On the “One Last Time” releases, it says “the original one last time”. This implies that only ANH would have got a Special Edition. I am 99% sure I have heard other people talk about this so I am almost positive it is true. Personally, I would have preferred if George Lucas did this instead of messing with Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand’s films, and if we had the option to watch the 1977 and 1981 versions of ANH as well, because it is beyond ridiculous to only be able to watch 1 version of a film that has multiple versions. What do you guys think?
They really meant it in 1995 that it would be the last time to own the pre 1997 trilogy, up until the bootleg market forced them to include letterbox transfers on the 2006 DVD set. All 3 were the same 1993 scan. The so called original versions. Kershner basically gave his consent to the 1997 edit of Empire. Marquand wasn’t alive to do so. If Lucas was going to do cgi cartoon versions of the films, why would he stop at one movie.
The problem is burying and suppressing the originals.
They haven’t done a new restoration of the OT ever. They telecined a print in 1992 to d1 tape. And have done nothing since. Lucas didn’t want to spend a dime on restoring the original version. He wanted to basically remake the films from the ground up as he always envisioned them. Without totally reshooting the entire trilogy.
The reason we had the OT in 1995 (in a copy bought instead of recorded from TV) was because of that veiled threat. Someone in the family heard about it. To be fair they didn’t really understand what it meant, but they still bought those tapes with the red metallic logos on.
Personally, I refuse to even call it ANH. The original had no reference to that name that I’m aware of (correct me if I’m wrong). I dont think the director/writer/etc gets to rename or rewrite a movie after its been released. I have no problem with him releasing new versions. Its the failure to preserve the old versions alongside them that I have the bigger problem with. Today its all in Disney’s hands, Lucas is no longer involved. Unfortunately, I dont expect disney will do much better.