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  • Actors: John Barger, Ahmed Best and David Brin
  • Directors: Alexandre O. Philippe
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Sept. 13 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0057GSLCQ
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The People vs. George Lucas

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This is a highly enjoyable film for the right audience. For those disinterested in the on-going debates over the prequel trilogy, the changes to the originals and the question of to whom does art belong (the artist or the people) they probably won't take to it. If you are interested you should find it entertaining. It doesn't offer a lot of new info or profound insights to these subjects but it interviews many fans and artists which keep the debates fresh and thought-provoking.

Does Star Wars ultimately belong to the fans or to the creator? Is it right for an artist to rework his art, over and over, despite multiple and never-ending outcries of the hardcore fans to stop doing so? I find it interesting how Lucas himself had spoken out against the editing of films (colorizing B&W films) and also pointed out that FX is just a means of telling a story and not the story itself. My, has he ever changed as a filmmaker/film lover.

This documentary is fast-paced and bounces back and forth between snippets of interviews and fan films. Personally, I prefer the extended interviews in the Special Features section more. The docu itself is sharply edited (parroting the original SW editing style) and tries to be non-biased on the subjects raised. That being said, by the end it's very clear that the film's overall message is directed at Lucas: please listen to your fans!

I bought this film on DVD because I was unable to find it online for free. I looked everywhere--and I mean everywhere--and it was nowhere! Its producers have certainly worked very hard in keeping this film off the Internet so that if we want to see it we are forced to buy it. This is rather ironic: forcing the SW to come up with cash for it during a time of a `global recession'. Does SW belong to the fans?
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The People vs. George Lucas is a fantastic documentary that is worth the watch for diehard fans of Star Wars, it deals with a lot of the issues that fans have been B.S.ing for the last several years including Greedo Shooting First, The Fans HATRED for Jar Jar Binks, and The end result of The Phantom Menace. Overall The People vs. George Lucas is a fantastic Documentary that is worth watching if you are a fan of Star Wars.
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I may have been expecting too much. Yes, the documentary is impressive in its fan collection of many re-creations and tributes, and there are a few credible verbal contributions from those who did and did not work with George Lucas. But everyone seems to have their own complaint - some nit-picky, others valid (again depending on your perspective). The film's main point is made - why can't fans have access to a dvd of the original version of Star Wars (1977)? But as a documentary, it didn't seem to say anything new - and for me was a let down. Still, The People Vs. George Lucas is adequate. It runs approx. 1 1/2 hr., with some extended interviews and footage as well as commentary for bonus materials on the dvd.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa496ac54) out of 5 stars 68 reviews
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HASH(0xa4084414) out of 5 stars Lot of fun with some truly deep and pointed questions lurking under its humorous surface Oct. 21 2011
By DVD Verdict - Published on Amazon.com
Patrick Naugle, DVD Verdict --The People vs. George Lucas is essentially one long rant for the fans. Although it certainly falls on the side of letting art stay as it was originally created--e.g. "George, stop mucking around with your movies!"--it also attempts to lend a sympathetic tone to Lucas and his revisions. Although the man has made fans furious with his tinkering (and become the one thing he always loathed: a businessman), moviegoers also wouldn't have their beloved Star Wars universe without his vision and filmic genius. On one hand, the Star Wars movies are owned by Lucas, and he should be allowed to do whatever he wants with them. But is it hypocritical for a man who stood up against Ted Turner for colorizing classic movies be allowed to rewrite his own cinematic history? Weighty questions, indeed.

Lest this sound like a downer of a film, The People vs. George Lucas is also a celebration of the entire Star Wars franchise; there are interviews with fans, fan films (some good, some...not so good), fan videos, fan writings (Wookie Poetry!), and fan appreciation for everything George has given us. Director Alexandre O. Philippe (in his first major film) has given a good portion of runtime to defending Lucas and his creations (well, except for Jar Jar Binks). Interview subjects run the gamut from writer Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere) and producer Gary Kurtz (The Empire Strikes Back), to casual fans and fan filmmakers, all offering their personal opinions on the subject. While I wouldn't consider this an exhaustive dissertation on the Star Wars universe, it's certainly a fun look at how fans feel about Lucas and the decisions he's made.

When the dust finally settles, The People vs. George Lucas doesn't really provide any rock solid answers. Some think Lucas is the devil, while others hold him up as a film God to be revered for all eternity. While everyone seems to want the original movies as they remember them, the idea of art vs. its creator muddies the issue. Fans will find this love/hate relationship core of the film fascinating, no matter what side you fall on.

The People vs. George Lucas is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The transfer looks good, but is understandably uneven; some footage is reference quality (like some fun animation sequences), while others look mediocre (mostly the off-the-cuff interview segments). Considering the genre, fans won't likely have a problem with the image quality.

The audio is presented in Dolby 5.1 Surround and, much like the video transfer, the mix is neither exceptional nor poor. Dialogue, music, and effects are all easily heard without any defects or interference. Also included are English and Spanish subtitles.

Bonus materials are slim, but should satisfy fans. The best is a screen-specific audio commentary with director Philippe, cinematographer Robert Muratore, and editor Chard Herschberger; the three presenting a lively discussion of the production. We also get bonus interviews with producer Gary Kurtz, deleted poetry slam footage (yawn), a comment on the forthcoming 3D versions, and a music video for the subtly titled song "George Lucas Raped Our Childhood."

