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2026 SE : The changes to the OT films & general 2026 (or future) SE discussion thread

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2026 Special Editions…

The changes to the Original Trilogy films & general 2026 Special Edition release discussion…

 

^ “Somehow, Lucas returned!”

(and made even more changes for a highly unlikely future Special Edition release. Though you never know…) 😉

 

Introduction:-

 
To any Rebels, Imperials, Guild Members and the dedicated scum and villainy from the OT•com reading this…
 

This is just one of a seven-part set of linked threads (see the end of this post for the links) to talk about each of the four main ‘Special Edition’ releases and the respective changes made to them over time - including a post for the original unaltered theatrical version, and also an unlikely scenario where “Somehow Lucas has returned!” with more changes made in yet another improbable future release.

The reason for these threads is try and help inform, educate and highlight any new fans who are unaware or are uninitiated with some the history of these continuing changes made to the three iconic Original Trilogy films (or be a reminder for me some of more forgetful members here). As well as highlighting a lack of release for the Original Trilogy films in their classic pre-1997 Special Edition version, and also about some of the changes & tweaks made to the groundbreaking and award-winning OT films from 1977 to 1996 too…

To serve as a centralised discussion and information thread for each of the main Original Trilogy releases… and also an archive of some of the quality threads and posts on the subject which has taken place on here down the years - as well as any useful, insightful or informative articles elsewhere.

Or a chance to just chat some more about the specific & differing releases of the Original Trilogy 😃
 

Much credit to oojason for sending me his plans & ideas for the incomplete version of these threads - ‘I will finish what you started!’
 

Below is some hopefully useful & introductory information on a hypothetical 2026 / future Special Edition release of the Original Trilogy films (or simply a reminder for us oldies)… 😉

 
 

The Announcement (+ Promo material) for the 2026 Special Edition:-

 

Such a Special Edition release probably isn’t going to happen…
 

Though if it did… it would be good to see Lucasfilm finally address some of the issues & errors that have gone unfixed and uncorrected in the previous releases of the Original Trilogy films:-

You’d think they’d clean this up - the unfixed issues of the 2004 OT SE DVD release…

What HASN’T changed on the 2011 OT SE Blu-ray release – the uncorrected mistakes…

Uncorrected mistakes or unfixed issues of the 2019 (Maclunkey) Original Trilogy release?

 

Or suggestions for any changes you’d actually like to see in a future Special Edition release…

SE Changes that SHOULD have been made/should be made in the future

“Future Theatrical and DVD Releases” What do we think they will be?

If you could make your own SE change, what would that be?

How the Special Edition Should Have Been

A modest proposal: Should Lucas make more OT changes?

What next for Star Wars - Extended Editions?

 

And some general Special Edition threads :-

What is meant by ‘Special Edition’?

Special Edition Restoration

GL’s “Vision”

Did George actually have an “original vision?”

What HASN’T been changed to reflect GL’s “original intent”

Is there a single Lucasfilm release on blu that has not been tampered with?

Are retrospective changes just fan service?

OT Special Edition haters

Special Edition guilty pleasures

Your Favorite And Least Favorite Special Edition Changes

Most pointless SE change?

Most telling SE moment - by CHEWBAKAspelledwrong

If you could only remove one SE change…?

When did you sense a disturbance in the Force?

Why do you think he does it?

Lucas’ Hypocrisy Strikes Again

It’s Official: George Lucas hates his fans 😛

Lucas is just trolling now - THR Interview

redeeming lucas

There should be a proper release of the 1977 Star Wars at this point

Do you think Disney will release the unaltered versions for DVD and blue ray

Where do I go from here as a SW fan?

How many times have you bought the movies?

What do you think was the best release of the OT at the time it came out?

Which version/release of the Star Wars movies do you watch and why?

 

Rumours (and clickbait) of the OOT possibly being released over the years…

Star Wars: 30th Anniversary (2007 - New Box-set) (2007 rumour thread)

SDCC news - OUT “quite likely” on Blu-ray (2013 rumour thread)

Blu-Ray Of Unaltered Original Trilogy Rumour (2014 rumour thread)

What will the “official” Star Wars blu rays mess up? (2014 rumour thread)

Celebration 2017 Speculation (2017 rumour thread)

^ more to be added in this section…

 
 

Sources Of Information:-

 
‘What has changed?’ articles from StarWars•com for the coming 2026 Special Editions…

Star Wars : coming soon - honest!.. 😉

Empire Strikes Back : coming soon…

Return Of The Jedi : coming soon…

 
 

Since the 1997 Special Editions through to the 2019 SE ‘Maclunkey’ releases (all credit to doubleofive):-

Will the scene make it through into any future Special Edition releases…?

