Unaltered STAR WARS Trilogy Is NOT Coming To Blu-Ray

Unaltered STAR WARS Trilogy Is NOT Coming To Blu-Ray

A few days ago, the website comicbook.com claimed that "two independent reliable sources" had informed that Disney is planning to release an original cut of the Star Wars Trilogy on Blu-ray in the near future, but that can be so. Here's why.

Want to make a Star Wars fan happy? You tell them that an unaltered cut of the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray is on the way. It is something that every fan has dreamed up since George Lucas lost his mind and tinkered with perfection by adding a bunch of bells and whistles that did the opposite of the intended enhancement of them. A few days ago, Star Wars fans began to salivate as comicbook.com posted an "exclusive" story claiming that two sources had confirmed that an original cut of them was going to be released by Disney on Blu-ray in the near future. There's one small problem as Badass Digest points out, Disney doesn't own the distribution rights of the original trilogy - 20th Century Fox does.

Disney doesn't own Star WarsThe Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi. Fox does. They also own the distribution rights to the Prequels.

The rights to Empire and Jedi and the Prequels will revert to Lucasfilm (and thus Disney) in 2020, but Fox will retain the rights to Star Wars forever. In perpetuity. And they'll never give it up. Will they work with Disney to do some sort of release? Sure - there's a lot of money to be made. But unless a deal has been quietly made to give Disney the distribution rights to the original trilogy, there's no chance the Mouse House is working on a rerelease. Now, if the report said that Fox was working on a new Blu, I might believe it. But if the sources don't even know who owns the movies, how can they know anything about remastering or release plans for them? - badassdigest.com

I find your lack of faith disturbing.
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Pasto - 8/18/2014, 10:26 AM
But...but...Star Wars....
Darthrageracerzero - 8/18/2014, 10:26 AM
ndwwrestler2 - 8/18/2014, 10:26 AM
Perhaps they could be digitally releasing it on Netflix? Forgive me if my facts are wrong, but wasn't Netflix the loophole that Disney found to distribute Star Wars: Clone Wars "The Lost Missions"?
Darthrageracerzero - 8/18/2014, 10:26 AM
as vader would say nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Doopie - 8/18/2014, 10:27 AM
DylansMyDog - 8/18/2014, 10:27 AM
Darthrageracerzero - 8/18/2014, 10:28 AM
everyone is sleeping on episode &...its like avengers this superman that...starwars will clear a billion easily ...im calling it now
Darthrageracerzero - 8/18/2014, 10:28 AM
episode 7
Jollem - 8/18/2014, 10:28 AM
BlackIceJoe - 8/18/2014, 10:28 AM
This news is just sad, but sadly not surprising at all.
charlie2094 - 8/18/2014, 10:29 AM
Completely forgot about this, should've known really...

Still isn't it possible that they have made some sort of deal to release the original trilogy? Unlikely, but not impossible.
SauronsBANE - 8/18/2014, 10:29 AM
For a site that constantly puts down Feraci and Badass Digest and their reputation...we certainly use A LOT of their scoops.

On a related note, this news was pretty predictable.
Jollem - 8/18/2014, 10:29 AM
@Darthrageracerzero - i called episode 7 being the movie event of the year :)
CaptainHammer - 8/18/2014, 10:29 AM
Oh ya cause star wars is a comic book movie I almost forgot
bayouboyz - 8/18/2014, 10:30 AM
Insert a and "They were suddenly silenced" joke.
Jollem - 8/18/2014, 10:30 AM
the original-original unaltered trilogy on blu-ray would be neat, tho
Cles - 8/18/2014, 10:30 AM
Man, [FRICK] Mondays.
MrBlackJack - 8/18/2014, 10:31 AM
gaikinger - 8/18/2014, 10:31 AM
I like the alterations....The old version doesn't hold up like you think it does in your mind.

One thing though....please please please fix the Han Greedo scene back to the original. Han shot first!
NovaCorpsFan - 8/18/2014, 10:31 AM
It was as if thousands of fanboys cried out in terror... And were suddenly silenced... I sense something terrible has happened.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/18/2014, 10:34 AM
Doopie - 8/18/2014, 10:35 AM
poor George
Dingbat - 8/18/2014, 10:38 AM

Me too, especially this one.

Seriously though some of the alterations are great. Can you believe Cloud City had ZERO windows in the original?

