A ‘Site FAQ & Info’ section, a ‘Contact the Site Admin and Moderators’ section, and an ‘Any Further Questions’ too for some help & assistance.
OriginalTrilogy•com Site FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) & Info…
• Why does this site want a release of the unaltered Original Trilogy?
While many of us appreciate and enjoy George Lucas’ creative evolution of the classic Star Wars films via the various releases of the ever-changing ‘Special Editions’, we respectfully state that there is tremendous importance in the original theatrical prints of the Star Wars Trilogy.
Above and beyond the nostalgic value that they hold for millions of fans the world over, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi are landmark films that represent watershed moments in motion picture history. To preserve the original, award-winning work of the many artisans, sound technicians, craftsmen, and special effects artists is to do justice to their priceless contributions.
Undeniably, these movies are also cultural placeholders for millions of film fans. The impact that the original Star Wars Trilogy made on countless numbers of children, young people, and grownups everywhere is indisputable. Preserving the unaltered theatrical release forms of these movies and making them available to the public is of utmost importance.
An entire generation grew up with these movies and still love them dearly. We have created treasured memories and will always hold a place in our lives. We have bought the cinema tickets, VHS tapes, Laserdiscs, DVDs, Blu Rays, figures, lunchboxes, toys, games, books, comics, the various Special Editions, the spin-offs, the Prequels, the Sequels, Standalone movies - and literally bought the t-shirt…
…we just ask to have the option to purchase the unaltered original Star Wars Trilogy on a modern, high quality, digital format.
• Wasn’t there a release of the unaltered Original Trilogy on DVD Bonus Discs as part of the 2006 DVD release?
Yes, there was. After much pressure from fans - and also this very site - Lucasfilm announced there would be a DVD release of the Theatrical Versions for 2006. Unfortunately, the quality of the release was fairly awful - and that’s the very technical term & review 😉
It was presented in an outdated Letterbox format (non-anamorphic), the films were sourced from a 1993 Laserdisc release - having poor image quality, and with a meagre Dolby Digital 2.0 sound - resulting in a lazy, underwhelming, and substandard quality release - even by 2006 standards.
• Just what are the changes made to the Original Trilogy over the years?
That is perhaps best answered by reading these quality resources which highlight the many, and continuing, changes…
‘Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes’ - an Empire film magazine article
Wookieepedia’s ‘List of changes in Star Wars re-releases’ page
‘All Changes Made To Star Wars’ (Original Trilogy) - YouTube Videos by Marcelo Zuniga : SW - Part 1 : SW - Part 2 : ESB : ROTJ
‘Star Wars Special Edition Visual Comparisons’ blog by doubleofive; with links to Photo Galleries here - SW : ESB : ROTJ
‘Star Wars Special Edition Visual Comparisons’ twitter page by doubleofive
A helpful overview of the changes to the OT - and surrounding issues - from SaveStarWars•com’s FAQ Page, here - link
and also reading through this superb ‘Complete Comparison of Special Edition Visual Changes’ OT•com thread, here - link (painstakingly compiled by the multi-talented doubleofive - a much valued member & contributor to this site).
• How many differing releases have there been of the Original Trilogy?
A decent article chronicling the many differing home releases of the Original Trilogy (along with many of the Star Wars spin-offs) can be found on this Wookieepedia page - link
This quality resource (by the superb NeverarGreat) may be of interest for anyone wanting to know the screen quality of the various official releases - and also some of the more popular projects on here from down the years - link
Video Collector (also an OT•com member) has a cool & informative website full of useful info and photos from the many various Original Trilogy release formats - all the way through to the DVD releases, here - link
• I heard you people all hate George Lucas, or the Prequels, or the Sequels - or Disney too etc
Not at all - whilst some members may not like or enjoy The Prequels (or other Star Wars releases)… there are many that do - in fact there are several continuing projects on here to preserve them, as well as the Special Editions of the Original Trilogy - and numerous Fan Edits of the various releases. Disney-era Sequel Trilogy Fan Edits - and other modern Star Wars content are also available, with more projects in the works…
You’ll even find Preservations for The Holiday Special - and many of the older Star Wars spin-offs and projects too.
