Could we see the original versions of the original trilogy alongside the release of Episode VII?!
Bleeding Cool seems to think so, in a post from yesterday which suggests that Disney and Lucasfilm are considering just that. According the May 15th story, Disney is set to re-release A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi minus the redone special effects and new scenes added to the 2004 Special Editions.
The post goes on to say that the trilogy would be available on both home video (DVD, Blu-ray) and via On Demand services. The latter would, to my mind, be a first – I can’t recall either the trilogy or the prequels being available with a streaming option since their release, even after Fox dropped the complete saga on DVD back in 2011.
There are some potential hiccups: Fox still retains the right to distribute the Star Wars films, meaning Disney might have to part with some money to make the release happen. Additionally, would this be the kind of thing that might go back in the proverbial “Disney Vault” (i.e. would it be a limited-time release which would then go on moratorium for years after)?
Fans have been pleading for a hi-def release of the original trilogy since the Special Editions hit shelves nearly a decade ago. And who can blame them? The new effects and awkwardly inserted effects never really jibed with the practical and somewhat rough-hewn quality of the movies many of us saw on release.
I might be lacking perspective, though. At this point, are untouched versions of the original trilogy a big deal to you?
[Source: Bleeding Cool]