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(x-posted to ljover30 without the Valsadie.com link below)

From Reuters


Original "Star Wars" films finally due on DVD
Thu May 4, 2006 2:19 AM ET

By Thomas K. Arnold

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The original theatrical versions of the first three "Star Wars" films are finally coming to DVD on September 12, two years after diehard fans blasted George Lucas for releasing only the digitally modified 2004 versions of the celebrated trilogy in a boxed collection.

This time, "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" will be available individually and appear on DVD exactly as they did in their respective theatrical runs in 1977, 1980 and 1983.

Each release, distributed by 20th Century Fox, will be a two-disc set that also includes the digitally tweaked 2004 edition. The DVDs will be available only through December 31.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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George must have read my web site and was therefore heartily ashamed and is trying to make up for it.
From http://www.valsadie.com/shopping/index.html#coolmovies

See, the problem is, George Lucas doesn't believe fat meat is greasy! ALL PEOPLE ASKED FOR was to have the original versions of the "Star Wars" films--warts and all!--on DVD. And George just can't bring himself to do it -- he flat out REFUSES to allow his TRUE original state of the art vision... from 1977... to be viewed in the format it was seemingly created for, the DVD! He believes we should get the "best" versions of these films, with the various 1970s special effects digitally redone and "cleaned up" for the 2000s modern movie audience. At best, it is a sprucing up. At worst, it's an arrogant rewriting of history! It's like painting a sweeter smile on the Mona Lisa! How can people truly gauge how Lucas has grown as a filmmaker if he's, figuratively, thrown all of his old films in the fireplace??