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Since this doesn't seem to be happening any time soon in real life, let's escape to the land of dreams.
After doing a bit of research, it is clear that the Technicolor print of Star Wars (1977) is the holy grail of this community. They showed it at The Senator theatre, and we all wished we were there. That print is pretty much exactly what we want on Blu Ray.
So lets say, out of the blue, the guy who lent his print to the Senator theatre was completely outraged over the 2011 changes to Star Wars, and decided that print was better off in the hands of the community. Or something.
So he starts a thread here and decides to sell it. Now, the questions:
1. How much is a Technicolor print of Star Wars worth?
2. If we got our hands on it, how much would it cost for the machinery to scan it?
2a. Does anyone know how to use this machinery/get the film into a viewable format for the masses?
Then, the final step. How do we sneak by Vader- uh, Lucas- without being detected? Of course, we'd have to hide the print in an R2 unit. And if anyone asks, deny deny deny! I don't know what you're talking about! This is a technicolor print of the Wizard of Oz!
Would they be able to actually track us down and confiscate the print if the sale goes down on a forum like this? I'm sure an interested buyer would contact the seller via email and not just start talking about it over the forum, but just how far is the reach of Lucasfilm?
I think the community is large enough that we could afford pretty much any price a collector throws at us... unless it's in the millions. UNLESS there are some hardcore millionaire Star Wars fans? =)
At this point, I think we have a better chance of convincing a collector to sell... heck, TEMPORARILY LEND his technicolor print and make that into something watchable rather than wait for Lucas to release the films on blu ray in respectable quality.