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Hey folks, Harry here... Finally George Lucas Kicks Ass and I can love him completely! Thank fucking God, Lucas and the power of Star Wars fandom! "Due to Overwhelming demand!" Fucking A! FUCKING A! Dear God... This is glorious!

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, as well as the original 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 today.

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  • May 3, 2006, 10:02 p.m. CST

    ARRGGHHHH!!!!

    by Batutta

    Now I have to buy these movies again. DAMN YOU LUCAS!!!!

  • May 3, 2006, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Love Him Completely?

    by Drunken Irishman

    While this is good news, I still haven't forgiven him for Jar-Jar.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:05 p.m. CST

    TOO SOON!!!

    by TheBaxter

    Han shot too soon

  • May 3, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Yub Nub!

    by ChrisPC24

    Nanananaaaa!

  • May 3, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST

    God damnit

    by Bean_

    I have to buy the DVDs all over again? Fuck that!

  • May 3, 2006, 10:10 p.m. CST

    HOLY HELL!!!

    by KCMOSHer

    If this is some kind of prank, Knowles, may you spend eternity rotting in the fetid bowels of the devil himself. If you're telling the truth, I'm going to go play the lottery, FAST.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Does anyone really care anymore?

    by glitzless

    Hasn't Lucas done it in already... and who doesn't have the originals burned on DVD already? Lucas won't get a dime from me! I've learned my lesson.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST

    WAAAAAAAAAA

    by George Newman

  • May 3, 2006, 10:15 p.m. CST

    First, RED SONJA gets remade and now this news...

    by ABking

    The gods have been too kind, lol!

  • May 3, 2006, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Fuck you Lucas you magnificent greedy bastard.

    by Rowley Birkin QC

  • May 3, 2006, 10:22 p.m. CST

    YES!!!!!!!!! Thank you, George. RESPECT!

    by Laserbrain

    This is great news. Great news. Almost can't believe it.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Wow.

    by seanny_d

    Being that I cannot remember anything about these movies before their 1997 remasterings, this should be an interesting experience. I've always wanted to experience these movies as the original audiences did. That being said, this is a complete milk-job. They wait two years after releasing the originals, waiting for most of the people who held out hope to cave in, and then they go and ask for more. These better be dirt-ass cheap. But even if they aren't, I'll buy them anyway and star wars will be another set that I will have multiple copies of.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:26 p.m. CST

    WTF?? OMG!!

    by Grimjack99

    And other geek-speak expletives! More of my money has to go to George? Well played, Mr. Lucas. Well played.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Yaaahoooooo!

    by MrD

  • May 3, 2006, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Oh please, this was planned from the beginning

    by zikade zarathos

    Everyone goes and buys the new set, then Lucas drops the bomb and everyone buys it again. Fuck 'em, I didn't buy the first set and I ain't buying these.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:28 p.m. CST

    This is what you assholes always wanted...

    by Black Jesus

    And now you're complaining about it? Good thing I never bought the current DVD's. Suckers.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Raise your hand...

    by CatVutt

    ...if you did NOT see this coming. I mean, has Lucas EVER passed up a chance to make us buy the same GODDAMN things over and over again? That said, I DO like the fact that it's specifically the original "A New Hope", before it was actually called that. But...anybody notice the conspicuous absence of any form of the terms 'remastered' or 'digitally remastered' with respect to the Original Theatrical releases? Wait for the outrage, and the inevitable separate 'remastered' versions fo the films, and THEN a couple years later, the 20 DVD Boxset with all the films, every trailer ever made, action figure commercials, that old PBS documentary, The Clone Wars cartoon, and a new 'retrospective' documentary...blah blah blah...it's never going to end, folks. I'm convinced of it. This last one, of course, will occur right before holographic discs hit big, and Lucas announces the release of the Original Trilogy - Special Editions on one HVD with bonus features being the first ever release of the Deleted Scenes from all three films.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST

    This better come out in HD or Blu-Ray!

    by Batutta

  • May 3, 2006, 10:33 p.m. CST

    No Way

    by woxel1

    NO. WAY.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:35 p.m. CST

    HAHAHAHA---FOOLS!!!!

    by Nagual

    I KNEW, just KNEW, that Lucas, being a capitalist above all else, would hold the originals in reserve for the day when he had bled the masses dry for all Star Wars crapola he could. I never bought a single Star Wars DVD, either because they are the shit prequels, or because they were bastardized. Well I sure am glad I had that foresight--and I'll have the luxury of my own hypocrisy by giving Lucas my hardearned cash at last while calling him a LIAR and HYPOCRITE here--if your new DEFACED versions were so "definitive" George, how come you didn't WALK THE WALK and DESTROY them, hmmmm? I can hope just for shits and giggles that these actually OUTSELL the previous DEFACED versions, although that's extremely unlikely...

  • May 3, 2006, 10:35 p.m. CST

    The only thing I want in HD or Blu-Ray

    by c4andmore

    is porn, sweet porn

  • May 3, 2006, 10:36 p.m. CST

    OH HELL YEAH

    by IAmLegolas

    I can love Star Wars again. HELL HATH FROZEN OVER !!!!

  • May 3, 2006, 10:37 p.m. CST

    This is what the internet is all about.

    by beastie

    Complaining and complaining about something until someone gives in, then complain about the fact that they gave in. Seriously, STOP!!!

  • May 3, 2006, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Win!

    by trysop

    Finally all you Special Edition haters win! You guys deserve something after all the complaining you do ;)

  • May 3, 2006, 10:39 p.m. CST

    I just wept a single tear of joy.

    by Mr Brownstone

    Never bought the special editions, but I will buy these... and then again on BluRay probably. Finally I can enjoy The Star Wars as I did before their digital desecration by the evil empire.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Congrats, bestie

    by dictatordaniel

    You have the quote of the night. Good stuff man, good stuff.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:42 p.m. CST

    One Happy Customer!

    by thecrazyarmenian

    Why on gods earth do people ever crap on additional releases? "How DARE Lucas (Jackson, Speilberg, etc.) re-release their move with additional/updated/old material!" They release different versions of the film because people want to buy the product. If people don

  • May 3, 2006, 10:42 p.m. CST

    beastie*

    by dictatordaniel

    Fraking spellchecker was broken.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:42 p.m. CST

    1080p please.

    by Hercules

    zap zoom red leader

  • May 3, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    RESTORED???

    by therightclique

    my big question is will the original versions be restored?!??!? because the dvds look so awesome, it would be a shame to have only the older unrestored prints.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Personally, I'm waiting for...

    by Orbots Commander

    the Super Duper Mega Extra Really Special Director's Cut Edition of the Star Wars trilogy, that will be available in 2009. Jeez, Fox and Lucas are figuratively turning us all upside down and shaking us for every last nickel and piece of lint we have left in our pockets.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:44 p.m. CST

    well, finally

    by xenaman

    it sure took long enough,considering the world WANTS to give you money!

  • May 3, 2006, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Yet another version ...

    by docfalken

    How many times am I going to buy these same films? Seriously, I have a house littered with different versions of the trilogy. Format, schmormat.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Oh...yes.

    by Mr. Lahey

    Oh fuck yes. Headline mislead me, though. I was cringing while expecting to read that David/James/Hayden had passed away.

  • May 3, 2006, 10:54 p.m. CST

    FINALLY!!!!!!

    by onefalsemove

    This will be a day long remembered.........

  • May 3, 2006, 10:59 p.m. CST

    This is the real sell out.

    by Lazarus Long

    I'm a bit miffed that George didn't stick to his guns. Although I had issues with the Special Edition, it seems so juvenile to let a few moments spoil a 7-hour trilogy. The updated effects (especially on ESB) more than made up for a couple misfires. The addition of McDiarmid on the DVDs was worth losing Sebastian Shaw (really, who gives a shit?). Lucas giving in to a bunch of bratty fanboy whiners is the true pathetic move here, and I don't know whether it's greed or just a soft spot, but the bottom line is that if all Lucas cared about was money, he would have released Star Wars on DVD when the medium first started. This is only the second release, people. DVDs have been around for over 10 years. He could have cashed in several times over by now. I won't be buying this Dolby 2.0 crap, as I don't need to see these films in anything less than optimum quality.

  • May 3, 2006, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Can't wait till August, when I download it!

    by rivercb

  • May 3, 2006, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Lazarus has sand in his vagina

    by Frankenblogger

    Hell has frozen over. Thank you, George Lucas.

  • May 3, 2006, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Yes yes FUCKING YES!

    by Zeke25:17

    Four days after my birthday, I will own Star Wars goodness that I first saw, and loved, when I was 11 years old. My bro-in-law bought the dvd trilogy when it first came out and it was a fucking abomination, mainly because of the stupid Han/Greedo stuff. The originals are what we grew up liking, and FINALLY, that's what we get. Bravo!

  • May 3, 2006, 11:09 p.m. CST

    So this will be the Fifth (5th!!!) time I buy this set!

    by Toby Wan

    Let me count the ways. Original VHS set. Special Edition VHS set. The bootleg Original series DVD's ripped off the Laserdiscs. The DVD set I got last year. And now this set....Congratulations Mr. Lucas, I am officially your BITCH. And with this set, I have now spent more money on Star Wars media than I have on Poon Tang.(and that is saying a fucking lot)

  • May 3, 2006, 11:13 p.m. CST

    And one more thing....

    by Toby Wan

    If you guys think that this will be on HD or Blu Ray you are friggin high. How else would my pimp get me to buy my sixth set in about two years or so.... Dammit!!!

  • May 3, 2006, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Tired All The Time

    by BigSugar

    To be frank, I think this is more trying to cut out piracy (ie. the DVD versions out there of the laserdisc). I've got no problem with Lucas wanting to correct the things he feels were wrong with the original trilogy, but isn't there something to sentiment that once a product is released to the public, it then ceases to be the property of the director, et al? I have a vivid memory of SW from my youth and the fact is that the "enhancements" that Lucas made didn't do anything to change the story (although adding the Jaba sequence back was just a bad idea and that's a fact). Shouldn't we have the choice of either in light of the fact that there is no signifigant difference in the films in the many versions? I didn't purchase the first DVD release specifically for this reason, and fanboy that I am, I have never whined about it.

  • May 3, 2006, 11:17 p.m. CST

    SE Jabba's Palace and Ewok songs are inexcusable

    by George Newman

    ESB definitely benefited the most from the SE treatment. When i was 6-10 years old I actually liked the movie the least. VHS quality yellow-orangish Cloud City was hideous. So i definitely appreciate what they did there. But the changes elsewhere, especially in ROTJ are very distracting and detremental to the original versions.

  • May 3, 2006, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Great news but...

    by Darth Thoth

    Well, I almost can't believe it. The pain has been for so long that I'm sort of numb and desensitized. Still, this is GREAT news! I will be there. My only thing though- the video better be restored at great quality. And also, is 5.1 surround too much to ask for these days? Come on Lucasfilm. Don't y'all have a rep to uphold regarding offering the highest quality available. Oh well. This set will be pre-ordered and will eventually look good on my shelf... next to my 50 other incarnations of the trilogy. Holla!

  • May 3, 2006, 11:26 p.m. CST

    HD-DVD

    by Darth Thoth

    Also, I have this sense we are only getting these not because of fan-demand but because LucasFilm is trying to get the last bit of cash out of us for Star Wars DVD stuff before HD-DVD really hits. Then, they'll be able to charge us again for the special editions, theatricals, prequels, original trilogy, clone wars cartoon, etc.

  • May 3, 2006, 11:30 p.m. CST

    You poor beggars, you poor Pavlovian mutts...

    by Laserbrain

    You've *got* buy them again, do you? Nobody forced you to buy them the first time. If you've got the Special Editions on DVD then you are most likely satisfied with them. You voted with your purchase and you got what you wanted and deserved. If customer demand is prompting this new release then we old stonewallers are getting, finally, what *we* deserve. I never spent a red-cent on those SE DVDS, wouldn't have owned them or watched them for free and in a short while I'll *have* those Original Editions *and* my self-respect. In fact, I may just hold out a titch longer for those HD versions which will undoubtedly arrive with great fanfare a year or two from now. Yeah, maybe I will. I can do it. You can do it too if you try. Just Say No. Or Yes. Just make a choice and stand by it and don't whine when you get what you asked for. HA HA HA HA! I get MY Star Wars back! Oh, glorious day.... Oh, jeez, I'm getting light headed...

