Lucasfilm Has No Plans to Re-Release the Original, Unaltered 'Star Wars' Trilogy

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - 9:27PM
Star Wars
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - 9:27PM
Lucasfilm Has No Plans to Re-Release the Original, Unaltered 'Star Wars' Trilogy
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"Help us, Disney, you're our only hope" - that was basically our plea to the Mouse House when they bought Lucasfilm back in 2012. Star Wars needed to be rescued from George Lucas after the debacle of the prequels and restored to its former glory, and The Force Awakens largely accomplished that feat.

But there is another possible benefit of Disney owning Star Wars that hasn't been realized yet, and that is a re-release of the original trilogy in its original, unaltered version. In other words, the version where Han shoots first, where there's no awful-looking CGI characters, and where there's definitely no Hayden Christensen force ghost. But unfortunately, it doesn't sound like that's ever going to happen.

Kathleen Kennedy is the current head of Lucasfilm, and she also happens to be a longtime friend and colleague of Lucas. Turns out, as long as she's calling the shots, she's not going to step on her old pal's toes by releasing the version of Star Wars that he despises no matter how much fans want it. MovieWeb dug up an interview Kennedy did with the Steelewars Podcast back during the recent Star Wars Celebration, and when asked about releasing the original, unaltered trilogy, she said this:

Opening quote
"I wouldn't touch those, are you kidding me? [laughs] Those will always remain [Lucas's]."
Closing quote

Oof. We feel like we've been shot by Greedo. See, Kennedy could have just said something along the lines of, "Oh, we have no plans to do that right now," but instead she laughed off the suggestion. There have been a lot of rumors about Disney releasing the theatrical cuts of the film, but it now appears that they were all unfounded. Not only that, but Kennedy's dismissive tone almost makes us think there was some clause in the Disney deal that prevents the company from messing with Lucas's original cuts.


For now - and maybe forever - your only options to see the original trilogy as they were originally released are as follows: purchase a VHS set from 1995 or earlier and watch it on a VCR; purchase the 1993 Laser Disc trilogy, which will cost you a fortune; buy the 2006 special edition DVD and watch the ultra low quality versions included in the special features; or watch the fan-made, HD quality restored version known as "Harmy's Despecialized Editions."

This article from Lifehacker will help explain how to go about doing that last option, which is your best bet for seeing a quality version of the original trilogy. Sigh.
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