I'm sorry, Wanderer, but I must disagree with you. George Lucas is a man with many visions. Don't even limit him to Star Wars. Although these were his best movies, don't forget about THX 1138, which I still consider as one of the best movies of all time.
Episode One wasn't his best film, we know it, but it certainly wasn't a flop. And I'm not talking about sales. If Phantom Menace would have been the first Star Wars movie to come out, it would be the year's blockbuster, and everybody would be talking about it.
I highly doubt, although I don't know you, that you could create a movie with as much impact as A New Hope using the same budget. But that is not the question anyway.
I'm sorry if I'm hurting your feelings, Wanderer, but I had to get this off my chest. Give Lucas the credit he rightly deserves.