  • May 3, 2006, 11:33 p.m. CST

    2.0 Sound and Unrestored!

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    HAHAHA! Well you whiny bitches wanted them original and untainted...you got it! I love that Lucasfilm is giving you guys a big F.U. by not resotring them, and I think he's right to do so. I mean you wanted them as they were, right? Oh no, you guys want them altered, but only in ways you approve of! ...Whiners...

  • May 3, 2006, 11:35 p.m. CST

    more money for Lucas

    by Rupee88

    Or maybe I'm wrong and his heart is in the right place...ahhahahaahah

  • May 3, 2006, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Shoulda given us this choice back in 2004...

    by iron pills

    This was one of the things that made me fall in love with the dvd format. The options. You wanted to watch the movie full screen, you got it (even though I never did, neither will I, ever choose to see the film panned and scanned)want to see it in widescreen, you have that choice also. Want to watch the original theatrical cut, it's there. Wanna watch the extended director's cut, you have a branching feature that includes the cut scenes, a la Terminator 2. Not really sure if this feature was taken advantage of more often, I'm not sure. Would love to know if there are other discs with this option. Regardless, it kinda pisses me off how they choose to split a movie in two, with a theatrical cut, and the xtreme, unrated director's cut. You want exclusive, behind the scenes? Sorry, you have to get the super deluxe edition. A shame when all of this stuff used to be crammed into one, 2 disc set at a decent price. I'm all for nostalgia, but with the clarity of dvd, the original movies are just gonna look "reaalllyy" dated. I know, what really matters is the story. It's just that people who may not have seen the OT in a while, may be in for a rude awakening, now that they can watch these back to back with the 2004 editions. Personally, my buying of Star Wars movies on this generation format are done. Now, on hd-dvd or blu-ray, whoever comes out on top, I may think about it...

  • May 3, 2006, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Re: ShiftyEyedDog

    by Little Beavis

    Right on my brother... if these whiney little purists want the movie how it was originally presented, well they're fucking gonna get the picture without the digital clean-ups plus the donkey-ass 2.0 stereo. You cannot have a custom trilogy you geeks-- it's either going to be in it's true original form or the special edition-- now deal with it; hope you don't gag too hard while you're choking down Lucas' cock.

  • May 3, 2006, 11:54 p.m. CST

    With this, can you make your own version that you like?

    by Kraken

    I mean, how hard would it be to take both the dvds, lay the 5.1 soundtrack from the special ed over the original footage. Or even better just put both movies into an editing program and then restore the SE with the original scenes that you like and leave the restored scenes in where they didn't change anything in the SE drastically. It's CUSTOM Star Wars!! And as long as you don't release it, then I don't see why it would be illegal to do so if you buy the set because it comes with both versions. Either way man, it's the ORIGINAL cut on DVD!! I can live with Dolby 2.0! I can finally buy Star Wars on DVD (yes, I held out, I haven't bought the SE on DVD)

  • May 3, 2006, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Yo Lucas, cut Hayden out of the 2004 ROTJ!

    by Horseflesh

    That shot looked like shit.

  • May 4, 2006, midnight CST

    episode IV

    by acebandage

    Are you sure there was a time that the scroll did NOT read "episode IV A New Hope" at the beginning? I mean, I was young when I saw it those seven times in the theater, but I was pretty sure it was always episode IV...in fact, Trivial Pursuit had a question asking what movie was entitled episode IV in a fictional series of movies.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:01 a.m. CST

    THIS is why I never bought the DVD's!!!

    by IamNumber1

    I KNEW GEORGIE PORGIE WOULD DO THIS EVENTUALLY! To anyone who held out this long and called his bluff, I salute you. I was seriously willing to never watch star wars again because of what he did to the original trilogy. I do believe that an artists (ha!) work is his even after it is released to the people, but that's why I would not buy the DVD's. I still am going to hold out until I hear a few reviews of the DVD's, just in case they are not 100% untouched. I would suck if George released the original trilogy just to see Han still shooting second. The final raping of the childhood.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:05 a.m. CST

    do any Empire detractors remember?

    by ufoclub

    remember the slicing critique of "Empire Strikes Back" in Fantastic Films back in the day? It was so point on brilliant.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:06 a.m. CST

    episode 4 scroll....

    by Bouncy X

    from what i've read, the original 77 release didnt have "episode 4"...that was added to it when the movie was re-released shortly before empire came out..

  • May 4, 2006, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Yay! Looking forward to seeing the REAL movies again!

    by Flim Springfield

  • May 4, 2006, 12:07 a.m. CST

    STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL better be on it!

    by Uncapie

    I want to see the Bea Arthur nude scenes that were cut!

  • May 4, 2006, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Remember the assy 5.1 mix on the Jaws DVD?

    by Osmosis Jones

    And how many people (myself included) bemoaned the lack of the original MONO sound mix? If the Star Wars movies were originally released in 2.0, then I'm perfectly happy, especially on a set that's genuinely giving us the ORIGINAL films. Thank you, George.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Some extras would be cool, but nothing post-1983!

    by Flim Springfield

    How about those never-used scenes on Tatooine from the beginning of "Star Wars"? Has there even been a clear copy of those released??

  • May 4, 2006, 12:13 a.m. CST

    To clarify...

    by CatVutt

    I really doubt anybody's bitching about these finally getting released. What's annoying is that, if you want them, as of now anyway, it looks like you've gotta pay for yet another copy of the SE DVDs just to get them. I hate that shit. And no, Lucas ain't the only one guilty of that kind of crap, but it is truly annoying. I'll wait to see what the full deal is before I decide. There's always Netflix, rip and burn.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:13 a.m. CST

    I just came

    by eveelcapitalist

    I'm beating off across my computer monitor as we speak. I am coming hot streams of milky white semen right across my screen. I am imagining Harry squeezing my nipples with George Lucas' finger up my ass right now as with each stroke I fire load after load of steaming hot and salty sperm across my computer. OH GOD, USE THE FORCE, LUUUUUUUUKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 4, 2006, 12:16 a.m. CST

    HD or Blu-Ray Porn

    by godoffireinhell

    c4andmore are you really that interested in seeing genital warts and all the other disgusting details that DVD resolution is mercifully making hard to spot?

  • May 4, 2006, 12:20 a.m. CST

    I thought the Special Edition was his definitive vision

    by Angry Mean Panda

    Oh George, you greedy, greedy man. And before anyone says something about complaining, I never gave a shit about the originals not being on DVD.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:25 a.m. CST

    fuck that, i ain't buying it

    by KyleKrane

    you got all my money you gonna get you rapist

  • May 4, 2006, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Why should Peter Jackson have all the fan-screwing fun?

    by Flim Springfield

    At least Lucas is releasing something the fans really want, not four-hour snoozefests.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Christmas Special?

    by PencilNeckedGeek

    Sounds like Lucas is finally coming 'round, after all these years! Hey, maybe ESB will feature The Christmas Special as a bonus! Or maybe just the Boba Fett cartoon from it.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Hey, I remember ...

    by Flickerhead

    ... when I was a kid, my dad telling me all about this cool new "surround" sound installed at the theatre. I sat in stunned amazement as the sound effects zapped back and forth through the auditorium. 2.0 is just fine by this old fella, so long as we finally get the pre-bastardized versions of the Holy Trilogy.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Whoa!whoa!whoa!!! Han shot first???!??

    by RaylanGivens

    ...I'm surprised no one's ever mentioned that before! Ah, in all seriousness, this is great news.... for those of us that haven't bought the 18 other versions.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:39 a.m. CST

    At first, I was pretty excited...

    by Deadwood Dan

    ...and then, I wasn't...and I know I'll buy all 3 on September 12th. The date was burnt into my brain within mere moments of reading the press release. Shit. I'm a sucker. This'll be good.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:50 a.m. CST

    George Lucas just unraped my childhood partially

    by Det. John Kimble

    Something still must be done about Episodes I,II & III

  • May 4, 2006, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Han Solo: War Criminal

    by Regis Travolta

    Han never had any right for pre-emptive violence against Greedo. You liberals accused Bush of being a war criminal for pre-emptively attacking Iraq. Same for Solo. He must be tried before the intergalactic war crimes tribunal. Han is a murderer. There's no doubt about this from a legal standpoint. I demand he be arrested and put on trial!

  • May 4, 2006, 12:54 a.m. CST

    The article says 2-Disk with the Special Edition...

    by lutz

    I was kind of hoping for just a box set with the three original movies. :[

  • May 4, 2006, 12:56 a.m. CST

    The bottom just fell out of the LaserDisc SW resales

    by Det. John Kimble

    Now if we can just get a Criterion re-release of Blade Runner in Hi-Def... with all the extras.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:59 a.m. CST

    This is fantastic news.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I always knew that there would be another incarnation of Star Wars on DVD (presumably all 6 released as a box set), so I don't mind this much. I got the first ones as a Christmas present and I will buy these myself. Oh and to the one asking about it saying episode 4, it actually only started saying that in 1978, during the re-release. I am not sure when it said "A new hope" but I do know that much. Just to give ya'll some perspective, I was 2 months past my third birthday when Star Wars came out in 1977, and I went absolutely BANANAS over it. It has affected everything I have done in my life. If I ever have kids, I am going to show them that movie around the same age because I think its the perfect time- you are too young to really understand it, but you are old enough to be completely blown away. As such, I dont have the cynicism that some of the people who were older had.. (you know the 11 year olds who saw that movie in 77).

  • May 4, 2006, 1 a.m. CST

    Money makes the world go round...

    by ScarranHalfBreed

    ...the world go round, the world go round. When does a movie maker become a greeeeeeeedy businessman? And Peter Jackson would have ruined his films had he released just the extended versions and not the theatrical ones, Springfield, you trolling twat box.

  • May 4, 2006, 1 a.m. CST

    I'll still hold onto my laserdiscs.

    by Cash Bailey

    Might sell them for a bundle at some point.

  • May 4, 2006, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Holy shit that's truly cool news.

    by IAmJack'sUserID

  • May 4, 2006, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Both are hardworking, and will serve you well.

    by damagedinc

    trilogy (unaltered)-vhs, thx'd widescreen trilogy-vhs (unaltered), special edition-vhs, special edition-dvd, now trilogy (unaltered)-dvd. For some reason, my first ever copy of Return of the Jedi's audio was screwed up so that the everything played loud except the voices. So I'm pretty much doing all this so I can hear "It's alright, trust me" instead of "It's alright, I can see a little better now". Some might deem this purchase "wasteful".

  • May 4, 2006, 1:07 a.m. CST

    To all you nasty SE lovers, who gloated about it ....

    by Snuffles

    ... GO TO HELL! The "SE" lovers, on the Star Wars Usenet boards, were always so nasty, always saying "Suck it up! The originals will never be seen again! Lucas has spoken!" As one of those die hard "won't buy the SE's" people, I'm glad that our endless pissing and moaning was finally heard.

  • May 4, 2006, 1:07 a.m. CST

    STAR WARS is like WIZARD of OZ

    by half vader

    The original version is a part of modern culture (not just pop-culture) and an historical document in the true sense of the word. Even though he seems to be doing it begrudgingly ("the pioneering, if dated" - how many of his own FX geniuses did he piss off with THAT one) and the cynical side of me says that the 2004 versions are bundled with the originals so George can say, "Look. I was RIGHT. The new ones are MUCH better.", at the end of the day we've GOT them. Even if it's for a few months until George takes his ball again and goes home, all pouty-like.________________So stop whinging. Han has a character arc again. The redundant scenes are gone. We can see it in all its glory, warts and all. And by warts I mean Jedi.____________Another cynical side of me says this may be used by Fox as their "Killer App." for Blu-Ray to win the hi-def war, depending on whether George makes them wait for the 30th anniversay or not. Or maybe next year is for the stereoscopic 3-d versions. We'll see I guess.______________Finally - 1080i? I???? Are you guys on crack?

  • May 4, 2006, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Lego Star Wars was quite a nice game.

    by proper

    Salutations stone cold stonewallers.I'd appreciate it if these discs had the original 1970's/80's making of documentaries.Nothing after 1983 maaannn.

