Earlier this week over at Ain’t It Cool News, Steven Spielberg unveiled a piece of news that seems like the perfect way to kick off the start of Summer. The reason why families book vacations by the pool instead of the surf and sand three and a half decades later is coming to Blu Ray
While no release date has been set, this is fantastic news. Frankly, living in a world where Sharktapous receives the full 1080p treatment, while the original summer blockbuster languishes in standard definition means the terrorists have thus far won.
Perhaps the best news that comes from the interview is Spielberg’s steadfast belief that his films should not be tampered with, or “improved” with additional digital effects or digital restoration:
(In the future) there’s going to be no more digital enhancements or digital additions to anything based on any film I direct. I’m not going to do any corrections digitally to even wires that show.
If 1941 comes on Blu-Ray I’m not going to go back and take the wires out because the Blu-Ray will bring the wires out, that are guiding the airplanes down Hollywood Blvd. At this point right now I think letting movies exist in the era, with all the flaws and with all of the flourishes, is a wonderful way to mark time and mark history.
If only Uncle Steve could convince longtime pal Uncle George to do the same, or at the very least give long suffering fans what they’ve asked for: a HiDef release of the original Star Wars trilogy in its initial form, warts and wires exposed.
Aside from the Jaws scoop, news that should make every film geek squeal with delight, Quint’s interview with Spielberg is an outstanding read. Aside from behind the scenes info and anecdotes new and old, Spielberg comes off as a very human, very down to earth guy that just happens to posses one of the most gifted storytelling minds of his generation. The only way to describe his demeanor is as the anti-Cameron.