As mentioned elsewhere, we are a diverse & welcoming community - and passionate (yet civil) debate & wide-ranging views are welcome - though internet trolls & WUMs are not.
To paraphrase Irvin Kershner, quoted whilst directing Empire Strikes Back… ‘fight for what you love - not because you hate’.
Regarding George Lucas… whilst many of us are somewhat disappointed and frustrated he wishes not to release a high quality format of the theatrical versions of the Original Trilogy - we appreciate that without his vision, character and determination there would be no Star Wars at all - so it’d be very much incorrect to say we’re a bunch of Lucas-haters on here.
Now that Disney own LucasFilm, and George is somewhat ‘out of the picture’ as it were… we do hope Disney sees fit to release those original cinematic versions of the three films that made the Star Wars universe what it is today.
• How do I report any issues I see on the site? / How do I contact a Moderator?
Whilst you can use the ‘Report’ button for any posts you may take issue with on the site… please note that at present all the ‘Reports’ only go through to Jay (the Site Owner & Admin) - and not the Moderators.
As you can imagine Jay receives a LOT of Reports, PMs and emails to sort through - on top of his other Admin duties - and a life outside here (yes, we do have them - honest!)
So, if you wish to contact any of the Site Moderators - Anchorhead, SilverWook & oojason - with any issues, queries or concerns etc - you can do so by just scrolling down this page to the ‘Contact The Moderators’ section, or clicking here - link
• The Cantina section seems quite a wild and uncivilised place in comparison to the rest of the site…
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious… 😉
No, seriously, it is a little more relaxed than the rest of the site - though mainly it’s just a few old rebels, scoundrels and malfunctioning droids hanging out… doing what they do. You’ll likely need to keep your wits about you - as well as a sense of humour and a thick skin, yet it has it’s own charm. And every now and then the Emperor & his Imperial minions step in to keep the locals in line…
• I would like to have a Signature image / text for my posts - are there any limits to what size I can have?
A ‘Signature Size Rules’ thread can be found here - link
• How do I post an image on this site?
This link shows you how to post an image (and a bit more), here - link
Plus, these two guides / demos may be of use for general posting on the OT•com too - link 1 & link 2
• How do I embed a video (from YouTube or Vimeo etc) on here?
Unfortunately the site software doesn’t currently allow for that - though you can post a link to a video on here.
When you do link to a video - please give a brief description of the content you are linking to.
• How do I post something in Spoiler code on this site? / Does the OT•com have a Spoiler Policy?
Although there is no specific spoiler code for this site - this link shows you how to post the ‘next best thing’ to it - link
The site’s Spoiler Policy for new Star Wars films can be found here - link & link
It is worth checking the ‘Announcements’ section of the OT•com too, here - link
• Do you have a NSFW (Not Safe For Work) Policy?
Images may not contain nudity or graphic depictions of violence, death, etc at all on this site.
If you are going to post something that could be considered NSFW then do so in a NSFW labelled thread - or use the ‘Spoiler Code’ above, AND clearly mark it as ‘NSFW’.
If in doubt as to whether something you are going to post may be unsafe for viewing at work, or if you’re not quite sure that the content is NSFW, then err on the side of caution - and use the above ‘Spoiler Code’.
While there are no specific restrictions on profanity, please exercise restraint. Dropping an F-bomb here and there isn’t going to get you banned, but excessive profanity shouldn’t be necessary to make your point.
• There doesn’t seem to be a Search function on the site - Is there one?
The site search function is currently disabled - some Mynocks got into the system and it hasn’t worked properly since.
You can search for any of the threads on the OriginalTrilogy•com by going to your online search engine of choice (ie, google, startpage, bing, duckduckgo, yahoo etc) and type in:-
site:originaltrilogy.com and then whatever you are looking for.
For example - if searching for Building Empire, type in - site:originaltrilogy.com building empire
…which will help you find many of the OT•com threads on Jambe Davdar’s ESB part of his excellent Filmumentaries Trilogy.
• What is a ‘PM’? (and how do I send one?)
‘PM’ stands for Private Message. This is a useful function for exchanging information you may not wish to put up on the public part of the site - for all to see.
