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Could the original, unaltered STAR WARS be on its way to Blu-ray?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jul 21, 2013.

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  1. Jeffrey D

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    The best thing to do, in my opinion, is if I don’t like or agree with something, I won’t support it. I really like A New Hope, in its original version. I don’t like the altered version, so I won’t support it.
     
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    Not sure if this is being discussed elsewhere, but there was a screening this past weekend in LA of the (almost) original version of Star Wars in 70mm. It did have the "Episode IV" title, so the print was probably made sometime in the 80s, but everything else was the real deal.

    There was a brief bit of damage (only a few seconds worth) near the end that we were warned about in advance, but other than that, it looked and sounded terrific.

    We were told that George Lucas himself had approved the screening (though it apparently took some convincing). It was part of a double feature with Rogue One, and a couple of days before, there had been a presentation and panel discussion with several VFX artists about how techniques had evolved between the two films.

    I don't know if that means anything in the long run, but it happened. :)
     
  3. Carlo Medina

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    Damn it, I missed that. Would've loved to see it. Or was it not open to the general public?
     
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    It was an Academy event at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, but it was open to the public. It sold out several days before, and I got a ticket just in time. I happened to see a tweet about it, which led me to the page on the Academy's website advertising it.
     
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    Glad you got in! Thx for sharing your experiences, excited to hear that the print was in fairly decent shape. A New Hope indeed. :rolling-smiley:
     
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    Honestly, if they were able to get his permission then that's a major step. For years, he has absolutely forbidden anything but his "Special Edition" to be shown in public.
     
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    GASP!

    Has this day finally come?

    Has George seen the light?

    Will we see Han shoot first again?

    Maybe. Or...maybe not. I'm not getting my hopes up.
     
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    Looks like even JJ Abrams doesn't have enough clout to make this happen...

    https://www.slashfilm.com/star-wars-theatrical-cuts/
     
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    Glad I still have my Limited Edition Tin dvd set & laserdisc box sets to watch the originals.
     
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    Why would JJ have had that clout to begin with? He had no involvement with the original films. He doesn’t even have the clout to delay the release dates on his own SW productions.

    Disney was never going to turn around and release a remastered edition of the original version right on the heels of buying Lucasfilm, and they’re not gonna do it while Lucas’ handpicked successor is running the company. The general public doesn’t care about it nearly as much as is always assumed (if they did, every new version of the special editions in each new format would not have been runaway bestsellers), and there’s just no incentive for Disney to move forward with doing it at this time. Doesn’t mean never. But it won’t be because a filmmaker with no connection to the original films has asked about it.
     
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    they have to wait until Lucas dies. That’s what paramount did to bob wise with the motion picture!!
     
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    We will never see the original unaltered Star Wars trilogy released in a home video format again. It's over.
     
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    Radically different situations.

    Wise was only the director on the picture.

    Lucas IS the director of A New Hope, but also the writer, director, executive producer. And, btw, creator.
     
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    Yet Disney locks a movie they actually made into a shorter and less cohesive version because it was what came out first. The cognitive dissonance is mind-boggling.
     
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    and yet similar....
     
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    Not really. Wise never had 1/100th the control over what Paramount did with "ST:TMP" vs. Lucas's ability to decide what versions of the "Star Wars" films come out...
     
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    Shazbat!
     
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    Huh?? Did what? Wise has been dead for years and there’s still no Directors Cut on Blu.
     
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    I think that has more to do with the fact that Paramount nickel-and-dimed Wise and his team for the Director's Edition, so all of the new visual effects were created in 480i. A 2K or 4K version of the Director's Edition would require a similar process to what CBS went through on the Star Trek: The Next Generation HD remaster.
     
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