File this one under “RUMOR” for sure. This story comes from The Digital Fix and a conversation they had with a purported Disney employee. This has not been verified, but it does make sense and may make some fans very, very happy.
Ever since George Lucas released the Special Edition of the Original Trilogy, fans have been expressing how much they prefer the original theatrical releases. Personally, I think the original Special Edition (1997) changes are mostly fine. Other than the musical number in Return of the Jedi I don’t mind watching that version of the movies. However, all of the additional changes made for the DVD releases and the Blu-ray releases are mostly garbage. Like many fans, I prefer the unchanged versions of the films. Unlike many fans, I have copies of the only DVDs to ever feature the theatrical releases. If I am not mistaken these are copies of the Laser-Disc versions of the films and are not even in 720p let alone full HD, but they are the only way I get my OT on.
So what about a 4K UHD version of the entire nine film saga? Well, that’s apparently in the works but what versions of the OT we will get is still not for certain.
The source at Disney told The Digital Fix that the OT is finished and that they took the scenes one by one and used multiple sources to get the best version possible. This sounds similar to the way the Despecialized version was made. That version can be found on the internet, but the legality of it and of owning it is questionable at best.
There were apparently more problems upgrading the Prequel Trilogy because of the way Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were shot on 2K digital cameras. This means that there won’t be any noticeable changes between the current Blu-rays and the 4K release.
If this source is correct it appears that all of the films except Episode II and Episode III are in the can. There was no information on a release date.
What do you think of this rumor? Will you buy this version even if the OT has Special Edition changes to it? Let us know in the comments below!