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AICN Exclusive: Spielberg speaks! Jaws Blu-Ray in the works with no "digital corrections!"

Published at: June 3, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Earlier this morning I had a lengthy phone interview with Steven Spielberg and, to be honest, my head is still swimming a little bit. It wasn’t just getting the chance to talk with the man who directed my childhood, essentially, it’s that he agreed to a chat focused specifically on JAWS, which celebrates its 36th anniversary this coming June 20th.

The conversation will be posted in its entirety Monday morning, God willing… all 50-ish minutes of it, but I wanted to pull a piece of news out for you guys.

Yes, a Jaws Blu-Ray is in the works. No date is set, but the process has begun and the real interesting part is what he has to say about his approach to “digital corrections.” Read on:



Quint: Is there a Jaws Blu-Ray in the works?

Steven Spielberg: Yes, there is. Yes, there is. I’ve already seen some of it. I don’t have a date yet, but there’s a Blu-Ray absolutely in the works.

Quint: I can’t wait, man. I love that the last DVD release actually had the original mono soundtrack on it as well. I wasn’t a fan of the remixed 5.1 sound… the splashing sounded canned…

Steven Spielberg: Oh, I know. I totally understand that. (In the future) there’s going to be no more digital enhancements or digital additions to anything based on any film I direct. I’m not going to do any corrections digitally to even wires that show.

If 1941 comes on Blu-Ray I’m not going to go back and take the wires out because the Blu-Ray will bring the wires out that are guiding the airplane down Hollywood Blvd. At this point right now I think letting movies exist in the era, with all the flaws and all of the flourishes, is a wonderful way to mark time and mark history.

Quint: I’m in total agreement with you. I wish you could talk George (Lucas) into doing the same thing!

Steven Spielberg: Well, I can’t!

Quint: (laughs) Yeah, I don’t think anybody can!

Steven Spielberg: George goes his own way and I respect him for it, but my new philosophy on this is to let sleeping dogs lie.

Quint: That’s great news for film lovers.

Steven Spielberg: When people ask me which E.T. they should look at, I always tell them to look at the original 1982 E.T. If you notice, when we did put out E.T. we put out two E.T.s. We put out the digitally enhanced version with the additional scenes and for no extra money, in the same package, we put out the original ‘82 version. I always tell people to go back to the ’82 version.

Quint: Having the option is the big deal for me. Using the Star Wars example, I don’t think there’d be an outcry if we could watch a nice transfer of the original versions. We’d be like, “George can do what he wants and I’ll watch it… but you know maybe the fans would like the option of watching the movie they fell in love with, too.”

Steven Spielberg: Yeah. And I think the other good thing is that they understand when they see a movie and they suddenly see something that obviously could have been done much better today and could have been corrected in the DVD/Blu-Ray transfer, they really appreciate seeing the strings attached.

If somebody put out George Pal’s War of the Worlds and took the strings off the machines I’d be very upset. When that machine crashes in downtown Hollywood, and you see the strings going from taut to slack, that’s the thing that allows me to both understand this movie is scaring the hell out of me and at the same time this movie is a creation of the human race.

That little taut-to-slack moment of those wires on that wingtip makes the original George Pal War of the Worlds work for me. It embraces my fears and it also alleviates them in the same breath.




Is that not music to your ears? It is to mine. No CGI sharked-up Jaws: SE on the horizon makes me incredibly happy for exactly the reasons Spielberg himself mentioned.

To be clear, I didn't interpret his statement to mean that the movie won't be restored to Blu-Ray quality, just that he's not adding in CGI fixes. I'm a massive fan of digital restoration (look at the Alien and Aliens Blu-Rays), I just don't like it when directors retroactively go in and fix something that ain't broke.

Don’t expect a commentary track on the upcoming Jaws Blu, though. Spielberg hasn’t done one yet and told me he doesn’t like them.

Be sure to come back to read my full interview where we talk a lot about Jaws, Robert Shaw, The Indianapolis Speech, Martha’s Vineyard, creative workarounds to a malfunctioning mechanical star, a very special story surrounding an exclusive Presidential screening of E.T., his iconic visual style, and his response to my closing comment of “You need to quit beating up on Temple of Doom so much.”

That’ll post bright and early Monday morning (or late Sunday night depending on your point of view).

-Quint
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  • June 3, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Great work, Quint!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Fucking Lucas ...

  • June 3, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Old Steve's still got the biggest stick in Hollywood.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Bay and Abrams? They come to HIM.

  • June 3, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Now, the important question ... on the JAWS Blu,

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    how crisp and clean do Chrissie's fun parts look?

  • June 3, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Hey, those were pretty cool news.

    by Son of a Butch

    Can't wait for the whole thing. Hm, haven't watched JAWS in a while...

  • June 3, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I always watch the original version of ET

    by buffywrestling

    Always. I'm glad the Beard has reflected on his sins.

  • June 3, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Mr. George Lucas

    by Itchypanda

    Please follow by example. Steven is your friend. Stop with this parade of non-sense of being the pioneer of digital effects. We get it, you're digital effects are awesome. Make a new franchise and let's all walk away from this Star Wars non-sense of sending out re-issues.

  • June 3, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    buffy

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The Beard is a humble and gracious man. Lucas should watch and fucking learn.

  • June 3, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Cool stuff.

    by alienindisguise

    Looking forward to the whole conversation! Seems like Spielberg realizes the special edition E.T. was not the jam and he is correct.

  • June 3, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Nice job, Quint!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    It takes balls to ask one of the greatest directors of all time some of those to-the-point questions. Can't wait to read the whole thing. Hell, just uoload the raw audio while you're at it! :)

  • interpretation of the Chrissie attack as rape?

  • June 3, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Spielberg gets it. It's a shame Lucas doesn't get it.

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Looking forward to the rest of the interview and to the Jaws Blu-ray. Look, Bruce the animatronic shark is obviously not a real shark and yes, he looks a bit fake. But it doesn't matter. He's a part of movie history. To replace him with a digital shark would be a crime.

  • June 3, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Chop: George has become more of a business man

    by buffywrestling

    than a person with a creative heart. You can see it in everything he touches.

  • All Indiana Jones flicks have deleted scenes, same with War Of the Worlds, JP1 etc etc but not on home video

  • Or replacing Sebastian Shaw with Hayden Christiansen at the end of RETURN OF THE JEDI. Oh wait ...

  • June 3, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Any word on possible new features for the JAWS Blu, Quint?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Thank you, Mr. Spielberg.

  • June 3, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    At fucking last.

    by alan_poon

    'At this point right now I think letting movies exist in the era, with all the flaws and all of the flourishes, is a wonderful way to mark time and mark history.' Directors get to make the film they make with the money and resources available at the time. None of this ' the film was only 70% finished ' nonsense.

  • June 3, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Screw Jaws...

    by jwhj2007

    I want Jurassic Park!!!!

  • June 3, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    JAWS has been airing here unedited on an Encore movie

    by buffywrestling

    channel for about two months now. Everytime I see Bruce pop up as Roy.S. shovels chum in the water, it jolts me. Yeah, the shark looks fake but in that moment, it's as real as any other shark. Brillant set-up.

  • June 3, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    buffy

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    There are plenty businessmen who still embrace the creative side of the business, the Berg being one of them. Lucas still rakes in the dough, but he could make EVEN MORE money if he released the untouched OT on Blu/DVD. That strikes me as a bad business decision. So maybe in his warped way of looking at things, he sees creative integrity in locking away the OT.

  • Maybe CRYSTAL SKULL created some tension between the two.

  • June 3, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Oh Fuck Oh Fuck Oh Fuck Oh Fuck

    by Turd Furgeson

    This will play nicely on my new 60" LED! I CAN'T FUCKING WAIT!!!!

  • June 3, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    tallboy

    by Quint

    Does that really read as me going out of my way to bring that into the conversation? Really? That's exactly what we were talking about. Sure, I'm vocal about it, but that's, like, my opinion man.

  • June 3, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Out. Standing.

    by ByTor

    Quint, THANK you. I cannot wait to read the rest of the interview, but this is awesome news. Also, Spielberg continues to show why he's a fucking genius. His remarks about letting the films stand as they were should be required reading for every hack director out there who starts thinking about a "director's cut" before the film is in the can. And for the love of Christ, somebody please make Lucas read this.

  • June 3, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Quint, don't let tallboy bother you.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    He's just jealous that you got to spend 50 minutes chatting with one of the most towering cultural figures in history.

  • June 3, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    JAWS 5

    by cobrakinte

    Somebody watch this please. It took me like 4 hours to make on my ipod. It's my love letter to the retardedness of the last couple of jaws movies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgVdUhoGlUc

  • June 3, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    AT LAST!

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Quint just became a legend for defending Temple of Doom to the big man himself. Can't wait to hear Spielberg's response!

  • June 3, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    George, are you listening?

    by georgecauldron

    Stop fucking with the OT and release the '95 remastered versions on blu-ray

  • June 3, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Also Quint

    by cobrakinte

    I'm jealous as fuck. Almost an hour chatting with Spielberg about the greatest movie of all time! Can't wait for the full interview on Monday.

  • June 3, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    good job Quint

    by Monolith_Jones

  • June 3, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    CONGRATS QUINT AND SPIELBERG!

    by JethroBodine

    Congrats Quint for landing the sweet interview, and congrats to Spielberg for pulling his head out of his ass regarding retrofitted theatrical touchups!

  • June 3, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    As cool as it is to have the original mono track

    by seasider

    I wouldn't mind seeing them remastering the soundtrack again for DTS 7.1. It would sound good on a surround sound system.

  • June 3, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Bit rich coming from Spileberg when he digitally altered ET

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    Yeah, he's brushing it aside NOW, telling people to look at the '82 version. Well, that just proves that the revisions were irrleveant in the first place. What was the point of them, then? At least Lucas is consistent in his revisionist policies.

