Reports that George Lucas would be rolling out his Star Wars sextet in 3-D, starting in early 2012, have focused on the influence of James Cameron's "Avatar." The Lucasfilm press release even used Cameron's favorite 3-D adjective to describe the "Star Wars Saga" as the ultimate "immersive" experience.
But I wonder whether part of the thrill for Lucas comes from the prospect of showcasing all six films theatrically as a coherent odyssey. In 2002, he told me, "I am very excited, in a way, to be able to get them all finished, and then have them on DVD or wherever, but to be in a situation where kids who have never seen any of them before see Episode I, and the next Saturday see Episode II, and the next Saturday see Episode III, and then go through it as a real story."
Of course, the key, said Lucas, is "that Darth Vader is not just this dark, evil character now. He's Anakin Skywalker. He's trapped in that suit. And he's the Dark Side of the Force at the same time. So you're rooting for Darth Vader, which wasn't in the other thing at all. [Episodes IV, V and VI] are the same movies -- the exact same movies -- but suddenly it's been switched where you now can see both sides, you see where these things are coming from."
Have you experienced the "Star Wars Saga" that way on DVD? Are you looking forward to seeing the films in order, in 3-D, in theaters?