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chinton writes "From starwars.com: '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, as well as the original 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.'"
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Classic Star Wars Trilogy Finally on DVD

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  • is the nipple still intact?
    • by hkgroove (791170) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @09:09AM (#15261518) Homepage
      Dunno, we'll have to find out. My VHS copies are dying. There is still good in you, George, I can feel it!
      • It's a trap! (Score:5, Interesting)

        by binary paladin (684759) <binarypaladin&gmail,com> on Thursday May 04, 2006 @02:07PM (#15264204)

        No. He's more machine now than man, twisted and evil.

        Seriously, this isn't about good in the least. Let me do some translating here. From TFA:

        "Over the years, a truly countless number of fans have told us that they would love to see and own the original version that they remember experiencing in theaters," said Jim Ward, President of LucasArts and Senior Vice President of Lucasfilm Ltd. "We returned to the Lucasfilm Archives to search exhaustively for source material that could be presented on DVD. This is something that we're very excited to be able to give to fans in response to their continuing enthusiasm for Star Wars."

        Like all PR machines, there's a certain amount of fudging that goes on, let me translate:

        "Over the years, a throng of vicious purists have told us that the so called 'improvements' suck balls. What they want to see is the original before we did more damage than repair. There was also a large number of nerds stationed outside George's house chanting, 'Han Shot First.'" said Jim Ward, President of LucasArts and Senior Vice President of Lucasfilm Ltd. "Pretty much, all we have to do is take the last VHS release before the special editions and prime it for DVD release. However, don't make the mistake that we're being altruistic to our fans in any way. The fact is, many of these weak willed nerds broke down and bought the first DVD release and now that their failure is complete, we can sock it to them with yet another release. George loves cash, what can we say? We double charge the weak and now even milk the cash out of the purists that were holding out."

        Dammit. Dammit. Dammit.

  • DVD (Score:5, Interesting)

    by gentimjs (930934) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:09AM (#15261160) Journal
    Didnt george lucas come out years back with some rhetoric about how DVD was tehsux and lucasfilm would only pump out VCDs or some shit like that? .. yeah .. good plan ..
    • Re:DVD (Score:5, Informative)

      by Gord (23773) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:14AM (#15261193) Homepage
      Didn't he also say something along the lines of 'The only version that exists now is the version in my head and that's the special edition remakes' and that original versions would never be re-released?
      • Re:DVD (Score:5, Insightful)

        by grub (11606) <slashdot@grub.net> on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:52AM (#15261395) Homepage Journal

        He did say that, but then his pizza budget hit an all-time high so he decided to milk this withered udder one more time. Until the release on BluRay and HD-DVD are available, that is.
  • by secondsun (195377) <secondsun@gmail.com> on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:09AM (#15261161) Journal
    So wouldn't this be the re-re-re-re-re-rerelease?
  • If only (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Oldsmobile (930596) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:09AM (#15261163) Journal
    If only they could now release episodes one through three with remastered versions that don't feature lousy acting, shallow characters and crappy plots.
    • ...over spilled milk. by now you should have long understood that a rewrite or new version of SW new ep 1-3 only belong to fantasy. frankly personaly re-release leave me cld. I would rather have new films like sequels.
    • Re:If only (Score:2, Funny)

      by Opportunist (166417)
      Sorry, computer tech and digital art ain't THAT good yet.
    • Re:If only (Score:3, Insightful)

      by The Snowman (116231) *

      If only they could now release episodes one through three with remastered versions that don't feature lousy acting, shallow characters and crappy plots.

      Episode 3 was actually pretty good. It had plenty of action, but enough slow parts that tied the story together and developed the characters. It was dark and evil, definitely had a consistent and welcome theme throughout. I don't know which of the 6 movies is the best, but Episode 3 is a strong contender in my mind.

      Episodes 1 and 2 left a lot to be desir

      • Episode 3 was actually pretty good.

