Wanna See AOTC 3D? Buy A Plane Ticket To Germany

Good news if you’re attending Star Wars Celebration Europe II…you’ll get to see AOTC in 3D. Apparently the flick was already done before Disney decided 100% of Lucasfilm’s efforts needed to be focused on Episode VII.

It’s nice they found a way to show the film after expending all of that time and money turning it into 3D. But it stinks the rest of us won’t see it after we’d been looking forward to the film. And it makes me wonder how much of ROTS was completed. It is possible AOTC 3D will be shown at a future Celebration in the U.S., but what if I don’t want to go to Celebration or can’t go? Besides, the idea was to show it to everyone and remind people the best place to see Star Wars is in the theaters, not just to a small group of diehards.

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17 Responses to “Wanna See AOTC 3D? Buy A Plane Ticket To Germany”

  1. Hunk a Junk Says:

    I don’t like being blatantly lied to. Lucasfilm lied when they said the 3D releases were delayed because they just couldn’t spare the resources while making Episode VII. Since then, they’ve announce Rebels and now are showing a complete AOTC 3D. So, clearly it WASN’T a matter of resources, but of will. They don’t want to release them. The most likely reason is that Fox still owns the distribution rights until 2020 and Disney doesn’t want any profits going to a rival studio. That’s a perfectly legitimate excuse that fans would understand, so why not just say so. I also suspect this is the new regime’s deliberate attempt to distance the franchise from the prequel era. Cancelling Clone Wars in favor of a post prequel show while also cancelling the 3D releases is their way of sending a message to hateboys that “we’re not making THOSE kind of films anymore, so like us!”

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I knew the original press release was bat guano and that really irritated me. I think the real reasons were distribution rights issues and deciding the 2D-to-3D conversion craze was as over as quickly as it began. But they should’ve just told us the truth and figured out a way to make it up to everyone.

  2. Roxxi Says:

    I suppose that’s better than nothing.

  3. Lin P Says:

    Ticked me off. Disney is shameless in their pursuit of the buck and what they “think” will be worth their time to promote. And yes, with the announcement of Rebels there is no doubt that they have their own agenda. What’s really, really frustrating is that these decisions are proof of the clout of all of those freaking bashing haters of the prequels. Everything is now going to be OT only…and beyond. Since the Clone Wars peeps, Dave etc were all blindsided by what happened to their labor of love I’m thinking George was surprised too – and also by the abandonment of everything prequel which includes all the COMPLETED 3D films. Remembering that AotC and RotS were going to be released back to back, the conversion process must have been completed on both of them. George is counting down to his wedding/retirement but I wonder if regret is also on his horizon.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Well, it’ll be OT and ST and spinoffs from now on. Where the prequels fit in with this vision is a mystery.

  4. Bob Clark Says:

    Hm. I wouldn’t go to a con just to see a movie (well, if it was local and an anime that I wouldn’t get to see otherwise maybe). But it’s annoying as hell that AOTC is finished in 3D, and it can’t be shown except in this really specific, isolated event. Why not just finish the ROTS conversion and give the PT a marathon screening event like LOTR did when the Hobbit came out? There can be a market for stuff like this.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Or, convert the entire series and re-release them in early ’15 to jazz up audiences for new movies?

  5. Hunk a Junk Says:

    ROTS 3D is likely done too. When the decision was made to do the conversions LFL signed contracts with the vendors who do the conversions and the artists hired to supervise the work. Many of these artists are union workers, so you don’t back out of these contracts mid-stream just because you changed your release strategy. The work continues and then the finished film stays in the can (or hard drive). That’s why they are able to show a completed AOTC in Europe. That’s also why I knew LFLs excuse was BS. They’ll likely release the movies in U.S. theaters, but not until after the Fox contract expires in 2020 and until after their new post-prequel franchise is well-established.

  6. oxward321 Says:

    What a great disappointment, and tease this is. šŸ˜¦

    If Disney only releases the OT in 3D I will never see them.

  7. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    Urge to kill rising.

  8. peacetrainjedi Says:

    I couldn’t decide which quote fits the mood better, so, ehh.

