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George Lucas DVD Audio Commentary Leaked 213

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Lucasfan04 writes "Apparently a few clips leaked out from the upcoming Star Wars Trilogy DVD. They're from George Lucas' audio commentary, and you can hear him talking about the films. Five 3-minute or so clips are featured."
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George Lucas DVD Audio Commentary Leaked

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  • by s20451 (410424) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @03:51PM (#8740206) Journal
    "I'm sorry about Attack of the Clones. I'm so sorry. Oh, what was I thinking? Sorry."
    • by martingunnarsson (590268) * <martin&snarl-up,com> on Thursday April 01, 2004 @03:56PM (#8740273) Homepage
      "I'm sorry about Jar-Jar Binks. I'm so sorry. Oh, what was I thinking? Sorry."
      • "I'm sorry about obliterating all the storyline all those poor comic book writers and novelists wrote because I gave them permission. I'm so sorry. Oh, what was I thinking? Sorry.

        And, since I'll have to say it later anyways, I'm sorry for "re-writing" the new Indiana Jones script. I know it's great where it is, right now, but I have to toy with it, after all, the character is my creation. So what if it never gets made?"
        • "I'm sorry about obliterating all the storyline all those poor comic book writers and novelists wrote because I gave them permission. I'm so sorry. Oh, what was I thinking? Sorry.

          Nah, he shouldn't be sorry about that, the expanded universe stuff wasn't really Star Wars...
      • A Jar Jar jokes, HAHAHAHAHA!!! That's so funny, Jar-Jar !!!! HAAHAHA, man, you're a riot!
      • Yeah...

        "I'm so so so sorry for embeding him into the original trilogy... where [good news] he'll be the one shot by Solo!"
    • by sTalking_Goat (670565) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:00PM (#8740319) Homepage
      What I'd like him to say:

      "I'm sorry for all the childhoods I wrecked with The Phantom Menace and subsequent 5 years of crap that has come out of the Star Wars Franchise.

      I've decided to hire some good writers to help me write the next film and I won't be directing it either, I'm thinking of maybe given Daron Aronofsky or Guillermo Del Toro a shot at it, David Fincher is also in the running. In fact I think I'm retiring, spend some time with my kids, lose some weight, take some Community College writing courses.

      Except for some storyboard approvals I'll probably be removing myself from the whole thing.

      Oh, and Han shot first. I don't know what the hell was I thinking..."

      Thats the only he'll get me to buy these DVDs.

      • by the Man in Black (102634) <jasonrashaad.gmail@com> on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:07PM (#8740380) Homepage
        Thats the only he'll get me to buy these DVDs.

        Oh man, that'd get me to buy the DVDs and Lucasfilm stock!
      • He needs to lose some weight. Lucas is Jabba sized. There's no way he's gonna make it to another trilogy.
        • There's no way he's gonna make it to another trilogy.

          Unless he can get some decent collaborators and actual listen to them I can only see this as a good thing. Very few people can screw up SW more than George Lucas is doing right now.

      • Oh, man, am I tired of this. How in HELL does a movie made as an adult have any impact on your childhood, or even things you loved as a child? Do you seriously enjoy the original movies LESS because of the new ones? Why?

      • A-fucking-men.

        Retire already, Lucas, and let some fresh blood take over. You are completely out of touch with what's good in space opera nowadays.

        Criminy, I was a MAJOR SW geek, before it was fashionable to be one - saw it in theatre 6 times at the original '77 release. Now I'm simply disgusted.

        SB
      • The only thing that he'd have to do to get me to buy the DVDs if he he actually put the ORIGINAL FUCKING VERSIONS on there. I can't believe he's only releasing the special editions. What a way to shit on your fans who've been waiting for the original trilogy on DVD since the inception of the format.
      • As a few others have put - "ruined childhood??" - wtf are you smoking?

        I truly have no comprehension of someone being emotionally tied to something that can be rightly described as a FRANCHISE. Its the same as getting depressed because BK changed their relish recipe from when you were a kid so now its too sweet.

