It would be silly of Disney not to. It'll get most Star Wars fans to double-dip and garner sales from the few hold-outs like myself who refuse to buy any release that doesn't include the original version.
"Disney WOULD!" "Disney SHOULD!" "Disney COULD!"
Here's a thought: How about if Disney CAN"T?
(No, really, is that the whole defense for the rumor, that "Somebody big and new owns it now, so maybe we can ask them!"?)
I know this theory has been brought up many, many times. But let's think logically...Forensically, if you will. Let's profile some rather odd behavior on George Lucas's part over the last five or ten years:
- Responding to pressure to release the UOT, he releases the Limited Edition DVD's, mastered from the old 80's laserdisks...80's, as in made before 1997. Fans ask why he could be so "stingy" as to release upgraded LD sources, and they don't believe him when he says they were "the best sources still available". (They think he's just holding out, or greedy, so he can release the real one later.)
- Later on, Lucas becomes rather disgruntled with the fans. He calls them hard to satisfy, as they keep, quote, "asking for something he can't give them anymore".
- Finally, after years of stonewalling the fan questions, Lucas settles the arguments by petulantly stating "They're MY movies, not yours, and it's the director who has the final say on the edits!" The SE's will stay because he said so, that's why.
Now...I consider myself a fairly good judge of human nature, and not overly suspicious or given to wild conspiracy theories.
I just find it amusing, that's all, that there is one line even the angriest, most disgruntled Lucas-hating fan will ever cross:
They complain about his "ruining" the saga with the prequels. They complain about his redubbing and reinserting SFX into the Special Editions. They call him "incompetent" and "gone looney", and all such hyperbolic terms.
But the minute...the MINUTE...you raise the idea of "What if 'looney, incompetent, film-mangling' George really was 'stupid enough to' permanently destroy the unaltered originals?", watch the loyalty come out: "He wouldn't do that! He's an artist and a genius! He knows the value of these! He's too smart to compromise his vision, he's never do anything so stupid as that! He's got so much money and technology, he's sure to have them in an air-conditioned underground bunker at Skywalker Ranch, preserved in perpetuity until the time his greedy remarketing decides to release them again...Maybe in time for Episode VII!"
(They NEVER cross that line. Something always stops them. They just can't do it.)
Edited by Ejanss, July 21 2013 - 01:43 PM.