Never forget that the Death Star has been in clear site of Yavin IV from the beginning of the battle since 1997 and this is how the Special Edition should have ended.':-

www.wired.com/story/put-original-star-wars-on-disney-plus (and scroll down to the ‘The Game Breaker’ section)

 
 

All Changes Made to Star Wars Original Trilogy’ - at the superb Marcelo Zuniga YouTube Channel

• ‘All Changes Made to Star Wars: A New Hope (Comparison Video) PART I’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNbzSH84mj0
• ‘All Changes Made to Star Wars: A New Hope (Comparison Video) PART II’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvbrVFP_f0w
• ‘All Changes Made to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Comparison Video)’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmWjPoqEhzg
• ‘All Changes Made to Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Comparison Video)’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2obEPFGrMs

^ The informative videos above were made in 2015 - and cover the changes from the OOT through to the 2011 SE release on blu ray.

 
 

For further information on the home releases of the 2026 Special Editions:-

Star Wars Visual Comparisons - Website : Twitter - by doubleofive
Star Wars On Video - Video Collector’s website
Star Wars Home Video Reference website - projectcclarke’s website
Star Wars on DVD (up to 2005) - Prillaman’s website portal
Star Wars Release Info: 1982-2004 - DavisDVD•com website (via Archive•org)
Star Wars - The Changes: 1997-2011 - DVDActive•com website (via Archive•org)
‘Star Wars home video releases’ - at Wookieepedia

 
 

A YouTube video of the original ‘Han Shot First’ scene - and all 4 changes made to it since:-

 

Han Shot First - All Changes Comparison (1977, 1997, 2004, 2011, 2019)’-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcswEZFvGgM - at the OriginalTrilogyDaily YouTube channel (2 mins long)

 

 

• The Opening Post of the ‘Complete Comparison of Special Edition Visual Changes’ OT•com thread has an index for multiple source of information on many of the changes made to the Original Trilogy films over the years.

 

 

General online articles on the Special Edition changes & releases:-

 
‘Disney+ Should Offer the Star Wars Original Cuts — All of Them’ - at Wired
‘What We Want And How To Make It’ - at SWVC, by doubleofive
‘Special Edition Changes’ at Saving Star Wars, by Zombie84
‘The Star Wars Special Editions’ - at The Star Wars Trilogy
‘15 Changes to the Original ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy That Still Make Us Crazy’ - at Yahoo Entertainment
‘Star Wars Original Trilogy Changes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly’ - at ScreenRant
‘Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes’ (actually, it is more of an overview) - at Empire Online
‘Greedo Shoots First’ and ‘Greedo Shoots First, Take 4: Maclunkey’ - at SWVC, by doubleofive
‘Star Wars: 10 Worst Crimes Against the Original Trilogy’ - at Den Of Geek
‘The 12 Worst Changes George Lucas Made To Star Wars’ - at Goliath
‘How Star Wars’ Special Edition Ruined Mos Eisley’s Scum & Villainy’ - at ScreenRant
‘Star Wars: Why Do People Hate Vader’s Added Line in ROTJ So Much?’ - at CheatSheet
‘The Version of Star Wars on Disney+ Changes the Canon Once Again’ - at Wired
‘J.J. Abrams Wants The Original Star Wars Trilogy Theatrical Cuts To Be Released Again’ - at ScreenRant
‘The Star Wars Blu-Ray Blues’ - at Saving Star Wars (debunking Lucas’ 2010 claim of the ‘difficulties’ in restoring the OOT)
‘Save Star Wars’ - doubleofive’s Blog article (re Lucas’ disingenuous 2010 comments on the ‘difficulties’ of restoring the OOT)
‘Untouched is impossible: the story of Star Wars in film’ - 2010 article at ARS Technica
‘Could Disney finally give us the remastered, unedited Star Wars we want?’ - 2017 article at ARS Technica

