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Classic SW DVD Release Info
Tue, Dec 02, 03 01:12:42 AM EST

Ender_Sai works for a major international music retailer and sent us this:
Just following up information to your stories about the Classic Trilogy on DVD; our upcoming releases bulletin lists Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as being released by 20th Century Fox on November 4th, 2004. This information came to us via FOX themselves, so it's 99% reliable.
One other note, prices won't be known for sure until approximately 3 months before release. And as of today they're listed as separate releases; there's no Star Wars trilogy box set listed though it will be released, presumably. I thought it was interesting as Indy isn't available separately.


Theory:
If they are being released individually, I think there is a high chance we are looking at 2 disk sets for each movie, like EP1 and EP2.
If it was 1 disk for all 3 movies, there would be mention of it, or we'd have a box set, like with Indiana Jones.

But then, that is just my opinion.
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I'm sure there will be a box set as well.

Hypothetical scenario here...
If the movies are released individually at first with a box set announced to come out two months later, would you...
1. Buy all three movies individually right away?
2. Buy one or two of the individuals and wait for the box set just so you can get your fix of your fave?
3. Wait for the box set?
4. Buy all of them?

Just a curiosity question.
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3. 'nuff said.

Princess Leia: I happen to like nice men.
Han Solo: I'm a nice man.

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I don't know if I'd buy the eventual box set. I'm on the fence about the new trilogy and absolutely loathe the Special Editions. Right now I'd kill just to have the widescreen OT versions on vhs.
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He he. I won't say it...
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tf.n has it wrong: The SEs are NOT the Classic Trilogy.
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Well, I don't think it's a case of them mixing it up so much as a different use of the phrase "Classic Trilogy". They're using it as a moniker to delineate between the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy. They're calling the OT the Classic Trilogy. So, in that sense, Classic Trilogy refers to the OT, the SE, and the eventual UE. So, to paraphrase Obi Wan Kenobi, "what they said was correct, from a certain point of view."
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What would I buy???

I reserve judgement until I see what is included with the sets and pricing.

Zombie Chewbacca:
I've got access to those. My parents have them. Bought them back in 1997. Last OT set ever released.

And if GL sees his way to not releasing OT...well, I'm not supposed to discuss it.
I'll send him a check in the mail to help my guilty conscience.
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I think fox should release each of the flims in a 2-disc set.
Kenneth Kraly Jr.
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The films will be relesed like Ep 1& 2..

If not, then it sucks and will not look good on my shelf!?!?!

The box set will be like Ep1 & 2 box set, I think. It's just the normal DVD's in a shitty thin cardboard box...!

God I'm bored!!!!!!!!!!!

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Originally posted by: starkiller
I've got access to those. My parents have them. Bought them back in 1997. Last OT set ever released.

Not true. The last OT set on VHS was released in late 1998/early 1999. It was a repackage of the SE OT that also included the extended trailer for TPM. Before that was the first SE VHS release in late 1997. Before that was the THX remastered "Faces" edition in late 1994/early 1995 (I remember b/c it was my sophomore year of college and a friend of mine picked it up for me at a MediaPlay in Rockford, IL -- the only place that had the widescreen edition still available). That was available in both full screen and widescreen. The fullscreen was packaged in a stacked box with a slip cover like the SE sets. The widescreen was packaged in a flat "letterbox" box that allowed the three movies to sit side by side. The box was flat black and had the faces logo on the front of it with nothing else except a logo on the spine. Great set. I own this one. Die Hard also came packaged this way when the trilogy was released in letterbox on VHS.
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I mis-spoke Bossk.

I meant it was the last Original Edition OT VHS set released. I know about the 2 SE sets they released after that...I've got one of them. The local Blockbuster got 3 Widescreen copies, and I got one.

