News: Star Wars Trilogy Original Theatrical Release on DVD

“Where did you dig up that old fossil?”


Lucasfilm has announced that on September 12th, 2006, for a limited time, the Original Star Wars Trilogy will be available on DVD in its pre Special Edition state.

From the StarWars.com announcement: “In response to overwhelming demand, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release attractively priced individual two-disc releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Each release includes the 2004 digitally remastered version of the movie and, as bonus material, the theatrical edition of the film. That means you’ll be able to enjoy Star Wars as it first appeared in 1977, Empire in 1980, and Jedi in 1983.”

It’s exciting to think of being able to view the version of Star Wars that I fell in love with when I was 7 years old and seeing it in the theater, before the “Episode IV” subtitle had been added to the opening crawl.


I’d like to be able to think that it was my recent article about Star Wars that prompted this event, but I know that many fans over the years have anguished over the desire to own a DVD where Han shoots Greedo first.

Other things that I’m excited to see are the original songs in Jabba’s palace and in the Ewok village in Return of the Jedi, as well as the excising of the CGI Jabba from A New Hope.

From what it sounds like, though, is that in these packages you get the 2004 versions that include the Extra Special Editions that I already own. Who knows, though, maybe I’ll be able to find someone who wants to buy my current copies, cheap.

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