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    'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    'Star Wars' goes back to basics
    Updated 5/3/2006 6:43 PM ET

    Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in
    Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.*

    By Mike Snider, USA TODAY

    Die-hard Star Wars fans soon can see the original theatrical versions of the first three Star Wars films on DVD.
    Even though George Lucas adamantly declared 2004's digitally restored Star Wars Trilogy DVDs the definitive versions of his movies, fans have held out hope for DVDs of the originals.
    Their wishes will be granted Sept. 12 when Fox releases new two-disc DVDs ($30 each) of Star Wars (since retitled as Episode IV: A New Hope), The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi that include the films as they first appeared in theaters, along with the new, restored versions (now available in the four-disc $70 Star Wars Trilogy).
    The individual DVDs will be taken off the market on Dec. 31, a strategy that Disney uses on many of its classic releases.
    Lucas re-released his original three Star Wars films in theaters in 1997 with inserted scenes and improved special effects. Those "special editions" were further enhanced for the four-disc DVD set. With the original versions coming to DVD, here's what you'll see again:
    In Star Wars, Han Solo shoots a bounty hunter named Greedo. Lucas changed the scene later so it seemed that Greedo draws first, and changed it again for the DVD so that they appear to shoot simultaneously.
    In Empire Strikes Back, the ice creature that captures Luke Skywalker gets less screen time.
    In Jedi, Sebastian Shaw returns as Anakin in the movie's final scene. Lucas substituted Hayden Christiansen, who plays Anakin in the more recent films, for the 2004 DVD.
    Back in 2004, Lucas told the New York Post, "The special edition is the one I wanted out there."
    This new set of DVDs does not constitute "George changing his mind," says Lucasfilm's Jim Ward. "What we've always said is George viewed the revised versions of the films as the definitive versions."
    Fan attachment to the originals is strong. The movies topped entertainment website IGN.com's recent chart of Top 25 Most Wanted DVDs.
    "People want the option of having the movies that they remember and people are opposed to George Lucas' revisionist tendencies," says the site's Chris Carle.
    The original films' video quality will not match up to that of the restored versions. "It is state of the art, as of 1993, and that's not as good as state of the art 2006," Ward says.
    http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/...tar-wars_x.htm

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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    How cool is this!?! The answer? Very

    Now let's hope they don't replace the blasters with walkie-talkies...
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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    it's a bummer that the quality won't be state-of-the-art, but i'll be happy to see the originals on dvd without the added craptastic extras.

    of course, this will be the third time i'll be buying the original trilogy. damn the man!
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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    and George gets a few more dollars from me.
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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    My belief in a higher being has been restored!! Nice!

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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    Do I really need another copy? I have the originals, the digitally mastered, Special Editions, and the 2004s. Curse the man.

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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    Fantastic news!

    I have the 3 VHS box set that came out after Jedi was released, the 3 VHS special edition that came out in 97/98ish, the 4 disc DVD set that came out last Christmas, and now this.

    Am I reading this right in thinking that the movies will only be sold individually at 30 bucks a pop? As in I'm going to have to spend 90 more dollars (willingly, of course). :sigh: Genius, George, genius.
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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    thank you for info

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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    YES!!

    I have the original on VHS, and I knew that if I held out long enough the originals would be released on DVD. HA!

    I honestly cannot even watch the special editions, they are just embarassing.
    What an idiot....

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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    Woohoo! I just want a copy of Jedi with the original celebration song at the end.

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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    Very cool- I will definelty be buying these
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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    Finally! I'm such a sucker, I'll be buying them, too. I'm still holding on to my scratchy VHS tapes and didn't buy the remastered DVDs.
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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    Give more money to that talentless hack George Lucas? Why, I'd rather rip out my intestines with a spoon and eat them.

    Sorry Georgie, I don't have short-term memory loss. Crawl into a hole and leave us the hell alone, please?
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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    So, NOW can we have a Star Tours update!? Hmmmmm, well, I'm waiting.........
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    Re: 'Star Wars' trilogy original versions on DVD 9/12

    Quote Originally Posted by Reaver
    Now let's hope they don't replace the blasters with walkie-talkies...
    But at least Spielberg had the sense to release the original as part of the DVD set....
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