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<strong>Coronavirus</strong> (COVID-19) Pandemic thread - <strong>relevant political discussion allowed</strong> in here

I guess people are just fed up and don’t want to think about this as it has gone on for so long - and shows no sign of stopping?

‘• More than 600,000 people have died with the coronavirus around the world
• Nearly a quarter of them were in the US
• The world has seen the largest single-day increase in cases, the WHO says
• The number of new cases of coronavirus rose by almost 260,000 in 24 hours’


‘Coronavirus pandemic: Tracking the global outbreak’ - :-

We just seem to be nowehere near doing what so many other countries around the planet have done in trying to bring the numbers of infections and deaths down. This virus is not just going to go away - no matter what the ‘expert’ in the White House thinks, wishes and says.

He’s too busy on twtter, blaming China, or trying to discredit Fauci and other actual experts on this.

Original Trilogy Film Crew &amp; People Behind The Scenes: Profiles, Info &amp; Links...

I apologize if this isn’t the correct thread for this; I couldn’t find an editing thread for Paul Hirsch, so thought I’d try a more generic thread.

Mods; please delete or move if you wish.


‘Paul Hirsch on @jamieswb’s podcast in regards to the SE Jabba scene: “I don’t regret anything being out, I just regret things coming back in!” #ReleaseTheOriginalTrilogy’:-

^ with a 35 second audio snippet of the Oscar winning editor for Star Wars… talking about the redundancy of making and adding a Jabba scene for the Special Editions of the Star Wars film.

There should be a proper release of the 1977 Star Wars at this point

I saw this on

I think these type of images can by awesomely effective tools in highlighting what many of us on here want…

(they could likely do with using a larger font for ‘#ReleaseTheOriginalTrilogy’, and maybe a link to SWVC too? ‘always a critic’ 😉 Kudos to doubleofive!)

Are there similar banners and images on here from ‘down the years’?

My 1080p version of Mecha Salesman's 4K upscale of EditDroid's <strong>The Holiday Special</strong> (Released)

Super Cookie 64 said:

There are currently 923 views of this on youtube: (This version has stock music.)

That youtube video is for the 4K version by Mecha Salesman.

I think Gonk was referring to reviews or feedback for your 1080 rip of it?

Is it Lucas, or Fox, who has prevented the restored OOT release?

Facts don’t cease to exist because they are ignored 😉

The demand is there - as stated previously… ask anyone from Lucasfilm, now or over time in the last 15-20 years. The demand is there as demonstrated by the popularity of Despecialized, 4KXX and other OT preservation projects over time - whether illegally sold or acquired for free (as they should be).

The casual Star Wars fan would likely buy such as a set, and even film fans in general. Evne if they didn’t it is the type of thign that gets bought for you by firend and family on Chrismtas or Holidays and Birthdays etc.

When you use “The demand is actually high for the OOT” without the rest of… “because people still want them - and still ask Lucasfilm about them; obviously, that’s not just us. That Lucasfilm don’t respond to the requests anymore is on them - and does not negate the demand.” you can, and will, it seems… change the context.

“corporate validation?”, ““reward” for our vigilance.” - I don’t know what this means (the full part of what you wrote about). I’ve never mentioned that, just highlighting that demand you have an apparent issue with.

I’ll leave it here, as you’re now bringing up statements that I dont’ know what you’re on about - and this isn’t a thread to derail from the OP’s topic.

Is it Lucas, or Fox, who has prevented the restored OOT release?

I wasn’t talking about rumors - just the demand for the OOT.

Big money is obviously subjective. In the context of certain bootleggers selling hundreds of sets on certain sites for £40, $50 ot $80 - and we’ve all seen multiple sets go for $100 or more on ebay. Given the profit margin on these cheaply made sets… and the numbers sold over a period of 5 ot 6 years now by just a handful of the known bootleggers… that’s big money (to me, anyway). Many officialy released films haven’t likely sold as well over that time. So it is indeed quite lucrative - the bootleggers seeing all the profit - unlike an official physical media release does.

