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The OOT has been officially unavailable for almost a decade now

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While April of this year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Despecialized Editions, it will also have been 10 years since the last official copies of the original theatrical versions of the Original Trilogy (a mouthful, I know) were pressed and sent to retail stores. In April 2011, the 2006 GOUT DVDs ceased production, and were sold in stores up until September 2011, just before the Blu-rays were released.

Yes, the DVDs were an absolute JOKE of a product, but at least it meant the original versions were legally available to the general public in SOME form. While Harmy has done the community a HUGE favor by saving the greatest film trilogy of all time from becoming lost media and I can’t thank him enough, I also can’t help but feel like we lost something when the official releases went into the vault. It marked the end of an era when George’s Original Unaltered Trilogy was out in the open for all to buy, and the general public could view the three movies that made him so successful in the first place.

“No dude, this is iodized table salt, which in addition to sodium chloride contains anti-caking agents and potassium iodine, which is added to prevent iodine deficiency. So not only are you being overly pretentious by insisting on using scientific terminology for everyday items, you are factually wrong. Your arrogance is your downfall, you annoying little shit.” - Skeet
“May the pasta be with you.” - Obi-Wan Toadi, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

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Yeah from transfers done on D1 tape in 1992-93 for laserdisc.

There never was a transfer done for DVD, blu-ray and there never will be an official one for 4k UHD.

There never has been a restoration done of the original films, and there probably won’t ever be one.

Lucas doesn’t want it to happen it isn’t about the money.

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JadedSkywalker said:

Yeah from transfers done on D1 tape in 1992-93 for laserdisc.

There never was a transfer done for DVD, blu-ray and there never will be an official one for 4k UHD.

There never has been a restoration done of the original films, and there probably won’t ever be one.

Lucas doesn’t want it to happen it isn’t about the money.

Kathleen doesn’t want it to happen either.

I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.

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It’s that lack of availability that makes me want to spread the word about fan preservations as much as I can to my friends and family. This weekend, my family will be watching the Despecialized trilogy for the first time. None of them have even seen the unaltered versions since they were in the theater, and I’m very excited to make those available to them again. I would be very happy to see some official release at some point, but after all this time, I’ve resigned myself to the reality that fan restorations will always be our only decent option.

It seems so counterproductive not to restore and release them. Doing that would be hugely profitable and produce a lot of fan goodwill towards Lucasfilm. But it seems that George was firm in his demands, and I doubt Disney has any interest in releasing a “non-canon” version of the trilogy alongside their current version.

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the big companys don´t care about the fans.
so the fans would help themself.
thanks harmy,project 4k and others who bring back the movies as they are.

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I doubt Disney has any interest in releasing a “non-canon” version of the trilogy alongside their current version.

Bingo. The last ‘real’ release was like 25 years ago. But now the new expanded material supports this version of events with NZ Boba and Macklunkey etc so it’s going to stay dead.

Yub Nub for life