        In what sense? Piss poor acting. Not just from Hayden ( who seems to operate in that mode ), but from everyone. Even my man Jackson. Shallow story, poor execution of what little plot they had. Cheesy Darth Vader scene, characters breaking from the mold they set in the previous two films.

        I'll give you an example of that last one; Pademe losing her will to live? Here is a strong woman who has an almost limitless well of compassion in her ( think about her comments abo
        • Re:If only (Score:3, Insightful)

          by thebdj (768618)
          You obviously have no kids. Women get pretty moody while pregnant and can change lots. But further into that degree, it wasn't Anakin/Vader trying to kill her that caused her to lose the will to live, it was his turn to the dark side and the vicious creature he turned into because he wanted to "save her." She realized the monster he had become and this is why she lost her will to live. It goes much, much deeper then you are even putting into it.

          As for acting, has it ever been that good throughout any
          • Re:If only (Score:3, Insightful)

            by finkployd (12902)
            But further into that degree, it wasn't Anakin/Vader trying to kill her that caused her to lose the will to live, it was his turn to the dark side and the vicious creature he turned into because he wanted to "save her." She realized the monster he had become and this is why she lost her will to live. It goes much, much deeper then you are even putting into it.

            Oh no it doesn't, it is a lame plot no matter how much anyone tries to rationalize it.

            Anakin is driven to the dark side by a desire to save her (from
    • Re:If only (Score:3, Insightful)

      by cultrhetor (961872)
      One could say the same thing about the "classic" trilogy. You were just younger and less discerning when it came out. George Lucas writes the world's worst dialogue. The movies were all meant to be comic-book style fantasies: not shakespeare.
    • Re:If only (Score:3, Funny)

      by halivar (535827)
      Yeah, but at least they didn't have Bea Arthur as a singing cantina owner. Some things do improve with time. That said, I definitely think Harvey Corman could have played a good Sith.
  • Who shot first? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by booch (4157) <slashdot2010@noSpAM.craigbuchek.com> on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:09AM (#15261164) Homepage
    Is it truly the original? Did Han shoot first?
    • Re:Who shot first? (Score:3, Informative)

      by iamjoltman (883526)
      I don't know if you're being serious, but the answer is yes. That is probably one of the prime factors people think of in terms of original vs SE, and if they claimed it was the original and didn't have that, they would just be shooting themselves in the foot. But I guess the foot would have to shoot at them first, missing horribly.
      Anyway, one of the first images you see at starwars.com [starwars.com] says
      This September: Original Unaltered Trilogy on DVD
      See Han Solo shoot first
    • Re:Who shot first? (Score:3, Informative)

      by Megane (129182)
      It's not truly the original if it says "A NEW HOPE" in the title. But it's close enough.
      • Re:Who shot first? (Score:3, Informative)

        by dswensen (252552) *
        TFA seems to have been edited from last night, but last night it read:

        See the title crawl to Star Wars before it was known as Episode IV; see the pioneering, if dated, motion control model work on the attack on the Death Star; groove to Lapti Nek or the Ewok Celebration song like you did when you were a kid; and yes, see Han Solo shoot first.
    • Re:Who shot first? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by redtape (37014) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:53AM (#15261398)
      If this is the original, Han doesn't shoot "first" since, in the original, Greedo NEVER shot!
  • by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohnNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:09AM (#15261165) Journal
    You know, there's something undeniably good about Episodes IV, V & VI.

    Especially when you see it on the big screen. Unfortunately, I was born in 1982 meaning that I wasn't quite to the point of being able to go see it in theatres when it was released. But the special edition releases changed all that--though the changes George Lucas made did leave me feeling kind of hollow (wtf, Han?).

    I would think that the mass turn out to see the special edition movies would be proof enough that releasing the originals to theatres every ten years would be profitable. In fact, I would conjecture that releasing it every ten years would give everyone the chance to see it at an early age and be beneficial to the Star Wars franchise. I know Lucas wouldn't be able to resist changing parts of it but hopefully he'll be preoccupied with destroying the Indiana Jones Trilogy by then.

