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Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits had this to say back in May:

Of course, Disney is going to release the original, unaltered films!

Are you kidding? The folks at Disney have $4 billion riding on this little investment and they aren’t stupid. The only reason the original versions haven’t been properly released before this is that George Lucas didn’t want it to happen… but Lucas is no longer in control of such decisions. There’s simply no way Disney would have paid $4 billion without the right to do what they wanted to with this franchise. And what they want to do is exploit the crap out of it for years to come.

As for Fox being a problem somehow, does anyone really think Fox wouldn’t appreciate the chance to make some easy cash releasing the original versions in partnership with Disney? Where there’s a will, there’s a way... and where there’s this much money to be made, you can bet they’ll find a way. Besides, if Fox can work out its differences with Warner Bros. to finally release classic TV Batman on Blu-ray and DVD, Fox should have no problem striking a deal with Disney on this.

Bottom line: We’d be absolutely shocked if the original, unaltered Star Wars films don’t A) return to theaters, B) get released on Blu-ray and DVD, or C) both, prior to the theatrical debut of Episode VII in December 2015. I mean seriously. You don’t need to be a Jedi or a Sith to see that the Force is strong in this rumor.

I don't think the Fox thing is as big a roadblock as other people seem to think it is, either.

This whole scenario makes a lot of sense to me. Everyone stands to win something.

137 Exclusive! Original, Unaltered Cut Of Star Wars Trilogy To Be Released On Blu-ray By Disney

For a long time Star Wars fans have been clamoring for Disney/Lucasfilm to re-release the original, unaltered cut of the first Star Wars trilogy, and has now confirmed with two independent reliable sources that just such a plan is under way.

According to our sources, Disney has plans to release the original cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Our sources indicate that the project has been under way for quite some time, but it’s been challenging because of some damage to the original negatives they are utilizing. The goal is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi in their complete, unaltered, original form without the redone special edition SFX.

Our sources did not have an exact date as to when the original cut of the Star Wars Trilogy would be released on Blu-ray, due to the challenges Disney has encountered in pulling everything together. However, our sources indicated the goal is to have it ready and released before Star Wars Episode VII is released in theaters.

I refused to buy the 2011 Blu-rays so no SW on Blu for me, but I'd be down for this.

If it pans out.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:15 PM »
Everyone's seen the pictures of the Falcon's interior by now, yes, yes?


The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 12, 2014, 11:58 PM »
Rayrob has deleted the stormtrooper sketch and all references to it from his Twitter/Instagram account.

There is a website called Jedi Temple Archives and they have a bunch of pictures and a review of the new Vader up this morning. (Link)

Is this the best 3 3/4" Vader ever made?

Tunghori has these now.

Even with lingering questions about the lightsaber hilt and the skirt and codpiece, and despite the fact that it's an Episode III version of the character, I'm gonna go ahead and say this is indeed the greatest Darth Vader figure OF ALL TIMES!

Here's a 245 page thread on my TF site about people just bitching about HTS..

That sounds more awful than the ebola outbreak.

I like the idea of a combined top ten for all the prequels. Not one prequel character cracked last year's overall top ten.

And it'd be less work for Scotty, too. All that extra free time could be used to finish up his abandoned Collect All 92 feature.

1. R5-X2
2. R2-G2

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:36 AM »
Mark Hamill at the London premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy the other day:

Luke has evidently turned into quite the strange old hermit himself. Either that, or Hamill is also shooting a Ted Kaczynski biopic.

Is this the best 3 3/4" Vader ever made?

My collecting strategy for the new movies:

1. Go watch the new movie(s)

2. Hopefully enjoy them

3. Go home

4. Maybe buy a new R2-D2 if it can exceed the already pretty goddamn-spectacular Resurgence of the Jedi version from 2010.

5. Continue being smug as all-hell

Winter is going.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:42 PM »
Where you at, Brad Smith? I think I've listened to MMJ's "Steam Engine" a good twenty or so times today, and I'm not even stoned.

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