    “These corporate types walk like men, but they’re vicious, mindless monsters.ā€

    “I… I killed them. I killed them all. They’re dead. Every single one of them. And not just the men, but their underlings and the coffee fetchers too. They’re like animals and I slaughtered them like animals! I hate them!” **

    **The preceding comment is made entirely in jest. Any reference or resemblance to persons or omnipresent corporations living or dead is entirely coincidental.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Glad you put in that disclaimer! You don’t want the FBI to kick down your door :O!

      • peacetrainjedi Says:

        Putting a disclaimer on the end of even the harshest statement really opens up the conversation possibilities. Hopefully I’ll be able to warp a positive film quote for a change. Hell, if the news is that good, I’d even be tempted to right a Thank You letter. Despite some positive fan happenings and such, the official news has been dire of late.

    • Tarrlok Says:

      “You’re a peacetrainjedi. You know you’re better than this.”

      “Don’t give into hate! That leads to the Dark Side.”

      Like Obi-Wan, you must maintain the high ground, the moral one in this case. Let the bashers froth at the mouth until they’re burnt out like Anakin on the lava beach. Follow instead the teachings of Yoda… or Sun Tzu, even.

      • peacetrainjedi Says:

        You’re right, of course. The moral high ground is always the better route, though not necessarily the most appealing. The dark side is seductive after all. Though I think I prefer Qui-Gon’s outlook over Obi-Wan’s, a bit less rigid and not as cut and dry as traditional Jedi teaching. I will take your advice to heart though, and try not to give in to hate. This particular news just sent me over the deep end. There are many good things about the new corporate masters of Star Wars. Many positive things could potentially come from this. Sadly, it just seems that none of these good things are being reflected in the way they are treating Star Wars itself.

        I just hope that any fans taking the moral high ground don’t have to spend over 20 years in exile as the new empire tightens its grip over Star Wars, taking away the parts many of us love bit by bit in favor of pleasing the “Classic Star Wars is the best Star Wars” mindset. At least before the takeover, the prequels/Clone Wars were actually considered relevant to Star Wars as a whole by those in charge. Now it seems as if the message rings loud and clear, Star Wars doesn’t need the prequels/Clone Wars to be awesome again. All it needs is some OT flair and some shiny new films every year. Until they announce a wide release for the already completed conversion, or give us the REAL reason behind its cancellation, I see little hope that the prequel half of the saga will be truly respected in upcoming films TV series, etc.

        How I would love for each film to be just as good as the rest of the saga! And some small, younger part of me still thinks they can be.

  9. Dawn Richardson Says:

    You nailed it precisely….we were *blatantly* lied to, and that’s beyond unforgiveable. I mean, I wish I could say that in my deepest heart I was overmuch surprised, but even so….it’s tremendously demoralizing and really crushes all the zest and enthusiasm, and any remotely positive feelings, I find. First the whole CW debacle and cluster-f-word, and now *this*. Just when I thought my SW fangirl heart couldn’t ache any worse, somehow they find a way to manage it….

    To be sure, earlier this week when I saw Spike was replaying ROTS (bless that channel, *they* still seem to care to some extent-!), of course I did have to change the channel, check it out even briefly….and even just a few minutes of it – it was Padme’s arrival on Mustafar and then her rushing out to meet Anakin – oh, it just did *such* tremendous wonders for me, I found….really quickened my heart and pulses, is what, really filled me with a zest and enthusiasm and a sheer, positive excitement – with renewed *love* for it all, really, which to be honest maybe, to quote Vader, I hadn’t felt….since…. Hm. Quite. In any event, I just found that even chancing across those few minutes of one of the PT airing on TV, I *loved* it so, and it excited and galvanized me so…. Which, of course, is more than I could *ever* even remotely feel for what Disney is doing now….compare and contrast, indeed-!….

    • peacetrainjedi Says:

      Ah, good ol’ Spike TV. For all their eccentricities and strange choice in some of their programming, that station does seem to respect all 6 films by giving them roughly equal air time. I flicked it on during the Episode II Obi-Wan/ death stick bar encounter and couldn’t stop from smiling.

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