First of, I think that the original Star Wars movie WAS titled A New Hope, even when I went to go see it sometime in ehhh... 1977 was it? So not sure where the idea that it was later added came from, although perhaps the Episode 4 part was later added, not sure about that.
I think Episode 2 wasn't all that bad, it was a damn sight more enjoyable than Episode 1, and I just didn't expect as much of it. Let's be honest guys, Episode 1 was SO hyped and people expected SO MUCH out of it, that it would never have been able to even live up to that, much less better it. What with 20 years of watching the original trilogy, and reading some 30 odd books, playing the roleplaying game and about 10 computer games, how was the movie EVER supposed to match all that?
The bad thing about Episode 2 is the acting. Because everything in the movie is all blue screen, the actors cannot really relate to what they are doing. I mean, Ewan McGregor is a FANTASTIC actor, I've seen him play in a small (and I mean less than 200 seats) theater in London, and he really IS
a great actor, but he somehow just doesn't manage to get that across in Star Wars. I think the blue screen stuff might have quite a lot to do with it.
As for CGI, it's being overdone in Hollywood, and being overdone tremendously. A little CGI shot here and there isn't so bad, but when you start doing whole scenes with nothing but CGI it becomes very obnoxious.
Point in fact, if you see the Bourne Identity, check out the car chase. That chase was done the old fashioned way, with stuntmen, good positioning and excellent driving. It will beat the crap out of any Fucked and the Furiouser 2 or Bad Boys 2 CGI chase scenes. Why? Because it LOOKS REAL, that's why.
Just take The Hulk, for example. They spend all this time making half the movie in CGI, and then they couldn't take a few days to make sure that something the size of The Hulk actually looked like it was moving at speed which is believable? Some scenes he looks like a lumbering brute, then in the other he's the fucking Flash.
I think that those Hollywood nerds that make all the CGI need to go out more, and see how things actually look and move in the real world. It would benefit their work tremendously.
Disney didn't just start drawing some lions and made the wonder that is The Lion King. They actually studied Lions and all the other animals for TWO YEARS before even beginning on those drawings. That's why it looks real.
And then finally, as for the Star Wars videos, heh, I own the original trilogy, the THX enhanced version AND the special edition. Once it comes out on DVD, I'll have four different versions of the damn things. I practically financed half that damn ranch Lucas lives in
As for the DVD, I had heard that Lucas didn't want to release the original trilogy on DVD for a long time because he was pissed off at the hackers who released Episode 1 on DVD long before it ever showed in the movies.
George Lucas, meet Orrin Hatch.