  • June 3, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    seasider

    by Quint

    Oh, I'd love a great 7.1 surround restoration as long as they don't replace sound effects, which they did on the 5.1 mix. Gunshots were turned into pops instead of BLAMs, splashes sounded like they were made in my bathtub, etc. Same goes for digital restorations... I love using digital technology to clean up original negatives for the best possible picture, as done in the Blus for Alien and Aliens, but clean-up and "fix" are different things. I'd love it if there was a 7.1 option that took the sound that was already there and enriched it, spreading it around to all the home theater speakers. I'm an options man. With the technology as it stands there's no reason why there can't be an option to watch the original mono mix or a nice 7.1 upgrade.

  • June 3, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Quint already has some "greener pastures"

    by buffywrestling

    He's got a screenplay being turned into a movie, I believe.

  • June 3, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    I think I just fell in love with Steven Spielberg.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I mean, I always loved the guy, but now I'm "in love with" him. Jesus, Quint, what a fucking SCORE! Well done!

  • June 3, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    E.T. special edition was a disgrace

    by wildphantom07

    His comments on the E.T. Special Edition made my day. I love the film possibly more than any other, and seeing that CG enhanced version remains one of the more traumatic theatrical experiences I can recall. At least I can be sure the eventual bluray will have the original untouched masterpiece in all its 1982 glory. Having E.T. roll his eyes when Elliot sees him dressed up like a girl was just shocking. Changed his character. Nice to see the beard admitting as much.

  • June 3, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I like options too.

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    I like options too. And if a director likes the old rather than an updated version of a movie, there's no reason why they can't include both versions of it on a Blu-Ray or DVD. I like seeing different versions of films I like. And I'm also a big fan of using CGI to remove wires, obvious stunt doubles, out-of-synch mouth movements, pigeons flying into a blue sky while it's supposed to be dark and rainy, and so on.

  • June 3, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Get him to admit Crystal Skull was bullshit, too...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    if you dare.

  • God, I wish I'd died not knowing this.

  • June 3, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    I'm afraid...

    by Horgy

    I have to disagree with some of the comments made on this subject. The advent of Hi-Def technology can actually be detrimental to seeing an older movie on Blu-Ray. Using the WotW or 1941 examples, the wires that were barely, BARELY visible in the original films, even projected at movie-screen size from a 70mm film reel, could, with the resolution punched up, look like giant ropes on a Blu-Ray screen. The kinds of resolution available in an HDTV format can really highlight things like wires, matte boxes, costume seams, etc, that were "invisible" on a film negative or projected on a movie screen. <p> This is exactly the reason that some older movies SHOULD have some limited digital work done. There SHOULD be things like wire removal, or at least wire toning-down. Especially in the case of a director like Speilberg (who's still alive, and can consult with DVD producers,) the question should be posed to the director: "hey, when we look at this on a 60" 1080P TV from a Blu-Ray, you can really see these wires lifting up ET's ship. Do you want them to stay in? Or do you want the illusion to work?" Don't tell me that George Pal purposely left the wires visible to be "the thing that allows [the audience] to both understand this movie is scarring the hell out of me and at the same time this movie is a creation of the human race." I would guarantee that this wasn't a creative, artistic choice on Pal's part. it was an ERROR made due to the limitations of SFX technology of the time. <p> The problem is that these efforts can be overdone. I'm looking at you, Mr. Lucas, and you too, Predator Blu-Ray. But they can also be done well.

  • June 3, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    mugato5150

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The most frightening thing about the Ghost of Spielberg Future is that it looked just like George Lucas. Necksack bloated and pulsing with the waters of evil, and all.

  • June 3, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Oh, for fuck's sake.

    by StarWarsRedux

  • June 3, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    GOD DAMN!

    by whooooooop

    well now that they're giving us what we want.... NOW I WANT THE OTHER SHIT... SPEILBOYG IS TAKING THE EASY WAY OUT! NOW THAT WE CAN"T HAVE CGI, I WANT IT DAMN IT! by the way WAR OF THE WORLDS cgi KICKED ASS!

  • June 3, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    but but but

    by whooooooop

    yeah but....okay it just didn't work as well as the original 3 fine..still it had some good moments.... BUT STAR WARS EPISODE 3 IS STILL THE BEST ONE OF ALL...ITS THE ONLY ONE THAT HAD A POINT... FROM THE TIME THEY LAND THE SHIP in the first HALF HOUR until the two suns setting in the distance...I CAN"T FU KING BREATH! its like the most INTENSE MOVIE ever.....screw society! i can't hide my feelings any longer! UP with 3! my order is 3,5,4,6,2,1

  • June 3, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Yer Mama

    by cgh123

    Yeah, you're right. I think that if Quint left, I probably wouldn't visit AICN very much.

  • June 3, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Quint, did you ask him about his thoughts on Indy IV?

    by Amazing Maurice

    Personally I felt it was a bit bit of shame. In amongst all the mess, there was actually a pretty good adventure movie trying to get out. Just wondered how Spielberg felt about it after a few years distance from it. Anyhoo, it'll be great to finally have JAWS on blu-ray. Can't wait to read the whole interview.

  • June 3, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Jaws was on Universal HD seemingly every day a few years ago.

    by Batutta

    Was a great looking HD transfer.

  • June 3, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    GIVE ME A CHOICE

    by BADBOYBROM HC

    I agree with horgy. I'd never want to see somebody's work completely eradicated but I'd like a cleaned up Blu Ray of the original version and a digitally spruced up version if the director wanted to do so. I've always felt that a number of my favourite movies would benefit such as.... I love The Thing and really believe that all the work in that movie is amazing apart from the final reveal of the creature when McReady blows it up with Dynamite, if that was CGI'D over it would improve. ED 209 in ROBOCOP, whilst I love it's design I even thought as a kid the way it jerked around the screen was pretty poor. Youngsters today I speak to just find it funny to watch. Phil Tippit is a genius but if ED was CGI'D over I wouldn't cry to much. Same goes for the first Terminator. Once Arnie is melted down a lot of the animated endo skeleton is pretty lousy. CGI a terminator over it and you've got a much better movie. Spielberg won't meddle with Bruce but if he did and gave us a well and truely convicing scary shark I for one would embrace it.

  • June 3, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Fuck, James Arness is dead.

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • June 3, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    SPIELBERG RULES!!!

    by MovieGeekBlog

    ... And Temple of doom is great!

  • June 3, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Great news!!!

    by Mandolorian

    Can't wait to get the shit scared out of me again!

  • June 3, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    "Oh,but my suspension of disbelief blah blah"

    by Georgepeppard

    The only reason to upgrade effects is to jack off computer fetishists with OCD about matte lines.

  • A line was cut off there. It's so awkward and stands out. What's going on with that?

  • June 3, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Good Job Quint

    by A-COD

    Good scoop on the Jaws Blu Ray. Anybody know how this compares to the Movie being Broadcast in HD?

  • June 3, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Quint, kudos!!

    by FrecklesBauer

    Can't wait to read the convo. And thanks for mentioning Lucas...I'm fairly surprised that Steve answered the way he did. Great work.

  • June 3, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Any word about including THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING doc

    by rmdragon2

    Great documentary on JAWS. It deserves some love for Universal.

  • June 3, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Terrence Malick on Jaws 5?

    by chien_sale

  • June 3, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    A Terrence Malick JAWS film would be called

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    MOBY-DICK.

  • June 3, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Ummm off topic but...

    by RoyBattysBatter

    Am i the only person that thinks George Lucas making Star Wars robbed the world of a potentially interesting film maker? Actually ignore that, I'll bring it up again in a more relevant talkback

  • June 3, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Good news, also heard a rumor about Jurassic Park...

    by SoylentMean

    I'm all about Jurassic Park. Also, looking forward to TinTin. Not sure how they're gonna promote that for Americans, that arent' too familiar with the books, but I am really looking forward to that movie!<P> Oh, and when are we going to see Indy 1-3 on Blu? Huh?

  • June 3, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Will they shoot Jaws with walkie talkies?

    by Mel

  • June 3, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    He's a poet, that guy named Spielberg

    by ballyhoo

    God I love his outlook on this stuff. I was so freaking happy when E.T. came out with both versions.

  • June 3, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    They should add a Jar jar ghost at the end of Jedi

    by Mel

    just to piss people off. it would be hilarious.

  • June 3, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Will you ask him to hate George Lucas for the internet?

    by Arteska

    You know, so it could be like official and endorsed and stuff finally?

  • Awesome.

  • Can't wait to read that.

  • June 3, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    As much as I love JAWS, JURASSIC PARK was the JAWS of my youth.

    by blackwood

    Ignoring that JAWS was also the JAWS of my youth. But that was VHS, small screen. Sure, still effective, still fantastic, but nothing compared to walking into a late night advanced screening of JURASSIC PARK, a year or so short of teenhood, theatre with maybe ten or fifteen other people clumps. The screening was only announced on the radio so it wasn't widely known. Super excited about seeing a dinosaur movie. Primative internet, so I had read some things at COMING ATTRACTIONS or whatever else was around back then. Magazines, mostly. I had read the book. I had no idea. When the T-Rex attacked, I had never felt so terrified watching a film. It hit me in the animal brain. I went to see it six more times that summer. I've never watched a movie that made me love it so fiercely and so deeply. It felt like it was made for me. I've watched it since, and I still get tingles of nostalgia, even though with age and experience I can see it's seams more. But at the time, it was the Best Film Ever Made. Anyway. I look forward to the full interview, Quint. I know lots of folks have checked out on Spielberg, but he's never made a film I didn't like watching. He always has been and always will be my favourite director.

  • No walkie-talkie bullshit?

  • June 3, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Temple Of Doom isn't the best Indy movie, but it's the best Indy SEQUEL

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    While Last Crusade and Crystal Skull were both inferior, jokey remakes of Raiders. TOD actually tried something different, and boasts the best production values of the series.

  • June 3, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Reagan E.T. screening

    by ManaByte

    What did he say about it?!?

  • June 3, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but what about Stephen King's "The Talisman"?

    by Flip63Hole

    Steve should have directed a movie of it himself, ten years ago. Talk to him, Quint.

