Rumor: Original ‘Star Wars’ Theatrical Cuts Could Finally Be Coming to Blu-ray Soon
Fans of Star Wars have long held something of a grudge against director George Lucas for altering the theatrical cuts of the original trilogy with additional CGI for the DVD and Blu-ray releases, making the unaltered versions unavailable to own. But that may be about to change, as director John Landis says that Lucas is preparing to release the unaltered versions sometime soon.
During a Halloween Horror Nights Q&A last night at Universal Studios, An American Werewolf in London director John Landis revealed that Lucas is working on releasing the original trilogy without all that crummy CGI:
Take this news cautiously, of course, as we’ve heard rumors of the unaltered versions coming to Blu-ray before, but with Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters in December and with Lucasfilm now working under Disney, the rumor carries more weight than ever.
Landis spoke with Lucas himself, which also makes this rumor a little more believable, even though Lucas has been quite stubborn about the altered versions in the past. But Disney has gone a long way to restoring fan faith in the franchise, and with a promising batch of new installments on the way, it makes sense that the studio would consider releasing the original versions of the classic trilogy to please fans.
There’s also the possibility that Landis could be referring to a theatrical re-release, perhaps timed between the releases of the new Star Wars films. The tweets from Empire — and Landis’ quotes — aren’t entirely clear.
For now, our chances of seeing the theatrical cuts of the original Star Wars trilogy appear to be more optimistic than ever.
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