Yeah, we didn't dwell too much on the episode numbers, and certainly never referred to them as such. After "Episode IV" appeared in '81 (probably didn't actually see it until home video) we just assumed we missed it or didn't notice it when we saw the original back in '77. Then after seeing that my friend's Art of Star Wars book attributed the Episode IV designation to a 1976 draft of the script, we were convinced. (Was this George's first step in creating a revised history??)
Back in the day I always thought it was neat that these movies were set in the middle of a larger time frame, without expecting that any more movies would ever be made.
I wish that were the case. I really wish Return of the Jedi was the last one made. To me the original trilogy is nearly perfect despite some flaws. The prequels are one of the biggest dissapointments in motion picture history. They contributed to ruining the legacy of the oot. Which started with the special edition trilogy in 1997. All the way up to the 2004 botched boxset and the joke that was the 2006 gout.
I wish the 20th anniversary or 30th anniversary were about a true restoration of the original movies. Too bad the negatives were destroyed to make the special editions.
I saw the real Return of the Jedi once in the theaters in 1985. Since then i have never seen it on the big screen again or gotten the chance to see the 77 star wars or 1980 empire strikes back. And probably never will since Lucas allegedly recalled all prints and had them destroyed.
I would pay good money to see a 70mm roadshow presentation of all three of the original films in 6 track magnetic sound. Though only very few prints exist. Star Wars being in the hands of a collector who showed it to his friends.
There are quite a few movies i would pay to see in theaters and all of them are not modern films loaded with crap cgi. I would love to see the original indiana jones trilogy, superman the movie, star treks 1-6, back to the future etc. And certain James Bond films starring Connery.