George Lucas now offering up original original “Star Wars” trilogy on DVD.

No, that’s not a typo. The original versions of the first three movies (Episodes 4-6) of the Star Wars saga are finally coming to DVD:

This time, “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” will be available individually and appear on DVD exactly as they did in their respective theatrical runs in 1977, 1980 and 1983.

Each release, distributed by 20th Century Fox, will be a two-disc set that also includes the digitally tweaked 2004 edition.

The DVDs will be available only through December 31.

Fans blasted Lucas for only making his revamped versions available on DVD and it appears he’s finally listened to them. That or this is a very clever ploy to get those folks who grudgingly bought the only version available to buy the full set a second time, but that would be cynical of me to suggest. As for me I have no complaints about the digitally remastered versions so I won’t be bothering to snap up the new collection once it’s available. I’m a fan, but I’m not that big of a fan.

5 thoughts on “George Lucas now offering up original original “Star Wars” trilogy on DVD.

  1. Evidently, this release will be, *officially*, the 2004 releases—but with the originals as a Feature on them.  Thus protecting Lucas’s ego and his previous declarations, but providing some fans with what they want. 

    Unless they “refuse to fork over dollars for the screwed-with version,” in which case they’re SOL.  tongue laugh

  2. They say these’ll be unchanged from the original theatrical runs of the movies. Does that mean the first movie will be titled Star Wars and not Star Wars Episode IV: A new hope?

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