        I'm guessing you already have the Video and Laserdics in all formats and versions anyway. Save your money. Go out and buy some councelling.
        • I don't nbeed counceling. I'm over it. Episode 1 showed me how stupid this obsession with SW rerally is. Doesn't change the fact that George Lucas fucked around with something that was very important to me.

          Some guys wash and hand wax their cars every week, and use a car cover when they park it at work. Some guys have baseball stats memorized back to 1935. No one tells these guys to "Get a Life". They don't get ridiculed like Trekkers, Sci-fi & D&D geeks.

          • I do. I used to live near a guy who polished his car nightly and took photos of himself with his car. I told HIM to get councilling

            I knew a guy at Uni who thought training shoes were the next thing to religious salvation. He needed it too.

            I know a lass who wouldnt wear a paid of shoes costing under 250 - holey shit!!!

            Obsessions are obsessions. I used to love my old Chopper - the new Chopper looks shit - but it doesnt deminish the fun I had with my old chopper. I can still have fond memories of splatting
            • > I used to love my old Chopper - the new Chopper looks shit

              Huh? It's the same bloody stupid bike design it always was, they've just moved the gear lever.
              Or aren't we talking about the same thing?
    • by Deraj DeZine (726641) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:21PM (#8740536)
      From this interview [somethingawful.com]:
      • Lucas realized that fans simply couldn't get enough of the Jedi, so the Super Special Edition is guaranteed to have at least one Jedi in every frame of the film. "We want to just totally Jedi the fuck out of the audience." he says. "There will be Ewok Jedi, bantha Jedi, shark Jedi, and even a Jedi knight who that's made up of other, smaller Jedi."
      • The obvious love triangle between C-3PO, R2D2, and Jawa #2 will be more thoroughly explored.
      • The famous cantina has been changed into a barber shop which is run by several quirky and humorous black men. "I realize that Star Wars hasn't appealed to negroids in the past," Lucas explains, "and I blame myself. I mean there was Lando, and that's it. While Billy Dee Williams was probably the smoothest man alive, it simply wasn't enough. Before settling on the barber shop, I had considered cranking the brightness of the film down dramatically to make everyone darker, but the guys in the editing room don't let me touch the controls anymore."

        At this point, he once again waved off my concerns about the scene in question ripping off of another film, and he threatened to have my "memory banks erased" if I brought up the subject one more time.
      • Han Solo never shoots. Ever. In the original release of the first Star Wars film, Han distracted a bounty hunter that was after him and then shot the bounty hunter dead before he could even make a move. In the Special Edition, however, the bounty hunter shot at Han first, making it look like Solo killed the bounty hunter purely in self defense. This seemingly small change belittled one of the core qualities that made Han cool in the first place in many fans' minds, but Lucas feels otherwise. "I think the greatest quality of Han's character is actually his striped pants. Every time he shoots or talks, it takes the moviegoer's focus away from the pants. Removing every single blaster shot that Han fired is such an obvious decision that I'm embarassed I didn't think of it sooner."
      • Stormtroopers no longer close their eyes when firing their blasters. The trilogy is now a single thirty-seven minute film.
    • Here are the direct links:

  • by Kaliban923 (712025) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @03:51PM (#8740209)
    What? Has Slashdot really published a story on April 1 that was NOT an April Fool's joke?
  • Hmm. (Score:4, Informative)

    by jellomizer (103300) * on Thursday April 01, 2004 @03:51PM (#8740214)
    That is the problem with slashdot on april 1st it is like the boy who cried wolf.

    But this seems more subtile then the rest
    • Eh, having listened to some of the commentaries... If that's not really lucas, then the impersonator does a good job imitating his speech patterns.
      • by DrZaius (6588)
        I don't know.. I was rolling on the ground laughing when he talks about the trench on the death star being a birth canal and an "edipal confrontation."

