It’s something fans have been clamoring for, and if a new report is to be believed, we might finally get our wish. The original Star Wars cuts are coming back. Hopefully.
Comic Book reports that “two independent reliable sources” have confirmed that Disney is putting together a special Blu-ray release of the Star Wars trilogy that will feature George Lucas’ original theatrical cuts of the films. No changes, no reworked FX, and none of the after-the-fact casting tweaks that we've become accustomed to with the special editions.
If this is true, it’s obviously freaking awesome news. Lucas has notoriously refused to re-release the original cuts, and instead opted to keep tweaking and messing around with the films, to the chagrin of many fans. We'd love to get our hands on high-quality versions, and you'd think this would make perfect sense before Episode VII arrives.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, there are a few red flags that pop up with this story. The biggest: Disney doesn’t actually own the home-release rights to the original trilogy, at least not until 2020. But even then, Fox will retain the original Star Wars film in perpetuity. So Disney couldn’t do this without a deal in place with the other studios involved, though it's absolutely possible those deals have been made and this is legit.
Because, you know, it’d practically be like printing money after making fans wait so long. Companies like money, right?
There’s no release date noted, and the report states the restoration process has been partially hampered by “some damage” to the original negatives, so it might be a while until we actually hear anything official. Until then, dig out your VHS copies and keep your fingers crossed.