After over 30 years of waiting, the unaltered theatrical versions of the original Star Wars trilogy is finally coming to Blu-ray, at least according to John Landis.
Landis, who is a close friend of Lucas, dropped this proton bomb of an announcement during a Q&A at Universal Studios Orlando, which Empire magazine reported on:
His exact words were:
"First of all, they wouldn’t let me. George owns his movies, so he can do what he wants ... My personal opinion is George hurt his movies by doing what he did. However, George said to me, 'But they're my movies.' ... I thought, 'That’s fair.' ... Did you know Disney, by the way, is putting out the original Star Wars the way it was. So, you know Disney, they’re like money on the floor.
That sounds like a solid confirmation to me - and just in time to get reacquainted with the restored originals in the lead up to The Force Awakens!
Finally, we can now watch these timeless movies as they were first experienced by theater audiences, meaning Han will again shoot Greedo first, rather than the other way round, as in the updated versions.
The only clear obstacle standing in the way of this long since requested re-release is, as is often the case, rights-related. Although Disney owns Lucasfilm, the original theatrical distribution rights belong to 20th Century Fox, meaning they'll have to sign off on it.
But considering there're boatloads of money to be made, this doesn't seem all that unlikely.
What do you think - would you be interested in an unaltered theatrical version of the original trilogy?