Everything has been coming up Milhouse for Star Wars fans so far this year. Filming is underway on Episode VII, a writer/director is already locked down for Episodes VIII and IX, the Rebels animated series is just weeks away and word broke mid-August that die-hards have yet another reward on the horizon. Disney have seemingly realized what George Lucas stubbornly refused to accept on his own, which means that a Blu-Ray/DVD release is coming for the original trilogy without all the cringe-worthy late 90s Special Edition add-ons! There have been plenty of places to find the films online before this announcement, including laser disc rips and torrents of lovingly crafted “despecialized editions” (Google “Harmy Star Wars” and you’re off to the pod races), but these unaltered editions will serve as the only official, authorized digital versions of the films available in their original theatrical configuration.
Will there be enough giddy demand for these to drive them into the best-seller stratosphere or is there version fatigue amongst fans who’ve already shelled out untold dollars on the previous releases, no matter how inferior or revisionist? It’s possible the answer to that won’t be known until someone can confirm the rumors about this transfer being done in 4K resolution, a format that quadruples the number of pixels found in a full HD picture. Might be hard to say no to a Blu-Ray copy so crisp that you can see every pimple on Luke’s chin and every bit of carbon scoring on R2-D2’s chassis.