SpiderFraud - 8/18/2014, 10:38 AM
Jollem - 8/18/2014, 10:40 AM
"Ah, yes, divorce..., from the Latin word meaning 'to rip out a
man's genitals through his wallet'"
ndwwrestler2 - 8/18/2014, 10:42 AM
Honestly George made a LOT of unnecessary changes, but I didn't really have problems with most of them.

THE ONE THING! THE ONE THING THAT ALMOST KILLED ME...Was the scene in Return of the Jedi...that shit almost killed me.
MexicanSexyman - 8/18/2014, 10:44 AM
Haha poor "real" Starwars fanboys.
SimyJo - 8/18/2014, 10:47 AM
JorL5150 - 8/18/2014, 10:48 AM
Betcha a six pack that was a deal breaker before Lucas sold it...
Dingbat - 8/18/2014, 10:52 AM

I'll assume your talking about this

ndwwrestler2 - 8/18/2014, 10:54 AM
@Dingbat Actually no...

NYCgeekDad - 8/18/2014, 10:55 AM
Maybe Fox will re-release the original trilogy in theaters before episode 7. It would be like printing money. They don't have have to put anything in production. maybe just couple million in marketing, and they would make 100 million easy. Enough to fund another crappy adaptation of a Marvel property they have the rights to.
Dingbat - 8/18/2014, 10:56 AM

I forgot about that. That was very out of place.
ndwwrestler2 - 8/18/2014, 10:58 AM
@Dingbat The best part of that scene was the fact that Vader said nothing, and you could still tell that he was conflicted based off Camerawork and music alone.
Abary - 8/18/2014, 10:59 AM
Why is Badass Digest's "scoops" being reported as a fact? Articles from that site should have either a question mark or "RUMOR" at the front.
Dingbat - 8/18/2014, 11:01 AM

True. George never understood what made Star Wars special.
fettastic - 8/18/2014, 11:09 AM
I had heard shortly after the Disney acquisition that this was very high on the priority list, so this recent report just reaffirms what I had already heard.

The only reason Disney WOULDN'T do this is if Lucas had preposterously demanded that the SE's are the only versions released from here on out.

Fox can own the distribution rights all they want, Lucasfilm owns the prints and masters.

Remember that we are only talking about the DISTRIBUTION rights here. Lucasfilm owns Empire and Jedi outright because Lucasfilm made those films independently.

Personally I think it was kind of a bullshit move for George not to at least give Fox a place at the bidding table. If not for Fox, there would be no Lucasfilm because no other studio wanted to hear any stupid shit about a $10M space-bound B-movie.

That being said, of COURSE Fox wants to re-release the original versions. It sure as [frick] wasn't Fox standing in the way of doing that.

I am quite sure Disney has been re-mastering the OT for a Blu-ray release, partnered with Fox.

Although we like to paint Disney, Fox and Sony as being bitter rivals, that's not the case at all. In fact they work together all the time. Just because you're qa pissy bitch doesn't mean studio heads are. They wanna make MONEY, and re-releasing the OT is a great way to do that and get a groundswell of goodwill for the franchise just as Ep.VII is gearing up.
harley2011 - 8/18/2014, 11:09 AM
This was all known from the get-go. And quoting badassdigest.com, like that mean something?
ScottMontgomery - 8/18/2014, 11:11 AM
WHY?! Pfft this is why I am a Star Trek fan
Ceejay - 8/18/2014, 11:15 AM
Jesus the reporting on this site is getting worse, let's get the facts straight!

1) Disney owns all the movies including the original Star Wars, they are all Lucasfilm productions that were distributed by 20th Century Fox, not owned by Fox, DISTRIBUTED.

2) Although Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney and they own all the Star Wars movies, Fox still own the right to distribution on all 6 original movies until 2020 including video releases except for SW:ANH because they'll hold the distribution rights for that permanently as was the deal Lucas made back in 1975 to get the ball rolling.

This article is trying to make it sound like Lucas sold the company to Disney and left the movies with Fox. That's not the case, the movies are the sole property of Lucasfilm under Disney, they just can't be broadcast, projected, streamed or shown in any form without Fox's consent and payment.

In short, six years from now, Disney will have distribution rights to everything except Episode 4. If they want to release a box set with all the movies, they'll have to do a deal with Fox which is more than likely to be a big YES simply because there will be way too much money to be made for any idiot in a suit to say NO.

Here's the source to the original Hollywood Reporter article on the complicated rights issue - http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tangled-rights-could-tie-up-384541
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