The 'faces' edition? That sounds like the one I'm talking about. Had half of the faces of Vader, a Stormtrooper and Yoda, on each of the video cases.
I was probably wrong about the date of issue as well. I guess 94-95 would sound right.
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Yep, that's the faces edition. And 94-95 was right. They wouldn't have released this in 1997 with the SE immediately afterward.
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theforce.net has another article about the rumored DVD release:

Lucas Confirms DVD Changes to Classics
Tue, Jan 06, 04 02:08:12 AM EST

Rob sends us this interesting note:
A little something I noticed today while browsing in Barnes & Noble today might be of some interest to other Star Wars fans. It's not much, but in Robert J. Emery's The Directors: Take 4, there is a chapter dedicated to George Lucas and his work. In it, George Lucas discusses his revisions to the Classic Trilogy that we are all familiar with in the Special Editions. However, at the end of that section, Lucas mentions that when the Classic Trilogy is released on DVD he will finally be able to release the films in the way he had originally intended.
He doesn't come out and say it directly, but I think it is fairly safe to assume that he intends to make additional changes to the Classic Trilogy. Either way, there are some good things in this book would recommend the series to any interested in filmmaking.

Sure sounds like it to us as well.
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I pray that between the time that blurb was actually written and the time when the DVDs are worked on, GL will change his mind. When was the book published?

I can hope, right?
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I sure hope george lucas change his mind about fixing the original star wars flim on dvd because I want to see the way they where originaly made. I like george lucas's flim but please george don't mess the sw that I remenber.
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Originally posted by: Bossk
I pray that between the time that blurb was actually written and the time when the DVDs are worked on, GL will change his mind. When was the book published?

I can hope, right?


From Amazon.com:

Paperback: 256 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.61 x 9.16 x 6.02
Publisher: Allworth Press; (July 2003)
ISBN: 1581152795
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 1,115,217
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But with a good six months leadtime from writing to actual publication if not more. So, in my mind, that quote is at least a year old if not longer. He can change his mind. And, in that time, this site sprang up, so who really knows what he's thinking?

Optimism at its finest.
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Originally posted by: Bossk
But with a good six months leadtime from writing to actual publication if not more. So, in my mind, that quote is at least a year old if not longer. He can change his mind. And, in that time, this site sprang up, so who really knows what he's thinking?

Optimism at its finest.



Unfortunately similar rumours have been published in a German magazine last month. They say that GL wants to to e Special special edition. Horrible news if it is true:
The fight on Hoth will be edited. (Faster walking of AT-ATs). Additional vehicles (tanks??) for the stormtroopers will be included.
Joda will be redone digitally (like in Ep. I and II). The same for the Ranzor.
The Face of Darth Vader will be replaced by a digitally aged face of Hayden Christensen.

Once more: These are rumours. But I fear them to be close to truth.
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Hari Kiri, anyone?
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As I said above:
And if GL sees his way to not releasing OT...well, I'm not supposed to discuss it.


Let's just say that backing up legal copies is legal, and I should be able to get access to the proper facilities.
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il call this episode 8: leave it alone lucas
Episode IV: A New Hope

01. The Imperial March has been added to Darth Vader's first appearance on Princess Leia's ship.
02. When Obi-Wan is talking to Luke about his father Anakin's Theme plays in the background and then it turns into the Imperial March as he talks about Vader.
03. The lightsaber effects have been redone and the frame jumps of lightsabers being turned on has been removed.
04. There's a new scene which has been shot during the filming of Episode III in which the Emperor dissolves the Senate.
05. In the Cantina, the Duros(green aliens guys) have been replaced with Neimoidians and some aliens from the prequels have been added.
06. The bleeding arm on the floor in the Cantina has been replaced with a non-bleeding arm because it's now canon that lightsabers cauterize wounds.
07. The original shooting scene between Han and Greedo has been restored.
08. Jabba the Hutt has been given a makeover and Han no longer steps on his tale.
09. In place of R2 wobbling down the stairs to the Falcon's hangar, a CG R2 navigating the stairs like he does in Attack of the Clones was added.
10. The white boxes around space ships have been removed and new CG shots have been added.
11. The scene of the Falcon being chased by the two Star Destroyers was modified. The Falcon now does spinning moves, avoiding the Star Destroyers' fire.
12. When the Death Star destroys Alderaan there's a new scene of Yoda's reaction to the disturbance in the Force that is created by all those deaths and then it cuts to Obi-Wan reacting to it as well.
13. The Dianoga has gotten a CG makeover and were are now able to see more of the creature.
14. The Death Star's paneling and computers have been slightly altered to show similar displays to those in the prequels.
15. The words "Tractor Beam" with Aurebesh lettering.
16. More stormtroopers have been added to the Death Star.
17. Temuera Morrison's voice is being recorded for use with all the stormtroopers.
18. The Obi-Wan/Vader duel has been spruced up. It is much more epic and there is much more movement. A modified version of Duel of the Fates is being considered for the scene.
19. The Death Star plans that are taken from R2 have been updated. When the Rebels are reviewing the Death Star plans they look similar to the plans we see in Attack of the Clones.
20. The Death Star battle is much more epic with more Tie Fighters and more Rebels being blown to bits. We get to see old Naboo starfighters being used by the Rebels.
21. There's a new scene(shot during Episode III) where Darth Vader goes to Coruscant and lands his ship in the same building Count Dooku does at the end of Attack of the Clones. Except now the building is all fixed up and it is now Palpatine's palace. He meets with Palpatine to ask for forgiveness for his failure and inform him of a new potential who is strong in the Force.
22. Chewbacca now gets a medal.