 
 

General OriginalTrilogy•com threads covering the Special Edition changes & releases:-

 
An Index & Help Thread for Original Trilogy Discussion
An Index & Help Thread for Theatrical Cuts vs. Subsequent Releases
Complete Comparison of Special Edition Visual Changes
An OriginalTrilogy.com Timeline | a history of the site | the why & how it came to be…
George Lucas: Unreliable Narrator & Time Travelling Revisionist
A celebration of the Original Trilogy | Some informative threads | How you can help…
Articles & info that highlight / call for a classic version release of the Original Trilogy
4K restoration on Star Wars

Modern SE Revisionism
Reasoning Behind Changes from Release to Release
It seems like nobody involved in the making of the OT has spoken up about GL’s oppression of the OOT
You’d think they’d clean this up - the unfixed issues of the 2004 OT SE DVD release…
What HASN’T changed on the 2011 OT SE Blu-ray release – the uncorrected mistakes…
Uncorrected mistakes or unfixed issues of the 2019 (Maclunkey) Original Trilogy release?
Credits & Leaders Thread

 

 

^ George is probably looking into doing for the 2026 SE release right now… 😉

 
 

‘The changes to the Original Trilogy films & general Special Edition discussion’ threads:-

 
• The OOT : link (1977-96)
• 1997 SE : link
• 2004 SE : link
• 2006 GOUT : link
• 2011 SE : link
• 2019 SE : link
• 2026 SE : link (“Somehow… Lucas has returned!”) - a possible future SE release (though unlikely)
 
 

If you know of any articles or OT•com threads that are relevant, or would improve this thread, please post them below - thank you.

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doubleofive said:

My name is doubleofive, and I approve these threads.

And I have to say they do look sharp on you. I especially like the bow tie.

Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)

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Are we sure that Fated-Dualist isn’t an oojason sock? 😉

In all seriousness, nice threads! I’m sure these will be good resources. Just one problem though, did you really need to put the Yavin gif in every single thread? It gets a bit repetitive seeing it six times in a row.

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StarkillerAG said:

Are we sure that Fated-Dualist isn’t an oojason sock? 😉

Hah! That’s a big compliment, I think. Thanks 😃

Though no, I’m not, and nor are the other members who were recently accused by someone of being socks (in a wholly more serious manner). I’d say ooj had completed around 50% of this project before I finally convinced him to let me continue it and sent it me on. The idea, layout and many of the categories included are certainly his.

There may be a couple more other projects of his to finish too, if I can convince him. Though they’ll be a while off, and these threads aren’t even finished yet (the relevant OT•com threads are still to found, read through, and added).

5th Nov Edit: The OT•com threads for inclusion in these 6-part OOT/SE threads are all now complete! Phew!

^ If anyone has any suggestions for any further OT•com threads to be included please post them in the relevant thread - thank you
 

In all seriousness, nice threads! I’m sure these will be good resources. Just one problem though, did you really need to put the Yavin gif in every single thread? It gets a bit repetitive seeing it six times in a row.

Thanks for the ‘nice threads’ 👍

Some people may only be interested in certain Special Editions so I thought it best to include the Yavin gif in each thread. Given it is quite a ‘big thing’ occurring (and recent find by doubleofive) since the '97SE through to the '19SE it kinda made sense to have them in all of the threads. As ooj says, images and gifs can help break up the ‘wall of text = losing interest’ feeling in some lengthier posts.

Plus, anything that points more people to the work and findings of doubleofive’s tireless SWVC project and articles is only a good thing.

 

doubleofive said:

My name is doubleofive, and I approve these threads.

I am both honoured and humbled. (and I’ll let oojason know of your kind endorsement too!)

Vote 005!

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Such cool threads!

As Fated-Dualist (a huge thankyou) says they will likely be helpful for new & younger fans, and also as a useful reference for people from a long time ago…

A good conversation starter for each of the main releases of the Original Trilogy too. 👍
 

 

Fated-Dualist said:

There may be a couple more other projects of his to finish too, if I can convince him. Though they’ll be a while off, and these threads aren’t even finished yet (the relevant OT•com threads are still to found, read through, and added).

You have my attention, what sort of future project threads to do or finish?