-Full review at dvdverdict.com
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40cf720) out of 5 stars More Like a Love/Hate Letter from "Star Wars" Fans Oct. 1 2012
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I hesitate to call "The People vs. George Lucas" a documentary film. It is more like a passionate love letter (and hate letter as well) from millions of "Star Wars" fans in the world. Though I enjoyed listening to what these fans have to say, I think for many avid fans living in the time of the internet, the film has nothing new to offer.

The considerable portion of the film's running time is spent on interviews with "Star Wars" fans and the "fan film" footage. And it seems most fans interviewed here are disappointed and even angered by the reissued "Star Wars" trilogy, and their prequels. It is easy to dismiss their complaints as nit-picking - "Who shot first - Han or Greedo?" - but the film suggests that there is something more to the voices of the disenchanted fans. What it is, however, "The People vs. George Lucas" does not tell us much.

Another disappointing thing about the film is that we are not allowed to hear much from the creators and artists. Not surprisingly George Lucas seems to have refused to be interviewed (he only appears in archive footage), and those who agreed to appear - including the writer Neil Gaiman and the "Star Wars" producer Gary Kurtz - reveal little, and is very guarded about what they say.

If nothing else, the film will be a visual record that will remind us of the excitement of the time when we first saw "Star Wars" back in 1977, and then "Episode 1." It was a massive cultural phenomenon, something we look back with nostalgia.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40c2cd8) out of 5 stars An extremely entertaining for-the-fans movie about what people thought of the prequels. Very funny. I say A Oct. 18 2011
By Tony Heck - Published on Amazon.com
"I love/hate George Lucas, I love/hate him hard." A documentary that deals with the "Star Wars" saga. Unlike most other movies about this subject this one is a series of interviews with people telling about their love of the original three movies, and the hatred of the prequels. It begins with people telling about how their childhood was shaped by the movies and the extremes they go to to show it. Not only do the people have all multiple copies of all the movies but the merchandise they have is amazing to see. This movie is worth watching just to listen to and watch the passion the fans have and how they almost crucify Lucas for what he did with the prequels. Interviews mixed with homemade tribute movies make the movie very funny and very interesting. Much like "The Captains", this is a movie that will appeal to more then just fans of the series. The most amazing part of the movie is that there are points where you feel like you should defend Lucas against the things people are saying about him. Overall, this is an extremely entertaining documentary that will appeal to all viewers, not just "Star Wars" fans. One of the best for-the-fans movies I have ever seen, and a very worth while watch. I give it an A.

*Also try - Captains & Fanboys
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa41b62b8) out of 5 stars A great homage to us folks old enough to remember 1977 with reverence! March 7 2013
By JJD - Published on Amazon.com
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I was eight years old when my dad finally got around to taking us to see Lucas's magnum opus in December of 1977. It was as much a part of my childhood as kick the can (remember that??) and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.

This documentary brilliantly illustrates the disillusionment so many of us have felt over the last fifteen years. From the poorly made judgment calls in the "special editions" to the introduction of midichlorians and Jar Jar, it's been a rocky number of years for us folks who remember how important and significant his little space opera was to our generation. This film speaks to us and, surprisingly, FOR us. The film acts as an advocate for the disillusioned, but also as an advocate for the man who is "the creator". It does a great job of playing devil's advocate and is surprisingly balanced as well. It's not 90 minutes of Lucas bashing....it clearly illustrates the love/hate relationship we have. It's almost like the parental love/hate relationship. I've always loved my parents...but there were times I truly thought I hated them as well. The point being......he gave me some of the best memories of my youth. The original trilogy, Indiana Jones, a truckload of REALLY fun toys, and the desire to let my imagination fly to galaxies far far away....all thanks to him. Can I really bring myself to loathe him for letting Greedo shoot first??? The answer is yes....and no. Like any loving relationship, there are tons of grey areas. This film cleverly (and lovingly) sorts through those grey areas and provides a loving and light-hearted tribute to a creator/visionary, and those of us who love/hate the hell out of him.

Certainly a must see for those of you who cringed when the fridge was nuked, or cried out loud when Greedo shot first.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f5ad38) out of 5 stars More then fair Oct. 31 2011
By Harrison A - Published on Amazon.com
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I missed seeing this when it came to a few select theatres in my neck of the woods. The main movie is broken down into 4 segments or "episodes" as the authers did it. With a mix of fan reactions, interview footage with Lukas at various points in history.

Darkwater, HIRAM & thetraveler333 have the more in-depth reviews. Anything else I would write would echo most of what they wrote.

I did like the easter egg extras more then another reviewer did, particularly the fan reaction to the 3D versions. If there's one thing I would say that I would've liked the makers of this movie to delve into, possibly as another easter egg, is the expanded STAR WARS universe (Tales of the Jedi, the various novels, Legacy era, & soon the upcoming MMO) & how it relates to what Lukas has been doing. Hows the reaction on peoples ends on that equasion?

Regardless, if you're a STAR WARS fan, particularly if you're old enough to remember even 1 of the original movies (long) before Lukas began with the changes then you do yourself a disservice by not seeing or having this film in your collection.

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