Best Signs Yet that the Original Theatrical Cuts of the Star Wars Trilogy are Heading to Blu-Ray
Unfortunately, the cries of fans have fallen on deaf ears and we've had to make do with the digitally remastered versions through the rie of Blu-Ray and digital download formats. But this weekend, hope came in the form of some positive words by director John Landis.
At a Q&A tonight John Landis dropped that Disney are finally going to re-release the theatrical cuts of the original Star Wars trilogy.— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) September 19, 2015
Landis wouldn't have any real need to spin rumors, so this would appear to be the most reliable news we've ever had on the matter. But if that's not enough to convince you, maybe the mention of George Lucas will do it?
Apparently George mentioned it when last they spoke. Somebody put Yub Nub on. Let the celebrations commence!— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) September 19, 2015
If you're wondering why Disney hasn't cashed in on this opportunity already, there's actually a pretty big reason for the lack an original version Blu-Ray release. While Disney may now own the Star Wars franchise, 20th Century Fox actually own the rights to the original theatrical cuts until 2020 and the rights to Star Wars: A New Hope indefinitely. But it could be that a deal has finally been brokered, with Disney looking to cash in on the buzz around Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Let the Yub Nub flow!