Watch: Fans Are Making Their Own 'Star Wars' Non-Special Editions
Over the weekend, an unsubstantiated rumor claimed that Disney had plans to release the original cuts of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray, without all the "Special Edition" alterations made to the films when they were re-released in theaters in 1997. With the exception of a limited DVD release, the unaltered, original cuts haven't been available in high-definition, so that would be awesome. However, Badass Digest smartly pointed out that Fox owns the rights to those films, so it's not really up to Disney whether or not that happens unless some serious negotiations are done (and that's not out of the question). In the meantime, a video from Geeks are Sexy (via SlashFilm) shows some big fans have taken matters into their own hands.
A group of fans have been painstakingly working on Star Wars: The Despecialized Edition, which aims to remaster the original trilogy but remove all the special edition additions that have been made. It's a project that's still in progress, but what's fascinating is just all the various versions of the trilogy that these fans are sifting through in order to craft the best possible version of the film. Some side-by-side comparisons even show how the most recent Blu-Ray transfers of the films aren't actually the best they can be, especially when it comes to color correction and other flaws. Check out this extensive look at their work:
Now the question is whether or not we'll ever get high-definition versions of the original trilogy. It's not out of the realm of possibility, and while George Lucas made these changes to his film for a reason, and never wanted the films to be seen again without these changes, Lucasfilm is now in the hands of Disney, and it's up to them if they want to coordinate something with Fox (who will benefit from this re-release) in order to give fans what they've been clamoring for. Because while this "Despecialized Edition" of the Star Wars trilogy is awesome, we'll never be able to get ahold of it legally, and that's a bummer. Thoughts?