The demand is actually high for the OOT because people still want them - and still ask Lucasfilm about them; obviously, that’s not just us. That Lucasfilm don’t respond to the requests anymore is on them - and does not negate the demand.

(Maybe they still feel burnt with their claims back prior to the 2006 GOUT release about the demand, and what they actually released in the end? 😉)


As for the ‘And it’s not hundreds of thousands, either’ - you’ll likely find it is. I’m not just talking about the bootlegers, but also the many who’ve downloaded it on public torrents, private torrents, usenet, dodgy download sites. Many of which have made additional dvds or sets for friends, colleagues and family, or just helping other out online, like people have one here.

That one guy who set up his server claimed over 11,000 downloads, and if I remember correctly he only offered that free service for less than a year. Then, you have the same again for the NJVC sets, and again the differing version releases of Despecialized… where a good percentage have likely re-acquired them to get the latest version.

It all adds up. It may not be figures you may think or want - yet they are there, and significant - far more than just us on this site or similar like-minded other sites - as demonstrated above.

Is it Lucas, or Fox, who has prevented the restored OOT release?

^ and yet demand for the preservation projects of them remains very high - probably as high as it ever has been.

This is especially the case with so many bootleggers making big profits from illegally selling Harmy’s, adywan’s, and TN1’s (and others) projects - with eBay and other sites reluctant or not interested in doing much at all to stop it ($$$).

As I said in my early days on here… when you ask anyone from Lucasfilm what the question they get asked about the most is… and they’ll tiredly answer with a variation of ‘when are the original versions coming out?’

^ It is the same now as it was 15-20 years ago.

Just with thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of fans, all with Harmy’s Editions on their shelves or computers.

Many of them would still jump at the chance to buy an offcial release of the classic version - if done with the care, attention and quality it deserves. As would many others, including those who’ve proably never even seen the original version or know much about them.

Any links to fan edits. Thanks. <em>(Aka a quick lesson on how NOT to ask for projects on here)</em>

I don’t think many people are going to help you if you post like this - it seems you haven’t bothered to read the ‘useful info’ threads, or the Welcome thread, or ‘About’, Or ‘Help’, or the Index threads, or ‘how do I do this on the site?’ info, or the rules, or looked around the site to see how this place functions - where you would have found the information needed on how to try and acquire projects listed on here.

A number of other people here have previously tried threads like this - ‘give me the links - thanks’ - and it didn’t work out well for them.

It reeks of… 'give me all your long hard work for free - as I can’t be bothered to read up on your project thread(s) or on how this place works. I have nothing to contribute, or offer you guys back, apart from impatience and an attitude of ‘gimme’, a pretty worthless ‘thanks’, and ‘I couldn’t even post some text in the OP of my own thread asking for links’’ attitude.

Sorry if that seems harsh, though it is also true?

From the:-

I have found a Fan Edit / Preservation I am interested in - but don’t know how to get / acquire / download it?

of the:-

‘How do I do this?’ on the - some info & answers to members’ queries thread (it is also linked in many ‘useful info’ threads too):-

oojason said:

I have found a Fan Edit / Preservation I am interested in - but don’t know how to get / acquire / download it?

Read through the thread of the project you are interest in - there is usually information in there (often in the very first post) on how to acquire a project.

If no such information is in the thread… then send a polite PM to the author / owner of the project (which is usually the creator of the thread on here too) - and after that a little bit of patience is required. It is likely that the Fan Edit author / owner isn’t online every day - or even every week - and may have a ton of queries or other stuff to get through before dealing with your request.

If you haven’t heard back after some time, then let it be known that you are seeking a copy by making a post in the relevant thread; hopefully other members on here may be in a position to help you.

Also, fellow members may be more likely to help you out if you are an active member of the community here - you don’t have to be a fellow fan editor, preservationist, tech wiz, artistic or skilled etc; just a member that has made, or is making, an effort.

