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Unaltered, Original Star Wars Trilogy DVDs Due in September 2006

Christmas comes early for JP this year.

This September, in response to overwhelming demand (to be read: huge market potential), Lucasfilm will release “the long-awaited DVD release of the original theatrical incarnations of the classic Star Wars trilogy.”

You heard me. The original “Han Shot First” versions. (StarWarsShop even has Han shot first t-shirts for the occasion.)

From their website:

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.

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.

[via Club Jade]

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1 Comment on Unaltered, Original Star Wars Trilogy DVDs Due in September 2006

  1. No matter what Lucas’ motivation is for finally doing this, I’m definitely geeky enough to buy these, but probably not geeky enough that rather cool t-shirt

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