        Would Lucas really say something like that?
        • Re:Hmm. (Score:2, Interesting)

          by el-spectre (668104)
          Yeah, now I'm not so sure. A decent voice impression, but that was odd to say. Unless the guy really believes his own mythology, of course.

          What makes me (now) disbelieve is the obvious trolling at the end of the Han/Greedo scene where he talks about changing Indiana Jones... Seems like an obvious bating of fan-boys...
  • I'm too tired of the AF pranks at this point to bother. Could someone let us know if this is legit?
    • Well... (Score:3, Informative)

      by Snaller (147050)
      ... its true you can see 6 clips with commentary from some pretentious twat who may or may not be George Lucas (the site aren't sure either)
    • It looks legit. I saw the vid and herd commentary.
    • Yeah, it's real (Score:2, Interesting)

      by jfengel (409917)
      I've read on other, non-AFing sites about the commentaries. I've heard these and they sound just about right. So yeah, it's real. Go slashdot it.
    • by fireduck (197000)
      here are some paraphrased comments "lucas" makes:

      re han shooting first: steven and i haven't had time to go back and fix the unheroic actions of indiana jones yet

      re luke's death star run: one way to improve the scene is to include gungan pilots. and my daughters alerted me to the fact that at college they desconstructed this scene and found it to be very much like the "oedipal abortion of his father's dark creation"

      can you actually imagine the same person who wrote and directed the last 2 pieces of st
    • Re:Joke or no? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by nkh (750837) <exochicken AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:12PM (#8740447) Journal
      I can't watch the video with my Linux, but the html source code shows that the video is located in a 'aprilsfools' directory on the web server...
      • Wait.. you mean this is an april fools joke? Today? on Slashdot?

        Does this mean... maybe some of the other stories today were april fools jokes too? No free food? No BSD on gameboy?

    • Re:Joke or no? (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Given that the clip titles begin with "aprilfools" I'd say probably not.
    • IMHO they're fake. Yes there are commentaries but to me they don't sound like George Lucas, they also have the famous Gredo shootout where George draws a comparrison with the original film and also the Indiana Jones film and says he hasn't gotten around to correcting Indiana's cowardice when he shoots the swordfighter, but that he intends to.
  • Title of episode 3? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by scumbucket (680352)
    I've heard it has some stupid name like 'The Creeping Death'. Is this true?
    I like 'Rise of the Dark Lord' or 'Annakin takes a Lava Bath' better.......

  • Commentaries (Score:5, Informative)

    by ackthpt (218170) * on Thursday April 01, 2004 @03:52PM (#8740227) Homepage Journal
    To my surprise I've found I frequently go through these Directors/Producers commentaries. Some are worthless, but a few have stood out as gems:

    Mel Brooks on Blazing Saddles

    (?) Animal House (regarding the addition to the cast of Donald Sutherland)

    (?) Il Postino (regarding the poestry of Pablo Neruda and the sacrifice of Massimo Troisi)

    I'm not sure I'll care anymore for Lucas' comments than those of Star Wars "Fans" whinging about how bad the other episodes are (1. Saw it 2. Complained about how awful it was 3. Bought the DVD anyway), but good to know it's there, should I have nothing better to watch.

    In other news, Simpsons voice actors on strike [bbc.co.uk], wanting $360K per episode, rather than $120K presently. I say to Fox, just give em the D'oh!

    • Re:Commentaries (Score:5, Interesting)

      by JasonMaggini (190142) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @03:58PM (#8740291)
      This is Spinal Tap has one of my favorite commentaries. All three of the band members, commenting in character about the events of the film. It's extremely funny.
    • Re:Commentaries (Score:4, Informative)

      by Ubergrendle (531719) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:07PM (#8740390) Journal
      Don't forget David Fincher's deluxe editions of Se7en and Fight Club. Not only does he include a cast/director commentary, but a craft-ortiented commentary with the cinematographer, audio mixers, etc.

      Roger Ebert's commentaries on Dark City and Citizen Kane are essentials as well.

