Is it December yet? Because I feel like Christmas has come to town. The one thing that all Star Wars fans have been clamoring for might actually happen. According to Comic Book’s sources, Disney/Lucasfilm is planning to re-release the original, unaltered cut of the first Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray.
They’re also saying that “the project has been underway for quite some time, but it’s been challenging because of some damage to the original negatives they are utilizing.” This means that A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi will be released again on Blu-ray without the redone special edition special effects.
There isn’t an exact release date set for when the original cut of Star Wars will be released since there are many challenges that Disney has encountered in getting this together. One of those challenges is 20th Century Fox. Similar to their Marvel deal, Fox owns the distribution rights to all three films. They own the rights to A New Hope forever, while Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi is theirs until 2020. The fact that this has been in development for some time makes me believe that some deal has been put forth between the two studios though. This is especially true if the plan is to release the unaltered, original cut Blu-ray set before Episode VII is released.
Either way, this means that this will end the Han shot first exclamations since it’s all coming back the way that we originally watched it. Hopefully a few of the CGI shots can stay in this version but I won’t argue if they don’t.
What do you guys think?
Star Wars: Episode VII makes to jump to theaters on December 18th, 2015.