    I did notice that Mr. Lucas isn't cited once in this article and instead we hear from Jim Ward who is perhaps actually interested in what the fans have to say as they are providing his paycheck.

    If you were to ask me on any day of the week, "Would you like to go see one of the Star Wars movies on the big screen?" You bet I would. It's immeasurably better than the utter drek [imdb.com] that's in theatres now. Oftentimes my friends propose we go see a movie only to discover that there is nothing but pure crap [imdb.com]. What does Lucasfilm have that so few movies today lack? Timelessness--the ability to surpass the aging of the film and the advances in technology that every movie today uses.

    While it's true I'm a fan of Star Wars so my opinion might be biased, I've never found anyone who's outright hated it.

    Well, I got original separate movies for my birthday at a young age, the VHS set of this trilogy when I was about 15, I bought the special edition DVDs in wide screen format a couple years ago and now it looks like I'll be purchasing yet another copy of these movies. Boy, Lucasfilm sure has my number.
    • "While it's true I'm a fan of Star Wars so my opinion might be biased, I've never found anyone who's outright hated it. " I hated it. Although I'm 30 I first watched IV in the cinema in the late nineties. I was bored by the barely-existent plot, the generally poor acting. Only Ford and Guinness made it worth watching. I would have walked out otherwise.
      • by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohnNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:41AM (#15261339) Journal
        Since this is coming from a user with the ID "the_duke_of_hazzard," I don't think you're in any position to complain about plot.

        The Dukes of Hazzard had the worst cookie cutter plot lines [everything2.com] ever. From the above link:
        The plot of a Dukes Of Hazzard episode is the least essential part of the script. Be creative in the structure of your episode, but adhere to the following rule: If the question "Is this the episode where Boss Hogg comes up with a crazy scheme to put the Dukes in jail or swindle honest folk, but in the end is foiled in part due to his own stupidity?" doesn't apply to your episode, you've got to go back to the drawing board. Remember: there is no "very special episode" where Uncle Jesse reveals that he can't read, or the Dukes learn a special lesson about teenage pregnancy. A "very special episode" of Dukes Of Hazzard is one that features the Oak Ridge Boys.
        • How very dare you! My PhD was in existential motifs in Dukes of Hazzard sub-plots. Those Duke boys never did mean no harm.
        • Remember: there is no "very special episode" where Uncle Jesse reveals that he can't read, or the Dukes learn a special lesson about teenage pregnancy. A "very special episode" of Dukes Of Hazzard is one that features the Oak Ridge Boys.

          Honestly this is probably one of the Dukes of Hazzard's few strengths. Those "very special episodes" almost always fall flat in most dramatic shows, and especially fall flat in comedies. They're generally worthless, don't make you feel empathy for the characters, and too

    • If you were to ask me on any day of the week, "Would you like to go see one of the Star Wars movies on the big screen?" You bet I would.

      Actually, that is what I did in 77, 80, and 83. Which is what I thought

      That means you'll be able to enjoy Star Wars as it first appeared in 1977, Empire in 1980, and Jedi in 1983.

      meant.

      I haven't read the FA yet. But I'm wondering how "original" these are. Personally, I liked all of the remastering and cleanups they did to the special addition ones. I liked the introduct
    • What does Lucasfilm have that so few movies today lack? Timelessness

      Yep, Star Wars Holiday Special makes people cringe just as much today as it did when it first aired.

  • Awesome (Score:5, Informative)

    by squarooticus (5092) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:09AM (#15261166) Homepage
    I bought the four disc DVD set when it came out, but that POS is hitting half.com when I get my hands on this. Finally, no Jabba, no "whoosh!" at Alderaan, no ring of fire when the Death Star explodes, no interruption of the wonderful "Hyperspace" piece at the end of Empire, and...

