Every filmmaker can stand to learn from Steven Spielberg, especially when it comes to releasing their movies on home video. I’ve always hated the “redo” releases where they digitally enhance everything and add in new scenes. The majority of the time it ruins the experience and makes the film too long. Even simple edits can drastically change the way a scene plays (we all know the ‘Han shot first’ scenario from Star Wars). Luckily for us it seems like the man who invented the summer blockbuster agrees. This is what he had to say during an interview with Ain’t It Cool News in which he dropped the news that Jaws is currently being made for Blu-ray:
“… 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 airplane down Hollywood Blvd. At this point right now I think letting movies exist in the era, with all the flaws and all of the flourishes, is a wonderful way to mark time and mark history.
When people ask me which E.T. they should look at, I always tell them to look at the original 1982 E.T. If you notice, when we did put out E.T. we put out two E.T.s. We put out the digitally enhanced version with the additional scenes and for no extra money, in the same package, we put out the original ‘82 version. I always tell people to go back to the ’82 version.”
Source: Ain’t It Cool News