Joining up here and then creating a new thread along the lines ‘Give me the link to X’, ‘Where is project Y’, or going straight into a project thread and posting ‘How do I get these?’ doesn’t really fly on here - and will likely be ignored or deleted.

Many of the projects on here have been undertaken by volunteers or enthusiasts who’ve devoted considerable time, effort, dedication and some expense… to locate, preserve, restore & archive - or edit - films and TV programs in their best possible presentation. This is often with painstaking commitment - yet all projects are available for free; not to mention our members also improving upon & sharing techniques, knowledge, technical assistance, experiences - and a few stories, along the way…

It may also be worth checking some of the other Fan Edit sites around - sometimes it can just come down to good fortune if you acquire a project or not. Being rude, impatient, making repeated requests, or ranting about how unfair it all is - or what a rubbish system this is - won’t likely get you any help that may have otherwise been coming your way…

Some projects also have their own websites, blogs, youtube / vimeo / dailymotion / or twitter and facebook pages etc too - so it’s worth checking your online search engine of choice - to see just what is out there on the internet as well.


Please remember to leave some feedback…

A great deal of time, love and effort going into making many of the projects that appear here - so if and when you do watch an Edit or project, then please remember to leave some feedback for the Editor / Preservationist etc - whether on a technical level, ideas for additional changes / edits or alternatives, some constructive criticism (keep it civil), how much you enjoyed it, or even just a simple thank you…

A reminder…

Joining up here and then creating a new thread along the lines ‘Give me the link to X’, ‘Where is project Y?’, ‘Give me the download links’, or going straight into a project thread and posting ‘How do I get these?’ doesn’t really fly on here - and will likely be ignored or deleted.

Take the time to read through a project thread - especially the opening post - for information on how acquire a project. Or, if no such advice or info in the project thread exists… follow the information in here.

General Info…

Fan Edit & project authors are responsible for the availability / distribution of their releases - it may well be frustrating that you have found information on a long sought-after project on here (or elsewhere) - and yet have no way of acquiring it, though unfortunately on occasion that is the way it is…


An important rule on many a Fan Project site is… ‘Before obtaining any fan project, you must be in ownership of the official retail release’.

Another rule is do not post direct download links to Fan Edits or Preservations etc on this site (though links to a short demo or trailer is fine) - the What kind of download links can I post on this site? post contains more info & details.

Note: OriginalTrilogy•com is NOT responsible for the availability of ANY Fan Edits or Preservation projects that appear in threads on the site - that responsibility lies with the owner / author of the respective project.


It seems you didn’t see these two parts?:-

Joining up here and then creating a new thread along the lines ‘Give me the link to X’, ‘Where is project Y’, or going straight into a project thread and posting ‘How do I get these?’ doesn’t really fly on here - and will likely be ignored or deleted.


A reminder…

Joining up here and then creating a new thread along the lines ‘Give me the link to X’, ‘Where is project Y?’, ‘Give me the download links’, or going straight into a project thread and posting ‘How do I get these?’ doesn’t really fly on here - and will likely be ignored or deleted.

Take the time to read through a project thread - especially the opening post - for information on how acquire a project. Or, if no such advice or info in the project thread exists… follow the information in here.


Good luck with getting the links 😃


(I apologize to the mods and also to other members if I have overstepped here)


EvantheKidDS said:

ChainsawAsh said:

You can always, oh, I dunno, create your own version exactly the way you want it to be, and make your own thread about it to discuss it there.

I promise you people will be more willing to talk to you about your ideas there than they are in Adywan’s thread about Adywan’s edit.

That’s not what I would do. I’m not a professional at this. Plus, that would take me years…

You gotta start somewhere, kid 😉

But please not in here - thanks.


Seriously, if you want something then go make it happen yourself.

Nobody starts off as a ‘professional’ - probably every talented editor on here wasn’t happy with their first project (or draft/workprint of it). But they started off by ‘having a go’.