    HAN FIRES FIRST!
    • Re:Awesome (Score:3, Funny)

      by PMuse (320639)
      I'm impressed. I had assumed when LucasFilm released the last of the films on DVD that the only way for them to milk more money out of us was to release a 6-movie boxed set (probably in 4Q 2006). How wrong I was. Clearly, their schwartz is bigger than mine.
    • Do you mean the idiotic sequence they inserted with Vader "going to his shuttle" where they couldn't even be bothered to hire James Earl Jones for 10 seconds of dialogue dubbing -- which additionally ruined the entire soundtrack by putting a dead-ass-dragging darth vader's theme in the middle of the escape from Bespin sequence?

      That one galled me more than Han shooting first, and it was mostly because there was so little reason for it to have been there -- I as a 10-year-old understood perfectly that Vader c

  • BASTARDS! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by aborchers (471342) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:09AM (#15261167) Homepage Journal
    I should have known they'd eventually cave to milk another buck out of me. I never would have bought the redux trilogy if I'd believed this was coming. Sad thing is, I know I'll buy them...
    • I absolutely refused to buy the previous versions, and now it looks like my patience has paid off! Sorry you had to waste all your hard-earned cash on garbage, but good things come to those who wait. Now, are these available in wide-screen/letterbox format?
    • Re:BASTARDS! (Score:5, Insightful)

      by TychoCelchuuu (835690) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @11:21AM (#15262686) Journal
      Lucas releases Star Wars Trilogy on DVD!

      Slashdot: You suck! We don't want Han to shoot first! Gives us the original version, not the Special Edition!

      Lucas releases Classic Star Wars Trilogy on DVD!

      Slashdot: You suck! I... uh... asked for this a year ago.
  • by viking099 (70446) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:09AM (#15261168)
    Well, now we know that even someone like George Lucas can be influenced by the promise of a ton of money. Well... probably not Lucas himself but all the people who can influence him.

    So now we'll have the opportunity to purchase yet another copy, bringing some people up to 5 seperate copies of the same set of movies.

    That's pretty impressive.
  • Can he do that? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by twoshortplanks (124523) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:09AM (#15261169) Homepage
    I seem to remember back when they were selling the original films on VHS in the UK shortly before the remastered version came out the advertising said that this was the last chance to buy this version of the film.
    • by Jugalator (259273) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @10:08AM (#15262010) Journal
      Yeah, I wonder if they can after having announced this...
      Maybe they'll hire actors and cut together a new edition, calling it the original one. :-p

      Seriously, the only thing that claim would tell me is that:
      1. We don't plan to release the original one in more editions => this is your last chance.
      2. We changed our minds.
      3. Profit.
  • Awesome! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Jeian (409916) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:11AM (#15261175)
    It pissed me off to no end when I got the original trilogy on DVD, and they'd replaced the ghost of the "old" Anakin Skywalker with the ghost of the "young" Anakin Skywalker at the end of RotJ.
  • No thanks (Score:5, Funny)

    by MemoryDragon (544441) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:12AM (#15261185)
    I am still waiting for the Jar Jar Binks edition. The one where the movies are done as they were meant to be, with Luke being replaced by Jar Jar Binks.
    • Re:No thanks (Score:3, Insightful)

      by powerlord (28156)
      I am still waiting for the Jar Jar Binks edition. The one where the movies are done as they were meant to be, with Luke being replaced by Jar Jar Binks.

      You know ... that actually might explain a lot of the plot twists and acting style.
    • "Wesa Luke Skywalker. Wesa here to rescue you!"
    • but only if it comes as an interactive movie, and you get a blaster and a light sabre to creatively redesign Jar Jar's appearance.
  • by forgotten_my_nick (802929) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:16AM (#15261203)
    Just so I could say "May the 4th be with you".

