Original 'Star Wars' Cuts Finally Head To DVD
From Sept. 12 to Dec. 31, fans can recapture the memories George Lucas provided and then stole
The original, unaugmented, undoctored "Star Wars" trilogy will finally make its premiere on DVD this fall without wacky computer enhancements or added scenes, just "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back" and "The Return of the Jedi" the way a generation of fans remember first seeing them.
Many fans were just happy to have the first trilogy on DVD when LucasFilm released the DVD box set back in 2004, but as many purists were up in arms that the films they stood in line for back in 1977, 1980 and 1983 seemed to no longer exist. Starting on Sept. 12, they'll live again.
The three movies will appear as individually packaged two-disc sets, each containing both the digitally restored and re-mastered movies, already available on DVD, as well as the original theatrical cuts. Fans will have to buy those DVD fast, because they'll only be available until Dec. 31, when they will return to the LucasFilm Archive.
"Over the years, a truly countless number of fans have told us that they would love to see and own the original versions that they remember experiencing in theaters," says 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.'"
The discs promise to be "attractively priced," which is sure to be a relief for fans being asked to pay double for their "Star Wars" memories.