  • June 3, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Speilberg and Commentaries

    by MrD

    I remember reading a long time ago that Speilberg had the opportunity to watch a screening of Lawrence of Arabia, and got to sit next to David Lean. Speilberg said it was an awesome experience, as Lean basically gave him a running commentary throughout the film. Next time you get to interview Mr. Speilberg, can you remind him that most of us will only get that experience if a director records a commentary track?

  • June 3, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Malick on JAWS you would go deep into the belly of the beast

    by chien_sale

  • June 3, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by CT1

    hope he sheds some light on his favorite piece of apparel, and the pros and cons of crotch crushing shorts.

  • June 3, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    There's no one on Earth like The Spielberg.

    by Yelsaeb

  • June 3, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    @mugato5150 re: Special Editions

    by kevred

    At this point, the debate is well past the point of evaluating the merits of specific changes to the original films. Most people seem to think they're lousy, some love them, some are okay with parts and not with other parts. The remaining core issue is Lucas going so far to essentially bury the original versions of the films. Quint summed it up perfectly in this piece - the fans of the original films simply want access to them. The world didn't fall in love with the images in Lucas's head - we fell in love with *those specific films*, as they were. Let Lucas tinker all he wants, but don't take the original films from the fans. Leave them out there. Don't let them go out of print and become only available on VHS and imported Laserdiscs for years. Don't wedge them in as a plain, poorly-transferred "extra" on a DVD of the modified films. Just give us a good, clean, solid copy of the original films, unchanged in any way. If he would just do that, then 90% of the fan complaining would evaporate in an instant, and he'd be popular again. Many more people would be cool with the changes he keeps coming up with. We could all be on board together, excited again about the new extra footage on the upcoming DVDs, discussing the merits of every new tweak instead of arguing over them, etc. Do whatever else you like, George Lucas - just give us the original films, as they were filmed, no changes.

  • June 3, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Spielberg and Commentaries

    by biglou114

    I know all about Steven's dislike of commentaries, but he said one of the great experiences of his life was a private screening of Lawrence of Arabia with David Lean giving him a 'live commentary.' Spielberg should reconsider his views and think about what one of his commentaries would mean for future generations of film lovers.

  • June 3, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Does this mean future DVD's of E.T. will be the original?

    by Jobacca

    And not the CGI Walkie Talkie abomination? Cause I STILL dont own that movie on DVD because all I can ever find is the POS remastered version. Glad the beard has seen the light though....someone send this man a free hat(He's still not forgiven for Indy 4 though...fridge nuking sunavabitch....)

  • June 3, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Monday...is it here yet :)

    by Shaun1138

  • June 3, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Did this conversation really happen?

    by The_Goddamn_Batman

    This is groundbreaking!

  • June 3, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    jobacca

    by Quint

    Doesn't every release of ET on DVD have the original unaltered cut on it? If the regular in-print version does not, look at Amazon's marketplace and pick up the Limited Edition 2-disc set for a little over $5 and you have the remastered DVD quality 1982 original.

  • June 3, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Very admirable position on no 'enhancements'

    by justmyluck

    I totally support this. Spielberg should also ensure that policy for his movies is **IN INK** with Universal, WB etc. It's somewhat incredible that SS has most likely nagged GL about this 'enhancements' issue regarding the SW OT, and Lucas still won't budge. Both JAWS and 1941 need proper restorations/HD transfers, so I'll definitely buy those Blu-rays. Regarding the 'enhanced' E.T. : I'd venture that was his pet project CGI enhancement trial, since Spielberg did indeed ensure the original was packaged with the re-do. To be honest, the E.T. CGI fixes were not objectionable - except perhaps the agents' guns being erased. In fact, I thought the blowing leaves on the street when Elliot's bike take off from the government agents was a nice touch. Basically, I'd rather be stuck with Spielberg's CG 'upgrades' than Lucas' CG 'revisions'. Very interested in reading/hearing the entire 50-minute interview.

  • June 3, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    re: E.T. single-disc DVD

    by justmyluck

    I have seen this for sale in department and drug stores. I don't know which version of E.T. is on the disc, however, as I already owned the triple-disc set.

  • June 4, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Temple of Doom is a masterpiece. Spielberg needs to get a clue.

    by The Krypton Kid

  • June 4, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    "...If 1941 comes out on Blu Ray?!"

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Are you kidding, I would love to see that on Blu Ray, the dance number alone would make me pick that up in 2 shakes. And you know when the Indy trilogy comes out on Blu, Temple is the first disc going in the player in this house..

  • June 4, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Kudos to Quint and AICN, and a thank you.

    by Jay

    You actually got me to love Spielberg even more. And to those who know me, that's a pretty hard thing to do as I essentially worship the guy. That doesn't mean I love all his films with a blind bias. I don't, and I can easily criticize a chunk of his work if I need to. But damn. The guy just loves film and you can tell. I have so much respect for him. Can't wait to read the whole thing.

  • June 4, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    bantu

    by Quint

    Oh, just you wait, man. Monday's gonna be like Christmas for a Spielberg geek. Trust me.

  • June 4, 2011, 1:15 a.m. CST

    I appreciate the sentiment, BUT...

    by cinemixtape.com

    ...removing wires is in no way comparable to replacing a titular character with some half-assed CGI abomination. Those two things are on different planets as far as cinematic taste goes. One (the wire-erasing) is an artistic choice, while the other (CGI E.T.) was an unwelcome, cash-grabbing, pointless, cynical endeavor that reflected poorly on anyone that had a hand in it. Apples and oranges. However, I second the notion of Jurassic Park being THE movie of my youth. I saw it 4 times in theaters as a 7 year old and it blew my freaking mind like you couldn't imagine.

  • June 4, 2011, 1:32 a.m. CST

    @Nasty/Pasty - Temple/Doom isn't a sequel, it's a prequel

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    check the dates

  • I wonder if he will ever reinstate the long-excised joke in E.T. where Mary refuses Michael's request to "go as a terrorist" for Halloween?

  • June 4, 2011, 2:22 a.m. CST

    The Neck can learn much from The Beard

    by kabookieslap

    Just saying

  • June 4, 2011, 2:39 a.m. CST

    ET Special Edition pissed me off more than the Star Wars ones...

    by Darth Melkor

    Han shooting first is shit. But CGI ET is an atrocity. ET looked totally fine as a puppet. That's ET! But at least Spielberg gave us the original version too, as he said. So he gets a pass on his digitally updated movie.

  • June 4, 2011, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Agree that wire removal is good

    by Chief Joseph

    Like has been said before, a lot of these visible wire/matte lines were not present in the theatrical release. They often pop out in glaring detail in the digital conversion. These things need to be cleaned up along with the usual picture dust, etc. during a restoration.

  • June 4, 2011, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Lucas and digital technology.

    by Keith Maniac

    When i was a nipper in the 70s reading any film magazines i could get my hands on and into the earlys 80s also, you couldnt avoid, even if you wanted to, George Lucas interviews. From the beginning Lucas has stated over and over that he hates the studios for their creative meddling, everyone knows the THX 1138 and American Graffiti incidents. The films were taken by the studios, messed with and Lucas couldnt do anything about it. Lucas makes piles, PILES of cash from Star Wars, as a movie series, as a product merchandising exercise etc etc. On the whole a lot of people find this distasteful, he's labelled Luca$ and so on, viewed as a sell out. Now he was merchandising the living daylights out of Star Wars long before the prequels and before digital technology played any significant part in film production. Yet a large number of people, here and elsewhere, base their critiscisms of Lucas and more specifically of the prequels, not on their dissatisfaction of how he chose to handle those films, but on their apparent refusal to believe him when he states that his constant blathering about and pushing of the limits of digital technology is for the good of all aspiring filmakers the world over and not just so he can keep making plastic toy adverts. Despite the evidence to support his claims, he still gets pelted with plastic action figures. Long before even Star Wars appeared, we know he was deeply unhappy about how the studios treated his earlier films. He has said, over and over again that he made Star Wars (that was so different to his earlier endeavours) because it looked like a good commercial prospect, as money means independence. He got that independence, in the interim between 1983 and 1999 he pumped money into projects like Mishima, Powaqqatsi and movies like Tucker. He's just announced that the work on the live action Star Wars tv series will reduce film production costs in general, well we'll see. The point is he, may have made films we dont like and fiddled with films we do,( i'm not debating those things, as they're just a matter of personal taste and therefore redundant to debate) in order to fund this entrepreneurial bent of his, but i feel his justification and even the logic for doing this has been there from the beginning. He has at the very least helped to put digital production equipment and methods into the hands of aspiring filmmakers. We might not like whats paid for this in the last 14-15 years, but i feel that the critiscism of the more recent output, sometimes spills over into critiscism of a more worthy goal which has been chronicled from the beginning. I think its worth saying also that if you still feel that Lucas has no redeeming features and the whole exercise is a cash soaking one, i'd have felt that we would definitely be getting the original, original trilogy cuts on the Blu-ray box set, after all if he is just a marketing man now, he's not doing a very good job of identifying his market is he.

  • June 4, 2011, 3:36 a.m. CST

    If Spielberg really wants to please fans,

    by RupertG

    he goes back and remakes Indy 4! The whole movie stunk of George, the great Dictator, it seems like everyone fears him. Spielberg has two Oscars for best director, and he has made some of the greatest films ever. If he wants to become a legend, he apologizes to the fans, goes back, rewrites and re-shoots parts of Indy 4!

  • June 4, 2011, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Dreamscape censorship

    by Glen Saunders

  • June 4, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Dreamscape Censorship

    by Glen Saunders

    I wonder if Quint would be game enough to ask as to why Kate Capshaws brief nude scene was removed from "Dreamscape"? Did the Beard have a word with director Joeseph Ruben about removing it from the dvd release?

  • June 4, 2011, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Jaws - Best. Movie. Ever. Made. Fact.

    by HarryBlackPotter

  • June 4, 2011, 4:24 a.m. CST

    rupertg

    by RoyBattysBatter

    Yeah because he's NOT a legend already is he

  • June 4, 2011, 4:33 a.m. CST

    I wrote a script for jaws 5 when I was a kid

    by slappy jones

    You forget 4 ever happened...Brody is still alive and his sleazy brother played by James Woods comes to Amity bringing trouble with him. And a shark eats people.