      And finally, the Lord of the Rings commentaries are all great.

      Please note i have over 300 DVDs, and I'm not spamming this message thread...those are the only real commentaries that stick out in my mind.
    • Re:Commentaries (Score:2, Informative)

      by Desval (219840)
      Any commentary by John Waters. His earlier films in particular.
    • The commentary track on 'Blood Simple' is funny (until the gag gets played out).
    • Thanks for the link. Does 'series' mean 'season' in the UK?
    • Weird Al's commentary for UHF is by far, the best I've ever heard. A lot of the little extra bits of information, like how the "Spatula City" sign was up for months after they shot the scene and had people pulling off the highway to try to find it. It was as entertaining as it was informative.


      Oh, yeah. Spatula City.

    • by revscat (35618) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:52PM (#8740918) Journal
      If you listen to the commentary for Pirates of the Carribean, you can -- arguably -- hear Depp taking a hit off a bong. You know it's him because shortly after he answers a question and he has that voice like he's holding in the hit.

      Pretty funny, actually.
    • Evil Dead 2 - the commentary rocks harder than Brad Pitt's trailer pre-Jennifer Anniston.
    • Re:Commentaries (Score:3, Insightful)

      by SandSpider (60727)
      My favorite is the Criterion Edition of The Fisher King. It starts out with Gilliam telling us about how he made the walls in the room to be slanted to make it look larger, and the shadows across the protagonist are bars to represent the jail that his life has become...and it goes from there.

      That's what I want from my director commentaries: why they did what they did. I don't really care that the sandwiches on that day of filming were particularly tasty (unless they're important to the plot of the film or
    • Has one of the best comentaries i've bothered to listen to on any of my dvds.
    • Anyone with an interest in the barebones levels of film-making will probably find Doug Liman and Steve Mirrione's commentaries on both Go and Swingers interesting. Apparently Liman chronically runs out of money during filming and really gives some great insight on how to pull things off on a tight budget.
    • Actually I rarely listen to commentaries. I buy Dvd's for the movie or tv content not to hear the director critiques himself.

      That said, there are only a few that I really enjoy listening to.

      The Simpsons have enjoyable contents: They talk about what the censors made them cut, and when they were surprised when something made it past the censors. They mention how difficult the Halloween episodes are, and they also have a few laughs and enjoy watching what they did more than 10 years earlier.

      I just started

  • by grub (11606) <slashdot@grub.net> on Thursday April 01, 2004 @03:53PM (#8740239) Homepage Journal

    Lucas: Here's where we had Obi Wan's cloak held up by fishing line when Darth made the final blow an.. oh shit, I got pizza sauce on my shirt.

    Lucas: Yeah, the landspeeders were actually mounted on a long arm revolv.. ah.. crap spilled my Pepsi Super Big Gulp..

    Lucas: This is where Darth tells Princess Le.. shoot.. can't read that spot in the original script. I have a coffee stain there.
  • figures... (Score:4, Funny)

    by MadJo (674225) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @03:54PM (#8740250) Homepage Journal
    We at Showtime Online express our apologies; however, these pages are intended for access only from within the United States.

