Exclusive! Original, Unaltered Cut Of Star Wars Trilogy To Be Released On Blu-ray By Disney

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EDIT: For some reason this is cycling on social media again. This story was published in August, 2014 and never panned out. Currently, 20th Century Fox still owns the distribution rights to the original cuts of the films, and there may also be contractual obligations from George Lucas's sale of his company that woudl prevent this from happening. That is to say, when this was published, it might not have been nearly as done a deal as sources thought. Sorry!

For a long time Star Wars fans have been clamoring for Disney/Lucasfilm to re-release the original, unaltered cut of the first Star Wars trilogy, and Comicbook.com has now confirmed with two independent reliable sources that just such a plan is under way.

According to our sources, Disney has plans to release the original cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Our sources indicate that the project has been under way for quite some time, but it’s been challenging because of some damage to the original negatives they are utilizing. The goal is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi in their complete, unaltered, original form without the redone special edition SFX.

Our sources did not have an exact date as to when the original cut of the Star Wars Trilogy would be released on Blu-ray, due to the challenges Disney has encountered in pulling everything together. However, our sources indicated the goal is to have it ready and released before Star Wars Episode VII is released in theaters.

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  1. How is this possible? Fox owns the distribution rights for the original trilogy films. That is, it owns the distribution rights to Episode IV in perpetuity and owns Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi until 2020. It seems highly unlikely that Fox would license them to Disney since Fox has a limited window to exploit them until their own license expires so why share revenue with Disney? I'm not saying the sources are wrong (oh how I want the unedited prints in HD) but I will remain skeptical until I see an official announcement from Disney. The rights issues are documented here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tangled-rights-could-tie-up-384541 and here http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/05/could-disney-finally-give-us-the-remastered-unedited-star-wars-we-want/

    • Rhodri
    • 1 Posts in 29 Months

    As far as I'm aware, Fox only owns the rights to ANH, so they could never release all 3 without a Disney collaboration. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that Disney would make a deal with Fox. Fox has no reason to refuse. There's money in it for both parties.

    • Robzrage
    • 1 Posts in 29 Months

    Should be easy since best buy released a non bluray version last year of the OT not SE. Plenty on EBay.

  2. Actually, the distribution rights shouldn't present a big problem. Fox only got a small distribution cut for the OT, and Lucasfilm got the rest, I believe the distribution cut for the original film was smaller than the other two in exchange for distributing the prequels. And if Disney HAD to get the distribution cuts too then I could see them working something out with Fox. Fox has no reason to not want to work with Disney since they're running out of time to make money on Star Wars, and if Disney doesn't want to work with Fox then they can just buy the rights from Fox anyway. Win Win.

  3. It is about time someone got rid of the sharpie squiggles on the Emporer from the close-ups in Jedi.

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