  • June 4, 2011, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Speilberg directed crystal skull

    by slappy jones

    I know it reeked of Lucas but speilberg directed it and it's not like he doesn't hve some pull as a filmmaker y'know....

  • June 4, 2011, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Spielberg

    by slappy jones

  • June 4, 2011, 5:19 a.m. CST

    roybattysbatter

    by RupertG

    I am sorry, I agree with you. What I meant, is that he would have become even more legendary! Ok?

  • June 4, 2011, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Audio?

    by CigaretteFairy

    Any chance you'll post the audio of your interview? I'd really to hear the man speak, too, if possible. Cheers. Also, it would well funny if they did a cg shark in an altered version of Jaws, making the film play like a syfy original, though I bet you'd all hate that!

  • June 4, 2011, 5:48 a.m. CST

    holy fucking shit

    by The_Crimson_King

    you got to talk to Spielberg? oh my God, I can't even imagine, this is going to be the best interview in AICN history

  • June 4, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Raiders 'fixes'

    by Greg Lewis

    Does this change in his attitude towards digital correction mean the eventual blu-ray of 'Raiders' will have the 'mistakes' put back in? Specifically the glass between Indy and the cobra? Raiders is my favorite movie, period, and the flaws like that one just make it better to me. Makes it seem more like what he was going for, which was an old-fashioned serial adventure.

  • June 4, 2011, 6:11 a.m. CST

    and this says it all guys

    by The_Crimson_King

    Spielberg is a fucking legend, did you ever doubt it? well doubt no more and feel the power of The Beard!

  • June 4, 2011, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Re: Spielberg

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Okay, okay, everybody, let's all stop the turbo-charged ass-kissing party because you think Spielberg's gonna read your Talkback post (he's probably not) ...!</p><p> Sure, I'm as glad as anybody else that he's seen the light of day and decided not to mess with the original films we love and remember -- I refuse to buy "SUPERMAN: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT" or "THE EXORCIST: THE VERSION YOU'VE NEVER SEEN" on DVD for this very reason (oddly enough, I only own BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT, but that's because I feel all Ridley Scott actually did was correct a lot of previously-uncorrectable flaws, not turn his original film into a computerized, retroactive crapfest). However, I distinctly remember Spielberg burbling about how much giving E.T.'s face more expressiveness and CGI-ing up the flying bike stuff was an "improvement", or how he felt having government agents chasing kids around with guns or having Michael dress up like a terrorist was inappropriate ... so if he feels like altering movies is the wrong thing to do NOW, it's only because he's actually taking the flak that decision caused the movie (and himself) to heart. Those changes probably seemed minor at the time, and overall, they were, but they were enough to alter the film into something else that wasn't quite E.T., much like tarting up the effects in STAR WARS and changing a few things here and there somehow turned that film into a blunt object. Lucas can put out fifty versions of the "Special Editions" in whatever dimension and format he likes, but it stopped being STAR WARS after those remastered laserdiscs/VHS versions that came out not long before the Special Editions did.</p><p> But it's a good sign ... maybe Spielberg's getting his soul back in his old age? Or maybe SUPER 8's reminded him of the good old days, which would be awesome, because I'd like to see him making more E.T.'s, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS and JAWS and less A.I.'s, WAR OF THE WORLDS or THE TERMINALs.</p><p> TEMPLE OF DOOM is excrement, sorry, Quint. I mean, to each their own, but that movie is just one bad idea after another. Gloria and Willard Hyuck should have just stopped working after AMERICAN GRAFFITI and ended their careers on a high note. There's some great amusement park ride fodder in there, but every time something isn't exploding, crashing, flying off the edge of something else or doing its damndest to make the audience nauseated, there's an annoying little racial stereotype from "Steve Canyon", a screeching blonde harpy (sorry, Mr. Spielberg, if you are actually reading this, but your wife's done some great acting work and this wasn't it) or cast members from GUNGA DIN running around and yelling at the top of their lungs while Harrison Ford spends most of the film looking like he's either suffering from dysentery or wishing to Christ the poison had actually killed him off in the first five minutes of the movie. Plus, this was the sequel (PREquel, whatever) that actually pushed the mind-boggling (but still somewhat realistic) action sequences of RAIDERS firmly into cartoon territory. You wanna bitch about cartoon monkeys and refrigerators, this is where it started.</p><p> Speaking of which, while TEMPLE OF DOOM was lousy and THE LAST CRUSADE was an uneven mix of RAIDERS and TEMPLE OF DOOM that might have worked better if all that bluescreen crap didn't look so lousy or if they'd toned down the slapstick a bit, I actually managed to make it through those two in their entirety. Can't say the same about KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, which I haven't gotten past the ten minute mark of. Spielberg said everything he needed to say about Indiana Jones with RAIDERS; let Lucas, Shia LeBouf and Grampa Ford go off and make INDIANA JONES AND THE VERY BLUSTERY DAY or whatever.

  • June 4, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Spielberg is a hack

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    not really

  • June 4, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Here's Kate Capshaw's brief nudity from Dreamscape

    by Bobo_Vision

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8jmht_kate-capshaw-dreamscape-1984_sexy <p> I don't think the Berg had anything to do with censoring it. I think this was the cut for Europe....while the puritanical uptight gun-toting American audience was spared the evils of a woman's nipples.

  • June 4, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    J.P blu, Star Wars blu, Jaws blu.....

    by Mark Watson

    Loving your work quint, as always, and am moist in anticipation for mondays interview with the berg. Great to hear solid news about Jaws on blu. JAWS blu..Chances are all the extras from the 2 set dvd will be included. I dont think that they would ever alter Jaws digitally to a cgi shark (seriously!!). Am sure it was mentioned at some point by someone but glad they never progressed with it. The only thing i ask, THE ONLY THING, is that they return to the original cover art, not the digitally rehashed cover art of the dvd (which looks like feckin Deep Blue Sea 2). The original girl, the original shark. PLEASEEEEEEE!!! Its one of, if not THE most iconic movie posters ever. Release should be in the last quarter. JURASSIC PARK blu..There seems to rumours of an international release date for the trilogy on October 24th 2011. Dont quote me but hope so. STAR WARS blu..To Lucas Star Wars has become less about the storytelling and more about how lucrative the franchise has become. The blu ray will be released September, everyone buys it, everyone loves it but bitches here about Han shooting first, Lucas says 'tough shit' then 2 years down the line when sales have dried up he'll relent and re-release the original versions on blu(only not as digitally remastered, more like an upgraded dvd). Seen it happen before.

  • June 4, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Quint....

    by benlinus

    You are on FIRE today... Between this and the Sam Fuller Godfather II video you are breathing much desired life into this site...PLEASE keep going! Both talkbacks are universally positive. Something you dont see too often on AICN. Oh and Lucas is the "Anti-Speilberg"

  • June 4, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    I'm not a Lucas basher but

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Spielberg's ability to say "I was wrong" about some of his decisions certainly shows Lucas could grow up a little. I realize there are different dynamics at work - Lucas has a reasonable desire to get his series of films to have a consistent look and feel - but nonetheless his stubbornness is unnecessary and unfortunate. Just release the original versions already.

  • June 4, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    The bottom line when it comes to Spielberg, Lucas, Indy 4, and who is to blame..

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    If you know anything at all about the production of the Indy movies then you will know that, despite them being collaborative efforts and Lucas having strong influence, the agreement between them is that Spielberg ALWAYS has FINAL say about what goes in the movies, and that Lucas defers to these choices as Spielberg is ultimately the director of the films themselves. Therefore, Spielberg is entirely to blame for Crystal Skull. If he didn't like something then he should have put his foot down. It's time to stop mindlessly blaming Lucas for everything.

  • June 4, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Lucas' stubborness is to be admired...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    I don't always agree with his choices, but I admire him for not giving in to the self-entitled fanboy ingrates. Why should he? He has his own strong opinions about what he wants to do with his work and his legacy, and ultimately they're HIS films. They do not 'belong' to the fans in anything more than an emotional sense. If Spielberg wants to admit he was wrong for his revisionism in the past (and I'm not convinced in the slightest; seems like he was just sucking up to get Quint's approval and trying hard to show he was in touch with the fans) then he should ensure that the updated ET is discontinued from sale and that TV/ revival screenings only show the '82 version. He should also admit that Indy 4 was a disappointment. Or, alternatively, he could start making great popcorn movies again, and not watered down crap.

  • June 4, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    get rid of strings just don't change the movie

    by Norm3

    like removing the guns in ET.

  • June 4, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    There IS an ET with no walkie-talkie gun replacements.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • ....is because they had not yet added or shot that moment. That moment was added later, long after cast and crew had left Martha's Vineyard. If I recall correctly, it was an additional scene/moment shot in editor Verna Fields' swimming pool, and it was filmed after at least one of the early test screenings of the film. Spielberg said the film needed one more moment that made the audience jump, so he devised the moment where Gardner's head pops out. The only part of that story that's a little weak to me is that in the film Hooper panics and rises back to the surface. If he didn't see Gardner's head, what did he see that scared him? Either way, the scene with him and Brody on Hooper's boat was shot in California after the MV location shooting. If Spielberg says the "head popping out" had not yet been conceived when they were lensing on the Vineyard, then I believe him. That's why Hooper didn't mention it to Mayor Vaughn. But he did pull a tooth the size of a shot glass from the wrecked hull of a boat, and it was the tooth of a Great White shark. And Mayor Vaughn isn't going to deal with this particular problem until it swims up and bites him on the ass.

  • June 4, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Stubbornness is not an admirable trait

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    It's not "giving in" to admit you can be wrong every once in a while. For instance it's obvious the reaction to Jar Jar Binks resulted in a much lower profile in the next two films. Has or will Lucas EVER say "In retrospect, we didn't do such a good job with that character"? I seriously doubt it. As for providing the original version there's nothing ungrateful about wanting to own the actual movie you liked in the first place. With ET (and Close Encounters) Spielberg gave the public both versions. Lucas is being a weirdo about this. George, no one is going to think you're less of a "genius" because some effects work wasn't perfect in 1980.