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Gonk-DB94 said:

Fated-Dualist said:

There may be a couple more other projects of his to finish too, if I can convince him. Though they’ll be a while off, and these threads aren’t even finished yet (the relevant OT•com threads are still to found, read through, and added).

You have my attention, what sort of future project threads to do or finish?

The list of project threads that ooj sent me that he was working on, or was planning to work on, before he left the site due to the ongoing brigading and harassment

(click on the ‘Expand’ button below):

  1. A ‘#ReleaseTheOriginalTrilogy’ thread. A placeholder thread for info on how to politely contact Lucasfilm + Disney > (write, phone & twitter etc) and let them know fans still want the OOT released (on a modern HD format etc). Basically a continuation / update of ADM’s letter writing campaign from ‘back in the day’. A thread to give members the opportunity to contribute in the ‘fight’ for what so many members and the site still want - an offical release. (Also another good place for highlighting the facts and history of the OOT, Lucasfilms & GL’s contradictory and disingenuous statements.)

^ a final draft of this is complete - though ‘requires editing and polishing’. ✔️
 

2. Find quotes on the OOT being the preferred version / wanting a release of… etc, by people in and around Star Wars - including the crew / talent who worked on them.

^ ‘completed’ recently, (by me Fated) - in the It seems like nobody involved in the making of the OT has spoken up about GL’s oppression of the OOT thread ✔️
 

3. To create an Index & Help thread of popular / high post count threads in the ‘Technical and How To’ section of the site - to highlight oft-asked questions & posts (and point newer members to some of the more oft-repeated questions / FAQs before making further threads about oft-asked and already answered questions).

^ done & posted by Gonk: An Index of some OT•com threads from ‘How-To’s and Technical Discussions’… ✔️
 

4. Individual ‘SE changes and general discussion’ threads for each of the main OT releases (inc an OOT and also possible / hypothetical future release); OOT, '97, '04, '11, '19, '26 😉 Use images and gifs to break up any walls of text. Include general online articles as well as OT.com threads in each thread.

^ overview with some articles and categories already indexed for each individual thread. To complete. If decent / a good idea, to ask Jay to ‘sticky’ them in the ‘Theatrical Cuts vs Subsequent Releases’ section so they are all together and easy to find - as introduction type threads for new members to read up & join in on?. ✔️

^ completed by me (Fated).
 

  1. A centralised ‘current situation’ / ‘How easy / difficult would it be to restore and release the unaltered theatrical version of the OT on a modern home digital format?’ thread; an info thread on the current situation as to the OUT & what it would take on a restoration / technical level for an official release to happen… (despite George’s previous claims). Include links to relevant articles and other OT.com threads of note (including fan projects). Also note about the colour timing, differing sound mix options of the OOT etc.
     

  2. A centralised audio version of doubleofive’s ‘Star Wars Visual Comparisons’ project thread - or something akin to it. To list or index info on the various audio mixes / options (+ 35mm vs 70mm etc) for the differing pre-1997 SE releases on home releases. To link to many articles and OT.com threads on the subject.

^ done and posted by Gonk: ‘An Index of OT•com threads on all things the Audio of the Original Trilogy…✔️
 

I edited in above where a couple of the project threads have been completed and posted on here by myself (with permission of ooj). To me, each project ooj lists would be a big benefit for the OT.com and members here, though others may disagree.

I’ll try and attempt ‘Number 3’ in a few weeks, yet the other thread projects are way beyond my knowledge or capability. I hope others on here, with that knowledge, capability and energy may take them on, or do their own similar project thread for some of the ideas above. Maybe?

 

Edit - just Number 5 to do:-

A ‘How easy / difficult would it be to restore and release the unaltered theatrical version of the OT on a modern home digital format?’ thread. Anyone?

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Oh wow, that is a LOT of content!
I’m willing to give Number 6 a go if you wish? It’d just be a list of OT.com audio/dialogue/music threads and some general online articles, but would help people find the various audio threads on here and information about the different sound mixes etc.

I’d probably need some help with the formatting on this site to lay it all as good as you have in your threads, if ok with you? Send me a PM please, Fated
 

I love that you decided to go with a separate thread for the GOUT release (from in the OOT thread). It works really well 😃

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I just read through your PM draft of it. Looking good 👍

Yeah, the OOT and GOUT are better separated and each having their own thread, thanks to those who suggested that.