  • May 4, 2006, 1:21 a.m. CST

    TOP HAT

    by Darth Melkor

    Spielberg did release the original version of ET. It comes with the enhanced ET on Disc 2.

  • May 4, 2006, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Wondered how George'd pay for the staff Xmas party...

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    Take my money. Please. And give me that sweet Sandcrawler-driving-during-the-day goodness.

  • May 4, 2006, 1:29 a.m. CST

    ScarranHalfBreed: The issue isn't the two releases,

    by Flim Springfield

    so much as the timing. I have no problem with Peter Jackson releasing a regular and special edition of his movies, but release them at the same time! (As many other films are doing now.) Releasing the regular first is just a way to grab as much money from the hardcore fans who can't wait to watch the film at home. The best part was when ROTK first came out, since everyone was catching on to the pattern by then, Jackson hinted that the extended edition "might not be ready by Christmas." Haha, as if!

  • May 4, 2006, 1:30 a.m. CST

    It's 1977 in 2006!

    by Crash Crator

    *****Thanks, Mr. Lucas, I take back every bad thing I ever said about you. Besides, my illegal SW laser disc-rip is not what it once was. All Geeks, report in!

  • May 4, 2006, 1:37 a.m. CST

    bo-ring.

    by occula

    what-ev. if anyone wants the real deal, i own DVD transfers of the original laserdiscs AND a DVD of the christmas special. i'll burn you a copy if you promise never to suck lucas' dick again.

  • May 4, 2006, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Harry, BTW-Great article/subject title

    by Darth Thoth

  • May 4, 2006, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Too much money

    by SebastianHaff

    I would much rather own the original versions than the "enhanced" Special Editions (enhanced meaning insertion of crummy 1997 era cgi), but I'd also like all the extras from the Special Edition release. Will I have to purchase both sets to get everything? Cause I'm just a poor starving college boy.

  • May 4, 2006, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Through the Force, the future I see....

    by Liberty Valance

    Regardless of how many times Lucas attempts to placate his detractors, they will always find something to whine their little twats off about. If these discs lack commentaries or special features, they'll bitch. If the image and sound quality aren't up to par with the SEs, they'll bitch. If they never see the light of day on HD-DVD/Blu-Ray, they'll bitch. If they don't get re-released with the inevitable 15-disc definitive mega-set, they'll bitch. And if all else fails, they'll decry the prequels to their dying day. I suppose anonymously disparaging a public figure who's actually achieved success in life is empowering. So tomorrow at whatever demeaning, irrelevant, menial task you call a job, be sure to think up lots of witty jabs at Lucas to impress the online community. Jagoffs.

  • May 4, 2006, 2:05 a.m. CST

    About Fuckin Time.

    by alucardvsdracula

    Should have been put out before now, either as a double disc DVD or a branching version. Anyway more money for Mr Beardy.

  • May 4, 2006, 2:05 a.m. CST

    I mock the whiners, but...

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    let me clarify: I LOVE Star Wars. I mean I own original (P&S) VHS set, Widescreen VHS set, Original LD's, "Definitive Collection" DVD set, SE's LD set, DVD set...hell I even own a Spanish-dubbed VHS set and a BETA Episode IV just for the hell of it, which I found super-cheap at a clearance sale.*and no, you wont see the Christmas special, EVER. Though we all own the bootleg anyway

  • May 4, 2006, 2:06 a.m. CST

    VICTORY!!!!!

    by Rearden

    VICTORY!!!! FREEEEEDOM!!! EVERYONE!!!

  • May 4, 2006, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Correction

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    ...I meant "Definitive Collection" *LD* set

  • May 4, 2006, 2:12 a.m. CST

    YoYa..yee yah, ya yooooo ya

    by ShawnT

    WOW OH! Original material for my viewing pleasure. Thank you George!

  • May 4, 2006, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Multiple editions of SW is bad?

    by donkeypark

    This is great news. It means Lucas is trying to gather up some cash to make a new flick! He might be rich but he isn't "studio" rich so he's gotta raise it somewhere. What I want to know is what order/version do we show these films to our own kids in? Any opinions on that?

  • May 4, 2006, 2:17 a.m. CST

    ...and to all the CRYBABIES...

    by donkeypark

    ...Who go on various posts and moan about the raping of their childhood I say: Get a life now and stop holding onto your precious fucking childhood. It's over. You've clearly forgotten the sense of innocent wonder that made it magical anyway. Life as an adult really isn't that bad. Give it a shot.

  • May 4, 2006, 2:24 a.m. CST

    YES!!!!

    by one9deuce

    We all knew that eventually George would release the theatrical cuts of the Original Trilogy. He is a businessman first and foremost. And OF COURSE they will have restored picture and sound. I want to see what I saw in the theaters from 1977 to 1983, and the film prints looked great then, so they should be looking great for the DVD release. Dolby 2.0? Hell yes! The 5.1 is shitty! You can't even hear John Williams brilliant fanfare when the X-Wings are first attacking the Death Star. I'm really not liking the original theatrical cuts being released with the special editions. The special editions have already been released, so it would be nice to have an Original Star Wars Trilogy Box Set with just the original theatrical cuts. And to the best of my knowledge, "Episode IV A New Hope" wasn't added onto Star Wars until the 1981 re-release. The Empire Strikes Back actually had Episode V before Star Wars had an Episode IV. This timing should hardly be a surprise either, being as this is the last chance for Lucasfilm to squeeze money out of the DVD format.

  • May 4, 2006, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Bah!

    by glodene

    I still have my pure & unfettered laser disc versions with the THX dolby sound remix that was released back in 95 (or was it 96?)

  • May 4, 2006, 2:54 a.m. CST

    George Lucas is Making Tender Love to My Childhood

    by Laserbrain

  • May 4, 2006, 3:11 a.m. CST

    "You're lucky you don't taste very good."

    by Tall_Boy

    for the life of me, I have no idea why that line was exercised from ESB. I'm sure the transfer will look fine. Do you *REALLY* think that Lucasfilm would put out a VHS transfer? I mean, COME ON!

  • May 4, 2006, 3:14 a.m. CST

    But why re-package the 2004 versions again?

    by dr_buggerlugs

    Most of us bought the original 2004 release...now we have to get duplicates of the things if we want the originals on DVD? Sorry but that really really pisses me off. Couldn't he have just put them on the 2007 boxset that we're all expecting?

  • May 4, 2006, 3:33 a.m. CST

    its your own damn fault if you bought the 2004

    by washisdead

    slow and steady wins the race

  • May 4, 2006, 3:41 a.m. CST

    "Bring My Shuttle"

    by Bones

    Vader saying those three words were so powerful when I was a kid. Much better than "Inform my Star Destroyer to Prepare for My Arrival" then break up one of the most gloriously composed and edited chase sequences with needless alternate shots cribbed from ROTJ --all because one feeble-minded moron couldn't figure out how Vader got back to his ship. Yeah--count me as one of the happy ones about this announcement. Now I can pretend that the last ten years of fucking up my favorite childhood universe NEVER HAPPENED. Now there are only three trilogies: Star Wars, Back to the Future and Lord of the Rings...!

  • May 4, 2006, 3:45 a.m. CST

    why are people still bitching?

    by Colonel_Blimp

    this is what you asked for guys, and now it's here. either buy it or don't, but for fuck's sake, stop complaining. waaaah!!! only the SE is available on DVD! waaaah! he's releasing the original cuts just to make more money (well duh)! and when you finally see the originals: waaah!! the effects look crap, waaah!! this isn't how I remembered it at all!! waaah!! lapti nek is cheesy!! waaah!! the snowspeeders are transparent!! Face it guys, you all raped your own childhood. this is good news. also, som info on the tv-series: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=14365 "think bounty hunter", which is also good news.

  • May 4, 2006, 3:56 a.m. CST

    YES OH GOD YES!!!!!!!!!

    by The hoff

    Truth be told i wouldn't mind if they had a new hope in the crawl as i do think that is what most people remember and some of the enhanced effects shots were genuine improvements but han shooting first and none of the dodgy colouring means i'll have to get the origional. Empire strikes back is less essential but i'll probably be tempted to get return of the jedi

  • May 4, 2006, 3:59 a.m. CST

    by The hoff

    Oh and i'm hoping these things will have ALL of the dialogue as the remastered vhs had several bits of missing dialogue (most notabley close the blast doors but there were other bits and pieces missing).

  • May 4, 2006, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Too true, Bones.

    by Laserbrain

    The escape from Cloud City was edited and scored to perfection in the original. The re-edit was so inane, so arbitrary, so artless. Anyone with a sensitivity to competent film craft could see that TESB:SE was a DEBACLE. A debacle we can now happily put behind us.

  • May 4, 2006, 4:14 a.m. CST

    hoff

    by BALTIMOREJACK

    how is empire less essential? its the best one of the three.

  • May 4, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST

    IT's all about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    by warpspasm

    He'll be releasing variants of these movies forever-2d,3d,4d, black and white, -saaad.

  • May 4, 2006, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Baltimorejack

    by The hoff

    When i said empire was less essential i meant that the dvd special edition didn't have any flaws that would require me to get the origional as opposed to a new hope and return of the jedi both of which have flaws that annoy me in one way or another. The fact that i already own the special editions and the OT is coming out on individual dvds (as opposed to a box set) means i have less reason to get empire in its origional form. It is the best of the trilogy though.

  • May 4, 2006, 4:36 a.m. CST

    I agree that waiting is usually the best option...

    by dr_buggerlugs

    ...but it was Star Wars on sexy DVD...how could I not get it? I just wish he put the original versions in one simple 3 disc package but I guess it's better than nothing...

  • May 4, 2006, 5:13 a.m. CST

    The real reason behind these DVDs.

    by johnny crunch

    Fall 2006 is the last major push for studios to put out their movies on regular DVD before Blue Ray and HD DVD take over. George sees this as a way to make more money in the original DVD format before he teases us for years with the Blueray or HD DVD discs of the "originals". I also heard from a reliable person close to Lucasfilm that the source material, "that they exhaustively searched through the archives", is from the non-anamorphic 1995 laserdiscs master. They can do better than this. I also love how Lucas changes his mind (again) about never releasing the originals because it wasn't the versions he intended us to see. Note to Lucasfilm...give us the Star Wars sequels and not some crappy spinoff show starring Wilford Brimley.

  • May 4, 2006, 6:39 a.m. CST

    MOAN MOAN MOAN

    by DoubleFantasy

    Personally i don't really think it's necessary to release the original versions. i think the prequels and SE versions are fine cause I look at it from a story point of view rather than who shoots who first and what special effects are what and all that. Star Wars is just fun but what gets me is the sheer amount of pathetic moaning that is the soul of AICN. If you don't want the original's in your collection - DO NOT BUY THEM!!! Stop moaning and go about your day. Lucas is making money like every single person here would. They belong to him and he can do whatever the hell he wants to these movies. They belong to him - he financed them, thought of them and paid people to collaborate with him. If you want to make a better movie series go ahead but give the guy a break. It really is so so so sad to hear all you bitchy, pathetic, lonely losers out there trying to verbally insult someone who has made billions of dollars through his own talent. IF YOU DONT WANT THE ORIGINALS ON DVD - DO NOT BUY THEM. IT'S REALLY REALLY THAT SIMPLE. STOP MOANING, PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND SEE THE NICE THINGS IN LIFE. You all need a good shot of Buddhadharma up your asses. (PS - DID YOU KNOW THERE IS A WAR GOING ON? FOCUS YOUR ENERGY ON THAT IF YOU WANT TO BITCH AND MOAN ABOUT SOMETHING!!)

  • May 4, 2006, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Who wants to bet Oola's accidental nudity WILL be cut?

    by SalvatoreGravano

    For if there is one thing that cannot remain in a film not targeted at adults only, it is NUDITY! Oy vey! By the way, how lovely it is to see George Lucas violently attacked by the miscreant hordes for daring to release three versions of his creations, and Petey Jackson kissed and revered by the same semiorganisms when he regurgitates twenty versions of his adaptations and remakes, and puts out some exhibitionistic "diaries"...

  • May 4, 2006, 6:44 a.m. CST

    By the way, by *buying* (!) DVD-Rs with those...

    by SalvatoreGravano

    ...one automatically admits to being an analphabetic cretin - especially with forums such as OriginalTrilogy having existed for years.