    *drumroll* *cymbals*

    Thank you, thank you, try the lobster.

  • by phlegmofdiscontent (459470) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:17AM (#15261209)
    as if millions of hells had frozen over and were suddenly silenced.
  • Attractive to who?
  • Nice to see (Score:3, Interesting)

    by MImeKillEr (445828) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:18AM (#15261213) Homepage Journal
    Nice to see that they're relasing the original versions in the same boxes. Now I can show my kids the versions I saw, and not the "digitally enhanced" (read:bastardized) versions where they cut/rearranged scenes.

    See http://www.dvdactive.com/editorial/articles/star-w ars-the-changes-part-one.html [dvdactive.com] for a listing of the changes between thr original Star Wars and the 2004 "digitally enhanced" version. No doubt, the DVD release will match those of 2004.

    I imagine he's bastardized Empire and Jedi as well.

  • by sdo1 (213835) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:21AM (#15261227) Journal
    Come on. Let's not kid ourselves. As much as George likes to pretend he's taking the high ground and being true to his artistic vision (which annoyed me, but at least I could respect), we all knew this would come down to $$$$. In the grand scheme, it's a trivial amount of work to get these DVDs ready to go and the cost of production is trivial. This decision will bring in millions upon millions of dollars into Lucasfilm and there's no way they could turn that down.

    It has nothing to do with the pressure we collectively put on them. It has nothing to do with George caving on his desire to keep tweaking his movies.

    It has to do with bringing in more moolah. Just keep milking the cash cow.

    Um... and I... um.... well... I'll probably be first in line to squeeze the teet.

    -S
  • by zaguar (881743) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:25AM (#15261246)
    They are "attractively priced" at $200 so the MPAA can recoup the losses that occur when someone who buys the set makes a copy of each disk for individual usage, at 6 disks, $35 for each disk (conservative estimate by the MPAA), they lose $210 (What does the MPAA expect? A user to buy 2 copies?). The MPAA, in their generosity and wisdom, is prepared to accept losing $10 per sale, hence the price of $200
  • by sg3000 (87992) * <sg_public@NospaM.mac.com> on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:27AM (#15261257)
    I, for one, am happy with the remastered, remixed, redone versions. In fact, I think that Lucas should make even more random changes in the next versions. Like changing it so that when Itchy plays Scratchy's rib twice in succession, it makes three different tones!

    However, if Lucas wants to put out new DVDs, more power to him. However, you know what's funny? Sure, Lucas is releasing DVDs that have the original uncut versions of the OT on them. But note:

    Each release includes the 2004 digitally remastered version of the movie and, as bonus material, the theatrical edition of the film.

    If you absolutely have to have the original versions, you have to buy the Special Editions to get them. So if you've already bought the DVD collection, you get to buy it again. So the "OMG!!1! HAN DIDN'T SHOOT FIRST?? I'M SO BUMMED!!" crowd get to buy the version they hate *twice*.

    Sure, those consumers will put the other versions up for sale on Ebay as fast as possible. But by the time they sell, the Bluray/HD-DVD version comes out.

    The circle is now complete!
  • Personally ( and I know I might be in the minority here) I preferred the original theatrical release to the 'Director's Cut'.

    Mr Scott I have a lot of time for - but in this case, I have to disagree.
  • by dpbsmith (263124) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:30AM (#15261280) Homepage
    It's not possible to "enjoy Star Wars as it first appeared in 1977."

    Watching a DVD is NOT the same as watching projected film on a screen in a theatre.

    But the big problem is, I don't know of any safe way to erase, then subsequently restore, my memories of the past couple of decades so that I can see the film knowing nothing about the movie except a Time magazine review and a friend saying it was great.