To send a Private Message… at the top right corner of the screen you will see a ‘speech bubble’ next to your avatar. Click on this and then select the ‘Start a Private Topic’ icon. You will also be able to see your past Private Message conversations.
Alternatively, you can click on the name of a member here on the forum that you wish to contact - and select the ‘Start a Private Topic’ option to send them a PM.
When the speech bubble at the top right of the screen is filled in (a solid pale blue colour) it means you have received a new PM to read. If the speech bubble is hollow it means you have no new PMs to read.
• I see a lot of abbreviations & acronyms used on here - what do they all mean?
Sites like abbreviations.com, thefreedictionary.com, webopedia.com & urbandictionary.com may all be of use for this.
There is also an OT•com ‘acronym buster’ guide, here - link
Please note: whilst some abbreviations / acronyms may make it a lot easier / quicker to type or read certain word & meanings - the use of ‘txt spk’ on the site is not encouraged - please refrain from using it - thank you.
• I would like to report a bug / would like to see this feature on the site / have a suggestion or idea…
Nice one - any of these can be made in either of the relevant site sections, here:-
Feedback Forum | General Assistance
• Are you guys on social media?
We do have an OriginalTrilogy•com twitter page, here - https://twitter.com/originaltrilogy
• I bought this VHS / Betamax / Laserdisc / DVD set (or similar) of the Star Wars Original Trilogy - which version is it?
Online search engines and image searches should be able to help you identify it… however this quality site by Video Collector (an OT•com member) is well worth a look for useful info and photos from many earlier Original Trilogy formats, all the way through to the DVD releases, here - link
Or, have a look through some similar threads with various questions and info about the differing releases in the General Star Wars Discussion section of the site 😃
• I have found a Fan Edit / Preservation I am interested in - but don’t know how to get / acquire / download it?
Send a polite PM to the author / owner of the project, and also let it be known that you are seeking a copy by making a post in the relevant thread - and after that a little bit of patience is required. It is likely that the Fan Edit author / owner isn’t online every day - or even every week - and may have a ton of queries or other stuff to get through before dealing with your request.
It may also be worth checking some of the other Fan Edit sites around - sometimes it can just come down to good fortune if you acquire a project or not. Ranting about how unfair it all is - or what a rubbish system this is - won’t likely get you any help that may have otherwise been coming your way…
Note: OriginalTrilogy•com is NOT responsible for the availability of ANY Fan Edits or Preservation projects that appear in threads on the site - that responsibility lies with the owner / author of the respective project.
• Myspleen aren’t currently giving out invites / Can I have a Myspleen invite / Myspleen requests etc…
Myspleen (a private torrent site) are not currently issuing invites to their site - and haven’t done so for some time.
No-one here is affiliated with Myspleen, we have nothing to do with Myspleen, we are as much in the dark about this as you - and so we cannot help you with invites or other info. So please ** DO NOT MAKE A POST ASKING FOR A MYSPLEEN INVITE ** - thank you (we’ve already had hundreds of posts about this - and members’ patience on here is understandably wearing thin).
Myspleen does have it’s own forum, here - link.
It may be worth be trying some of the other Fan Edit sites around online - info for some of them can be found here - link
Public torrent sites - and also other private torrent sites - may just have that elusive Fan Edit or project too.
Online search engines are also useful for this.
• I have seen a copy of a Fan Edit / Preservation project for sale on ebay or other online site - why shouldn’t I just buy that?
A wise old man once said ‘You must do what you feel is right, of course…’
Yet please know and remember this - the people who sell these freely available projects do so on the backs of the Fan Editors’ long, arduous & hard work - all given for free. The same applies to those who designed the cover and disc art, and also the people who put together any extras such as interactive menus or bonus / additional content made for these projects as well.
Many of these sellers make considerable money from selling these Fan Edits - despite often claiming that they are only charging ‘for their time and to cover costs’. These claims are false - they substantially profit from their actions.
The quality of product you see in many sellers’ ‘unboxing’ or ‘promotional’ videos on youtube etc may be nowhere near the quality of what you actually receive; some people have received non-working discs, cheap quality discs, poor quality covers printed on standard letter paper, low quality ink settings used, broken disc cases, just being sent the discs themselves instead of in their protective boxes - and without disc covers and artwork too (despite some ‘review’ videos showing the contrary).