  • May 4, 2006, 6:47 a.m. CST

    and the whines continue.....

    by giger167

    Only the dysfunctional kiddies at AICN could find something negative to say about the best news of the year lol. If this news doesn't put a smile on your face time to turn of the dvd player and find a new hobby. The comments about 'he's doing it for the money' had me laughing hard lol, like George Lucas (who is like a billionaire) needs your twenty dollars.

  • May 4, 2006, 7:32 a.m. CST

    May the 4th be with you...

    by Flim Springfield

    Always!

  • May 4, 2006, 7:43 a.m. CST

    The problem is...

    by Moozay?

    when the DVD set was released in 2004, Lucasfilm said several times that THIS was it - that George no longer saw the original versions as relevant and they would never be released. So it was a choice between either a slightly disfigured star wars set or nothing at all - so most people chose the former. At least when the LOTR was released, they admitted that the special edition was coming later, so people had the choice. Now I'm no Lucas hater - I have the 2004 DVDs and I'll be sticking with those but I can understand why some people might be aggrieved. Well before the 2004 DVD release fans were campaigning for the original versions so to say "Oh we just realised now that there's fan pressure" is crap. And remember guys - next year is the 30th anniversary so there is almost certainly going to be another box set - probably all 6 films with CGi yoda in Phantom Menace. Ah fuck it - we're all Lucas' bitches at the end of the day

  • May 4, 2006, 8:15 a.m. CST

    "18 LOTR versions"- TomBodet

    by Shigeru

    You're a flaming idiot. Seriously. There was the theatrical versions, and there was the extended editions. That's 2 editions per movie. TWO. And it was always well-known that the extended editions were coming out. Did you buy the theatrical versions every time and when the EE's came out you were like "Shit! Fooled again!" Well if so, you're once again a flaming idiot.

  • May 4, 2006, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Ugh....

    by BizarroJerry

    This should've been how the last DVD set was released. Can't wait for the all-new Saga Collection featuring all six movies to come out with new material on it. There's no way that two years ago they didn't plan to release the originals, too, though their PR crap has always been "These new editions are the true versions." Yes, movie people always do this, yes we should've seen it coming, etc, etc, etc... But screw that. Sorry, George, I can't buy this version, too. My ass is still sore.

  • May 4, 2006, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Cool

    by Shawn F.

    I'll be happy to buy these and put them on the shelf next to the others. My only gripe (and its a small one) is that I wish the second disc contained the "making of" specials for each corresponding film instead of the 2004 versions of the films. But that is a small gripe. I'm happy just to get a copy of the original cuts that isn't transfered from LD.

  • May 4, 2006, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Much as I've always loved the original versions...

    by Childe Roland

    ...of these films, I just can't get excited about this. No matter how hard I try. It's true, the prequels cauterized my Star Wars receptors. I just don't care anymore. And that makes me sad.

  • May 4, 2006, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Maybe Now...

    by SouthSide_2010

    This news will shut you nerdy motherfuckas up!! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! No more bitching about the "original" versions of a popular film.

  • May 4, 2006, 9:15 a.m. CST

    You are all Lucas' BITCHES!

    by Bill Maher

    "I've got no problem with Lucas wanting to correct the things he feels were wrong with the original trilogy, but isn't there something to sentiment that once a product is released to the public, it then ceases to be the property of the director, et al?" --BigSugar FUCK YOU, ASSHOLE! A property only belongs the the person who actually owns the fucking thing. By your fucktard logic, every time I payed to watch a movie, concert, ballgame or stripper, I became a partial owner. It's dickheads like you who are the cause of rampant thievery. Civilization cannot exist without private property. The idea that you own something you paid to watch is a sign that you are a fucking asshole.

  • May 4, 2006, 9:31 a.m. CST

    I don't know about the OT on DVD....

    by MaulRat

    But I sure am looking forward to the Lego Star Wars OT on XBOX.. beats having sex with my missus AGAIN!......... god... that sounded so much better in my head.

  • May 4, 2006, 9:34 a.m. CST

    But what about the 1997 editions?

    by CurryIce

    Lucas, I WANT THE GODDAMN '97 editions on DVD! K, just joking. Seriously, i knew (or better hoped) this was coming. Thank god, i haven't bought the 2004 DVD editions. Can't wait for the release!

  • May 4, 2006, 9:40 a.m. CST

    This is why patience is a virtue

    by mortsleam

    Well, that and I simnply had no desire to purchase the re-dos. But I will buy these ones. Even if it's simply a ruse to get evryone's money for alimited time before the super-duper ultra-special re-re-visited versions come out on Blu-Ray and HDDVD with Hayden Christianson' skinny boy arms playing Darth Vader instead of David Prowse.

  • May 4, 2006, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I knew he was going to do it...

    by ChrisPC24

    These are probably the remastered versions that were released on VHS and LD just before the SE was shown in theaters.

  • May 4, 2006, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Of course this news comes today...

    by OBSD

    as I'm waiting breathlessly for my laserdisc boots that I ordered from Ebay to arrive.

  • May 4, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    'George Lucas is Making Tender Love to My Childhood"

    by Atticus Finch

    Funny as hell!

  • May 4, 2006, 10 a.m. CST

    I thought George would have to die, to get these...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Still, 90 bucks, plus 3 unwatchable films, for bliss? Ouch.

  • May 4, 2006, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Dolby 2.0 Surround???

    by CurryIce

    What i forgot to ask in my last post. Why are they releasing the movies in Dolby 2.0 Surround sound? I mean COME ON!

  • May 4, 2006, 10:16 a.m. CST

    OT vs. SE

    by AnAgentOfEvil

    I myself was never really adament about these getting released. I wanted them, but am perfectly content with the SEs. I've always thought the SEs were far superior (in almost every way). Who the fuck wants to see the old Emperor scene anymore? Still, as a huge SW fan, and one who appreciates film history, I will definitely be getting these. There are some things I really wish he hadn't changed -- Boba's voice, Han shooting, Hayden in ROTJ, etc.

  • May 4, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Absolutely. Yeah! Another double-dip cash-in

    by elab49

    Let's go run and sanctify him, eh? Jeez - get some perspective. They are releasing the undicked about with films. Good. They are doing it for the money. Remember?

  • May 4, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST

    23

    by AnAgentOfEvil

    I forgot to mention that part of the reason I don't feel "Lucas raped my childhood" is that I am 23, and only partly grew up with the original SW films. To be honest, my interest peaked when I was 15 and the SEs were released in '97. Those versions were the first ones I "loved." Still, I can see why the older fans who got to see ANH and TESB in theaters are more attached to those. Rightly so.

  • May 4, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    George hopes the sheep will follow

    by JohnnyS2

    Thank God I've never bought the DVD's.

  • May 4, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Unless He Releases Them on HD-DVD...

    by Sean38

    ...I ain't buying.

  • May 4, 2006, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Cool News Indeed!!!

    by Sly Fox

    Well although I already have them on VHS I think it'll be worth owning them on DVD as well!

  • May 4, 2006, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Ha! Ha! I didn't buy the 'improved' version...

    by brycemonkey

    cos I knew the money grabbing bastards would do this. Although as Sean38 mentions he can have another go on HD... Money grabbing bastards! "Nice DVD collection, wow, a complete set! 398 Star Wars Dvds... which one you want to watch?" Erm, the one where Luke and Leia... have... sex? ;-)

  • May 4, 2006, 10:57 a.m. CST

    1080P Please??

    by Straycat

    Are you serious?? You know Lucas will pretend 1080p doesn't exist and will in turn re-re-re-re-release these in about a year or so in said format.

  • May 4, 2006, 11:02 a.m. CST

    NEW RULE: No more whining, you little twats!

    by Bill Maher

    "What i forgot to ask in my last post. Why are they releasing the movies in Dolby 2.0 Surround sound? I mean COME ON!"--CurryIce" Translation: "Luca$ raped my childhood! Even though it's as close as I'll ever come to getting laid, I hate him! I've been bitching for a decade about how much I want the old, unaltered versions! Now he releases them in 2.0 Dolby... WAAAAAAAAAAH!" FUCK YOU, ASSHOLE! You're getting exactly what you asked for. Don't be a little cunt about it, fuckface!

  • May 4, 2006, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Han shoots first again

    by braine

  • May 4, 2006, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Just been reading other posts...

    by Sly Fox

    People have been moaning for years that they can't have the orginal versions and now some of you are moaning that the pictures won't be restored and that you won't get your precious 5.1.... they are releasing the films in their orginal state, just like you wanted, be grateful they even listened! (there will probably be some restoration but I think i made my point)

  • May 4, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    George Lucas..."I need another billion this year"

    by Doom II

    "Hey, I guess I will release the Trilogy unaltered! Now I can finally retire"....I've had the laserdisc-to-dvd copies of the original Trilogy for 4 years now. They look and sound great.

  • May 4, 2006, 11:30 a.m. CST

    SE question

    by mjbok1

    There is one thing that has bothered me about the DVD release. Has anyone noticed that Vader's light saber is more pink than red. It is especially noticable in ROTJ. At first I thought it was my TV, but it looks that way on all of my TV's. Anyone else notice this?

  • May 4, 2006, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I've never bought the SW movies...

    by mbeemer

    ...because I knew they'd be repacked periodically for the rest of my life. I might pick up this set, though.

  • May 4, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    My only words on the subject....

    by RobinP

    ....and there are three of them. COUNT ME IN !!!!!

  • May 4, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    The only 'fix' that "Star Wars" needs...

    by mbeemer

    ...is to the gunshot flub inside the Death Star.

  • May 4, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Oh my

    by Dataset

    Those poor X-O Project guys. Man...I kinda feel sorry for them. They put in a lot of work remastering the laserdiscs. Let's hope the X-O guys can switch focus and deliver what we've always wanted... a good quality restored Original Production Cut of Star Wars. With all the cut scenes in place. Restore Han's Hootchie!

  • May 4, 2006, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Best Lucas movie is American Graffiti...Sorry.

    by Doom II

    Second best is Star Wars, then THX-1138. 70's Lucas was a visionary director. As he became obsessed with technology, he lost his creative drive to actually make well-acted emotional films.......

  • May 4, 2006, 11:59 a.m. CST

    AnAgentOfEvil

    by clockpolitiks

    I'm in the same boat as you man. I wasnt even born yet when they came out in the theaters, but I did see them in 97 when they came out again. That was awesome. I honestly dont care which version I have. I actually prefer the special editions because they complete the story for me. I honestly didnt flip my lid when Hayden was inserted in ROTJ. I was fine with it. I can see why others are upset about it, but personally, I didnt even notice a difference with the han solo shooting first thing.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by chrth

    I haven't watched the ones I have now, and I'm not buying another set. Even as a kid I thought Luke fighting a movie-screen in the Rancor Pit looked lame. I prefer the fixes.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:08 p.m. CST

    So, um, X-men clip? Sentinel?

    by chrth

    Can we have a talkback about a movie coming out, not one that came out almost 30 years ago?

  • May 4, 2006, 12:13 p.m. CST

    happy birthday to me!

    by skydog

    The fact that they announce this on my 33rd birthday makes me realize I'm too old to care. Sorry George but the window has passed on this Jedi.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I actually wouldn't mind some fixes...

    by Batutta

    The original versions with the effects re-compositied to get rid of matte lines and those see-though snow speeders in ESB would be ideal.

  • May 4, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Can I also say, on this day of days...

    by RobinP

    "May the Fourth Be With You". Bwaaaaaahahahahahahaha

  • May 4, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    "Who cares about this, WHERE IS THE SW DVD STORY??!!!""

    by George Newman

    "Gosh, you guys are so behind the news. GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!!!!"

  • May 4, 2006, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Hilarious talkback.

    by DocPazuzu

    Good points and nice, imaginative vitriol from both sides. I was hoping to see CocoLopez weigh in. Although he's nuttier than fuck, his anti-Lucas rants are among the most colorful on record. I'm not going to pretend that I'm not going to buy these DVDs, even though my LD rips are pretty damn good, but I -- like Roland -- have to confess a less-than-overjoyed reaction to the news. My SW receptors haven't been fried, but I think a SW fuse or two has blown during the past couple of years and I just can't get excited about new audiovisual product in this vein. Ho hum....

