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gunnut
05 May 06,, 01:00
I absolutely refuse to buy anything but. This is a great victory for Star Wars purists everywhere.

http://dvd.ign.com/articles/704/704888p1.html



Unaltered Star Wars Trilogy Coming to DVD!
Han shoots first again as original theatrical cuts are finally released.
by IGN Staff
May 3, 2006 - In a major surprise that will please many fans, Lucasfilm
has announced that the original, unaltered theatrical versions of theStar Wars Trilogy will be released on DVD this September. For many years now George Lucas had said he would not release the original cuts of the film, but things have clearly changed, with the press release crediting overwhelming fan demand as the reason.



The new releases of each film in the original trilogy will contain both the original cut and the 2004 digitally remastered version of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The set will be available for a limited time: from September 12th to December 31st. Attached is the full press release from Lucasfilm:

"Fans can look forward to a September filled with classic Star Wars nostalgia, led by the premiere of LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy video game and the long-awaited DVD release of the original theatrical incarnations of the classic Star Wars trilogy.

"In response to overwhelming demand, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release attractively priced individual two-disc releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Each release includes the 2004 digitally remastered version of the movie and, as bonus material, the theatrical edition of the film. That means you'll be able to enjoy Star Wars as it first appeared in 1977, Empire in 1980, and Jedi in 1983.

"This release will only be available for a limited time: from September 12th to December 31st. International release will follow on or about the same day. Each original theatrical version will feature Dolby 2.0 Surround sound, close-captioning, and subtitles in English, French and Spanish for their U.S. release. International sound and subtitling vary by territory.

"Over the years, a truly countless number of fans have told us that they would love to see and own the original version that they remember experiencing in theaters," said Jim Ward, President of LucasArts and Senior Vice President of Lucasfilm Ltd. "We returned to the Lucasfilm Archives to search exhaustively for source material that could be presented on DVD. This is something that we're very excited to be able to give to fans in response to their continuing enthusiasm for Star Wars. Topping it off with a new interactive adventure makes September 12 a red-letter day for Star Wars fans."

"That's also the day fans will be able to experience the LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy video game, the action-packed sequel -- filled with tongue-in-cheek humor -- to one of the best selling video games of 2005."

Bill
05 May 06,, 02:30
Bout damned time they fixed that. It was so stupid that they ever changed it to begin with.

A truly sad sign of the times it twas...

LOL.

Parihaka
05 May 06,, 02:37
As long as I get to see Princess Leia in her bikini in full digital remastered imagery I'm happy :)

TopHatter
05 May 06,, 02:56
As long as I get to see Princess Leia in her bikini in full digital remastered imagery I'm happy :)
I wonder if they'll edit out (I wouldn't put it past Lucas) Oola falling out of her net-string bikini when she gets dumped into the Rancor pit? :redface:

gunnut
05 May 06,, 02:59
I wonder if they'll edit out (I wouldn't put it past Lucas) Oola falling out of her net-string bikini when she gets dumped into the Rancor pit? :redface:

Hmmm...I may have to dig out my old copy of Return of the Jedi to compare.

Parihaka
05 May 06,, 03:03
I wonder if they'll edit out (I wouldn't put it past Lucas) Oola falling out of her net-string bikini when she gets dumped into the Rancor pit? :redface:
Ohhh, I'd forgotten, even being snot coloured didn't mar that one ;)

Lunatock
05 May 06,, 21:04
I wonder if they'll edit out (I wouldn't put it past Lucas) Oola falling out of her net-string bikini when she gets dumped into the Rancor pit? :redface:

That one had gone right by me since since seeing it in theatres in the early eighties...pervert! :tongue:

TopHatter
05 May 06,, 21:08
That one had gone right by me since since seeing it in theatres in the early eighties...pervert! :tongue:
*shrug* I didn't know a thing about it until, yes....I READ IT ON THE INTERNET. :biggrin:

Officer of Engineers
06 May 06,, 07:19
How much more money is he going to milk off those 3 films?

Blademaster
06 May 06,, 07:31
How much more money is he going to milk off those 3 films?

As long there are suckers born every second!

gunnut
06 May 06,, 08:28
How much more money is he going to milk off those 3 films?

I can think of a few more ways... :biggrin:

I didn't buy the DVD release because I heard about the alterations. Actually, I did buy it, but gave it away as Christmas present. I bought it for myself, but it became a handy gift.

There are a lot of people who didn't buy the DVD release of Star Wars because they didn't like the changes. Of course there are a lot of people who will want to own every single version of Star Wars ever produced. So yeah, as long as there are suckers born every second.

dalem
06 May 06,, 08:54
I buy 'em all. I am a bit of a SW geek but I resolved a few years ago to not take it any more seriously than Georgie does.

If you like X-wings and Y-wings, here're mine:

Y-wing 1/48 scale. (http://dmancini.com/pictures/y-wing/y-wing-2.htm)

X-wing 1/48 scale. (http://dmancini.com/pictures/xwing/x-wing-final.htm)

-dale

TopHatter
06 May 06,, 18:18
How much more money is he going to milk off those 3 films?


As long there are suckers born every second!
Truer words were never spoken.

Lucas finally caught on that he had yet another cash cow in the barn after years of Star Wars fans pointing it out for him.

RustyBattleship
06 May 06,, 18:41
On top of that, there is a new George Lucas "doll"/"action figure" coming out with him as a Storm Trooper no less.

Parihaka
06 May 06,, 19:18
I buy 'em all. I am a bit of a SW geek but I resolved a few years ago to not take it any more seriously than Georgie does.

If you like X-wings and Y-wings, here're mine:

Y-wing 1/48 scale. (http://dmancini.com/pictures/y-wing/y-wing-2.htm)

X-wing 1/48 scale. (http://dmancini.com/pictures/xwing/x-wing-final.htm)

-dale
Wow. That is some nice modelling you've done there Dale

dalem
06 May 06,, 20:26
Wow. That is some nice modelling you've done there Dale

Thanks.

-dale

gunnut
08 May 06,, 19:30
On top of that, there is a new George Lucas "doll"/"action figure" coming out with him as a Storm Trooper no less.

Years ago I saw an exhibit of Star Wars toys at my school. This was to coincide with the re-release Episode 4 in 1997. Among all the action figures, there was an unopened George Lucas in his director outfit with a beard. I have never seen it before or since. I haven't even heard of such an item ever existed.

RustyBattleship
08 May 06,, 20:58
Years ago I saw an exhibit of Star Wars toys at my school. This was to coincide with the re-release Episode 4 in 1997. Among all the action figures, there was an unopened George Lucas in his director outfit with a beard. I have never seen it before or since. I haven't even heard of such an item ever existed.
Yes it did, but only for that year. The info I got about Lucas in a Storm Trooper uniform was in the newspaper and it mentioned that earlier figure. Lucas said he was pleased that they put his likeness in a Storm Trooper "disguise" just as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo disguised themselves as Storm Troopers to rescue the Princess.