They learnt, improved, took on board criticism and ideas, and learnt some more. They became better and more experienced, and likely did more projects… improving along the way, and maybe with a few mistakes on the journey too.

I imagine it took a number of the good ones on here years too.

The vintage (and not so vintage) OOT T-shirt thread

doubleofive has some ‘ReleaseTheOriginalTrilogy’ tshirts, and other merchandise, up for sale:-


‘I’m putting together some #ReleaseTheOriginalTrilogy merch, anyone have any suggestions?’


with half the profits going to charity 😃

Laser Disc theatrical editions - which one should I buy?

Which set you wish to buy can depend on a few things - like your budget, or which box set art appeals to you? Do you want the best picture quality, or sound options, or simply what is generally perceived to be the best all round set?

Do you have a laserdisc player that is capable of playing discs from differnet regions, ie from Japan or PAL (if you are US based)?

There are a few ‘laserdisc to DVD’ preservation projects on here in the Star Wars Preservation section of the site, the Index pinned at the top of the section had many of them listed. It also has links to detailed info on each laserdisc set - audio/video information and some ‘pros & cons’ too, and is well worth a read.

Star Wars Theory's Darth Vader Fan Series

G&G-Fan said:

So… should I feel bad for liking it and being hyped for part 2?


You like it and hyped? Cool.

My post was just a ‘heads-up’ (for anyone who doesn’t know about it) as to what the fan film guy did for his first Vader fan film.

And how he is promoting funding for his 2nd film; ‘I can’t crowdfund Vader Part 2, but it is going to a lot big bigger and detailed than Vader Part 1 which cost me a lot of money… [cough] but please use patreon to fund my channels and buy my merch’. (paraphrasing from his video linked above).

Harmy's RETURN OF THE JEDI Grindhouse 35mm LPP (Released)

Timo005 said:

why did you remove the download? because i would like to download it.

There was no download link to begin with.

The information in the 💡 Welcome to the; Introduce yourself in here + useful info within 💡 thread, other sections, pinned threads and various ‘Index & Help’ threads around the forum all contain what you need to know on how to acquire various projects, & also on how this place works - and doesn’t.

Star Wars Theory's Darth Vader Fan Series

The man has a patreon for his many channels - carefully wording his videos as to give the impression any patreon monies will not be used for his Vader fan films. Which in turn seems also an advert for them; along the lines of ‘I can’t ask directly for you guys to fund my fan film - but you can instead donate to my channels here, and also buy merch for the fan film / my channels - links are listed here’

His new fan films, he claims, are going to have higher production values than before, larger scale, more actors etc - and really wants to let you know he badly wants a house - but will forgo that to do these films - and then mentions to donate to his patreon and buy merch based on the fan film (and his other stuff)…

My Final Decision with the Channel’ - 17 minute ‘Vader fan film Ep II announcement’ youtube video:- (the comments are worth checking out)


As others have previously said, he threw a hissyfit when Warner Chappell claimed he was using a very similar version of ‘The Imperial March’ music in his first Vader Fan Film - of which Warner Chappell own the licencing rights to.

Instead of doing what most fan film editors or fan editors would do, and remove the offending short piece of music - or replace it, he used the situation to kick up a massive long-running furore over it, which he documented in a series of youtube videos and social media posts… as a massive PR stunt for himself and his fan film.

(Which he repeatedly let everyone know cost a LOT of his money, to the point where it seemed he was hinting at/asking for money to cover his outlay? ‘I’ve spent a lot of money on this fan film, by the way, here is my patreon and merch’ type of statements)

His previous claims as to being in communication with Lucasfilm and other companies are apparently without any proof or copies of the supposed correspondence. He was also seemingly caught out referring to non-Star Wars companies as being ‘Lucasfilm’ or ‘Disney’, and incorrectly claiming Disney as being the company that had made the claim on the music used in his video - where it was music licensees Warner Chappell. Still, who needs facts when you’re chasing clicks, fame, ad-revenue?, and promoting your content? (cough)

He was very clever throughout; a lot of hearsay, claims and emotions - with appeals aimed to those who have issues with Disney / modern Star Wars / SJWs? etc - but provided no proof of communications with Lucasfilm, Disney or other companies he claimed he was in correspondence with, at all.

