darthius wrote:In all honesty I don't understand the hatred that the OT fans display toward the PT films.
It's all very psychological. Unless you were traumatized by bad experiences, what you experienced as a kid will always leave a more pleasurable memory. School, friends, cartoons, the neighborhood, the old car, the dog - everything was nicer as a kid, or at least that's what our brain tells us. No one can have a childhood pet or toy replaced and claim it was better than what we had before. And that's a good thing, the brain needs that for healthy growth.
If TPM was released in 1977, and let's say using the technology available back then, it would most likely have the same affect as ANH. It's a matter of the right movie at the right time. It's forseeable that 90% of the now-generation will like what came came out back then better.
Kids growing up in these times will like the PT better. I see it already. In 20 years, they'll remember the Clone Wars and Darth Maul and Jar Jar much more favorably than Luke Skywalker and Han Solo because that's what they grew up with.
If die-hard fans want to stick to the OT as the only movie worth watching, fine by me. That's their choice. But Star Wars was made mainly for a younger audience. To say the newer stuff sucks is liking going to a 5 year old kid and saying: Your teddy bear is crap, mine was much better when I was a kid.