ha ha! I haven’t been so happy since they sent Jeffrey Archer to jail. It has been confirmed that Lucasfilm — now owned by Disney, of course — has confirmed that they have postponed the planned re-release of the …

Tue, Jan 29, 2013, 15:56

   

Ha ha ha! I haven’t been so happy since they sent Jeffrey Archer to jail. It has been confirmed that Lucasfilm — now owned by Disney, of course — has confirmed that they have postponed the planned re-release of the complete Star Wars cycle in 3D. The statement reeked of evasion and misdirection. “Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall’s scheduled release of Episodes II and III in 3D,” the studio said. “Given the recent development that we are moving forward with a new Star Wars trilogy we will now focus 100 percent of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII in order to ensure the best possible experience for our fans.

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We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date.” The fact that the disinterment of The Phantom Menace bombed had, we are sure, absolutely nothing to do with it. Nor are they concerned that further negative reviews of re-releases of the second and third prequels might quell enthusiasm for J J Abrams’s Part VII. They are just too busy. That’s all.

One could see this as evidence that 3D is finally on the way out. Well, we’ve said that before in a hopeful voice. On every occasion, the blasted medium has bounced back. It does, however, look as if — Titanic aside — there is no great appetite for 3D reissues. Recent dustings off for Beauty and the Beast and Monsters Inc have not exactly set the tills ringing. Then again, I may just be overcome with cynicism. I need  to study The Force. Or some such nonsense.

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice!

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