Last weekend, at the official LucasFilms geekfest known as Star Wars Celebration, George Lucas himself announced that the complete 'Star Wars' saga will be released on Blu-ray in 2011.
For me and many others, this was both amazing and troubling news. On the one hand, purchasing a new version of 'Star Wars' on some sort of home video format has become a little like voting for president or caring about soccer -- it's something we have to do once every four years.
On the other, being a completist is an expensive and tiring pursuit. Come next year, when I will most assuredly purchase the Blu-ray set, I will have owned eight different incarnations of the original trilogy. Eight!
You might be asking, "Why in Hoth does he do this?" And it's hard not to ask that of myself. This is essentially the same movie, after all. I quite enjoyed 'Spies Like Us,' too, but it's not like I've ever felt the need to shell out for that hilarious 1985 movie more than once. How does Lucas rope me into this every time?
Let's take a look at how something like this can keep happening -- because, remember, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.