It’s been a while since we’ve been lined up to see the first Star Wars and a very good iconic movie in our first blockbuster, launching a 45-year multi-channel franchise. history.
At that time, it should be seen by all of us before we understand how a simple story of good and evil invades our cultural structure, unlike previous (or later) films. It was a movie that had to be done. Without social media and 500 channels to promote it, Star Wars would be word-of-mouth, magazine covers, One terrible Christmas special..
The effect was surprisingly good at the time. As a teenager, I thought it was a perfect movie like no other. However, the version I saw at the time was lost over time, and George Lucas himself, who repeatedly modified the original Star Wars and subsequent sequels over the decades, was lost. In the hands of Disney, who purchased the franchise in 2015, Star Wars: A New Hope, Episode IV has undergone several changes and tweaks (with different names).
There is still little guarantee that Star Wars (choose a movie in the series) will be the same today and tomorrow. Disney not only cleans up the quality, but also removes the artifacts of practical effects. Like the wire that appears in Obiwon’s hand During his iconic battle with Darth Vader. It’s safe to assume that Disney may continue to tweak the entire series.
Lost to a galaxy far away
My point is to celebrate all of Star Wars on May 4th, so it’s worth remembering that we’re celebrating ghosts. The original Star Wars of 1977 (actually the entire original trilogy) only exists in our memory. It hasn’t been aired, streamed, or released in its original format for at least 25 years, and there’s little way to watch the same movie you saw when you were 13.
There is almost no way.
First, five years ago, I went to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, sat in a small room without windows, and promised to watch a series of video files on my computer screen. All the while, the moody librarian was watching me carefully, making sure I wasn’t capturing the original footage. Untouched Theatrical Version of Star Wars: New Hope On my iPhone.
I remember it looked messy, but at least there weren’t any new special effects in the late 1990s, and Han Solo definitely shot it first.
For those who don’t want to travel to the capital, there is at least another way to see something closer to the original-but it may cost you a bit.
My oldest Star Wars trilogy set is a 1997 VHS tape trio. It looks flashy, but it’s all a widescreen special edition movie. I’m glad to have that set, but it’s not the property of my award-winning Star Wars.
In 2008, 20th Century Fox released a trilogy as a set of digitally remastered DVDs. Inside the slim box is a special edition of Lucas re-released in the theater in the late 1990s.This means they are full of bad CGI and Han Solo shoots rear Greed shouts “Maclunky” and shoots Solo.
2008 Star Wars Trilogy DVD set.
However, this set consists of 6 DVDs, the first set is all special editions, the second set is for all original theaters released in 1977, 1980, and 1983. This is Star Wars.
Please understand that these movies are not full screen. For example, a 65-inch 4K TV is a slightly better experience than the one at the Library of Congress. Still, the original Star Wars, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Revenge … well … because this is the way I remember them when I saw each of Jedi’s return in the theater. , It is supervisable and welcomed. It’s untouched, unchanged, and perfect.
Getting this set is no longer easy. No one is releasing new media for theatrical release. Disney is reported to have the right to stream pristine originals, but has shown little interest in streaming (Lucas, at least as long as he is still alive, to whom these originals are. Unless you have a secret and unbreakable promise from Disney that you won’t even show it).
If you need these discs (no, you can’t own mine), you’ll need to check Amazon or eBay. You might find them for almost $ 200..
At this point, you may be measuring your commitment to all of Star Wars. How important is its original purity? Heck, your kids, grandchildren, or the average Millennial or Gen Z, anyway, think the sequel is the best Star Wars. At least until the final trilogy. The last three started well, but they were confusing. At least Jedi’s return was meaningful to some extent and remained true to the hero Lucas featured in Episode IV.
In any case, the Star Wars I remember are gone and I will keep these DVDs until the day I die.