    How can I watch the 1977 Star Wars without the burden of twenty-nine-years'-worth of accumulated "spoilers?."
  • I suppose this means I can finally retire my laserdisc player. *sniff*... watching a movie just isn't the same anymore without the whirrrr of a 12" disc spinning.
  • Everyone complaining that "Han shot first" is doing the happy dance from the original end of Jedi.
  • by mrshowtime (562809) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:33AM (#15261294)
    Lucas is essentially releasing a high grade dvd bootleg of the Uber 1993 Laserdisc release. The picture quality will be 1993 and the sound 2.0 stereo AND you still have to essentially re-buy the crappy 2004 release which comes in the same set. Lucas is such a cock. I know damn well he has perfect, unaltered, un-CGI'ed, versions of Star Wars; he has to have them. But, instead, he is pretending that they were somehow destroyed.
  • In other news, George Lucas returns from his holiday on December 31st.
     
    Any ideas on why the limited release?
  • by 91degrees (207121) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:34AM (#15261303) Journal
    Options:

    Han shoots first.
    Greedo shoots first.
    Both shoot at the same time.
    Greedo doesn't shoot.
    Han doesn't shoot. Greedo accidentally shoots himself.
    Nobody shoots. Greedo declares the life of a rogue is not for him, and goes off to enjoy the sunshine
    Jabba shoots first.
  • But I thought.... (Score:5, Informative)

    by cvd6262 (180823) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:46AM (#15261372)
    AP: Why not release both the originals and special editions on DVD?

    Lucas: The special edition, that's the one I wanted out there. The other movie, it's on VHS, if anybody wants it. ... I'm not going to spend the, we're talking millions of dollars here, the money and the time to refurbish that, because to me, it doesn't really exist anymore.

    Source (9/15/2004) [msn.com]
    • by jridley (9305) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @09:30AM (#15261659)
      Well hell, if it doesn't exist, then he shouldn't mind if I make a few hundred copies and hand them out at conventions.
      As far as I can tell, the original trilogy had been the subject of more "labor of love" really well done fan DVD sets than anything else I can think of. I personally have three different DVD sets, all well done, some with nice extras and good menus.

      Honestly, I've already bought the original trilogy at least 3 times, once on CED videodisc (!), once on VHS, then again on VHS special edition (I recently put that box set on a "freebies" table at a convention and nobody took it). I'd probably buy the original series on DVD, but I'm not buying a combo original+SE copy; I wouldn't want anyone to think that I actually bought it because of the SE.
    • Re:But I thought.... (Score:3, Interesting)

      by m50d (797211)
      to me, it doesn't really exist anymore.

      He's not saying it actually doesn't exist. He's saying he doesn't give a fuck about it. And you'll notice he's not promoting it. Seems the studio feels different. No contradiction.

    • by Joe the Lesser (533425) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @10:51AM (#15262384) Homepage Journal
      Ben Kenobi: For almost two decades the star wars movies were enjoyed by all. Before the dark times. Before the Edits.

      Luke Skywalker: How did the movies die?

      Ben Kenobi: A film producer named George Lucas, who was an idol of mine until he turned to evil, helped the industry change the scenes. He betrayed and murdered the Star Wars movies.

      ---------------------

      Darth Vader: "There is no escape. Don't make me edit you. Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You've only begun to discover your power. Join me and I will edit your training. With our combined strength we can end this great film series and bring profit to the company"

      Luke Skywalker: "I'll never join you!"

      Darth Vader: "If you only knew the power of the Movie Business. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to the movies."

      Luke Skywalker: "He told me enough! He told me you killed him!"

      Darth Vader: "No. I am the movies."

      Luke Skywalker: "No. That's not true! That's impossible!"

      Darth Vader: "Search your feelings. You know it to be true."

      Luke Skywalker: "Noooooooo!"

      Darth Vader: "Luke, you can destroy the Movie Business. It has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we shall rule Hollywood as father and son. Come with me. It is the only way."

      ---------------

      Luke Skywalker: "Search your feelings, Lucas. You can't do this. I feel the conflict within you. Let go of your hate."

