Let's cut to the chase: what's with this nonsensical exclusionist movie release trend from Mr. George Lucas ? Are other directors and publishers to follow suit ? Will DVD, a medium which has created among other things to bring cinephiles the advantage of having more options (mind the name, Digital Versatile Disc), be used from this point on as a means of destruction to erase the original version of more movies from the annals of cinema history under a commercial chaos of re-editing, re-scoring, censoring and generally corrupting films as the art form they are ? Thousands have spent the last years filling in petitions and posting in online places to vocalize their interest regarding the release of the original, unedited versions of StarWars. Many people have started web sites to address what they regard as wrong practices in a number of DVD releases of many different movies, such as editing and censorship. In some cases, their voices have been heard by the industry and institutions which they support with their money as consumers and tax paying citizens. In others, it seems as if a brick wall is somehow preventing communication. Now, as far as I'm concerned, no such thing as so-called "special editions", when that term means they are based in the deturpation of the original elements of any movie, are needed or required in any way or form, digital home video being in my own humble and personal perspective simply a way to preserve the movies I like (which I like exactly for what they are and as they are, no less, no more) in a format which doesn't degenerate or is lost as easily as the former tape, and which in addition brings such advantages as improved audio and video quality, and more storage space to include often interesting documentaries and other extra features. However, I understand the commercial perspective of those who would "milk the cow" in as many ways they can. I would also understand the wish from some directors to revisit their former works and implement things that either couldn't be implemented due to commercial and technical barriers at the time of original release, or which constitute a second reading from the director of his materials as a means to renew or adapt them. Even from a cinephile point of view, I can't but feel curiosity regarding different and alternative versions of movies. But what I don't understand is why would someone expressly exclude the option - the option - for all the generations who've been dreaming, crying, laughing, and pleasuring themselves with cinema for nearly one century, including newer and older ones, to have the original, unedited versions of those movies in a format which makes the inclusion of multiple versions and materials so easy as none other ever did. In fact, mostly every other director, studio and distributor have been doing so, such releases as the recent Alien box set or the collector's edition of E.T. being prime - and quite commendable - examples. Many would say how much they prefer the original version of a movie. Some might actually say how much they appreciate the changes in a re-edited version. But I believe that's besides the point at this time. The point is that there's no commercial or technical reason not to have both as options. Actually, there are only advantages, both for buyers and publishers. It could be seamless branching. It could be a DVD-18. It could be simply two discs, each with one of the versions. It could be simply a separate edition with the original version for those so inclined. Such methods have been used by DVD publishers in the past years and have become the generally accepted norm to bring all kinds of classics and newer movies to the public in their existing different versions. Such terms as "Special Edition", "Director's Cut", "Collector's Edition" or "Limited Edition" have become a part of our daily jargon. Used in a completionist fashion, they're a benefit both for the cinephile avid to watch the different versions and keep them, and to the studio and distributor who end up making more revenue. A scenario in which everyone should have reasons to be happy. Mr. Lucas, however, have sustained what can only be regarded as an abnegate position regarding his movies. He has been ignoring and dismissing the voice of all the people who virtually begged him to give cinephiles the -option- of watching and preserving the original unedited versions of StarWars in DVD. And now he suddenly comes out of nowhere and again does the same exact thing with another movie classic - this time, THX1138. Mr. Lucas isn't contented by having the privilege to be able to revise his movies as much as he wants and produce as many new re-edited versions of them as he wishes (how many directors can say the same ?). No, some kind of inner voice in his mind tells him that he must also do all in his power to make sure that the original versions of these movies must be systematically destroyed. Wiped out. Obliterated. Erased from the face of the Earth. He must make sure that in a few years from now, as the last existing tapes and copies vanish, it will be impossible to once again watch any of these movies as they were created and watched for decades of existence spawning several generations of viewers. Unfortunately, Mr. Lucas doesn't show more care or respect for the well demonstrated wishes of his public than he does for such considerations as the historical preservation of film as a form of art and entertainment. A then seemingly wise and movie-loving person once said: "I am very concerned about our national heritage, and I am very concerned that the films that I watched when I was young and the films that I watched throughout my life are preserved, so that my children can see them." Ironically, that person was Mr.George Lucas, and ironically he was talking against the colorization of black and white films. At the light of recent events, I'll leave to each individual reader his own conclusions about the matter and about Mr. Lucas statements. I don't know how many more movies does Mr. Lucas intend to destroy and how many more people he wishes to disappoint and frustrate in the next few years by releasing exclusionist "new re-edited version only" DVDs and deliberately making sure that not even a separate edition with the original versions will be released, but I certainly hope that not many more movies will come under the copyright of Mr. Lucas for home video distribution if they must suffer this fate. Comment and discuss, please.