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.He's a genius. He's the ultimate Sith Lord.
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.
While this means that fans will part with yet more money to satiate their Star Wars appetites, Lucas will find his coffers filled in tribute that would make Jabba the Hutt blush.
And if you think that Lucas is alone in this trick, check out what Disney does to pump up their collection of classics. Disney actually does an even better job of it than Darth Lucas. They say that they'll issue items from their catalogue for a limited time, never to appear. Yet, they invariably do, with various tweaks to improve the video or audio or added and enhanced features accompanying the movies.