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Beast
05-18-2006, 07:39 PM
We missed a great deal during the time the forums were down. The biggest news however was the announcement of the release of the Original Unaltered Versions of the Star Wars Trilogy this coming September. While we don't know all the facts, here's the various info releases that have come out. As well the retailer advertisements and the cover art. And more. The release so far isn't without some problems (Digital Bits is claiming the OOT versions will be non-anamorphic) but it's great for those who want it. Probably everyone. :D

This September: Original Unaltered Trilogy on DVD
May 03, 2006

Fans can look forward to a September filled with classic Star Wars nostalgia, led by the premiere of LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy video game and the long-awaited DVD release of the original theatrical incarnations of the classic Star Wars trilogy.

In response to overwhelming demand, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release attractively priced individual two-disc releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Each release includes the 2004 digitally remastered version of the movie and, as bonus material, the theatrical edition of the film. That means you'll be able to enjoy Star Wars as it first appeared in 1977, Empire in 1980, and Jedi in 1983.

See the title crawl to Star Wars before it was known as Episode IV; see the pioneering, if dated, motion control model work on the attack on the Death Star; groove to Lapti Nek or the Ewok Celebration song like you did when you were a kid; and yes, see Han Solo shoot first.

This release will only be available for a limited time: from September 12th to December 31st. International release will follow on or about the same day. Each original theatrical version will feature Dolby 2.0 Surround sound, close-captioning, and subtitles in English, French and Spanish for their U.S. release. International sound and subtitling vary by territory.

"Over the years, a truly countless number of fans have told us that they would love to see and own the original version that they remember experiencing in theaters," said Jim Ward, President of LucasArts and Senior Vice President of Lucasfilm Ltd. "We returned to the Lucasfilm Archives to search exhaustively for source material that could be presented on DVD. This is something that we're very excited to be able to give to fans in response to their continuing enthusiasm for Star Wars. Topping it off with a new interactive adventure makes September 12 a red-letter day for Star Wars fans."

That's also the day fans will be able to experience the LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy video game, the action-packed sequel -- filled with tongue-in-cheek humor -- to one of the best selling video games of 2005. To see the trailer to the new game from LucasArts and TT Games, click here!

Click here to order your copy of the game today. To order the first in a series of t-shirts to commemorate the return of the original unaltered trilogy, click here.
http://www.starwars.com/episode-iv/release/video/news20060503.html

Beast
05-18-2006, 07:45 PM
A couple other links about the upcoming release:

http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2006-05-03-star-wars_x.htm
http://starwars.com/collecting/shop/shopnews/news20060503.html
http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1531527/story.jhtml

And the Retailer Ad:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/MasterSplinter/SWDVDAd.jpg

Beast
05-18-2006, 07:47 PM
And finally the cover art from the releases:

First Look: Original Trilogy DVDs
May 16, 2006

The Star Wars trilogy comes out for a limited time as individual movie DVDs on September 12th -- complete with the unaltered original films as bonus material -- and will be available for pre-order starting this week. This is a chance for longtime fans to re-experience the movies as they originally played during their first theatrical releases, and an opportunity for new fans to see a bit of movie history.

Each movie comes as a two-disc set -- one disc is the 2004 remastered version of the film, while the second disc is a version that captures its original theatrical presentation. For more information about this release, see the original announcement story here. StarWarsShop.com will be making Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi available for pre-order on Friday, May 12.

Here's a look at the cover art for this release. Done in the photo-montage style of previous DVD release, each movie mimics a poster design from the original theatrical campaign.
http://starwars.com/episode-iv/release/video/img/20060516_iv_bg.jpg
http://starwars.com/episode-iv/release/video/img/20060516_v_bg.jpg
http://starwars.com/episode-iv/release/video/img/20060516_vi_bg.jpg

2-1B
05-19-2006, 01:26 AM
Like I said in the other room ;) , I think the covers could be better. Specifically, I hate the use of promotional photos with different haircuts (Han and Luke suffer from this in various shots over the years of promoting the films). Also, why is ANH Han used on ESB? Reminds me of ESB Leia on ANH SE VHS.

