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An Index Thread for Theatrical Cuts vs. Subsequent Releases...


An Index Thread for Theatrical Cuts vs. Subsequent Releases

An Index of just a few of the near-on 500 topics that have been posted in the ‘Theatrical Cuts vs. Subsequent Releases’ section of the OriginalTrilogy•com down the years…

The Index Categories are…

• The Changes to the Original Trilogy over time
• Which Editions…?
• The various Releases / Editions / Sets (and changes to them)…
• The Changes - to some of scenes down the years…
• George Lucas / Lucasfilm
• Miscellaneous Threads


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Firstly, the About and Help sections may be of interest to you regarding this site and what the OriginalTrilogy•com is about.

Secondly, the ’How do I do this?’ on the - some info & answers to members’ queries thread should also hopefully be of some help as to many of the functions of the site, along with other related info as well.

Thirdly, the Announcements Section - including Site Rules & Guidelines, Fan Edit & Preservation Rules & FAQ, as well info for Signatures, Linking Policy for Downloads, and Plot Spoiler Policy (and much more) that may be of use too.

If you are having any issues with the site, have a question, an idea to improve the site, or would like to give some feedback - then these can be done in the Feedback Forum and General Assistance sections.

Finally, the self-explanatory An timeline thread - a history of the site and why & how it came to be… contains a fair bit of additional info chronicling both the site & also numerous changes made to the Original Trilogy over time.



The Changes to the Original Trilogy over time…

Complete Comparison of Special Edition Visual Changes by doubleofive

and some other sources on the changes made to the Original Trilogy over years…

Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes’ - an article from Empire film magazine

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

All Changes Made To Star Wars’ (Original Trilogy) - Youtube Videos : SW (Part 1) : SW (Part 2) : ESB : ROTJ - by Marcelo Zuniga

DVDActive•com articles on the changes to the OT from '77 to '04 (via Web•Archive•org) - SW : ESB : ROTJ : Prequels

A List of changes in Star Wars re-releases - from the IPFS website

An ‘All Changes Made To Star Wars - Comparison Videos’ OT•com thread - by Darth Muffy

A ‘Good comparison website’ OT•com thread - by Star Wars Fanatic

The Big List of Changes to the SW films OT•com thread - by Gregatron (with links to

Sources on the Special Edition by doubleofive

Modern SE Revisionism by doubleofive

'97 vs. '04 (and '11) - Your preference? by JawsTDS (2016 thread)

With 20th century almost in Disney’s grasp what are the odds of an OUT release? by LordZerome1080 (2018 thread)

Will we ever see the Original Trilogy released? by wymjafett2112 (2016 thread)

Do you think Disney will release the unaltered versions for DVD and blu ray? by arctofire (2012 thread)

Do you think George Lucas might release the original trilogy? by Buckrodgers (2004 thread)



Which Editions…?

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

Your Favorite And Least Favorite Special Edition Changes

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

If you had to keep one SE change…?

If you could only remove one SE change…?

Special Edition guilty pleasures

Okay, what did we LIKE about the Special Editions?

What SE changes (if any) did people like?

Most pointless SE change?

Nightmare Scenario Special Edition

Best Of Both Worlds

Gout vs faces vhs which is better? - a 2018 thread

I tend to watch the SE sometimes

Most telling SE moment

How the Special Edition Should Have Been (a 2014 thread)

The SE wasn’t needed

Are retrospective changes just fan service?

Is Disney Physically Allowed To Release The OUT?

Star Wars film versions and best DVD sources

OT bootleg DVD reviews

Is the Despecialized Edition more important than an official release?



The various Releases / Editions / Sets (and changes to them)…

Print variations in '77 Star Wars

The Theatrical Differences (2005 thread)

1977 70mm Soundtrack Recording

70mm 6-Track Dolby Stereo mix differences

OT Audio Changes

Hopefully the last 70mm vs. 35mm ESB audio differences thread

ESB 70mm Soundtrack - 1980 in-theatre recording

Star Wars vs. A New Hope

Accidental 1985 change

Star Wars Colortiming & Cinematography (was What changes was done to STAR WARS in '93?)

1995 VHS

1997 Special Edition Musings

Highest quality version of 1997 Special Editions? Is there a DVD release?

Star Wars Trilogy 1997 Special Edition DVDs?

1997 Special Edition, and how can I find it?

Star Wars Special Edition Laserdisc Features

1997 Special Edition Restoration thoughts…

97SE… how were the negatives assembled?

'97 vs. '04 (and '11) - Your preference?