They also endanger the future of any and all future projects too. It is a golden rule of owning these freely available Edits that you must own the official retail release (or digital download) - and that no-one profits from the making & distribution of them.
Some sellers have even deleted comments from Harmy and other Fan Editors who’ve left comments on their sites / youtube channels letting people know the above info - and that all these projects are freely available elsewhere…
Fan Edits must never be bought or sold!
This 4-minute youtube video, by Harmy - the author / editor of the Despecialized Editions, also explains why - link
• Where are the Harmy Despecialized Editions / adywan’s Revisited films / poita’s 35mm projects / Hal 9000’s Prequel Edits etc?
A little patience and you’ll find them on here soon enough - pretty much all the projects on here over the years have their own respective threads - and some projects even have multiple threads. When you do find them - please carefully read the first post in that thread - then also read the last few pages to help find out what the current status of the project is - and will also likely help to find relevant information on how to acquire them.
Joining up to this site, then going straight into a Despecialized Edition thread and posting ‘how do i get these?’ doesn’t really fly on here - take the time to look around, learn about the project, how to acquire it - and you may find other similar projects or topics of conversation ‘of interest’ too. You’ll also likely find many questions you have may already been answered. If you still need a little assistance then ask politely - and you’ll probably have a bigger chance of receiving that help…
Some projects also have their own websites or youtube / vimeo / dailymotion / twitter and facebook pages etc too - so it’s worth checking your online search engine of choice - to see just what is out there on the internet as well.
Note: Before obtaining any fan edit, you must be in ownership of the official retail release.
^ See the Preservation / Fan Edit Rules & FAQ - linked to below - for more info.
• What are the Site Rules & Guidelines again?
Forum Rules and Guidelines, can be found here - link
Preservation / Fan Edit Rules & FAQ, can be found here - link
Signature Size Rules, can be found here - link
• What Star Wars Preservation Projects or Fan Edits does OriginalTrilogy•com endorse or sanction? Is there a ‘Top 10’ list of Edits?
The OT•com does NOT endorse or back any particular project that appears on here - that is left entirely to the individual to choose from (and hopefully enjoy 😃) Everyone has different tastes & views - and so there is not a ‘Top 10’ type list either.
There are many projects listed in pinned ‘Index Threads’ in their respective forum categories / sections here - though it’s also worth doing an online search too - & members are asked to suggest any new, overlooked or forgotten projects for inclusion.
Currently, there are a few Star Wars projects taking place on the site - these can be found in the ‘Star Wars Preservation’ section, and also in the ‘Star Wars Fan Edits and Other Projects’ section.
poita’s The Original Trilogy restored from 35mm prints ongoing project - which aims to bring about a professional standard restoration for a 4K quality theatrical version of the Original Trilogy - is seemingly a venture of much interest on this site.
There are also projects, preservations and fan edits for non-Star Wars content too - Preservation of Other Properties and the Fan Edits and Projects for Other Properties section.
Contact the Site Administrator or Moderators…
To contact Jay or one of the Moderators via a Private Message (aka a ‘PM’) - click on their respective picture below…
You may also wish to check out the OriginalTrilogy•com twitter page - https://twitter.com/originaltrilogy - where you can also follow & ‘DM’ us.
For any further questions or assistance…
If you have any further questions, or have any more questions you would like to see added (and answered) to the ‘Site FAQs & Info’ section above, then please post them in the General Assistance section, here - link.
You’ll also find some more useful info in there too - such as ‘How do I do this?’ on the OriginalTrilogy.com - some answers to queries…’
Please be patient when waiting for an update, answer or reply - Jay and the Moderators are often busy on the site with other duties - and even have lives outside of here - though will try to update / answer any questions as soon as we can.
Meanwhile, some of the more helpful members of the OT•com community may also chip in to answer certain queries…
Also, if you know of any useful resources that would be of interest - or that compliment some of the others already mentioned in this section - then please post them up in the General Assistance section.
Please let us know if you spot any errors or broken links in the ‘Help’ & ‘About’ sections, in the ‘Feedback Forum’, here - link. Thank you.