    great april fools joke, especially when you're no US citizen... :-)
    very nice work ;-)
  • by nizo (81281) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @03:55PM (#8740259) Homepage Journal
    The worst one has to be clip of him rolling around naked in a big pile of money and laughing. I mean my god, I will never touch money with my bare hands again.
  • It must be real. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Prince Vegeta SSJ4 (718736) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @03:55PM (#8740263)
    Because it sucks! Lucas (assuming it is him) explains that the 'Greedo shoots first' will remain to fix an obvious "FLAW" in Han's character . . the hero would never shoot first?!?!?!?! ARGGGGGhhh - Nothing that sucks this much gould be an april fool
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Lucas: "...and it was at this point that I realied that if I did a prequel, there'd be no lame ass character to market to the five year old crowd, so that's when the Idea of Jar Jar came around. I based him on the idea of open source develpoers: stupid, eager to please, and ultimately, tools of evil."
  • by AtariAmarok (451306) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @03:58PM (#8740296)
    10. Chewie really had the farts on this day...
    9. Come on now, admit it, none of my films reeks as much as "Star Trek 5".
    8. If you look real close in this sky car scene in "Phantom Menace", you will see Bruce Willis, and his girlfriend who wears only duct tape.
    7. Here's a little secret: that 5th movie I made was supposed to be "The Clown Wars". Damn secretary didn't type it in right. I was so looking foward to Bozo vs Pennywise!
    6. ..and the film series will have its big climax scene at a volcano! It's my original idea, I tell you!
    5. "Phantom Edit", my ass
    4. This battle with giant elephant-like things. No one has ever written or thought about it before. Just watch!
    3. The hot grits scene with Natalie Portman will be on the director's cut
    2. Guys, doncha think that there weren't enough Jar Jar scenes?
    1. ..... rosebud....
  • That's got to be the best description of the death star explosion I've ever heard... This joke at least is somewhat funny. How would Lucas make the death star scene better? "perhaps the inclusion of gungan pilot."
  • by Eberlin (570874) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:02PM (#8740336) Homepage
    For those who are thinking about getting these clips, don't!!! It's all a ploy -- the media's way of testing their Omniscience Protocol. Once you play it, something in the background will find your list of mp3's and BAM, you and your machine are toast.

    Besides, I've checked it for the evil bit and sure enough, it's got Palpatine written all over it. If that doesn't stop you, maybe this will: that thing's got a subliminal message within asking you to vote Jar-Jar into office this coming election. That and ask you to mail-order some skywalker ranch wine.
  • Can you hear the Doritos that he's shoving into his face as he watches, or do they edit that out? What about the $100 bills he's wiping his ass with? Any of that? I'm just curious.
  • Episode III Title (Score:3, Informative)

    by stecoop (759508) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:04PM (#8740360) Journal
    So many jokes today - I wonder if this is real:

    On the main page of starwars.com under the movies section subtitle of "The Creeping Fear" has been entered for Episode III.
  • by Mr. Piddle (567882) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:08PM (#8740399)

    "Jar Jar? Ah, yes. We first met during auditions, and our eyes met and it was like sparks were flying, but only we could see them. I met up with him after the auditions were over and asked him out for coffee. We really hit it off, you know? There is just something about how his ears flow in the wind and his accent is so charming...I just can't help myself. We really haven't figured out sex, yet, but I haven't been happier than during these wonderful years so I don't mind. Jar Jar is the best."
    • We really haven't figured out sex, yet, but I haven't been happier than during these wonderful years so I don't mind.

      All that makes me think is how much Jar Jar needs the goatse treatment. Then, maybe then, I'd be looking forward to Episode 3 just to find out how Jar Jar will be able to walk.

    • "Mesa gonna bang you reaaaal good. Mesa yo daddy. Jar Jar think yousa gonna bend riiiight over now."

      clive ;-)

      ffs - it's a joke, ok...

  • by GPLDAN (732269) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:09PM (#8740413)
    The guy doing Lucas on the voice over sounds like a total 15 year old geek, it's not even vaguely adult. But his cadence and comments are pretty funny, although it attempts realism a little too much. The whole "my daughter learned this was an oedipal conflict at Columbia" thing was funny, as was the line "We'd like to remaster Indiana Jones swordfight scene, because we didn't want to show Harrison hiding behind a gun." was pretty funny.

    Nothing really classic, like the guys who did a spoof on Cops with Stormtrooper outfits. Anybody know if those videos can be found?
    • Nothing really classic, like the guys who did a spoof on Cops with Stormtrooper outfits. Anybody know if those videos can be found?

      Step 1: www.google.com [google.com]

      Step 2: Type: "Troops star wars"

      Step 3: Click "I'm Feeling Lucky"

      (there's a reason people like to say "google is your friend"...)
  • by Sean80 (567340)
    <Dr Evil>Let's kill the leak-er with my las-er</Dr Evil>

    Nothing like a few good leaks to set the free publicity machine rolling.