But I'm glad to be getting them and yes I will make the purchase. :)

JediTricks
05-19-2006, 02:27 AM
I am sick of them always using that ROTJ Luke pose for everything, it's a bad still from an action shot, his hair is always cropped into a weird cut, the lightsaber is always wrong, it's time to dump that loser photo and get with a new one.

JimJamBonds
05-21-2006, 12:50 AM
I am sick of them always using that ROTJ Luke pose for everything, it's a bad still from an action shot, his hair is always cropped into a weird cut, the lightsaber is always wrong, it's time to dump that loser photo and get with a new one.

If they are always using that Luke pose then it SHOULD be used on this latest release as well since this is going back to how the movies were first shown. :p

JediTricks
05-21-2006, 01:26 PM
If they are always using that Luke pose then it SHOULD be used on this latest release as well since this is going back to how the movies were first shown. :p
They are using it, for the ROTJ cover, it looks like crap, the lightsaber blade is especially cheap here with some badly-photoshopped glow-rays it's never had before - and the sad part is that I know that's an improvement over the original version of the still. See, they're trying to take movie still and promotions stills and mock up a cover that looks MODERN while reminding one of a movie poster, but we see a lot of this on the internet from fans and oftentimes they do a better job.

JEDIpartner
05-21-2006, 07:58 PM
Boooooooooooooo!!!! (don't we have a "thumbs down" smilie???)

fyifoff
06-04-2006, 09:35 PM
So ...

the second disc is a version that captures its original theatrical presentation.

is this before or after the clean up and restore?? I don't want the theatrical vhs versions on DVD, i wanted the restored theatrical versions without all the new scenes...

2-1B
06-04-2006, 11:50 PM
fyifoff, you're getting the laserdiscs on DVD. :)

I did a test run of what these OGOTDVDs are going to look like on my widescreen TV last night during the full screen HBO showing of ROTS...oddly enough, it went to Widescreen when the credits started :confused: and since I had my TV set to 4:3 for the sake of seeing how ROTS looked in Fullscreen, well those credits were a preview of what's to come with the OGOT. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, the screen size is definitely smaller but considering I won't watch the OG all that often, I think I'll get by with these new editions.

I still wish they were doing anamorphic but meh, I'll live. :(

TheDarthVader
06-05-2006, 11:34 PM
So..............??????????? Are we getting the SE and the theatrical release for each film in this set? I don't get it.

Rocketboy
06-05-2006, 11:55 PM
On one disc we'll have the 2004 edition and the other disc will have the 1977/1980/1983 edition.

TheDarthVader
06-07-2006, 12:45 PM
On one disc we'll have the 2004 edition and the other disc will have the 1977/1980/1983 edition.

Then why on earth did I buy the latest versions that we have now? I guess because Lucas made even more changes. Yep, that is why.

Rocketboy
06-07-2006, 12:54 PM
Then why on earth did I buy the latest versions that we have now?Because these weren't announced (and probably not even planned yet) when they came out over a year and a half ago.

I guess because Lucas made even more changes. Yep, that is why.I doubt it.

Daz
06-07-2006, 01:13 PM
Originally Posted by Rocketboy
On one disc we'll have the 2004 edition and the other disc will have the 1977/1980/1983 edition.

Then why on earth did I buy the latest versions that we have now? I guess because Lucas made even more changes. Yep, that is why.



My understanding is that not only has he not made any more changes to the films he has decided they will be presented non animorphically. We all asked begged pleaded for the OT to be re-released in an untouched form well it seems Lucas has taken us quite literally.

Rocketboy
06-07-2006, 10:11 PM
"Be careful what you wish for..."

JediTricks
06-08-2006, 08:35 PM
I'm tired of seeing that argument, it comes up a lot around the web, like somehow an anamorphic transfer is in ANY way changing the movie from its original presentation version, nothing could be further from the truth, if anything the anamorphic's superior image quality makes it MORE like the original than some cut-down DVD version that has to dedicate 20% or more of its file space to idiotic black bars on each frame.