Interview with Marc Wielage, colorist Star Wars 2004 DVD releases

4K restoration on Star Wars

It’s official ! 😦 (the announcement in 2004 that the release would not be the OOT version)

Here’s a Hint of the Public’s Reaction (2004 release)

Changes in 2004 DVDs

2004 box set changes

Star Wars Pan & Scan (a 2004 thread)

Got the DVDs Today (2004 release)

I love the DVDs! (2004 release)

Editing the ‘2oo4 Editions’ - which changes would you revert?

Cropping the Original Trilogy : 35mm vs dvd (gout)

Episode I-VI: Archival Editions (a 2004 thread)

2006 DVD OOT

2006 OT versions

The GOUT crawl (2006 - in the main)

2006 OUT DVD to Definitive Collection LD comparison question?

2006 Release - What has changed? SW : ESB : ROTJ

2008 box?

New Blu Ray Special Editions (a 2011 thread)

What does the blu-ray set have to offer? (a 2011 thread)

Star Wars theatrical versions not coming in 2015

What scene in the (O-)OT do you hate/dislike the most?



The Changes - to some of scenes down the years…

Original Trilogy - Luke’s lightsaber color

my memory isn’t that bad, is it? (the Grappling Hook thread)

The Krayt Dragon Call

What was your first reaction to Greedo shooting first?

ANH Space Battle aka The Battle of Yavin

Jabba the Hutt (from the 1997 SE of Star Wars)

Who Designed The CGI Jabba In The 1997 Special Edition?

The Emperor & line change in ESB SE 1997

“Bring my shuttle.”

“Alert my Star Destroyer to prepare for my arrival.” What was the point?

What was your first reaction to Vader’s “Noooo” in ROTJ?

Max Rebo band SE

Your first reaction to Hayden is ROTJ

Unbearable HC

Anakin ghost - old vs young

Anakin’s ghost?!?!?!

2004 release continuity error?! (Anakin’s ghost)

End of SE ROTJ…

Didn’t Darth Maul originally die differently?



George Lucas / Lucasfilm…

Why doesn’t Lucas just release both versions?

George Lucas’ explanation why the OT is obsolete to him

You might not believe Lucas said this…

When did you sense a disturbance in the Force?

Lucas to give the Oscars back to the Academy

He no longer cares

Did GL take too much credit?

GL’s “Vision”

Jim Ward on SE Changes… (2004 thread)

Reasoning Behind Changes from Release to Release

Official Lucasfilm Video Explaining Force Ghosts

Evidence of OOT at Lucasfilm? (2006 thread)

George Lucas: Unreliable Narrator & Time Travelling Revisionist… (2019 thread on some of Lucas’ retcons & contradictions)

^ There are many more discussion threads on George Lucas, Lucasfilm and many others who worked on the OT films in ‘An Index Thread for General Star Wars Discussion…’ in the ‘Some of the more historical / archival threads…’ section of that thread.



Miscellaneous Threads…

doubleofive’s List of Lists and Comparisons - very useful post for doubleofive’s posts on changes made to the Original Trilogy, and more…

Star Wars Negatives and Interpositives

Credits & Leaders Thread by none

Star Wars : ‘Tantive’s Orange Items’ Thread & other unintended objects

The Importance of Tone in Filmmaking

No explanation necessary (but we got one anyway) (The Prequels)

There was a 6 hour cut of the Phantom Menace

The Phantom Menace

How Many Versions are there of the AOTC

AOTC/ROTS VHS…are they the Theatrical releases?

How do u all like Ep I&II compare to OT? (a 2004 thread)

Which versions are best for each viewing order?

If you saw Star Wars in 1977, what do you remember?

What scene in the (O-)OT do you hate/dislike the most?

Quit Whining (a 2006 thread - ‘You guys are all a bunch of whiners’)

BOYCOTT (the 2004 DVD sets)

Boycott - c’mon, you can do it (the 2004 DVD sets)

Who has caved? (and bought the 2004 DVD sets)

my thoughts on originals vs SE… (by Stale Elvis in 2004)

My thoughts on various changes (by Anakin Starkiller in 2017)

An timeline thread - a history of the site and why & how it came to be…


If you have any suggestions for specific threads to be added to this Index please post them below.

Also, if you see any broken links or errors please also post them in here - thank you.


Last updated - 23rd April, 2019. Moderator

Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here?
And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?



A space for moderator comments (and maybe another category if required)…



Harmy has put up a video on youtube - just to remind everyone that Fan Edits must never be bought or sold.


Personally, as a member here, I’d encourage everyone to watch it and upvote that video. Moderator

Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here?
And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?