  • by Frennzy (730093) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:12PM (#8740456) Homepage
    (waves hand)
    These aren't the comments you are looking for...
    (/waves hand)
  • by BRSQUIRRL (69271) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:15PM (#8740480)
    (1) The Han vs. Greedo scene in Episode IV: Han didn't shoot first...no hero would hide behind his blaster like that. The original scene will never be seen again as long as Lucas is alive.

    (2) The Death Star trench attack in IV: Lucas goes off on some bizarre tangent about the symbolism in this scene, claiming that it actually represented an Oedipal desire by Luke to distance himself from his father by attacking the trench, which represents his mother's birth canal. The act of destroying the Death Star via the port in the trench was a figurative "abortion" of his father's evil plans. I swear I'm not making this up.

    (3) The "I am your father" scene from Episode V: Mark Hamill's scream was too girly and had to be dubbed. The harness he had to wear while hanging from the bridge was very uncomfortable.
  • ... how he ignores the incessant whining of all the "fans" who are always complaining about his movies yet keep paying him for everything that he produces.

    Truly, I'd like to know the trick, because goodness gracious it's so annoying to have every other moron out there come up with the "original" idea to post how much they hate the prequels and how they have spoilt their life and childhood memories. Or how about those geniouses with their Jar Jar jokes, we can never have enough Jar Jar jokes, can't we?

    He p
  • uh oh (Score:5, Funny)

    by cybercuzco (100904) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:22PM (#8740547) Homepage Journal
    Reqires Windows media Player 9? Its a Trap!!!
  • "Greedo shoots first!?! WTF!?! Somebody's getting fired over *that* one!"
  • by vudufixit (581911) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @04:42PM (#8740835)
    Vader: (holding aloft paternity test results)Luke, I'm 99.99999% sure I am your father... Luke: No!!!! That's almost impossible...!
  • For those who still aren't sure, check out the filenames of the video streams : eg.
    http://boss.streamos.com/wmedia/ugo/ugo/misc/april fools/aprilfools_greedo_04.wvx [streamos.com]
  • Umm... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Gary Yogurt (664063)
    Sadly I'm familiar enough with the man's voice that I can comfortably say that this isn't George Lucas. Happy April Fool's.
  • by inkswamp (233692) on Thursday April 01, 2004 @05:20PM (#8741260)
    For you fanboys whose lives are destroyed a little bit more by everything Lucas does, let's just get it over with so we don't have to read an incessant number of whiny-ass posts, okay?

    Blah blah blah blah blah ruined my childhood blah blah blah blah not as good as Empire blah blah blah blah blah Jar Jar sucks blah blah blah Han shoots first dammit blah blah blah Lucas should be castrated blah blah blah blah I can't masturbate anymore blah blah blah blah Natalie was the only good part blah blah midichlorians?!?! blah blah *sniff sniff* poor me blah blah ...

    There, all done. Now let the rest of us whose lives and souls don't depend on the purity of Star Wars discuss and enjoy.

  • by ShieldWolf (20476) <jeffrankine@netsca p e . net> on Thursday April 01, 2004 @05:34PM (#8741381)
    He mentions that besides the "Greedo Shoots first" fiasco, he is also planning on changing the "Indy Shoots the Swordsman" scene in Raiders in a similar fashion.

    The guy must be stopped, he is killing film history!

  • Vader is shaking his fist and trying to convince Luke that he should join him and rule the galaxy...and Lucas says "I don't really remember what he's saying here, it's not really important."
  • There are no rules to a gunfight!!! Hero's usually end up dead. Han / Indy didn't stay alive cause he fought fair. He stayed alive cause he fought smart. If a guy wants to kill you with his giant sword and is obviously better trained with it than you, only a fool would drop the gun, pick up a sword and engage in sword play.

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