  • May 4, 2006, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Glad I passed on the DVD versions released last fall.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Now everyone can be happy and own the version of the films they prefer. No downside here at all. Better late than never. Thanks, George!

  • May 4, 2006, 12:38 p.m. CST

    THE SPECIAL EDITIONS ARE *STILL* BETTER

    by la_sith

    Seriously, fucking GET OVER IT. With a few exceptions (Han shooting first, the horrible "Jedi Rocks"), the SE is fine and makes the entire saga feel a whole lot more fluid with the visual and sound improvements. Will I buy this? Sure. I am a sucker like the rest of you. But 90% of the changes made to the originals work and make complete and total sense in the grand story. I'm actually a little bit bummed that LFL is copping to the cry-babies (Harry, you're no exception). But in the end, Lucas has the last laugh. You whiney bitches all still have to buy the 2004 SE when you buy your precious originals. "It is unavoidable. It is your DESTINY." Ah haaaaa

  • May 4, 2006, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Aren't You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper?

    by Crash Crator

    http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2006-05-04-george-lucas_x.htm?csp=27

  • May 4, 2006, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Cheer up you cynical bastards...

    by Blue_Demon

    There's going to be one Saturday afternoon, when everybody's out of the house and I'll have nothing to do, so I'll pop the original FIRST film known only as STAR WARS, get a coke, some chips and enjoy the hell out of it!!!! I'll be a kid again watching it at the Rialto Theater in Harlingen, Texas!!! HA!! ( I actually feel sorry for some of you monkeys...) Thanks George!

  • May 4, 2006, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Dolby 2.0 is the original mix, I believe.

    by Tall_Boy

    MAybe. I dunno. Hell, I think some older movies come out with mono mixes. And it'll still have a nice transfer, its a freakin Lucasfilm product after all.

  • May 4, 2006, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Well there goes another $45

    by Sci_Fi_Wasabe

    or whatever they end up costing. Yea I bought the remastered original trilogy DVD set, i have the 1997 remastered VHS (with the first crappy Jabba CGI), and I'm pretty sure I have episode 1 on VHS pre-remaster (the one with Leonard Maltin interviewing his plaidness). And it will be completely impossible for me to resist buying this set. As has been said here already, "Damn you Lucas" and "Well Played", indeed. I really didn't think Lucas in his revisionist perfectionism would ever allow these to be released. He keeps messing with them the way a plastic surgery addict keeps getting stuff done that isn't necessary. But I'm not complaining about these being released and am really glad to have the chance to get these. Although, would it have been so hard to just clean up/replace/improve the special effects where needed without changing the original tone/intent of the movies with people shooting first, young jedi ghosts, and dozens of robots and dewbacks in the backgound of every scene. (By the way, if Georgie does that, count me in for another $45).

  • May 4, 2006, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Thank God for that...

    by Edward_nygma

    ... now maybe you whining bitches can SHUT THE FUCK UP!

  • May 4, 2006, 1:21 p.m. CST

    All I want is the original Return of the Jedi

    by George Newman

    The SE Jabba's Palace musical number and SE ewok song ruin that movie. I was watching the intro's to the SE VHS set the other day, and Lucas said, "Back when we were making the film, we couldn't really do what we wanted. But with technology we have now, we could finally go back and do that MUSICAL NUMBER we always wanted." Good God. What awful vision that man has at times.

  • May 4, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    It's BOTH

    by Abhimanyu

    So the people who win are the ones who did not buy the SE versions on DVD really. Now they get both versions for 30 bucks. You want cleaned up effects, 5.1 sound, watch disc 2. Want Han to shoot first? Watch Disc 1. This is actually all right for people who will be buying these movies on DVD for the first time.

  • May 4, 2006, 1:28 p.m. CST

    "Chika monkey ho!!"

    by George Newman

    Chika monkey ho!

  • May 4, 2006, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Herc, aren't being a bit too naive?

    by Edward Brock

    According to my calculations we're still around 4-5 editions away from the 1080p version of the unaltered movies. Wait and cry. Oh and anyway thinking that this is Lucas giving in to the fandom? You're even more naive than Hercules (The Strong).

  • May 4, 2006, 1:44 p.m. CST

    "Kremkoooooooooo YAKOSKA!"

    by butnugget

  • May 4, 2006, 1:44 p.m. CST

    great news, but how about TWICE UPON A TIME next?

    by beamish13

  • May 4, 2006, 1:47 p.m. CST

    so glad I never wasted my money on the trilogy before

    by beamish13

  • May 4, 2006, 1:51 p.m. CST

    la_smith

    by AnAgentOfEvil

    I totally agree. For the most part, the changes were a big improvement. Yeah Jedi Rocks doesn't rock at all, and Has shooting second is stupid as hell, but I'd rather watch the SE almost any day (except the day I watch the originals--I'm getting them too). Is it so hard to have both and enjoy both?

  • May 4, 2006, 1:52 p.m. CST

    clockpolitiks

    by AnAgentOfEvil

    Thanks for the reply. Oh, and I meant Han* shoots first, of course.

  • May 4, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Anyone here actually still believe in Lucas?

    by AnAgentOfEvil

    Just curious. Does anyone here actually believe Lucas is not doing this for the money, but that he really cares about the fans? He's resisted for years, and while I don't think he should have, it's because he really doesn't believe they are the real versions of the OT. And the guy's a fucking millionaire. He doesn't need 30 dollars from so pathetic whining low-life. He does something great and half the people are complaining. Should've been a great day for SW fans, but it's pretty sad. Fuck this place.

  • Why yes, chrth, there is. It's available on YouTube, and it shows Colossus flinging Wolverine at a Sentinel! Wow, why wouldn't they talk about that here, isn't it cool news? Well, of course it is, but since when has this site ever been on top of a news story that wasn't a fake picture/script? Too true, too true. I guess the fact that it's probably the Danger Room reduces its relevant, but it's still a nifty scene. Shame we can't discuss it here. Indeed.

  • May 4, 2006, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Next Up for 2007..."The Passion Of The Jar-Jar"

    by uss cygnus

    George Luca$, 1997: "Go Ahead, blow it back to God." George Luca$, 2007: "Uh, are you there, God? It's me, George..." And Luca$ FOREVER raped my childhood via: Boba Fett getting eaten by a muppet. Ewoks. Hayden Christiansen Replacing Sebastian Shaw at the end of SE Jedi. "Jedi Rocks" Midichlorians Jake "Yippee!" Lloyd Ewoks. Darth Maul getting killed Qui-Gon does not return to Obi Wan Via visions. Podracing Stepinfectchit Jar Jar Binks "Obi-Wan is Holding Me Back!!" "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!" And Ewoks.

  • May 4, 2006, 2:27 p.m. CST

    ChrTh you are an inobservant idiot

    by George Newman

    It WAS cool news SEVEN Days Ago!http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=23166 . Loser.

  • May 4, 2006, 2:28 p.m. CST

    "Geez, guys! Where's the news about the SW DVDs???"

    by George Newman

    This site can't handle it anymore apparently, right ChrTh?

  • May 4, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    7 days ago? Damn

    by chrth

    Oh well, guess I better go back to sleeping in a big bed with my wife.

  • May 4, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST

    chrth

    by DocPazuzu

    Nice one.

  • May 4, 2006, 2:36 p.m. CST

    "You can either profit from this, or be destroyed.

    by KrazeeEyesKilla

    The choice is yours but I warn you not to underestimate my power." This is so goddamn standard of Lucasfilm. I wouldn't be suprised if they don't even consider this a major profit move and produce these OT discs on the cheap. Until the inevitable Blu/Ray editions are on the street, I'll remain satisfied with watching and listening to my THX remastered VHS copy of the OT upscaled through my Marantz receiver in Dolby Pro Logic IIx out of Klipsch Reference Series speakers. No thanks George, you don't have to whip your dick out on my account this time.

  • May 4, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Well poop on a stick

    by George Newman

    You're mom'll get back into bed with your wife.

  • May 4, 2006, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Extras? Original trailers? TV Spots? Toschi Station?

    by acroyear77

  • May 4, 2006, 2:44 p.m. CST

    just a quick point.....

    by giger167

    If he was doing it for the money wouldn't he just sell the rights to Fox and they'd make a film every few years and leach the film to death like they're doing with Aliens/predator and he'd make trillions as opposed the billions he's already made. Isn't it common sense to assume that in carefully releasing the films and resisting for many years making the sequels that he actually cares about the films he makes. If someone could explain how releasing the original films for a limited time by fan request (and versions he wasn't keen to release at all) he is selling out ? I may be laboring the point but to me if he was the money grabbing fucker most of you paint him to be we'd have seen a lot more Star Wars movies released. Oh and Sith rocked lol.

  • May 4, 2006, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Who Cares! LOTR owns Star Wars' Ass!!!

    by BilboRing

  • May 4, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    George Newman: you're uncool for two reasons

    by chrth

    1) You're comeback was lame-o; 2) You didn't get an obvious Simpsons quote.

  • May 4, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    You're=Your, obviously

    by chrth

    I've been doing that a lot lately...got to work on that.

  • ...not the first

  • May 4, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    No, I meant to say "You are mom'll..."

    by George Newman

  • May 4, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I find your lack of effort...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...disturbing. Apart from BilboRing's earnest attempt, and a few LOTR EE potshots above, this discussion is seriously lacking in frenzied attacks from the Tolkienites, Browncoats and the X-Men/Superman nerds. You call this a talkback? Slackers!

  • May 4, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    George, I was self-correcting ... but

    by chrth

    I'm glad you're learning from my mistakes ... Doc Pazuzu has a point, hmmm ....

  • May 4, 2006, 3:17 p.m. CST

    BilboRing your out of your fucking mind

    by busby

  • May 4, 2006, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Okay now I can edit my own verion of star wars

    by Funk4America

    it'll be the best supermix ever. I think If I just trimmed out a couple bits and peices I could make it work for me. I like the expanded approach to tatooine, but the jabba scene is kind of lame in new hope no matter how much they fixed it up it slows doen the urgency to me. there are lots of things like that. anyway this is good news

  • May 4, 2006, 3:23 p.m. CST

    I knew it , suckers!

    by Screaming Brain

    Just like there will be NO MORE Star Wars movies... yeaaaa, riiiight! Wait till his kid is grown and has control. Star Wars Bounty Hunters... then 5yrs later, a special edition. mark my words. There WILL BE more MOVIES.

  • May 4, 2006, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Releasing both versions is great....

    by SebastianHaff

    ....But do we get all the extras?

  • May 4, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST

    You guys bring up a good point.

    by Orbots Commander

    How does this 'new' re-release play out considering there's a format war between HD-DVD and Blue Ray? Is it even being released at all in the new formats? Seems kind of pointless to shell out for any big pricey DVD boxset when this format competition garbage is doing nothing but confusing Joe Consumer.

  • May 4, 2006, 3:36 p.m. CST

    The X-Men Sentinel clip's talkback was days ago.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Try to keep up before you complain, people.

  • May 4, 2006, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Uh rev, we've already covered that in the thread

    by chrth

    Try to keep up ;)

  • May 4, 2006, 4:02 p.m. CST

    ufoclub...

    by REDD

    "remember the slicing critique of "Empire Strikes Back" in Fantastic Films back in the day? It was so point on brilliant." Yeah, I vaguely remember that, didn't they say something like Empire is full of pall-mall action, but it doesn't have the feeling of myth that Star Wars had?

  • May 4, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST

    D'OH!

    by rev_skarekroe

    chrth schooled me. SCHOOLED ME I say!

  • May 4, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Really George?! You shouldn't have.

    by Mr Nice Gaius

    Sure, G.L. I'd be glad to give you more of my money. I was wondering when I could finally retire my Beta copy of ROTJ taped from "ABC's Monday Night Movie" anyway.

  • May 4, 2006, 4:13 p.m. CST

    George Lucas = Capitalism

    by glodene

    In the words of that great american/urban poet DJ Quik: If it ain't makin' dollars, it don't make sense. George gots' to get paid and we're all slaves to the machine called commerce.

  • May 4, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Lucas

    by monkeybrow

    just one more pathetic attempt of that Lucas-turd keeping his name in Variety. Should concentrate more on fixing that neck of his!

