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Star Wars is almost universally beloved by geeks around the world. Sure, it may be more space opera than science fiction, and sure, the Prequel Trilogy may have been so underwhelming as to undo a lot of the good of the Original Trilogy, but Star Wars is still legend.
However, that doesn’t mean you should buy the six movies (and counting) on every platform as and when they’re offered up for sale. In fact, you’d do well to give Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection, which is now available on a range of digital platforms, a very wide berth indeed. Here’s why.
Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection
Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection is the digital release of all six existing Star Wars movies. This represents the first time you can officially own the movies in a digital format, giving fans another option in addition to the VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray releases from yesteryear.
Alongside the six films — A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith — come a host of bonus features, including cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes documentaries.
Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection is available from a host of different online retailers, including Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and plenty of others. Prices vary, but average out at around $90 for the full collection, and $20 for each individual film.
So, everything sounds good on paper, but here are five reasons we recommend you don’t buy Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection…
These Aren’t the Movies You’re Looking For
We start with the biggest crime of all: these are not the original movies. Instead, these are the re-released versions with all the various unnecessary changes George Lucas felt compelled to make in the 30-some years since the originals first wowed audiences watching in movie theaters.
This means Greedo shoots first, even though we all know Han shot first. Han also stands on the tail of the newly computer-generated Jabba the Hutt, in what will never be a convincing scene to anyone who has working eyeballs. These aren’t the movies you’re looking for, they’re the movies George Lucas ruined.
I Find the Lack of Quality Disturbing
OK, so these movies are presented in digital HD, which isn’t at all bad, and any comparisons to VHS are a little cruel. But still, these versions of the Star Wars films don’t look as good as their Blu-ray equivalents, and are probably closer in quality to upscaled DVDs.
This isn’t anyone’s fault, not even Disney’s, it’s just that the compression needed to fit these movies into manageable files means the finer details are lost in translation. Why would you want to watch one of the greatest movie series of all time in anything less than the optimum format?
The Nostalgia Is Weak in This One
This might sound strange to anyone under a certain age who has watched all of the Star Wars movies in one giant binge-watching session at some point in their teens. But for those of us over a certain age, there is a considerable amount of nostalgia attached to these movies.
Which is why the lack of the Fox fanfare at the beginning of any of the digital versions of these films, with the exception of A New Hope, is so annoying. We get it, Disney now owns Star Wars, but that doesn’t mean Mickey and his pals should rip away an important part of our childhoods. That damn mouse.
No Collection Is Worth This
We have already mentioned the pricing of this digital release, which sees each film going for around $20, and the collection going for around $90. That is not cheap, especially when one of the films being hawked is the dreadfully dire Attack of the Clones.
Sure, Disney paid $4 billion to acquire Lucasfilm, and needs to make that money back somehow. But shafting the loyal fans who have already probably spent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on DVDs, Blu-rays, toys, games, and other merchandise doesn’t seem like the fairest way to achieve this.
It’s a Trap!
Last, but not least, is the undeniable fact that physical beats digital every single time. While you may like having digital copies of your favorite movies, television shows, music albums, books, and games, you shouldn’t just abandon those hard copies while making the transition.
You never actually own digital copies of entertainment media, you merely acquire a license to access them. And if you ever get bored of Star Wars you can’t simply sell these on eBay as you could the DVDs or Blu-rays. You’re paying top dollar for something you don’t own and can never sell on. Bargain!
So, Will You Be Buying?
You have now read why we don’t think you should buy Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection, but perhaps you have other ideas.
Have you already purchased it, and are now regretting your decision? Do you disagree with any or even all of our arguments against this release? How do you feel about the new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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