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Lucasfilm strikes back at Star Wars fans

May 27th, 2006 · No Comments

The Empire strikes back

News that the original trilogy DVD release, due this September, will be sourced from the 1990’s laser disc masters has prompted an indignant reaction from fans across the world.
Lacking even the dignity of an anamorphic transfer, or the most cursory of digital restorations, the three retro-releases are increasingly looking like an afterthought rather than fan thank-you.
Available only until Christmas 2006, each two-disc set includes the 2004 digitally remastered version of the movie and, as a bonus, the original theatrical edition of the film.
Shirking off the negative reaction, Lucasfilm’s Director of publicity John Singh claims fans have missed the point: “We had so many requests for these versions, that we wanted to find a fun way to bring them to DVD, and we thought that this would be a good way to do that.”
Singh adds that as these much requested re-releases do not represent George Lucas’ vision of the Star Wars movies, the company is not prepared to invest heavily in a restoration project. “We have to stay true to the creative vision of the person responsible for creating the saga,” Singh explains. He also squashed rumours that there will ever be a high definition release of the original versions.

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