  • May 4, 2006, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Extra! Extra!

    by RaulMonkey

    Lucas slides his shit-speckled schlong out of my childhood's ass!

  • May 4, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST

    DOUBLE DIPPING

    by hollywoodsummers

    To all you people who bought the 2004 boxset and now have to re-buy those discs to get the original versions... (Nelson style) Hah Haa. Do you feel that? That dick in your ass? Lucas is fucking you good, huh? And after he cums, he's gonna mount you again when he releases the complete 6 film boxset with all new effects and additional scenes. Maybe after he's fucked himself raw, then he'll make his low budget independent films he's always talking about. Yeah right.

  • May 4, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST

    The original films WERE only dolby 2.0....

    by Batutta

    ...Which means stereo, encoded with matrix surround sound. Remember, those were the days before THX.

  • May 4, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I guess I can't believe a word Lucas says.

    by Spike Fett

    I only bought those goddamned 2004 dvds because he said that was all we were gonna get. He fucking said it. Original theatrical versions on dvd was never gonna happen. He all but disowned them. Ok, you convinced me, I'll buy the 2004 discs because it's better than no Star Wars at all. Then a year and a half later here we go. Here we fucking go. 2004 discs AND the originals all packaged together. What the fuck did I buy in 2004 George? What the fuck did you sell me with your lies? I love that I'll finally have the originals on DVD, but I hate what you're fucking making me go through to get them. Here's your fucking money, I hope you choke on it.

  • May 4, 2006, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Yes, Redd

    by ufoclub

    it was written by Alexander Eisenstein or something or another... talked about how silly the force had become, how the light sabres were not treated as special religious artifacts (Han uses it to cut a Taun Taun), how Ben was APPEARING as a special effected ghost, how big cartoonish monsters appeared like the space slug, how Empire lost that thick mytho-psychological vast REAL universe underpinning that is part of Star Wars, where characters meet by accident and are not related. ---- "remember the slicing critique of "Empire Strikes Back" in Fantastic Films back in the day? It was so point on brilliant." RED - Yeah, I vaguely remember that, didn't they say something like Empire is full of pall-mall action, but it doesn't have the feeling of myth that Star Wars had?

  • May 4, 2006, 5:32 p.m. CST

    I Predicted This

    by twitaman

    I predicted this some time ago. And if you don't believe me, go here http://www.aintitcool.com/tb_display.cgi?id=16986#732147 Do a Ctrl + F and search for "twitaman" and look for my second post, entitled "2007 A NEW HOPE ODYSSEY."

  • May 4, 2006, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Oh shit, I just came...

    by eppdude

    I'm so glad I waited on getting the Star Wars set. I just never stopped believing.

  • May 4, 2006, 5:38 p.m. CST

    re poor reviews

    by DocPazuzu

    I'll bet there are a lot of people who wish they could go back and change some of the things they've written about certain films. Virtually all of the 1982 reviews of Carpenter's The Thing and Blade Runner spring to mind.

  • May 4, 2006, 5:45 p.m. CST

    IMPRESSIVE, most impressive... twitaman

    by hollywoodsummers

    Not just that you predicted this release because I'm sure many others did (though you did get the year wrong), but you DID pretty much nail the Lucasfilm press release word for word. Kudos.

  • May 4, 2006, 5:54 p.m. CST

    DocPazuzu

    by Mr Brownstone

    word.

  • May 4, 2006, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Careful, TomBodet...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...your mask slipped there, just a bit *wink wink*.

  • May 4, 2006, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Good call, twitaman...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...right down to the press release.

  • May 4, 2006, 6:22 p.m. CST

    twitaman

    by Mr Brownstone

    you were so on the money... you are money... ahem...

  • May 4, 2006, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Harry, other members of your posse...

    by omarthesnake

    You do realize this talkback would be about five times longer and you wouldn't have people bitching on other talkbacks if you'd given this one A TITLE THAT FUCKING MENTIONED STAR WARS? And DVD for that matter. christ almighty.

  • May 4, 2006, 6:25 p.m. CST

    I can't wait till we get post like this..............

    by Orionsangels

    You know, I just watched the unaltered versions. I'm glad Lucas altered them. Wow, I don't remember the special effects being that bad.

  • May 4, 2006, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Do we even get deleted scenes?

    by Orionsangels

    We know they're out there. What a fuckin hold out you are lucas. what a jip!

  • May 4, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Does this mean now.............

    by Orionsangels

    that we own unlatered versions of the SW prequels? We all know special editions of the prequels are coming soon, hehe

  • May 4, 2006, 6:43 p.m. CST

    branching version

    by stvnhthr

    It will be cool to have official releases, I transferred my laserdisc copies to dvd years ago (both original and Special Edition versions.) Now I have three different versions and I would love a single disc with branching features which would allow me to choose which version of a scene I would like to watch. For instance I want Han to shoot first, but no Jabba scene in ANH. Maybe for blu-ray, that would be the ultimate edition.

  • May 4, 2006, 7:25 p.m. CST

    "Here's your fucking money, I hope you choke on it."

    by rivercb

    I wish we could start a Thank You petition website with that in the headline.

  • May 4, 2006, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Still getting screwed.

    by DarthCorleone

    The biggest ripoff is that they are being packaged with the Special Editions. I already bought those! The originals should be packaged by themselves. I don't mind paying for the old versions, but why must I buy those revisionist versions AGAIN? We're talking double the price-point here. Greedy bastards.

  • May 4, 2006, 7:52 p.m. CST

    stvnhthr, did I read that right??

    by hollywoodsummers

    You want a branching version of the films and you would actually CHOOSE to watch Han shoot first?? Please man, step away from the crack pipe. You've got to be the only person alive (besides the Fat Bastard, Lucas himself) to choose that option. Can I get a Amen to that shit!?

  • First' ... I mean whoopdedoo he shot a bounty hunter when the b-h wasn't looking, ooh, such a real maaaan. Losers.

  • May 4, 2006, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Make your own star wars movie - from BLAMO!

    by Orionsangels

    With the all new branching version of star wars. you add the scene. new or old. it's up to you! you and your family will have hours of fun. (han shoots first) oh dad. I want greedo shoots first. (It's Jabba!) Now you see him, now you don't. Uh oh, look out. here comes boba fett. Hey where did he go? pretty sneaky sis.

  • May 4, 2006, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Chrth

    by IamNumber1

    Han shot first because he was a badass who didn't care about anyone but himself. When he doubled back for Luke at the end it's such a shock because we know, from that one scene of him shooting first, that it's not in his character to do something like that. In the new version, not only does han look like a wuss for not shooting first, but Greedo (and Jabba's entire gang for that matter) looks totally incompetent for not being able to shoot someone at point blank range. Anyways, that is all

  • May 4, 2006, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Um, the first E.T. DID have both versions, numbnuts.

    by IAmJack'sUserID

  • May 4, 2006, 9:36 p.m. CST

    I think I know what my issue is ...

    by chrth

    I've never been a big Han fan ... I was always more interested in Luke. It's probably why I like ROTJ better than ESB, too, since I'm pretty meh about the whole bounty hunter thing.

  • May 4, 2006, 11:24 p.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    by Doc_Strange

    It just seemed this talkback was in need of one of those. I can't believe after all the bitching, people are still complaining about the OG releases because they aren't Hi-Def. Get over it bitches, this is the only fan service your getting and you can take that to the bank.

  • May 5, 2006, 12:06 a.m. CST

    I laugh at all of you who "bought" Laser Disc OT rips..

    by Schmiggy JK

    We are in the modern digital age, with broadband galore, and you people are paying for illegal bootlegs that are readily available online? Sad sad. I snatched up the laser disc rips back in early 04 when they said these originals would never be released, just for the archives. And already having those, and the SE dvd's, i dont see a reason to buy these dvds, to get things I have already. Now if the originals were released in their own set, or in the "master super duper deluxe apartment in the sky version" I would get them that way. But if any one needs the LD rips, hit me up. Ill sell them cheaper then ebay, lol.

  • May 5, 2006, 12:37 a.m. CST

    DVD now, High Definition DVD later.

    by Lezbo Milk

    I just realized that there is an entire shelf dedicated to SW in my entertainment center. Now with the inevitability of a high definition format around the corner (HD or Blu-Ray, I could really give two shits which), I'm going to have to buy everything again. That kinda pisses me off, but it will help in one respect: I can consolidate the collection. I'm sure he will come out with The O/T as one set. The SE as another, and then the prequels as a third. So three box sets total. I can deal with that I guess. Anyone need any DVD drink costers?

  • May 5, 2006, 12:40 a.m. CST

    One HD set please.

    by Hot Carl

    On the contrary Milk. I think one set ought to cover it. The new HD formats could hold the O/T and the SE versions, so he could do one ultimate ball busting set, and save a shitload of space on my entertainment unit too.

  • May 5, 2006, 12:51 a.m. CST

    You knew what this jerk would pull when

    by superninja

    you bought the "special" versions. But you'll buy anything with SW on it, so why complain now? However, it's good to know that Lucas has finally freed the hostages.

  • May 5, 2006, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Twitaman Uses The Force To See The Future!

    by Crash Crator

    *****"...due to overwhelming fan interest, Lucasfilm, in a way to appease and honor fan interest...blah blah blah" So, you'll forgive me if I hold off on buying the crap that comes out

  • May 5, 2006, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Doc Strange,

    by IamNumber1

    the reason why everybody's pissed off is 1. We can and will complain about anything and everything and 2. The OT is being released in a sneaky underhanded way to make more money out of the fans. Now that there are no other ways to release star wars on DVD (except for in HD DVD in the coming years), they finally release the OT because we all want it. I guess it's too much to ask for the OT, an apology, and a chance to punch George Lucas in the face for the sodomy

  • May 5, 2006, 2:22 a.m. CST

    IamNumber1

    by Doc_Strange

    Yeah, well just think, a world without Star Wars. Be glad you're living in times like this to take greatness for granted. Me, I'm quite happy with my special editions and prequel trilogy on my 50"" plasma display.

  • May 5, 2006, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Dolby 2.0 is acceptable

    by Harry Weinstein

    But the 6-track discreet 70mm mix is better - I assume. These things better not be dumps from the 4x3 letterboxed Laserdisc masters...

  • May 5, 2006, 3:50 a.m. CST

    I want deleted scenes! rare behind the scenes stuff!

    by Orionsangels

    Extras, like deleted scenes, with Luke and his friends Cammy & Fixer. Luke's convo with Biggs. The sandstorm scene from ROTJ. Digitally restored them. That strange short film starring warwick davis as wickett. where he visits, mark hamill, harrison ford, carrie fisher in a hotel in full ROTJ costumes. Why isn't that on DVD? You know all this stuff has to be in Lucas's vaults.

  • May 5, 2006, 3:55 a.m. CST

    The mattboxes on spaceships will look very sharp now

    by Orionsangels

    We should also be able to see that rod stick holding the exploding tie fighter after wedge flies thru it saving Luke, much clearer now. That fuzzy blur under the landspeeder will sparkle on DVD. hehe, i'm just be sarcastic. I wanna own the unaltered versions. It's just funny how some hardcore fans act like none of this is in the movie. That the effects are perfect. Nostaligia can do that to ya.

  • May 5, 2006, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one who likes this deleted from SW?

    by Orionsangels

    This is added music from some fan ---http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srf68SEuyJM&search=star%20wars%20deleted%20scenes

  • May 5, 2006, 4:23 a.m. CST

    hahaha!

    by Orionsangels

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti0hT85F2qk&search=star%20wars%20deleted%20scenes

  • May 5, 2006, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Ah we all predicted this, that's why I waited.

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    I didn't buy the bastardise versions, I wanted the historical document not an updated version. These films are a product of their time and noone involved has any business being ashamed of the truly awesome work committed to celluloid and offered to the public in 1977, 1980 and 1983. I have NO problem with filmmakers updating the effects of their films if they see fit as log as the originals are made available. See, now that Jaws is ot on DVD I have no problem with Spielberg releasing an updated 30th anniversary edition version into cinemas next year with a CGI Bruce the shark. Having held out for this very release I will happily buy these to replace my bootlegs, my only gripe is that you can bet your butt that Lucas will do his darndest to make sure that in comparison to the remastered fucked versions these versions will look and sound just a tad better than video but I don't care as long as I never have to hear Temuera Morrison instead of Jason Wingreen as Boba Fett or see hayden Christiansen's smirking mug in place of Sebastion Shaw's serene face of redemption. Ahhh.