      Darth Vader: "It is too late for me, consumers. The Movie Business will show you the true nature of money. It is your master now."

      Luke Skywalker: "Then my movies are truly dead."

      -------------------

      Anakin Skywalker: "Luke, help me take these edits off."

      Luke Skywalker: "But you'll die."

      Anakin Skywalker: "Nothing can stop that now. Just for once, let me look on you with my original film."

      (Luke disconnects and releases the original films on dvd.)

      Anakin Skywalker: "Now, go my consumer. Leave me."

      Luke Skywalker: "I won't leave you here; I've got to save the movies!"

      Anakin Skywalker: "You already have, Luke. You were right, you were right about me. Tell your fellow consumers you were right..."
  • by Saint Fnordius (456567) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @08:56AM (#15261419) Homepage Journal
    I know that the scenes were filmed, and I seem to remember seeing the scenes with Luke's friends in Anchorhead, where Biggs told him he was joining the rebellion (leaving Luke behind on Tattooine). Sure, it's 29 years ago, and I was only nine years old at the time, but I can still remember later reports saying that it was in the original theater release (and the first victim of George's redacting desires). It was one of those things that Lucas didn't want to do, but added because he was told just having the 'droids would remind people of THX 1138 in a bad way.

    I personally liked the scenes. It made it easier for the audience to feel Luke's feeling of being left behind while important things happened Elsewhere, and made Bigg's death in the trench more painful.
  • by digitaldc (879047) * on Thursday May 04, 2006 @09:13AM (#15261549)
    Finally! Another way to donate to one of my favourite charities: The Lucas Family Inheritance

    I wonder if he will be re-releasing Star Wars in 3-D in the original, and altered formats? [comingsoon.net]

    The money will never run out at this rate ;)
  • OriginalTrilogy.com (Score:5, Informative)

    by Tryfen (216209) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @10:00AM (#15261929) Homepage
    Come take a look at http://originaltrilogy.com/ [originaltrilogy.com] - these are real fans who've taken the original Laserdiscs(!) and created DVDs with ALL the original content in them.

    Top stuff for any fan.
  • Everyone forgets (Score:3, Interesting)

    by DrugCheese (266151) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @11:01AM (#15262483)
    the most important thing lost from the original 3.

    We'll finally be able to dance to the Yub Nub song at the end of Jedi again
  • by AudioEfex (637163) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @12:09PM (#15263147)
    Sorry George. I bought bootleg copies (very nice bootlegs) a half a decade ago when you stated publicly that you would NEVER release these.

    Now that you've changed your mind, I'm not just going to run out and buy them. Why should I? I already have them. Sure, they may have a bit better video quality, but I'm refusing to give you my $ just because you realized you needed the cash and it meant more than your supposed "artistic integrity".

    Too little, too late. You had a good 15 years of me buying everything you put out (FS VHS, Widescreen VHS box set, Definitive Collection LD's, "face" CLV LD's)....but your attitude towards fans, in spite of this 11th hour reversal, just make me not care.

    I have no problem paying good money for great product, but conversely when someone like Lucas dicks fans over and over I have no problem going the bootleg/download route. I bet the BitTorrent sites will have it before it even comes out. :) And it's all Lucasfilms fault that I'm not giving them any more of my cash. I didn't buy the 2004 editions (raping the memory of dead actors by replacing them digitally was the limit for me), and I won't buy these.

    AE
  • X0 edition (Score:3, Interesting)

    by gEvil (beta) (945888) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @12:22PM (#15263238)
    So, does this mean that those guys can stop the work they've done on the X0 laserdisc rips?
  • by C0vardeAn0nim0 (232451) on Thursday May 04, 2006 @01:47PM (#15264018) Journal
    "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a movie is insignificant next to the power of the Force."

    with my apologies to Lord Vader.

"Pascal is Pascal is Pascal is dog meat." -- M. Devine and P. Larson, Computer Science 340

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