  • June 4, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    norm3: Getting rid of strings IS changing the movie.

    by Multiplex

    How can you not see that?

  • June 4, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    AMAZING STORIES!

    by GLENNTROPOLIS

    WHEN THE HELL IS SEASON II COMING OUT?!?!?!?! A blu-ray in the works for them?

  • June 4, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Spielberg has a duty to record Director's Commentaries

    by BenBraddock

    for all his movies, for posterity. If he doesn't then all of his amazing insight will be lost one day. Some things are too important to let personal likes/dislikes get in the way!! Can you imagine a Director's Commentary for CITIZEN KANE, for example?

  • June 4, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Quint, did you ask him about Tintin?

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Specifically, about how they dealt with the uncanny valley problem. You know, the human characters with their dead eyes. The creepy look they have. I mean, that has been the main criticism of Robert Zeckemis's CGI motion capture animated features. Hopefully, that won't be the case with Tintin. Because that is the one thing Tintin needs to avoid. Also, did they ever consider making Tintin as a live-action movie instead of an animated feature.

  • If I see one more variation of "Stephen Speilburg" I'm gonna grab me a shotgun and shoot E.T. out of the suburban sky. Looking forward to hearing Spielberg respond to Quint's defense of Temple of Doom, easily the second-best of the Indy movies. Easily.

  • June 4, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's right about Temple of Doom though...

    by 1st and only

    Its not the 'empire strikes back' you all think it is...its still a good mvie, dont get me wrong. Its not 'kingdom of the bloody crystal skulls' bad...

  • June 4, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    This from the man who changed E.T. and Close Encounters

    by thelordofhell

    And butchered Kubrick

  • June 4, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Spielberg should do Jaws 5 with a big CGI shark

    by chien_sale

  • June 4, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Well Done, Quint...

    by Lucky13

    Once again proving he's the only person doing anything of note for this site.

  • June 4, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    stupid old matte lines!

    by Georgepeppard

    it's fun to be 12.

  • June 4, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    WOW

    by Conaw

    Can't wait for the full interview Monday and Jaws on Blu Ray! Speilberg is the greatest!

  • Speilberg, a billionaire. An icon. One of the greatest directors of action and adventure and blockbuster entertainment ever. The man who gave us Jaws and Close encounters and E.T. among others, 'sucking up' to Quint? Not dissin quint, but Turd, you need to return to the fukken gravy dude cause you aint fully cooked

  • June 4, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    ego much?

    by brightgeist

    posting this excerpt of an interview with Steven Spielberg, wherein all you do is talk about the STAR WARS special editions, seems a bit disrespectful to the man. it's like "ha! see everybody? Steven Spielberg also thinks the STAR WARS special editions are a bad idea, so i must be awesome because i think so too!". altering movies may be a bad thing in your opinion, but demanding of a filmmaker to do what you want, is simply arrogant and disrespectful. if George Lucas doesn't want to release tho original versions, that is his decision. it's not like he owes you anything. we owe him for giving us STAR WARS in the first place. buying a movie ticket 34 years ago doesn't make the filmmaker your servant, you know...

  • June 4, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Cant WAIT for the full interview, Quint.

    by Cheif Brody

    Your interview will be the closest we get to the BluRay director commentary.

  • June 4, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Going to take this as SS's apology for ET Spec Ed and Crystal Skull

    by OutsideChance

    It's entirely possible the guy realizes that he made a few mistakes. That being said, I have no problem with wire corrections, taking the glare off the glass in the Cobra scene from Raiders, etc.

  • June 4, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom is an action masterpiece

    by gaygoonie

    Few movies can match it's energy and playfulness, its lightness and darkness. People who deride it are idiots. And Capshaw was PERFECT in the role. It was the perfect contrast to Karen Allen.

  • June 4, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    ET?

    by Rex Carsalot

    Didn't he say at the time that he regretted the guns, wished he'd filmed it a different way, blah blah blah? Cool if he's had a change of heart, but that was some ridiculous shit.

  • June 4, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    liberal_warrior

    by MoffatBabies

    Indeed. That one made me crack up.

  • June 4, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    moffatbabies -it was possibly the most motarded thing ever said on AICN

    by Liberal_Warrior

    And that is saying something

  • June 4, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    The one and only bad/fake looking scene in JAWS

    by TheJudger

    1 hour 46 minutes and 40 seconds in. When jaws swims around the side of the Orca. His tail is wicked thick and a way to short. It just does not look right at all. This is the only scene I wish Steve would fix. I honestly don't know why the shark looks wrong in this scene. The Animatronic sharks made for the movie. The ones we see in the BTS images, they look properly scaled. It would be a pretty simple photoshop mod. No need to replace it, just extend it's tail a bit.

  • June 4, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    CGI Gopher

    by Dolph

    The CGI gopher moment was the moment I knew Crystal Skulls would be a massive letdown. That was, what, the first frame of the movie?

  • June 4, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    dude

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    The biggest problem with Indy 4 is the writing. There's scenes where you could interchange Indy and others with Obi Wan and Jar Jar, they are that bad. It sometimes feels like Phantom Menace 2.

  • June 4, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    "Spielberg should apologise for War of the Worlds."

    by Jay

    His version was 99% more accurate to the book than the first adaptation was. And that includes the ending. So as a Wells fan, I liked it a whole lot better than the outdated first adaptation. And don't bother responding because I know you're just going to complain about the kids. So save your breath.

  • Don't you just love when people interpret something entirely different than what was actually said? He wasn't apologizing for anything. Especially Indy 4 since they didn't even talk about that (At least in what was shown) I just love how people think directors of a film they dislike must automatically hate or feel shameful about it like they do. The reason Spielberg is Spielberg is because he does what HE wants to. You're full of shit if you think he regrets Indy 4, and even remotely cares what an online community of fans who weren't 100% happy with it think. He doesn't give a shit what critics think, so why would he care or apologize to you?

  • June 4, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    HOLY SHIT YOU GOT TO TALK TO SPIELBERG?!

    by D.Vader

    AHHHHHHHHH!!! *BRAIN EXPLODES*

  • June 4, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    This is the coolest news I have read on here in YEARS.

    by Ironhelix

    Well done good sir, well done.

  • June 4, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Apologize for War of the Worlds?

    by D.Vader

    Make another stupid comment.

  • June 4, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    "Temple of Doom is excrement"

    by D.Vader

    You can't trustanyone who says this. This guy aint one of us!

  • June 5, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Spielberg is the man

    by MattmanReturns

    With a set of brass balls.

  • June 5, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    War of the Worlds needs no apology

    by MattmanReturns

    Yeah, it's got flaws, but if you think that's a bad movie, you've been privileged to have never seen a bad movie.

  • June 5, 2011, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Re: d.vader/No Wires

    by ArmageddonProductions

    d.vader: I gotta stand behind that statement. For me, it would have been like if PHANTOM MENACE has been the second movie Lucas had put out after STAR WARS, except with 1984-caliber effects. And if Jar-Jar Binks had been screaming at the top of its lungs through the whole thing.</p><p> Regarding cleaning up movies, I would totally be against somebody matting in a more convincing version of the shark in JAWS, or adding shots where you see it tapdancing in the goddamn water or something ... but I am definitely not against fixing effects that may have looked fudgy in the original versions, like cleaning up matte lines or removing wires. That's not the same as "altering" movies, as far as I'm concerned, those would be simple mistakes that, had CGI existed at that point, would have been fixed the first time around. E.T. didn't need any alteration, except the spaceship wire and maybe fixing some of that wonky bluescreen and the Eliott/E.T./bike puppet. If that's all Spielberg had done for the Special Edition, few people would have likely even noticed, and I doubt anyone would have complained. That's why I liked the BLADE RUNNER: FINAL CUT so much; Scott didn't change anything (from the Director's Cut, anyway), he just fixed a bunch of glaring mistakes. I don't mind a bunch of hokey effects, I'd just like to see less zippers, wires, stuntwomen mustaches and matte lines when I watch them.</p><p> By the way, with all the bitching about the "Special Editions", I'm surprised this has never come up: for all the bluster about adding CGI and redoing effects, Lucas NEVER FUCKING FIXED THE UGLY MATTE BOXES around the TIE fighters (go back and watch the dogfight between the Millennium Falcon and the TIE fighters just after the Death Star escape in the Special Editions), the comparitively (to any of the sequels/prequels) bad lightsaber stuff, some of the glitch edits meant to hide lightsabers going on or off or doors opening or closing, etc. I think some of the same stuff shows up in Empire, too. If you're gonna "fix" the movies, at least FIX the movies!

  • June 5, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Minority Report > War of the Worlds

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    although I enjoyed War of the Worlds warts and all.

  • June 5, 2011, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Re: mattmanreturns

    by ArmageddonProductions

    I'd say WAR OF THE WORLDS is a bad SPIELBERG movie, not necessarily a bad movie on its own. It's actually got a few decent moments in it. I think the script was a bit off and it was bad timing to have Cruise in a movie. Unfortunately for Spielberg, he happened to make it after INDEPENDENCE DAY (which was actually a much worse film, but had more ambition), MARS ATTACKS and STARSHIP TROOPERS, so the bar and audience expectations were set too high. Spielberg makes a great leader but a lousy follower, which is why his latter-day output has been pretty depressing. He should stop worrying about keeping up with the kids and their bleached-out shaky-cam crap and going back to making Spielberg movies.

  • June 5, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Schindler

    by Retlaw Kciuq

    I'm excited to hear about JP coming to Blu-ray (actually more about TLW which was the one I saw in theaters and possibly the reason why I don't hate on that as much as others do). Just curious about when Schindler's List will be hitting BD; hopefully we won't have to wait until 2013, the 20th Anniversary.

  • June 5, 2011, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Surely AMISTAD is his worst?

    by BenBraddock

    Long, worthy and incredibly dull. At least HOOK had Hoffman and some action scenes worth watch-- aw who am I kdding, HOOK stinks too.