  • May 5, 2006, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Damn, I meant to say 'bastardised'

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    eh.

  • May 5, 2006, 7:29 a.m. CST

    hee hee

    by TempusFugitive

    I do so love the righteous indignation talkbacking geeks spew about Star Wars. "I'll never spend a penny on the SE DVDs!!! I DEMAND the original edition!" "Lucas is raping us for more money, just like he and Jar Jar raped my chuildhood!" Fucking hilarious! I mean, yes, this is yet another edition of the DVDs coming out, but nobody MUST shell out the $$$ to purchase it. Of COURSE Lucas is hoping to make more money off of this new release. Duh. You think he should just put it out there for free, as a loving thank you to fans? Please. And while I would have liked to have a legal copy of the original versions, you can bet I bought the special editions when they came out. They've been used to recruit a whole new generation of fans. The nieces and nephews really don't care about the differences between the versions... they just love the moviews, cause they're kids. Once they become jaded teenage fanboys and girls, they can make the decision about which one they like best. Then they can jack into the interweb v5.0 with their cortical implants, and bitch about the black splotches on the Emperors face... as the next generation of bitter whiuning bastards. Meanwhile, Lucas will continue to sleep on a mattress full of cash, in a house built from cash.

  • May 5, 2006, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Do we get the original dub on Aunt Beru's voice?

    by Zino

    I swore for years that they had changed it from the version I saw as a kid. It was only recently that I realised that I had the power of the internet at my fingertips and looked it up to confirm it. And is it a coincidence that this news was released on Star Wars day? "May the fourth be with you" and all that. I guess some wise ass on this talkback has already made that joke, I just can't be bothered to check.

  • May 5, 2006, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Attractively Priced?

    by ZombieSolutions

    what does this mean? i need to budget in my double dip. Lucas, you brilliant bastard, what you did to our collective mindhole with your STAR WARS is both awe-inspiring and frightening. we'll all gladly pay twice, three times (four times when the ULTIMATE ARCHIVAL EDITION comes out complete with extended ROTS space battle and heavily edited TPM and AOTC) for your STAR WARS. we love you, you big fat flanneled money-grubbing bastard. we. love. you. yay! STAR WARS!

  • May 5, 2006, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Why no 5.1

    by Norm3

    It sux that there will be no 5.1!

  • May 5, 2006, 7:59 a.m. CST

    No Sadder Bunch Than AICN Whiners

    by SamuelLappDance

    You guys are a friggin' joke. And puh-leze. You act like you bought every single friggin' copy of "Star Wars" yourself. Chances are, your parents went sprinting to Best Buy or the video store the day each release came out, then got home and tossed them under the basement door with a: "Here! Watch these for the next six days straight, loser! Pick over every detail with your perverted friends! Just have them come in the backdoor so as not to disturb your mother and me. Order a pizza! Do whatever the F you want. Just leave us alone, you goateed, Nirvana-shirt-wearing disappointment! And while you're at it, here are the f*&%ing apartment listings from today's papers! Mom and I want our lives back! You hear me! We want our friggin' lives back!!!!"

  • May 5, 2006, 8:12 a.m. CST

    SamuelLappDance

    by TempusFugitive

    Ok, I'm going to need your name and address. Mark D Salamone will be in touch regarding my upcoming lawsuit. Expect to be hit with pain-and-suffering damages for the agony caused by hot coffee being shot from my nose while reading your post. I may never smell again! Wait... I may never smell things again. I probably still will stink to high heaven.

  • May 5, 2006, 8:16 a.m. CST

    ZombieSolutions

    by TempusFugitive

    Attractively priced means that the store displays at Best Buy will be wearing a low cut red dress, and give you a come-hither stare. "Buy this Star Wars DVD set, and show me how a REAL man spends his disposable income!" <running tongue over lips>

  • May 5, 2006, 8:16 a.m. CST

    hollywoodsummers

    by stvnhthr

    You do know the difference between Han and Greedo right? Greedo is the green one. Han is the guy with the big Wookie companion. I don&#39;t think I&#39;m the only one who prefers Han shooting first (apparently most Star War fans do-we aren&#39;t all smoking crack, we can&#39;t afford the habbit, all or our money goes to Hasbro), and Lucas apparently prefers Greedo shooting first-that is why he changed it from the original.

  • May 5, 2006, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Ever since those prequel abortions

    by Undead Neverhood

    I&#39;m burned out. George Lucas destroyed this franchise and I won&#39;t be buying it. I&#39;m tired of his bullshit.

  • May 5, 2006, 8:52 a.m. CST

    the only SW i ever bought were the VHS widescreen tril.

    by HypeEndsHere

    the REAL trilogy. i never saw a Special Edition until they were shown on TV. I never bought any of the new trilogy. I only saw Phantom Menace in the theatre. in other words, I&#39;m not interested in the original 3 films as they were released. as for the 2.0 sound and rumored "unrestored" picture, what the fuck do I care? it&#39;s just star wars. cripes.

  • May 5, 2006, 8:55 a.m. CST

    by HypeEndsHere

    i meant i&#39;m ONLY interested in the original trilogy as they were originally released. which means i will buy this. or put it on my x-mas list, which-- say... that&#39;s coincidental timing on Lucas&#39;s part, eh?

  • May 5, 2006, 9:39 a.m. CST

    George Lucas

    by blackwood

    eats money and childhoods.

  • May 5, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST

    finally!

    by DECO_DROID

    we can see vader&#39;s non-burnt-off eyebrows again...

  • May 5, 2006, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I will buy these like a crackwhore junkie

    by quadrupletree

    I&#39;ll take my yearly reaming from Lucasfilm and like it. Then crawl back to my basement to watch Star Wars, eat pizza, play Magic the Gathering while listening to KISS. My precioussss

  • May 5, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    I didn&#39;t care that he changed anything ...

    by Novaman5000

    in the special edition. That probably makes me a terrible person, huh? That being said, will this set include everything that was included in the last DVD set of the special edition trilogy, in addition to the new-old-original films? What I mean is, will this be the definitive set of the original trilogy?

  • May 5, 2006, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Wanna know why?

    by FlipPA

    HD-DVD and Blu-Ray are right around the corner. Lucas has got to get you to buy the originals on DVD before the new formats become dominant! Then he&#39;ll release the new ones on the new formats before releasing the originals on the new formats a few years down the road. You heard it hear first!

  • May 5, 2006, 11:28 a.m. CST

    My LaserDiscs are good enough for now :)

    by FlipPA

    As commented by folks above, I&#39;m waiting on HD/BluRay as well. I have the originals on LaserDisc widescreen THX for now. That&#39;ll do!

  • May 5, 2006, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I want my money back you bearded cash whore!

    by darth-chinaski

  • May 5, 2006, 11:54 a.m. CST

    doc strange

    by IamNumber1

    I HAVE been living in a world without star wars because I refused to buy any of the DVD&#39;s. As far as I&#39;m concerned, George Lucas has the right to do whatever he wants with his films, and I&#39;m willing to make that sacrifice...Until now. I&#39;m glad I held out.

  • May 5, 2006, 3:05 p.m. CST

    yeah whatever doc strange

    by VoodooV

    its a fucking movie for crying out loud...its not like you&#39;re fasting or anything so quit calling it a sacrifice. I also have held back on not buying the DVDs..but jesus christ..melodrama much? I also say poo poo on the people who act as if Lucas put a gun to your head and MADE you buy those movies..you had a fucking choice..now deal with it.

  • May 5, 2006, 3:22 p.m. CST

    The Holiday Special should be an Easter Egg

    by Wee Willie

  • May 5, 2006, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Fuck Lucas

    by luis1210

    I already own the trilogy pack that came out not so long ago, I&#39;m not buying this...just out of spite i&#39;ll download it.

  • May 5, 2006, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Not the Holiday Special!

    by Lone Fox

    I have it, it reaks. I love the Wars, Lucas has practically had a direct debit set up with my credit card for almost 30 years, and I&#39;ll buy every version he releases probably til the day I die, AND be thankful for it, but I haven&#39;t even sat through the Special once all the way through. Can it be done? Now the Muppets Star Wars Special, THAT&#39;S worth watching.

  • May 5, 2006, 4:44 p.m. CST

    holiday special=awful .you dont know what youre asking4

    by George Newman

    (stinkin&#39; subject line character limit) it hurts man. it hurts so bad. I think the most painful part is seeing ford and hamill going along with it.

  • May 5, 2006, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Take it easy FanBoys!

    by fxmulder35

    Hey guys. C&#39;mon. What we&#39;ve wanted for years is finally within our grasp. Quit-cher-bitchin&#39; and just enjoy it. You people wouldn&#39;t be happy if he GAVE the movies away. You just have to have something to bitch about. And I&#39;m not much better...cause I&#39;m wasting time reading your rants. lol Anyway...Thanks George. Appreciate it.

  • May 5, 2006, 5:27 p.m. CST

    One good thing about the Holiday Special...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...is that you will never bitch about the prequels again after seeing it. In fact, I&#39;m pretty sure the trauma induced by it is why the prequels really don&#39;t bug me at all even though I know they should. Trust me, Hayden riding the space potato is infinitely preferable to Chewbacca&#39;s dad, Itchy, watching interactive Diahann Carroll space porn (don&#39;t ask).

  • May 5, 2006, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Yippee!

    by monorail77

    Lucas can have my hard earned dough as many times as he likes. Thanks for listening, George. I think a wicked easter egg would be to include a hidden copy of that South Park episode that roasted Lucas for not releasing the original (non-SE) trilogy. Who can we mass write to for this?

  • May 5, 2006, 6:45 p.m. CST

    I really dont see 2.0 as a problem

    by LeFlambeur

    You don&#39;t need thirty different speakers from from 20 different angles to have good sound. Kubrick released all his films in Mono for crissakes. Plus the score is more prominant in 2.0

  • May 5, 2006, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Lucas had to get this out before HD/Blu-Ray boom

    by glitzless

    had get that DVD money before it phased out to HD Blu-ray.

  • May 6, 2006, 1:26 a.m. CST

    What we&#39;ve wanted this for years, yeah sure but...

    by Orionsangels

    Lucas took so long that what we really want is SW on HD and Blueray. By the time that happens will want SW on Super high 5 definition. don&#39;t ask

  • May 6, 2006, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Good luck getting a copy....

    by Kizeesh

    If they&#39;re only on-sale for 3 months, with every Ebay-whore and collector out to make every last buck out of this.

  • May 6, 2006, 7:45 a.m. CST

    I&#39;m with you Kraken...

    by Knugen

    I too will make my own custom version . Hey, I might even release it! :D

  • May 6, 2006, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Your all idiots. Suckers...smucks it makes me laugh

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

  • May 6, 2006, 12:07 p.m. CST

    2.0 whiners

    by NNNOOO!!!

    You guys are missing the point. The question is whether the mix will be the *same* 2.0 as the original 1977 theatrical release, or a redux of the botched 2004 mix. The best scenario (which we won&#39;t get) would be three alternate audio tracks-- original 2.0, original 70mm six-track surround (basically 5.1), and the original general-release MONO MIX (remember, most theatres didn&#39;t have stereo setups back then), which had many subtle differences, including a different actress voicing Aunt Beru.

  • May 6, 2006, 2:20 p.m. CST

    GIVE US BARABBAS!

    by tucson

    No, wait. I mean Give Us the Director&#39;s Cut of "The Empire Strikes Back"! Irving&#39;s version, not the toned-up, happier version that Lucas had released.

  • May 6, 2006, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Releasing Unaletered SW on DVD is like making Pot legal

    by Orionsangels

    The drug dealers or in this case the pirate dealers lose.

  • May 6, 2006, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Meh.

    by Shaz_bot80

    I don&#39;t care either way. Why geeks have had their panties in a twist about Greedo shooting first, I will never know. I would just perfer that the original movies would be sold in a seperate package from the Special Edition. I&#39;m not spending 65$ for movies I already have.