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

01. The taun-tauns are now CG.
02. The battle of Hoth is much more epic. We see the Imperial ships land on Hoth and release AT-ATs. The AT-ATs have been sped up a bit. There's a ground battle between the Rebel soldiers and stormtroopers featuring new ships and vehicles.
03. Temuera Morrison's voice is being recorded for the older Boba Fett and all the stormtroopers.
04. The white boxes around space ships have been removed.
05. The slug monster is CG.
06. Ian McDiarmid has refilmed scenes as the Emperor. The conversations between Vader and Palpatine is now longer and features a few connections to the prequels.
07. Yoda's face is now animated in CG allowing more _expression of emotions yet his movements remain the same. Also two deleted scenes featuring Yoda instructing Luke have been restored.
08. A new scene was shot in which the stormtroopers, after they capture Han, Leia and Chewie, bring Vader the box containing C-3PO in pieces. Vader orders the stormtroopers to bring the broken droid to Chewbacca's cell so that he can fix him.
09. The lightsaber effects have been redone in certain parts.
10. Luke's fall from Cloud City has been reshot against bluescreen using a stuntman.

Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

01. Jabba the Hutt is now a combination of the puppet and CG.
02. The Rancor is CG and looks disgusting as ever.
03. Yoda is CG. Yoda disappears leaving his clothes behind like Obi-Wan now.
04. The ewoks are now mostly CG and there are a lot more of them.
05. The plan is to insert the love theme Across the Stars when Luke is talking with Leia about their mother.
06. Temuera Morrison's like before is now the voice for Boba Fett and all the stormtroopers.
07. In the battle of Endor there are thousands of Ewoks and they are more vicious than there midgets-in-suits counterparts. More bite the dust now.
08. White boxes around ships removed.
09. The black blotches around Palpatine's face are gone.
10. Some of the lightsaber effects have been redone. The shadows that the lightsabers made on the floor are gone.
11. During Anakin's death scene it starts with a sad rendition of the Imperial March and slowly evolves into Anakin's Theme.
12. Sebastion Shaw who played Anakin when he was unmasked has been replaced with Hayden Christenson in make-up to make him look older. Anakin has much more dialogue. He apologizes for the destruction he caused, he thanks his son for turning him back to the light, he tells his son to rebuild the Jedi and he says he loves him and his sister. Just before he dies he says, "It is finished...".
13. We see more planets celebrating at the end of the movie. We see an aged Jar Jar, who is now the leader of the Gungans, on Naboo celebrating with the people of Naboo and the Gungans. We see an old Watto, who is now unable to fly, sitting in a hover chair cheering on Tatooine. During these scenes Across the Stars plays transitioning to the victory celebration music at the Ewok tree village.
14. Anakin's spirit is now played by Hayden Christenson with make-up to make him look his age. He looks on proudly at his son Luke with the spirit of Padme by his side
15. lucas will die
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Optimism at its finest. it should be our slogan
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I think the trilogy box set should look something like this (I made it myself):