  • Preach on Brother Stephen! Even SPEILBERG fucking realizes he made a mistake with CG-ifying E.T.! George has been taking it up the ass for years about the "enhancements" to the Trilogy where he's got to feel like the overwhelming minority. Why does he not get it?!? I know that subject line was quoted a couple of times above already, but it needs to be quoted, and quoted and quoted again. This needs to be tattooed backwards on George's forehead so it's the very first thing he sees when he looks in the mirror to brush his teeth in the morning, until he gets the message. I want Han shooting Greedo in cold blood, I want matte lines, I want broomstick handle lightsabers, I don't want to see Jabba until ROTJ, I don't want to see Boba Fett until ESB, I want to see David Prowse's eyes though Darth Vader's lenses, I want ALL of the proper rubber Cantina Aliens back. I want the teeny Dewback model way off in the background. No "Man in Suit" Wampa, no panoramic vistas through giant windows on Cloud City, bring back "monkey eyes" Palpatine, get that goddamn shuttle off the landing pad, it's in the wrong movie, fix Boba Fett's voice (I know he's a clone of Jango but I don't give a shit, maybe he had a throat injury or something and that's why he sounds different). For fuck's sake, PLEASE bring back the ORIGINAL Sy Snootles and lose the Las Vegas review backup band. Get the beak off of the Sarlaac. And bring back the original "Yub Yub" song! All of it, back the way it was, NOW! (Um, in full 1080p please)

  • June 5, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Re: benbraddock

    by ArmageddonProductions

    I couldn't even get past the previews for AMISTAD -- it came off like a big-budget TV movie. And after ALWAYS, I started getting leery pretty much every time Spielberg decided he was gonna go off and try to make a purely "adult" movie. SCHINDLER'S LIST was well made, but just knowing in the back of my mind that he was consciously pursuing "serious Oscar credibility" almost overshadowed it. Same goes for MUNICH. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN has some charm, but it was pretty much a movie anyone could have made. And THE TERMINAL, MINORITY REPORT and A.I. ... well, maybe he was getting sick of Capshaw telling him to get out of the house more. If he'd wanted to blow away those critics that kept accusing him of making "popcorn movies", he should have just stuck to everything but the first and last five creaky minutes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, which was, except for those horrible first and last five minutes, the greatest war movie ever made.

  • June 5, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Blu ray release dates

    by Mark Watson

    Seems Universal have confirmed Jaws blu also but wont be released until early 2012.

  • June 5, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Blu too

    by Mark Watson

    Jurassic Park has been confirmed to be released on blu most likely November. Definately before the holidays. Seems Universal have also confirmed an Indiana Jones boxset on blu is in the works for a 2012 release. Great News

  • June 5, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    If you love Indy - you must hate...

    by Bruhn

    ... "Skull". You all know me as longtime Indiana Jones-Fan and expert. "Skull" is not really an Indiana Jones-Movie. Because, as we all know, Indy means believeable action and Stunt-scenes. Lool what Spielberg said: Source: Making of-Book The first thing Steven said was he didn't want this look like a slick action-adventure movie with digital backgrounds and effects or stunts that you couldn't do in reality," Kennedy says. "Part of an Indiana Jones story is that you want to believe that Indy - and consequently Harrison Ford - is doing his own stunts..." Or what FRank Marschall said: We looked at the Bourne films, and we thought that maybe Indiana Jones could do some more dangerous things in this film, and still have that seem BELIEVEABLE. The key is you have to believe that Indiana Jones can do the things he does and not say ‘There’s no way he could’ve survived that situation!’, so you walk a fine line. I'm very proud of the Indy-Fandom and the worldwide hate for "Skull". The worldwide hate against "Skull" means a worldwide love for Indiana Jones...

  • June 5, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    amazing

    by JamesT

    Quint did you touch on the latest trend in remaking films? Hopefully, there is no way in hell they will ever attempt to remake this movie.

  • June 5, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    by Bruhn

    AMEN!!!

  • June 5, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Crystal Skull organization chart

    by Nem_Wan

    Technically, Lucas is the boss. It's a Lucasfilm production. Lucas is the executive producer. Lucasfilm also financed the film. In Hollywood the executive producer title maybe doesn't mean much creatively outside of television, but Lucasfilm consciously operates more like television production. Most Lucasfilm directors have a scope of creative control similar to a television director on a TV series. Obviously, Spielberg is an exception to this policy. Spielberg gets his way, but Spielberg is well aware of what Lucas wants and defers to him more than he would to another writer/producer. Harrison Ford also has a huge say. The Indy films are a unique collaboration between friends who deal and compromise with each other. The whole point is to make those films together. They're all equally responsible.

  • June 5, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Spielberg just seems to have a great deal of integrity

    by AlienFanatic

    Yes, not everything he touches turns to gold, but he seems to regard cinema, and the history of it, with great respect. His comments are a breath of fresh air, but they also seem to reflect the sentiments of a good portion of Hollywood's directors. This appreciation of cinema seems to be the hallmark of the directors that treat film as more of a magic show than a con game. (Scorsese, Nolan, Abrams, and Favreau come to mind.) Clearly, Spielberg is in a class by himself and has the relative autonomy to do produce many of the films he wishes. He can speak his mind and prevent some of the changes to his older films that lesser directors might have had to endure. I just hope the studio bosses listen more to guys like Spielberg so that film history can be preserved and appreciated. (Sadly, Lucas will never listen and our only hope for his films is that when he passes on, his heirs might see reason.)

  • June 5, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    LordofLight

    by D.Vader

    Thank you for complying with my request =).

  • June 5, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    ArmageddonProductions

    by D.Vader

    But using the word "excrement" implies there is ZERO to like about the movie, and while its detractors (and some supporters) may agree that there is an annoying, shrieking character, there is still PLENTY to like in that movie as another one of Indiana Jones' adventures.

  • June 5, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Lucas, you have been called out by Spielberg and some internet guy.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Very cool interview segment Quint, very cool. Ain't it Cool? Yes, Mr. Travolta, it's very cool.

  • June 5, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Thank you Mr. Steven Spielberg

    by Dark Doom

    Thank you for making me pee in my pants, and for making me afraid of the water. Yes water, I couldn't swim in a dark pool that summer. Thank you for having the integrity and balls to leave my childhood memories intact. Thanks dude, now go and tell Lucas how out of touch he is with the art of filmaking.

  • June 5, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    I just want to know if

    by Amity75

    Reagan really DID turn to Spielberg during the screening of ET and say "You know, there's only a handful of people in this room who know how true this film really is".

  • June 5, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Re: d.vader

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Sorry, I should have qualified the original statement with "In my opinion ...". And my opinion, it IS excrement. The movie you just described would be INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, which had some good stuff and some bad stuff. For me, TEMPLE OF DOOM is like watching a group of people who are all either suffering from the flu or busy being the most obnoxious fuckers on Earth riding around in an amusement park from Hell for 90 minutes. Obviously, the film has its fans, so others certainly aren't looking at it that way, but then again, there's people who defend PHANTOM MENACE to the hilt as a "great kids' movie". I'll stick with RAIDERS, no sequel(s) required.

  • June 5, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    liberal_warrior, if you actually think that (a perfectly reasonable statement) is

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    'the most mottarded' thing ever written on this site, then you clearly haven't been here very long. Why is the notion of Spielberg sucking up to Quint implausible? Because Spielberg is the most powerful man in modern cinema and Quint is a relative nobody? Yes, that's true. Quint isn't interested in winning Quint's favor on any level of any real power. But guess what? People, no matter their particular stations, act like this all the time in immediate conversation and interviews. It is called 'building rapport'. They want to be liked and do this by showing how they agree with the other person's views. It doesn't have shit to do with Spielberg's real feelings on these matters or what he would say when around his buddy, Lucas, or to another media outlet with a different demographic. Yep, Spielberg was sucking up to Quint, and by proxy, the fanboys. 'I know just how you guys all feel. I'm one of you (despite my billions); I agree with you entirely'. Then he'll continue to operate, business as usual, in his working life. Case closed.

  • June 5, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    that should read:

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    "Spielberg isn't interested in winning Quint's favor on any level of any real power"

  • June 5, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Crusade is excrement compared to Doom.

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    Doom is one of the best action/adventure movies ever made. Crusade sowed the seeds for the tone and approach of Crystal Skull. Skull is Crusade's bastard offspring.

  • I'm going to go all AsimovLives, but Abrams IS one of the biggest examples of conmen in cinema; a marketing executive not an artist. It makes me sick to see his name lumped in with Spielberg and Scorsese.

  • June 5, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Don't get the hate for CRUSADE at all

    by BenBraddock

    I love that movie, it's really fun and casting Connery as Indy's dad was a masterstroke, he and Ford have great chemistry. A nice opening montage with River Phoenix (who really nails playing the young Harrison Ford), another great Williams score, intrigue, plot twists, great stunts, excellent villains, sexy blonde German eye-candy... what else could anyone ask for? For a third entry in any series, it's of miraculously good quality. Obviously the team still cared. Too bad we had to wait so long for the turd that was SKULL...

  • June 5, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Raiders is no masterpiece

    by Bobo_Vision

    The ending is bullshit. In fact, the last 30 minutes are bullshit. From the moment Indy climbs on board the submarine, that's when I stop watching Raiders now. It was good the first time around, but the film from that point lacks logic. <p> How the fuck did Indy know to keep his eyes closed when they opened the Ark? And how does closing your eyes protect you? Indy wanted to see what was in the Ark as much as Belloq, he even admitted so. Why the sudden change at the end as if he knew what would happen all along? Bullshit. <p> Also, In the opening sequence, how does standing in the sunlight cause spikes to shoot out? The sun will move depending on the time of the day. What if someone attempted to walk through at night? Most of that sequence lacks logic in terms of the mechanics of that underground lair....but it's a cool sequence, nonetheless. <p> And then you have the fact that Indy is a pedophile...and the reason he broke ties with Dr. Ravenwood and Marion is because he messed with her when she "was a child". But Indy's defense is that she "knew what she was doing". Very creepy and weird. <p> Then you have a double-crossing nazi-saluting monkey...a bespectacled cartoon-like nazi...plus, lots of exposition. The scenes with Sallah are mostly exposition. The film is a good start to the series....but as a stand-alone film...it's no masterpiece.