Many others didn’t believe his claims too, though he has done quite well out of them.

Though that’s just my two cents on it.

And now he’s back for more? Hopefully he won’t be creating dramas promoting his fan film this time around, but I wouldn’t bet on against it. Though if this Vader II fan film is as average as the first one, he’ll likely need something to take the focus of its ‘mehness’.


btw - there are some cool fan films in that thread ooj linked to - and also an index of fan films with individual threads on here too 😃

Articles &amp; info that highlight / call for a classic version release of the Original Trilogy

Will Disney Ever Release the original pre-Special Edition Star Wars Movies?’:-

^ a 2014 article

A snippet… The full thing:-

"With the sale of Lucasfilm last year to Disney, came a new hope for a “proper” release of the original, original trilogy – the films generation X grew up watching over and over again. Unless there was some contractual clause we are not aware of (and there certainly could be), Disney does not have any of the emotional hang-ups or concerns about Lucas’ “original vision”, or about trying to tie the original films to the prequels that so concerned Lucas himself. More importantly, Disney has a history of re-releasing classics “for a limited time on Disney DVD and Blu-ray”, simply to make more money. They surely know that releasing a truly high quality Blu-ray of the Original unaltered Trilogy will sell at least a hundred thousand more copies of Star Wars, and could therefore cash in quickly by making a small, but very vocal, section of the Star Wars fan base (myself included) very happy.

However, A year after the sale we still haven’t seen this release – Christmas came and went without incident. While, Disney could be waiting for Episode VII to hit theaters and cash in big at that time, there are other factors we need to consider. A lot of people assume that the original version is locked away in a vault somewhere just waiting to be transferred to DVD and Blu-ray, but the reality is that by all official accounts, the original negative was chopped up to create the Special Edition. A very good, and detailed, documentation of the restoration and creation of the “Special Edition” is available at the Secret History of Star Wars site.

ILM was working on many dozens of new shots, and an even larger amount of enhanced shots, using digital effects to re-do, expand, re-edit and otherwise alter many scenes in the film. When these were completed, they apparently were printed onto film and re-cut into the negative, replacing the original negs, which were undoubtedly put back into storage. As a result, the negative for Star Wars is filled with CGI-laden modern alterations. When Lucas says that the original version physically does not exist, this is what he really means–the negative is conformed to the Special Edition.

That being the case, it would likely be prohibitively expensive to repair and restore the original negative – it would cost millions – far more than the projected revenue from sales. Even that recent “Dear J.J. Abrams” video could only lure about 125,000 people to sign their petition.

As a compromise, Disney could simply scan several of the original surviving 35mm prints of Star Wars (several such projects are underway by fans at the moment, by Mike Verta, Team Negative 1 and others) and create a very high quality 1080p version of the original Trilogy that way, which might appease the fans and be far more cost effective compromise.

However, even assuming that they are able to create a restored version, they would then have to secure co-operation 20th Century Fox which controls all theatrical and home video distribution of both Star Wars Trilogies (at least until 2020), and they own distribution rights to A New Hope in perpetuity. Like the Marvel characters that Fox owns in perpetuity (the X-Men), Star Wars could be seen as something else that they have to hold hostage over Disney. Of course, owning the Marvel characters allows Fox to continue to make X-Men Movies, which earns them millions of dollars, making it a wise business decision. Refusing to distribute a restored original Star Wars Trilogy sounds like an extraordinarily bad business decision. Fox has nothing to gain by doing so, and to refuse is just to say no to what could be a rather sizable pot of cash, so we’re confident that Disney and Fox will be able to reach agreement on this issue. Perhaps they will agree to allow Fox to distribute future Star Wars films – after all, a Star Wars film without the Fox fanfare at the beginning just wouldn’t be the same now would it?

