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Original Trilogy on Blu Ray and Disney

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Jacen_Starsolo
12.06.2012 , 11:01 AM | #1
Now that Disney owns it, is there a better chance for the Blu Ray release of the original trilogy just being remastered and not crapped on like Lucas did?

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Projawa
12.06.2012 , 11:12 AM | #2
Most likely yes. The demand is there so it's a no brainer move for Disney to make a good chunk of cash right out the gate. I never understood why Lucas never did this aside from perhaps his ego and unwillingness to budge on the altered edition, Greedo shot first, etc. Disney probably has no such reservations. Simple easy business decision.

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LukeSaberRattler
12.06.2012 , 12:28 PM | #3
Lucas wrote it into the contract "Never give those self righteous crazy zealots access to the original movies. They don't deserve it for all the hate they have sent my way."
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sstanks
12.06.2012 , 01:01 PM | #4
with out a doubt we will see it. No idea when my guess would be probably before the new movies come out to help build hype.

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JacenHallis
12.06.2012 , 02:34 PM | #5
Chances are slim, unless Disney actually takes film preservation seriously and doesn't try to pass off the SE as the original, like Lucas did to the Library of Congress.
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While both STAR WARS (1977) and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) are on the National Film Registry, the Library has not yet acquired new prints of either one. When the request was made for STAR WARS, Lucasfilm offered us the Special Edition version. The offer was declined as this was obviously not the version that had been selected for the Registry. We have not yet requested a print of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, added to the Registry late last year.

The Library of Congress does hold the original release versions of STAR WARS, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI, but these 35mm prints were acquired as copyright deposits in March 1978, October 1980, and June 1983 respectively. All three are classified as archival masters and as such cannot be accessed for viewing/research. The existing condition reports for STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (there is no report for RETURN OF THE JEDI) indicate that the former has minor scratches but is in good shape overall, while the latter has extreme color fading. We also have an additional 35mm print of the original STAR WARS (received June 1979) with English subtitles for the deaf.

If you have any further questions, you are welcome to contact Lynanne Schweighofer, our Preservation Specialist and in-house Star Wars expert, at < mailto:lysc@loc.gov >.

Sincerely,

Zoran Sinobad
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Moving Image Section
Library of Congress
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sstanks
12.06.2012 , 02:50 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by JacenHallis View Post
Chances are slim, unless Disney actually takes film preservation seriously and doesn't try to pass off the SE as the original, like Lucas did to the Library of Congress.

http://savestarwars.com/lucas-nfr.html
nah DIsney knows how much the originals are worth. They will do what they are already doing with their classic films. Release them as special events and then say it's on sale for a limited time before it goes back into "the disney vault" thus drivng up sales.

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Sindorin
12.06.2012 , 02:52 PM | #7
Legally, why can they not use the copyright deposits and use those for archival or research purposes?
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LegendaryBlade
12.06.2012 , 03:02 PM | #8
Lucas has done everything he could to make sure the original would not be re-released. He hates them with a burning passion for some reason, and frequently insists that the redone versions were his 'real' unrestricted vision; even though the only differences are ridiculous things that have no real merit.

According to popular theory, when Lucas released the special edition he did the cuts and edits to the original negatives, making it impossible to use them. This leaves only the Library of Congress versions of the original film in tact, and I don't see Disney going through that much effort.

About the only way to see the original is to hunt down a VHS; if Lucas hasn't destroyed them all with a chainsaw.
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Jacen_Starsolo
12.06.2012 , 04:11 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by LegendaryBlade View Post
Lucas has done everything he could to make sure the original would not be re-released. He hates them with a burning passion for some reason, and frequently insists that the redone versions were his 'real' unrestricted vision; even though the only differences are ridiculous things that have no real merit.

According to popular theory, when Lucas released the special edition he did the cuts and edits to the original negatives, making it impossible to use them. This leaves only the Library of Congress versions of the original film in tact, and I don't see Disney going through that much effort.

About the only way to see the original is to hunt down a VHS; if Lucas hasn't destroyed them all with a chainsaw.
I thought the originals made it to DVD as part of disk 2's for each of the "special edition" ones. Basically the VHS movies pressed to DVDs. Or Netflix sent me some bootlegs a few years back.

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JacenHallis
12.06.2012 , 04:38 PM | #10
They did. One of the bonus features on the SE DVDs was the original theatrical release of each movie. The Star Wars one, in fact, was just "Star Wars"--not "Episode IV: A New Hope." However, those are direct prints and aren't even anamorphic.
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