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**RUMOR** Original theatrical cut of the OT to be released on blu ray!!
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3-Dec-2014, 11:43 PM

This is my first post here at OT, having lurked for a couple of years. I know everyone has different opinions on all of the different versions, but for me ... I just hope Disney will restore something that resembles the '95 VHS collection, at a minimum. Anything above and beyond that would be gravy, and I'm sure they can improve the colors and audio compared to the VHS era, but it was the really unnecessary additions to the SE collection that began to ruin Star Wars for me. The awful CGI Jabba scene in Episode IV that makes me embarrassed to show the movie to a first time viewer; the edit to the Vader / Emperor scene in The Empire Strikes Back (less offensive, but still bothers me); and of course the entire abortion that is the changed ending of Jedi.

Sure, I think there are some minor improvements in the '97 version of The Empire Strikes Back, along with some minor changes that were for the worse ... but more or less it was from that point on that Star Wars went to hell.  I'm not as technically knowledgeable as a lot of posters here, and can't comment on film resolution and audio mixes and the like, but I am very knowledgeable when it comes to dramatic narrative and storytelling, and a lot of the changes in later versions (the infamous NOOOOO) are so bad as to be beyond belief. A lot of people notice the unwieldy CGI in edits to the OT and Prequels ... and I do too ... but I also notice things like very poor pacing in the newer versions of these films. And I wonder why the narrative in Episode I didn't focus more on Anakin ... why was the primary POV Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan? It made for a much weaker story.

Sorry for the rant, but if Disney releases something pre-97 in the finest quality they can reproduce, I will not only buy it but also go to the theater and watch Episode 7 with my family. Without that happening, I will not watch another episode in this series.