The reason we're getting non-anamorphic isn't out of some "give them the untouched originals" claim, it's because Uncle Beardy McFlannelshirt destroyed the Original OT Masters when he made the Special Editions, and thus has no more original material with which to source quality discs. Oh, but I'm SUUUURE the quality of a digital Laserdisk transfer from 14 years ago will be just as good... :rolleyes:

DarkArtist
06-23-2006, 07:22 PM
I am totally against the release of these DVD's. Afterall McCallum stated that unless they did they special editions the original versions would never be able to be used again. Now all of sudden we can release yet another version of DVD's for you to buy. George......give it a rest. I mean, I grew up with the OT, I still have the original VHS releases of the OT. After seeing the special editions and the DVD edition I have to say I like the newer versions. The shots are cleaner and some of the tweaks and whistles added in are amazing.

The only thing that I think to this day upsets me is the line that Lucas changed in Empire when R2 is spit out of the swamp. The original line was "Are You Alright, C'mon. You're lucky you're taste very good." This line was perfect for the scene, never needed to be changed. I also did not like the fact that they changed the line in the end of Empire with Vader. The original "Bring my shuttle." had such passion, the new line while still is great just doesn't feel as realistic as the original.

I think the DVD release of 2004 was by far a great edition of Star Wars. I am also a fan of the new Fett voice as well as the new Emperor/ Vader scene in Empire.

So George... if you read this or even care, I hope that no one buys these and they end up in the discount bin at Walmart for $5.00 a pop.

jjreason
06-23-2006, 07:36 PM
I think we all just need to resign ourselves to the fact that the OT will be coming out in one format or another, every 2 years for the rest of time eternal. I'm still not sure whether or not I'm buying this generation or not, but there's no need to buy every version that comes out, same as there's no "need" to buy every figure. It's US that creates that urgency, not GLu.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-24-2006, 01:20 PM
Then why on earth did I buy the latest versions that we have now? I guess because Lucas made even more changes. Yep, that is why.
Since we're now getting the original versions on DVD, I'd like to see a few more changes made to the films. Mainly, I'd like to see them finally correct the color of Luke's blade on the Falcon . . . it's not white, it sure as hell ain't green, so it should be blue. Also, they need to fix the scene where the X-wings make the attack on the Death Star, since the sound effects were mixed too loudly on the DVD and it's impossible to hear the amazing score. I doubt they did those this time, but it would be nice to see.

DarkArtist
06-24-2006, 09:30 PM
Since we're now getting the original versions on DVD, I'd like to see a few more changes made to the films. Mainly, I'd like to see them finally correct the color of Luke's blade on the Falcon . . . it's not white, it sure as hell ain't green, so it should be blue. Also, they need to fix the scene where the X-wings make the attack on the Death Star, since the sound effects were mixed too loudly on the DVD and it's impossible to hear the amazing score. I doubt they did those this time, but it would be nice to see.

Then it wouldn't be the unaltered editions. Since people asked for the originals in their unaltered form then that's the way it should be. This is not a shout out for the unaltered versions, I still feel that they should not be released.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-24-2006, 10:17 PM
Then it wouldn't be the unaltered editions. Since people asked for the originals in their unaltered form then that's the way it should be. This is not a shout out for the unaltered versions, I still feel that they should not be released.
No, I meant that they should add those changes to the 2004 editions.

2-1B
06-24-2006, 10:43 PM
But then they would be the 2006 editions.

Jargo
07-23-2006, 02:13 PM
I don't even know if i want to see the original version anymore. for the most part I'm ok with the changes made. but as with redoing the jabba in the docking bay, other added effects could do with a second pass. Only big changes i'd like to see in some edition is all the trims put back and all the deleted scenes finished and inserted so a viewer can judge for themselves whether it worked or not in total context.