  • May 7, 2006, 12:31 a.m. CST

    empire of dreams

    by VoodooV

    just watched this on TV today. they were talking about how harrison ford and a bunch of other people wanted Han to die at the beginning of Return of the Jedi. so Lucas, if you&#39;re so hot for revisions...do THAT revision please? :)

  • May 7, 2006, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Great! I loo kforward to my HD bittorrent

    by r3sp3ctm3

    Thanks for the cash grab George, you evil, evil bugger! Yes, I&#39;ll pay for my legite copy - cause I can - but for all those who want it, the bittorrent is warming up now...

  • May 7, 2006, 5:18 a.m. CST

    class action suit against lucas?

    by Calico Pete

    after all, he lied about never releasing the OOT, causing us some of us idjits to shell out the money for the SEs, which otherwise we wouldn&#39;t have. Isn&#39;t that bait n&#39; switch? False advertising? Entrapment? Some other term for "giving us grounds for a lawsuit?" C&#39;mon. Who&#39;s with me? While we&#39;re at it we can sue lucasfilm for the prequel trailers, which were like using candy to bait a kid into your van and having your way with him. Think of it: 30 years ago we were primed by the OT, then 30 years later we were helpless to resist those trailers and helplessly sucked into watching something that emotionally traumatized us exactly *because* of the prepping we got 30 yrs ago! In other words, it was all a plan set in motion in the 70s to traumatize us in the 00s! Lucas is nothing if not patient. But why? Why did he want us traumatized? So we could soothe our trauma with the salve of the OOT DVDs! There&#39;s no way a jury would let him off. I&#39;m telling ya, we&#39;ll at least get a free set of DVDs (with a special extra of lucasfilm prexy Jim Ward giving us the finger).

  • May 7, 2006, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Presido Office Space

    by Damer1

    Is as expensive as all get out. Lucas has to do something to make a buck.

  • May 7, 2006, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Thanks Orionsangels

    by Evil Chicken

    Now I don&#39;t have to wait until the next Repackaging of the New and improved Special Edition 30th anniversary addition which will be coming to theaters and shortly thereafter to DVD & HD, to see the cut scenes with Biggs and Luke.

  • May 7, 2006, 1:38 p.m. CST

    BTW, the loud THUD we all heard after this announcement

    by LlGHTST0RMER

    ...was the sound of a million Laserdisc players all landing on Ebay at the same time.

  • May 7, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Save your $$$ for 2007 FUCKTARDS!

    by donkeypark

    I personally will be buying the OT on DVD even though I already bought the SE&#39;s on DVD. Why? because I want it now. I&#39;m not going to bitch about being ripped off. I KNOW that Lucasfilm is not going to let SW 30th go by without releasing some 30th anniversary mega box that still doesn&#39;t include everything it should and I&#39;ll but it too until they release a newer version. I&#39;m a sucker. At least I&#39;m not a fucking crybaby.

  • May 7, 2006, 3:25 p.m. CST

    I would love to have a mega-ultimate-deluxe box set!

    by one9deuce

    As long as it didn&#39;t include the Prequel Trilogy. Or the Special Editions. And why would anyone want the Luke and Biggs scene added into Star Wars? The scene not only sucks, but there is no reason for it in the narrative. The main story is following the stolen plans of the Death Star. It doesn&#39;t make one bit of sense to introduce Luke until those plans reach him. Which is what the editors did, and since they deservedly one an Oscar, lets keep it that way. It&#39;s sort of like having the Jabba scene in Star Wars. You have a really cool scene(non-special edition) with Greedo telling Han that every Bounty Hunter in the galaxy is looking for him dead or alive. So why have the scene with Jabba going over the EXACT same exposition, but taking every single bit of menace out because he lets Han go? He hardly even threatens him! Not to mention the fact that not knowing who, or more specifically, WHAT Jabba is was a big deal to the overall trilogy.

  • May 7, 2006, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Correction

    by one9deuce

    "one" should be "won".

  • May 7, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Hahahahaha All you suckers who caved and bought SE dvds

    by Walterego

    Can eat it now. I have been perfectly happy with my VHS Star Wars tapes these past few years and now my patience has paid off. I knew Lucas&#39; greed would eventually bear fruit. Now I need only wait for the release of the Blade Runner dvd with Harrison Ford&#39;s narration. Sooner or later someone in LA will want to take my money, they always do.

  • May 7, 2006, 6:01 p.m. CST

    FUCK GEORGE LUCAS!

    by Spaz Medicine

    He is worse than all those other piece of shit whore movie people. He does everything he can to rape the movie-going/buying public and all you assholes keep lining up and bending over for some more. Fuck that shit. I won&#39;t buy these DVDs on general principal. Meanwhile, all of you will have bought the VHS tapes twice, the DVDs twice, and will soon buy the HD-DVD/Blue-Ray sets.

  • May 7, 2006, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I&#39;ll buy them..

    by movieman742

    I also have the dvd box set that is out now. I am willing to buy the new editions just for the fact that they are NEW EDITIONS. I don&#39;t feel cheated. If you are willing to spend the money then it doesn&#39;t matter how many you buy. And I will be there when they come out on Blu-Ray also, just let me know the time and place.

  • May 7, 2006, 10:29 p.m. CST

    wow, who saw this coming?

    by mascan

  • May 7, 2006, 11:50 p.m. CST

    wanna fuck lucas over?

    by VoodooV

    stop buying them fuckwads...its not Lucas&#39;s fault that you let go of your cash so easily.

  • May 8, 2006, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Where&#39;s the Oscar for Howard the Duck?

    by frankentron5000

    Now that i&#39;ve got a 4-year-old son, I&#39;m experiencing the entire Star Wars Saga (both old-trilogy and new-trilogy) in constant daily bombardment. The one thought that goes through my head is that George Lucas was the luckiest bastard on the planet. You realize the technological limitations, the red tape and input from designers and cohorts are what made the original Star Wars the beautiful film that it is. As the series continues, you see the original care and concepts all fall apart, mainly due to the increasing control of Lucas over his product. Granted, Empire improves on New Hope in the way that ALIENS improved on Ridley Scott&#39;s original ALIEN; by adding fast action, tight dialougue and deepened characters. But it kicks the chair out from under itself with the cliffhanger ending which should have shown a big dollar sign floating in space as Lando and Chewie fly off to rescue Han. You knew at that very moment that the third film would suck. And it did. I can still watch New Hope from beginning to end. I am drawn in by the beautiful camera work, especially during closeups of the actors, when I realize the care that each person was putting into their performance. The rest of the films are merely tolerable by skipping to the action sequences. This is my son&#39;s favorite viewing method, also. Star Wars raised the bar in Hollywood. But it wasn&#39;t because of Lucas&#39; genius. It was because of his team that took his odd little ideas and turned them into a universe of escape that was accessible for everyone.

  • May 8, 2006, 2:04 p.m. CST

    ARE YOU ALL STUPID! WAKE UP! THIS IS WRONG!

    by Proman1984

    NO, IT&#39;S NOT DUE TO AN OVERWHELMING DEMAND. IT&#39;S DUE TO AN OVERWHELMING DESIRE TO TO MAKE MONEY ON THIS OVERWHELMING DEMAND. I BET LUCS KNEW FROM THE VERY BEGINNING HE WAS GONNA RELEASE THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY. HE WAITED AND WAITED FOR A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO TRIPLE DIP WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT HE IS DOING.

  • May 8, 2006, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Past of Future?

    by JLo

    Does anyone believe Star Wars takes place in the future?

  • May 8, 2006, 5:15 p.m. CST

    BitTorrent is your friend. And in a semi-ideal world

    by scrumdiddly

    this would be plastered all over the mainstream media as the disgusting exploitation it is. Lucas should be vilified for this.

  • May 8, 2006, 6:25 p.m. CST

    one9deuce

    by mocky_puppet

    you stated that "jabba scene" criticism perfectly. i was just explaining the same thing to someone last weekend. before i went through the "star wars fan anonymous" 12-step program, i couldn&#39;t talk about the prequels without winding up trembling and watching patches of my hair falling out. now i&#39;m recovering.

  • May 8, 2006, 7:09 p.m. CST

    i really, really dont care

    by satansteve

    special editions...non special editions. whats the big fuckin deal? dont get me wrong im about as big a fan of star wars as u can get but i really dont understand all the fuss.

  • May 8, 2006, 8:12 p.m. CST

    so then what does this do to....

    by tensticks

    episodes 7, 8 & 9? I&#39;m positive I&#39;m not the only one to observe this. But really, Lucas has been ADAMANT that he would NEVER release those "old, inferior, incomplete" versions on DVD. And now he is. And he&#39;s been adamant that he will "never make episodes 7, 8 and 9".... Are you pondering what I&#39;m pondering? As someone once said, there are ALWAYS possibilities....

  • May 9, 2006, 4:05 a.m. CST

    tensticks, just think "follow the money".

    by one9deuce

    George Lucas has done nothing but contradict himself since the release of Star Wars. It really is kind of sad. He went from a maverick/independent filmmaker that was making brilliant films, to a corporate executive. He keeps talking about these low-budget, small, and personal films he is going to do, but he also said he was going to do those after Return of the Jedi. Twenty three YEARS ago. He isn&#39;t. He is the head of a corporation that provides a lot of jobs for sound editors/designers at Skywalker Sound, computer graphic artists at ILM, and game programers at LucasArts. All under the umbrella of Lucasfilm. And the engine that drives Lucasfilm is Star Wars. Period. Star Wars is responsible for creating Lucasfilm, and Star Wars is responsible for sustaining Lucasfilm. Believe this statement: There will be more Star Wars feature films. It is an inevitability. The Prequel Trilogy has no real story. It really doesn&#39;t, yet it made lots and lots of money. Because the general public doesn&#39;t care. They don&#39;t scrutinize films, that is why crappy summer blockbusters continue to make money, and also continue to suck. They don&#39;t HAVE to be good. Another Star Wars trilogy in 15 years would infuse Lucasfilm with enough cash to run for another 15 years, and provide a platform for new video games, toys, and merchandise. My best friend for 20 years HATES fantasy films. Doesn&#39;t like Star Wars, hates The Matrix, hates The Lord of the Rings etc. I&#39;m not sure why were friends actually, just kidding, but when Episode 3 came out he called me and said "Let&#39;s go see that." I nearly fell out of my chair. I wasn&#39;t even sure if I was going to see it in the theater because the Prequel Trilogy is so bad, so I asked him why he even wanted to see it being as he hated those kind of films, and he replied "Well it&#39;s going to be the last Star Wars ever in the theater isn&#39;t it? That&#39;s what the commercials were saying, I thought I should see it." A slick bit of marketing by Lucasfilm. And total bullshit. Everyone of us at AICN heard that we would never see the original theatrical cuts on video. How many times have we heard that? Yet here they come in September. Like I stated above, or more accurately what Deepthroat in All the Presiden&#39;t Men stated: "Follow the money."

  • May 9, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Yeah, people seem to think that their bitching is

    by scrumdiddly

    responsible for Lucas changing his mind... Welcome to The World Of Delusion. One9deuce is right, too, there will be more features, even if Lucas himself doesn&#39;t direct them.

  • May 9, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I&#39;m still holding out

    by www.valiens.com

    You know there&#39;ll be a giant box set of every version ever on either Blu Ray or HD. Don&#39;t fork over your d&#39;oh! just yet.

  • May 10, 2006, 10:18 p.m. CST

    About CGI Anakin. . .(Humpty, that is. . .)

    by Mutant Leader

    Look at that face. Anyone else think Lucas was intentionally trying to evoke Aleister Crowley there? I mean, art is art, like looking at clouds, or whatever. . .but that&#39;s what *I* see.

  • May 11, 2006, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Star Wars DVD, Indy 4 and other Lucas BS

    by Gorrister

    Check out the link to see what I mean (and pay attention to his attitudes about the non-SE DVD release)...... http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1531527/05102006/story.jhtml

  • May 12, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Thank goodness. Guess the years of bitching paid off?

    by minderbinder

    So far, haven&#39;t spent a cent on any SW dvd&#39;s. Now I can finally get the OT the way they are supposed to be. My only complaint is that they include the new fucked-with versions as well. I&#39;d rather not even have them in my house.