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Will we ever see the original trilogy released

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In all likelihood is probably never going to happen in our lifetime it won’t ever see the original trilogy ever released in any format whatsoever

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We need to
put them on notice and keep demanding the originals

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I heard there’s a gentleman by the name of harmy who’s got despecialized versions out there can somebody give me a link to where I could find them to download them I seen them on Kick Ass another torrents sites but I don’t feel comfortable downloading on a torrent site

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Sorcerer’s Stone, limey. Us 'Murricans are too smart to waste our time philosophizing like fruitcakes.

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To humor the OP, I think it’s just too big of a deal for it not to finally happen at some point within the next few years. There are just too many factors pointing to another release on the horizon (insert Egon photo here).

Even the SE is in lousy condition and needs a fresh remaster, whether that ends up being the RMW job or something else.

The new films are trying very consciously to recapture that OT feel. A release of the OOT by the time Ep9 hits theaters would only make sense.

Next year is the 40th anniversary. Even if it’s not happening by then, they can’t expect to let it pass without saying something on the issue.

Fox’s countdown clock to 2020, when they completely lose the rights to five of the six films, is steadily ticking away. I don’t know about the rumour that people at Fox don’t feel comfortable being involved in an OOT release while Lucas is still alive. That just seems stupid even if it is true. Even if Disney sits on it until after 2020, they still have the problem of Fox owning ANH forever.

But here’s the big thing to consider:

Lucasfilm has milked the releases on these various formats to death without ever including the actual films people wanted in the first place. Well, they released it in 2006, in the shoddiest possible quality that you could still technically call dvd.

The '04 release had a documentary and that was about it. Then the bd had deleted scenes. What will they come up with to sell the 4k UHD release? I really don’t think there’s anything left at this point besides including properly remastered transfers of the original versions.

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At this point I’ve just accepted that it’ll happen when it happens or it will never happen. Either way, thanks to Harmy and the ongoing efforts by people here to restore the OT from 35mm prints, I’ll be more than satisfied. I already have HD versions of the movies I grew up loving restored with 100% care and passion rather than as any kind of cash grab. I hope that isn’t what an OT release ends up being, but there’s a chance of it. There’s a chance they’ll screw it up so much it won’t even be as good as Despecialized, because of colors or audio or a botched transfer or whatever. In an ideal world they’ll give it the proper restoration treatment that films of this stature and cultural importance deserve, but it’s not like they have to in order to keep making money off Star Wars. So I’m just gonna roll with it and hope for the best.

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Fang Zei said:
The new films are trying very consciously to recapture that OT feel. A release of the OOT by the time Ep9 hits theaters would only make sense.

Really ? Last time i’ve checked there was a CGI Falcon and a CGI main character in TFA. I’m not really convinced by the “OT feel” that would prove Disney’s gonna release the OOT. Mainstream audience watch the bluray and don’t complain about these versions.

What will they come up with to sell the 4k UHD release?

Well, the answer is in the question: the 4k UHD release will contain… 4k picture quality and awesome sound. This is enough to sell it.

Now the fact is that the original prints are still somewhere in Lucasfilm’s vault. Otherwise they can’t make a 4k release (ie a 8k restoration). Or else they can use the 1997 SE prints (it was released in theaters, I guess the definition of the print is higher than 2k, right ?), and then they would need to “refresh” every CGI special effect (Paramount did it with ST-TNG, Disney has the money to do so). But at this point, they will also need to change the colors to match Lucas canon version, so… hum… not sure the OOT would be given as a “bonus”, but at least there is a slight chance that the 1997 version ends up being in an anniversary boxset… which would still be a gift for DE edition since they are way closer to the original versions than the 2004/2011 releases are…

As a matter of fact, Disney once released a very shitty version of “Beauty and the beast” as well as an extended version of “Lion King”. But the original (and far better) versions have been released in bluray; the extended cut of “Lion King” is even nowhere to be seen in bluray I think (but a few minor alterations are still present if I remember correctly). Disney is not exactly “snow white” for its own video releases (“Song of the South” anyone ? Bad movie but I love the animated parts, still they don’t want to release it… like Lazy Lucas does not want to release the OOT in a proper way…), so I woulnd’t exactly count on their alleged “cinephilia” or “OT respect” to actually deliver the original cuts…

Difficult to see, the future is…

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Disney does not handle Star Wars, Lucasfilm does, so Disney’s track record of not releasing original versions is irrelevant here.

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Frank your Majesty said:

Disney does not handle Star Wars, Lucasfilm does, so Disney’s track record of not releasing original versions is irrelevant here.

Such naivety is charming.

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Frank your Majesty said:

Writing everything in italics isn’t adding anything to your point.

Dude:

  1. most of “will the OT be released” threads and are based on the assumption that Lucasfilm being now ruled by Disney would want to release them (for various reasons)
  2. I use the fact that Disney is not that perfect in releasing its own catalogue to state a “hum, not so simple, me-think”
  3. you then come and say that it’s irrelevant…

Your post is quite curious, as well is your logic. But anyway…

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The reason why Disney is not releasing their own movies in their original form is completely unrelated to the reason Lucas was not releasing the OUT. The fact that Lucas is out of Lucasfilm is what makes an OUT release possible, not the fact that it’s Disney that bought it.

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MalàStrana said:

Frank your Majesty said:

Disney does not handle Star Wars, Lucasfilm does, so Disney’s track record of not releasing original versions is irrelevant here.

Such naivety is charming.

I realize that typing this is a waste of time, but Star Wars is not Song of the South. Also, do you really expect them to not use any CGI?

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It’s quite hard around here to have a simple conversation about anything. Even something as casual.

I realize that typing this is a waste of time

I really don’t get why you write this in the first place. I write a long post in order to respectfully discuss a thread with elements that might explain why Disney/Lucasfilm would not/or would release the OOT and all I get is aggressivity and expeditive replies. I mean, no kidding “Song of the South” is not “Star Wars”, thanks ! Sorry for trying to discuss a thread with different hindsight/point of view, really ! Guys, keep it cool, there is really no need to act like pricks, I’m sure it’s possible, even in the heat of a summer day. If not… just don’t reply to me, I usually don’t interact here with you anyway so why bother.