  • June 5, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Re: benbradock/bobo_vision

    by ArmageddonProductions

    benbraddock: I don't hate CRUSADE at all, but it severely lacked the polish of RAIDERS. A lot of the problem I had with CRUSADE was the lousy blue-screen work, which was really the beginning of substituting all the great physical and practical stuff from the first two movies and replacing it with the cheesy and obvious optical crap that now seems to be the norm in these things. Also, while Spielberg seemed to try and dial back the cartoony stuff from TEMPLE OF DOOM, he didn't dial it back anywhere near far enough. In RAIDERS, part of the edge-of-your-seat experience was the sense that Indiana Jones was always about five seconds away from a gruesome death. In CRUSADE (and much more so in TEMPLE OF DOOM and CRYSTAL SKULL), it's like watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Once you watch him survive a quarter-of-a-mile plane jump on a rubber life raft, or a fucking nuclear explosion by hiding inside of a refrigerator, you're pretty sure Nazis and Russian soldiers aren't gonna be able to kill him.</p><p> bobo_vision: again, to each their own, but in the case of RAIDERS, I think it's safe to say you're in the minority with that opinion. That being said, I can't really defend how Indiana managed to survive a ride on the outside of a submarine (I used to assume the sub never fully submerged). They didn't think that part through too well. The rest of it is really nit-picking, though. Indy doesn't close his eyes until some serious shit starts coming out of the opened Ark. I think, by "kid", they were insinuating Marion was seventeen or eighteen, certainly not nine or ten or something like that. Nothing in the temple really operates on logic; they had pressure and weight-sensitive technology during the age of the Mayans? What's powering all this weird ancient machinery? The bottom line is, you really don't care because it's so well-executed (like most people who watched it), and if you did care, the movie wasn't gonna be for you no matter what happened.

  • June 5, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Fantastic news..good for you Steven!! WAKE UP LUCAS!!!

    by FleshMachine

    seriously, for someone who ostensibly values film history the man should release all his films in their original (if restored) states.

  • June 5, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    raiders is perfect, doom is great, crusade has grown on me, 4 is crap

    by FleshMachine

    4 is a real tonal screw up. 3 almost was but it's got enough moments to pull it through.

  • June 5, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    good for you quint to call out lucas to his best friend

    by FleshMachine

    well played.

  • June 5, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Kingdom of the stupid skull was a disaster, an indy cartoon

    by FleshMachine

    such a waste

  • June 5, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Marion was 16 or 17 when her relationship with Jones finished

    by Bobo_Vision

    And about 15 when the relationship started. It's not as bad as the 11 or 12 Lucas originally wanted, but his vision for their indiscretion to be one of pedophilia remained intact. Just a little less questionable than he originally wanted it. <p> http://redstomp.org/forums/showthread.php?1067-George-Lucas-Steven-Spielberg-and-the-pedophile-history-of-Indiana-Jones

  • June 5, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Quint I wish good things for you..

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Stop fucking around and just be speilberg's go-to bio guy. Woody Allen has Eric lax. Welles had bogdonovich. Eastwood has Schickel. Spielberg is wide open baby. Make it so.

  • June 5, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Quint can you post the interview early..

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The silos get lonely in the morning.

  • June 5, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Re: bobo_vision

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Let's face it, Lucas has fucking problems. As in "Queen Amidala met the father of her children when he was ten years old and she was a full grown woman" or "Nobody has ever explained why it was cool for Luke to have a wang-on for Leia in STAR WARS or Luke and Leia to swap spit in EMPIRE" kind of problems. Compared to that, Indiana Jones getting a piece of teenage crush pie pre-RAIDERS seems pretty par-for-the-course.

  • June 5, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Lucas is a kinky sumbitch

    by Bobo_Vision

    He's also into beastiality (Howard the Duck).

  • June 5, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Damn, turd, whut the fuk you been smokin' boyo?

    by Liberal_Warrior

    Must be some powerful shit to not only allow you to get into the mind of Steven Speilberg to be able to detect that he was was lying to quint in order to 'suck up' and 'build rapport' for some totally unknown reason (because billionaire, icons, with nothing to prove, and no reason to curry favor with fanboys, just do that sort of thing), but to also allow you to have the courage to type that shit up and post it on aicn for all to read. Some pow'ful shit indeed. Or just some shit. Speilberg. Sucking up. To quint. You must enjoy debating yourself and winning all the time, especially with that 'case closed' remark of yours. But let me assure you the real world does not consider such motarded thinking to be a 'closed case'. In your world any time someone agrees with the point of another, they are 'sucking up'. You must live a frighteningly paranoid and lonely life if that is what you truly believe.

  • Shit, their presentation of a new Super 8 trailer is god awful...reading off a teleprompter...stopping the show in its tracks.

  • June 5, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Someone's getting a case of the nerd rage

    by Bobo_Vision

    Paging Dr. Asberger....Dr. Asperger...your services are needed.

  • June 5, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Spielberg is being ridiculous

    by darthvedder81

    He's against removing wires? Seeing wires (or matte lines) takes me right out of a movie. I don't understand his position at all. People who complain about the SE Star Wars are just complainers. There's like 4 minutes total of altered footage. Most non-dorks can't even tell the difference. I'll take a few alterations if it means a cleaned up picture and a MUCH improved Death Star battle. P.S. I would like to see "Lapti Nek" back in Jedi. The puppets are just as goofy as the CG characters in Jedi but it's the better song.

  • June 5, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    I agree with Spielberg to a point.

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    I can see his argument about how showing the movies as they were originally filmed is more pure (and perhaps more humanizing), but I personally have no problem with digitally removing wires, bad blue screen halos, etc. In my opinion, a format like Blu Ray tends to draw more attention to clumsly FX than previous formats, so anything that manages to subtly make the viewing experience more immersive without fundamentally changing the movie is fine by me. That said, Lucas has obviously gone way beyond "cleaning up" his movies, to the point that he has made them fundamentally different viewing experiences. I'll stick to A New Hope as an example, as it contains, in my opinion, the most grievous offenses. Some people may think it's nitpicking, but if Greedo shoots first, it completely alters our perception of Han Solo. He is no longer a ruthless mercenary, but instead just a man backed into a corner, with no choice but self preservation. And that dilutes the power of his character arc from self-serving scoundrel to potentially self-sacrificing, sympathetic ally when he rescues Luke in the Death Star attack. Also, while Lucas may have shot the scene with Jabba in A New Hope with the intent of including it in the original movie, it is actually far more powerful without it. In the original version, the fact that we can't see Jabba makes him a boogeyman akin to Kaiser Soze. When we finally see him in the third movie, the buildup has been so intense that the shock of finally seeing him in the flesh provides a shock that lasts just long enough to last until the final confrontation between Jabba and Luke. I personally think that there should be three versions available. For purists, there should be a straight digital transfer, wires and all. For people like me, there should be a version that cleans up only awkward FX, and finally, there should be a third version with Greedo shooting first, Jabba confronting Han, and scenes outside of the Mos Eisley spaceport, billed as the "Director's Cut." I think that each version should be made available separately or as part of a 4-disc Deluxe Edition, with the fourth disc being given over to special features. If Lucas did this, I doubt anyone would have much of a problem with it. Face it, George, this is the only way you're ever going to win back the favor of the fans. Do it, and all is forgiven. Refuse, and you deserve every bit of geek hatred you receive. JMO.

  • June 5, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    by Bobo_Vision

    Some people defend this kiss by saying Leia just wanted to make Han jealous (by frenching her brother): <p> http://www.swg1.net/gallery/img/11/luke%26leia_kiss.jpg <p> But what about this kiss?: <p> http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l30lgbjoOd1qc5859o1_500.jpg <p> It was cut from the film, but they clearly got..it...on. I think I know how Luke got this humongous cold sore: <p> http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4KCnrWQ7VnA/TVvtd48fbYI/AAAAAAABlYI/tkQU65DIrrM/s1600/LukeLeia.jpg

  • June 5, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    And, as for a "preempive strike,"

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    To anyone who would argue that having three or four versions of a single movie on the market would either A) be confusing to the public, or B) dilute the sales potential, look to Blade Runner for evidence to the contrary. Sales have been great for all of the umpteen-jillion versions of that movie on the market, and true fans have researched and bought the version(s) they want. I personally have the "complete" collector's edition, although I still don't understand why Scott won't capitulate and release the original theatrical cut complete with narration; that sticks in my craw almost as much as the Star Wars SE discs. At any rate, as the success of the Blade Runner releases demonstrates, having multiple editions available to the public can and will work. So, do it already, Lucas. We're tired of this "force-feeding" (pun intended) of a now-bastardized classic.

  • June 5, 2011, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Re: mugato5150

    by ArmageddonProductions

    I'm not quite sure how you made the deductive leap to me having "never kisses a girl" (as you put it), but they indeed swapped spit in EMPIRE, during the scene where Luke is laying in the medicenter bed and Leia kisses him full on the mouth to make Han Solo jealous -- a scene which ended with Luke smugly lacing his hands behind his head and giving Han a smile that indicated he might later on be giving Leia a much-needed rogering and that Han could listen through the door if he wanted to. If they cut it from the Special Edition, I may be able to understand your confusion, but I assure you, it happened.

  • June 6, 2011, 2:16 a.m. CST

    "Raiders is no masterpiece"

    by Laserbrain

    Good God, bobo, the whole film is one massive logic hole. Next we'll be hearing complaints about how you can't get through more than 2 minutes of Star Wars because of that whole "sound in space" thing. If Raiders isn't a masterpiece because of it's quote: (pushes taped, coke-bottle glasses up bridge of nose) "logic" issues than what, in its genre (action fantasy) is?

