- May 30, 2000
Originally Posted by TravisR
Yeah but it's a different situation. Those DVDs were nearly 15 year old laserdisc transfers that essentially cost nothing to put out. If they release the OOT on Blu-ray, it would cost money that he has no interest in spending on what he sees as incomplete movies.
Yeah but these are baby steps. 5-10 years ago he was saying the originals would never be released in any way, shape, or form. He's already made the biggest concession there by breaking that rule. Now the issue is basically is there enough of a market to justify cleaning up the originals (or even just parts of the originals that altered in the SEs) on Blu-Ray. He'll probably concede on this point in time too.
Because first the issue was the original versions couldn't exist period. Now they can exist, but he just can't be bothered to remaster the old footage. In a few years that could "magically" change again ... especially if they want to double/triple dip with a Blu-Ray release and need some kind of "sales hook" for it.
Call me crazy, but I think Lucas is going to greenlight more Star Wars movies in the near future (to be shot in 3D with him as a the producer) instead of that live action TV show that he's already hedging on seemingly (ie: he's already saying it's too expensive to shoot what he's written for the TV show on a TV budget).