Sunday, 17 August 2014

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For all you fans of the unaltered Star Wars films there's some good news although it's still unofficial.  Disney are going to release the unaltered versions of the original Star Wars movies.

According to Comicbook.com they have a source who confirms they are on the way.
According to our sources, Disney has plans to release the original cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Our sources indicate that the project has been under way for quite some time, but it’s been challenging because of some damage to the original negatives they are utilizing. The goal is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi in their complete, unaltered, original form without the redone special edition SFX.
Our sources did not have an exact date as to when the original cut of the Star Wars Trilogy would be released on Blu-ray, due to the challenges Disney has encountered in pulling everything together. However, our sources indicated the goal is to have it ready and released before Star Wars Episode VII is released in theaters.
Personally I'm not that excited about this if true being a George Lucas fan myself I want to see the version the director intended but that's my opinion.  Although an unaltered version should be just that.  Not remastered or 5.1 sound.  Just as is.

What do you think?

Rob
@thebeardedtrio


UPDATE:

Some good points pointed out by IO9.

Exciting! But there's a glaring issue: Disney doesn't own rights the original trilogy. As Hollywood Reporter clarified back when Disney purchased Lucasfilms, those films belong to Fox:
Fox owns distribution rights to the original Star Wars, No. 4 in the series, in perpetuity in all media worldwide. And as for the five subsequent movies, Fox has theatrical, nontheatrical, and home video rights worldwide through May 2020.
 Another hurdle to seeing these films released? George Lucas himself. When Ars Technica looked into the feasibility of a Disney-sanctioned re-release back in May, they dug up a quote from Lucas that suggests he's very closed off to the idea. This comes from a decade-old interview with The Today Show, and is reportedly the last time Lucas had anything definitive to say on the matter:
The special edition, that's the one I wanted out there. The other movie, it's on VHS, if anybody wants it. ... I'm not going to spend the—we're talking millions of dollars here, the money and the time to refurbish that, because to me, it doesn't really exist anymore. It's like this is the movie I wanted it to be, and I'm sorry you saw half a completed film and fell in love with it.


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