George Lucas on altering classic movies

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. George Lucas has something to say about the evils of colorizing classic “Three Stooges” shorts for DVD release:

“Would color distract from their comedy and make it not as funny anymore?” Lucas said. “Maybe just the fact that they’re in black and white makes it funny, because their humor is dated. But by putting it in black and white, it puts it in a context where you can appreciate it for what it was.

“But you try to make it in full living color and try to compare it to a Jim Carrey movie, then it’s hard for young people to understand. Because you’re then thinking you’re comparing apples to apples, when you’re not. You’re comparing apples to oranges. I’m saying it’s not fair to the artist.”

Now let’s twist his words a bit. What if he had said this instead?

“Would [revised special effects and new scenes] distract from their [story] and make it not as [immersive] anymore?” Lucas said. “Maybe just the fact that they’re [non-digital effects] makes it [immersive], because their [effects are] dated. But by [leaving things the way they were], it puts it in a context where you can appreciate it for what it was.

“But you try to [add lots of flashy new effects and scenes] and try to compare it to a [modern summer blockbuster], then it’s hard for young people to understand. Because you’re then thinking you’re comparing apples to apples, when you’re not. You’re comparing apples to oranges. I’m saying it’s not fair to the artist.”

Hey George? Fuck you.