Following up on Wednesday’s post, all six of the Star Wars films were formally announced as coming to Blu-ray in September. There are three choices of boxset - the “Original Trilogy”, the “Prequel Trilogy” and “The Complete Saga”, which has all 6 films, plus 3 additional Blu-rays of behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Although it’s not made clear, these are almost guaranteed to be the “Special Editions” - Lucas’ preferred versions. However, even the 1997 “Special Editions” have been altered and tweaked considerably on home video - if you’re into that kind of thing, here’s a list of the many changes made over the years. Many fans - particularly those old enough to have seen Star Wars when it arrived in UK cinemas way back in 1978 - have been upset about the constant revisions and changes made to the “Original Trilogy”. Others say that they’re Lucas’ property - he can do with them as he wishes. Personally, I think that Steven Spielberg got it right when he tinkered with “ET” for its 2002 rerelease. As well as his amended version, with its walkie-talkies instead of rifles and post-9/11 dialogue cuts), Spielberg ensured that the original was also available to buy on DVD; the best of both worlds. Regrettably, Lucas doesn’t subscribe to this...which is why, if you haven’t done so already, you should quickly snap up the “Original Trilogy” DVD box set that grudgingly included both original and special editions.