We’ve had our hopes dashed so many times that at this point we all have a “believe it when we see it” attitude, but with Episode VII primed to restart worldwide Star Wars mania, there has never been a better time to re-release the original, original trilogy. At this point, which do you think would sell more copies? A repackaged 2011 Blu-ray (which is still on sale) or an HD version of the films we remember from our childhood and which haven’t been given a proper release since 1995?"

Articles &amp; info that highlight / call for a classic version release of the Original Trilogy

‘Star Wars’ Films Coming to Blu-ray Next Year

The NY Times’ - 2010 article

A snippet… The full thing:-

"Though nearly 35 years of “Star Wars” fandom have yielded all kinds of memorabilia inspired by George Lucas‘s outer-space epic, including light saber lookalikes and wearable replicas of Princess Leia’s slave costume, one holy grail has lately eluded fans: a video version of the “Star Wars” films that takes the fullest advantage of their top-of-the-line home theater systems.

That’s a Death Star-sized void that Lucasfilm plans to fill shortly. On Saturday, the studio is to announce that it will release all six live-action “Star Wars” features on Blu-ray DVD in fall 2011. A boxed set containing the Blu-ray versions of the movies, spanning from 1977’s “Star Wars” through the final 2005 prequel, “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” will mark the first time the films have been offered in a high-definition home format, and will include documentary features and previously unseen footage.

Given Mr. Lucas’s exacting standards for film presentations (he founded the THX company) and Lucasfilm’s embrace of digital movie technology (digital projection was used for the theatrical release of all three “Star Wars” prequels, and the last two prequels were shot digitally), many fans expected that high-definition versions of the “Star Wars” features would soon follow.

But in a telephone interview, Mr. Lucas said he had been waiting to see if the Blu-ray format would be widely accepted by home viewers.

“We’ve been wanting to do it as soon as we possibly could, but we just wanted to do it when enough people would be able to buy it and see it,” Mr. Lucas said on Friday from the Star Wars Celebration V convention in Orlando, Fla.

When the original “Star Wars” movies were released on VHS in the early 1980s (along with other short-lived home video formats), Mr. Lucas said sales were slow to take off at first.

“We came out with ‘Star Wars’ right at the beginning of VHS,” he said, “and we sold 300,000 copies.” Within a few years, he added, “They were selling 1 million, 2 million, 10 million. So we learned from that experience that if you’re too early in the marketplace, there’s just not enough demand for it.”

In the case of Blu-ray, at least the potential for galactic-scale sales exists: a recent report by the media firm DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group said that nearly 2 million Blu-ray players were sold in the first half of 2010, an increase of 103 percent over last year, for a total of 19.4 million such devices in the U.S.

Mr. Lucas said the versions of the first three “Star Wars” films – “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” – included in the Blu-ray boxed set will be the special-edition releases that were shown theatrically in 1997 and digitally restored for a 2004 standard-definition DVD boxed set.

Perhaps bracing for the reactions of fans who decried some of the changes made to the special-edition films – like, say, an exchange of gunfire between Han Solo and a certain green-skinned bounty hunter – Mr. Lucas said that to release the original versions of these films on Blu-ray was “kind of an oxymoron because the quality of the original is not very good.”

“You have to go through and do a whole restoration on it, and you have to do that digitally,” he added. “It’s a very, very expensive process to do it. So when we did the transfer to digital, we only transferred really the upgraded version.”

And while some viewers might want the “Star Wars” Blu-ray release in time for this year’s Life Day – that is, the Wookiee holiday that roughly coincides with the start of the holiday shopping season – Mr. Lucas said a 2011 release was the earliest possible date.

That, he said, was partly due to continuing work on the additional Blu-ray features, and partly to factors beyond his control.

