I have no vitriol for Lucas personally. I saw a screening of American Graffiti
over the weekend, and once again found it brilliant. Star Wars
, too; they were fun, innovative, ground-breaking movies that deserved their massive-hit status. If he never made a decent movie again, he still accomplished more than most filmmakers.
I thought the "Special Edition" changes to the original trilogy were awful and added nothing to the films. But that is his prerogative. Where I disagree strongly with Lucas is his decision not to preserve, exhibit or release in a commercially viable home video format the first three Star Wars pictures in their original form. It is detrimental to the history of cinema and I simply can't fathom the motivation behind it.