  • June 6, 2011, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Hello common sense, where have you been?

    by Onin Solstice

    Good to know The Berg is coming to his senses. Redoing ET's FX was a mistake and he knows it now. Maybe Indy 5 can be a return to form if The Berg is able to wrangle Lucas and lock him in his money bin.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Re: INDY 5/"Sticking It To Spielberg"

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Please, God, no more. No more. Two was too many. At this point, it's like telling everybody Shatner and the original cast should come back and do another STAR TREK movie, or that Lucas should make three more STAR WARS sequels. You just THINK you want it. I'd honestly sit through an E.T. sequel with Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and that poor bastard who played "Michael" all reprising their original roles before I'd cough up the ticket/rental/On Demand/cost of a DVD-R for a torrent rip fee to sit through a fifth Indiana Jones movie.</p><p> I seriously doubt Spielberg's all that worried about Quint or anyone else on here chastising him for using CGI to fix up whatever, unless he's really deluded enough to believe that AICN still has some sort of Hollywood popular opinion cred. Even then, the worst that would ever happen is, Spielberg would lock himself in his solid ruby antechamber and weep openly into a few billion dollars he has laying around, then resume his day job as one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. I mean, sure, Lucas is a complete write-off and has been amassing money and goodwill purely off of one movie he (with the help of too many legendary filmmakers, artisans and technicians to name here, including Spielberg) made back in the Seventies, but Spielberg's cranked out so many classics, he's actually gotten to the point where I'm convinced he's just making movies now as an elaborate joke or a hobby.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    My second Favorite Jew!

    by ZodNotGod

    El Speilbergo is still the cat's meow! The world will be a darker place when he leaves this world. On 4 masterpieces alone: Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders, ET, He gets a pass. Lucas not doing bad either: Four masterpieces too- American Grafetti, THX-1138. Star Wars: ANH, Empire Strikes Back... Revenge of the Sith coming in a close second place.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    And the beat goes on...

    by ZodNotGod

    And the continued rage of the SE's is now entering pathetic obsession. Most of the changes no longer exist so what's with the continued gripes? Le'ts see the main gripes from the crybabies over these many years, but why, they either have been fixed or don't exist anymore... Jabba- fixed Luke screaming in ESB when he falls from Cloud City scaffolding- gone. Greedo shooting first- GONE. They now shoot simetaneously. What? Are you just indignant fuckers who love to hold grudges or do you do this simply because it gets readers? Or is it that you have no ethics or Journalism integrity?

  • June 6, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Re: zodnotgod

    by ArmageddonProductions

    I'm pretty sure it's not that he "fixed" some of the changes he made during the original version of the Special Editions, it's that the Special Editions exist in the first place. They're not being presented as Director's Cuts, either, they're actually some strange Orwellian experiment where the originals, i.e. - the ones everybody remembers, were fans of and made him all that green to begin with, never existed. Ultimately, it doesn't matter, because if you love the Special Editions, you're a Kool-Aid swallowing asshole, and if you hate them, you're a whiny fucking nerd who needs to get over it. Nobody wins that argument. Me? I'm over it. Thanks, George Lucas! I always wondered what would happen if a respected artist was able to go back in time, retroactively make the world hate their past body of work, then come back and make sure the job was complete by creating new stuff that's so bad, there's actually people out there still convinced it's all some kind of a horrible joke. And now, I know!

  • June 6, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see "Duel" get the Blu-ray treatment.

    by v3d

  • June 6, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Huzzah for Uncle Stevie!

    by orcus

    This gladdens Orcus' heart.

  • June 6, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    zodnotgod

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    I apparently haven't seen these new, "fixed" SE discs yet, so I can't comment. By "fixed," do you mean that the scene with Jabba in ANH has been removed? If so, good (although the scene would be a cool easter egg). But, on the topic of "Greedo shooting first," correct me if I'm wrong (and I may be, since I haven't seen the original version of ANH in probably 20 years), but in the theatrical release, did Greedo even shoot at all? If my memory serves, he didn't. Han was the only one who shot. Now, to you, this may not make a difference, but to me it does (refer to my previous post). As for the other "fixes," again, I only have the original SE discs, so I can't comment. Have they gone back to the original ROTJ ending? And if so, which face of Darth Vader's ghost appears? Again, sorry if I seem to be nitpicking, but I'm just curious.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    I love how passionate people are about this topic...

    by WeylandYutani

    And I'd have to agree with Quint in that if Lucas had released a restored version of Star Wars that was not "special editionized" people would be OK with his versions side-by-side. And I am glad Uncle Steve has decided to leave his films alone because I don't think the digital face lift ET got enhanced the film at all. But I do think it is a complicated issue. There are several versions of Close Encounters and I think the cut on the DVD a few yeas ago is the best version... it contains many of the added scenes from various TV cuts, but does not include the ship interiors. Also I think Ridley Scott and his people did a fine job with Blade Runner the Final cut. Then again, the work Coppola did on Apocalypse Now Redux left me a bit cold. So in the end, I think there is a difference between "restoring" a film (such as what was done with Lawrence of Arabia and Vertigo) where the picture is cleaned up... the film is re colour timed, the audio is remixed for modern theatres (although, the original mono or stereo tracks should always be included as an option for home media)... even the removal of wires and mat lined is OK with we. The idea is to create the best presentation that modern post production techniques allow. However, anything that changes the meaning, tone or viewers interpretation of a scene should be used sparingly or not at all. A case in point is the removal of the FBIs shotguns and pistols in ET - which leads me to wonder why did Uncle Steve allow that in the first place and why the about face on the issue. So basically... • Allow for colour timing and image correction • Removal of mat lines of wire work if needed • Audio remix or correction (but also have the original audio available as a separate audio track) • Do not allow for added scenes or new scenes unless it is for a director's cut (as long as the original cut is always a viewing option on the disc) • Absolutely never EVER add, remove, delete, augment: characters, sets, props, shots, audio, music if it changes the tone, narrative or intent of the scene. It is distracting at best and effects/affects later scenes or story points at worst. Unless the original negative is damaged beyond repair.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    That South Park/Deliverance episode with Spielberg...

    by BoyNamedSue

    must have really forced him to evaluate a few things!

  • June 7, 2011, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Re: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS/Director's Cuts

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Regarding CLOSE ENCOUNTERS (and the confusion): the original version of the film was released in theaters "unfinished", as in, several effects (and, possibly, whole scenes, can't remember) that Spielberg wanted were never done, and he had to release what he had put together up to that point. Columbia had pretty much sunk its entire fortunes into CE3K, they were broke and if CLOSE ENCOUNTERS has failed at the box office, they would have been out of business. Of course, it was a huge hit, and after the audience reaction was basically "we wanna see what happens after Dreyfuss gets on the ship!", Columbia went to Spielberg and asked him to shoot new scenes for a "Special Edition" theatrical release and milk more cash from it. Spielberg apparently hated this idea, but agreed to do it if they ponied up the cash to let him finish up the effects he actually wanted put into the movie. Thus, the "Special Edition" was born. Later on, when Columbia, like every other studio Spielberg has dealt with, would pretty much roll around in broken glass if Spielberg wanted them to, released Spielberg's definitive version of the movie on home video and DVD, which has those extra effects you didn't get to see in the original version released in theaters, but no "inside the mothership" stuff that Spielberg never wanted in the movie in the first place. It's a little confusing, and while the movie probably works better by not showing what happened after Roy Neary goes up the plank, I'd at least like to have the option to watch a pristine cut with EVERYTHING in it. Maybe on Blu-Ray ...</p><p> Let's get one thing clear: a "Director's Cut" is not quite the same thing as a "STAR WARS SPECIAL EDITION". With a "Director's Cut", a filmmaker is allowed to go back and arrange the movie in a manner he or she originally intended, whether due to time constraints, MPAA considerations or studio meddling. Yes, APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX was horrible, but it was released with the qualifier "REDUX" and the original still exists for everyone to enjoy (it was even given the deluxe treatment in the "Complete Dossier" box set). THE EXORCIST: THE VERSION YOU'VE NEVER SEEN was not a Director's Cut, it was a studio's (and writer's) version meant to milk more cash from the movie. As Freidkin himself put it: the version released in '73 was the "Director's Cut", and that one at least still peacefully co-exists with THE VERSION YOU'VE NEVER SEEN. I dig seeing what the movies could have been, even if it's for the worse. If I don't like the Director's Cut, I just go back to the original. In some cases, like T2, that's as easy as picking out which version of the movie you want to watch in the DVD menu.</p><p> The STAR WARS shit is a whole different animal, especially since we know that those original versions were Lucas's "Director's Cuts" (even though he only directed the first one). It's less of an attempt to "present the movies the way they were intended" (THX has already done a pretty extensive re-mastering of all three movies in the mid-Nineties) and more of an attempt at complete revisionism, especially since he's doing his best to bury the original versions. Hey, he can do whatever the hell he wants with his films, right? But that's not the same as a "Director's Cut", since I'm pretty sure he wasn't sitting around in 1976 thinking "Damn! If I could only somehow harness the power of computers to create dinosaur-like creatures to run around in the background in every scene of this STAR WARS movie! Instead, it's a compromise!" By all accounts, he's probably pretty lucky he got his crew to put down their bongs long enough to enjoy a five-minute laugh at his expense and then grudgingly move some lights and spaceship models around for the next shot.

  • June 7, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Sounds like horseshit to me

    by DannyOcean01

    So wait, purists want to keep the wires in, but are happy for cleaned up transfers? Where do you draw the line? And why are we congratulating Spielberg for doing exactly what he should have done in the first place? Am I missing something? Was he not involved in the SE of ET? Was he locked in a cell and starved until he agreed to walkie talkies? Serious fanboy apologist bullshit.

  • June 7, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    that means

    by quintana007

    no new teeth for quint

  • June 15, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    You just know George is screaming in Steven's ear

    by proevad

    all the fucking time sayin--c'mon Steve let me CGI the shark for ya Steve, let me CGI the shark. If George Lucas was my best friend, I'd have to murder/suicide I think.

  • July 13, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Love Jaws

    by Rumer

    I hated Jurassic Park

  • Sept. 6, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I just pray Lucas doesn't alter his films anymore.

    by Orionsangels

    Imagine if he added Nooooo! To the end of ROTJ.