“We’ve been working on them for quite a while,” Mr. Lucas said, “but still, there are pipelines. Unfortunately, the recent releases get priority over what we call the classic versions of things.”"



In a 2010 article on SavingStarWars•com - The Star Wars Blu-Ray Blues - author Michael Kaminski addresses some of George’s claims and quotes made at Celebration V - and gives a fuller and clearer picture as to restoration process, as well as the ability of Lucasfilm to preserve, restore and release an official unaltered theatrical version of the Original Trilogy films:-

Articles &amp; info that highlight / call for a classic version release of the Original Trilogy

Here’s Why Old School STAR WARS Fans Should Be Insanely Excited About The Disney/Fox Deal’:- - 2018 article

a snippet the full article…

"While the bulk of the discussion about the creative pros and cons of Disney’s acquisition of Fox have centered on how it’ll impact the Marvel Cinematic Universe– since it means that Marvel Studios will now have access to the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties- there’s one crucial bit about this deal which could be huge for old school Star Wars fans.

See, ever since George Lucas deemed it necessary to go back and tinker on the Original Trilogy to create Special Editions of each film in it (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of The Jedi) there’s been a desire by Star Wars purists to have the original theatrical cuts get a proper HD home release. Sadly, that’s never come to be. If you want the full HD cinematic experience, you have no choice but to watch Lucas’ reworked versions of the films.

In 2012, Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney, and- briefly- there was hope that the Mouse House, with its unlimited resources, would give the Original Trilogy a proper home release. But those hopes were dashed when it was revealed that, despite Disney now owning the Star Wars IP, Fox actually retained the rights to the first film in the series: A New Hope.

With Fox hanging onto A New Hope, that meant that Disney wouldn’t be able to release the unaltered Original Trilogy even if it wanted to. Also, Fox would have no real incentive to release an unaltered A New Hope on its own, since it would essentially just be hyping up a property it doesn’t even own anymore.

Now that Disney is on the verge of owning Fox, though, that could all change.

Depending on who you ask, there are other- more technical- hurdles to deal with. For starters, back in 2006 Lucasfilm claimed that the original prints of the films were altered during the process of putting together the Special Editions:

“As you may know, an enormous amount of effort was put into digitally restoring the negatives for the Special Editions. In one scene alone, nearly one million pieces of dirt had to be removed, and the Special Editions were created through a frame-by-frame digital restoration. The negatives of the movies were permanently altered for the creation of the Special Editions, and existing prints of the first versions are in poor condition.”

Not only that, but George Lucas himself has asserted that it would cost “millions of dollars” to reverse the changes made.

However, the passionate folks behind have said that the process isn’t as impossible as others would have you believe:

“The negative is conformed to the Special Edition edit, because there can only be one original negative. So, technically speaking, the negative assembly of the originals does not exist. But it would be very easy to simply put the original pieces back in and conform it to the original versions. Actually, in a theoretical modern restoration, they would just scan the original pieces and make a digital edit, especially since disassembling the negative puts a lot of wear on it. There are also secondary sources, such as separation masters and interpositives, both of which were used to make duplicate pieces to repair parts of the original negative for the 1997 release. So, basically, the official Lucasfilm stance is a lot of crap, designed to confuse people who don’t have a thorough knowledge of how post-production works.”

It should also be noted that Lucasfilm’s old stance on this issue was likely influenced by Lucas himself who, at the time, was adamant that the Special Editions were the “real” versions he wanted to be considered canon. Specifically, while discussing the infamous “Who shoots first?” alteration and other changes made to A New Hope, Lucas has said “[The Special Edition] is the movie I wanted it to be, and I’m sorry you saw half a completed film and fell in love with it.”

With George out of the picture now, and Disney on the verge of owning the original negatives and the distribution rights for A New Hope, we’ve never been closer to the Original Trilogy getting a proper release in the premium formats now available to us.

And even if it would cost millions, we have a feeling Disney has some spare change rolling around somewhere…"