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Thursday, May 04, 2006

I'm Buying Star Wars Again

That sound you hear? Nerds all over the world gasping in astonishment.

After swearing forever that he'd never do it, George Lucas announced yesterday that he'll be releasing the original, non-special-editions of the Star Wars trilogy to DVD.

That's right, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, all in their original, pre-CGI enhancement glory.

As Coming Soon.net described it "See the title crawl to Star Wars before it was known as Episode IV; see the pioneering, if dated, motion control model work on the attack on the Death Star; groove to Lapti Nek or the Ewok Celebration song like you did when you were a kid; and yes, see Han Solo shoot first."

In keeping with the "original" aspect, each film will only boast its original, 2.0 stereo soundtrack.

There is a catch, though. In order to see these originals, you have to buy the special editions again! The three films in the trilogy will be sold individually in 2-disc sets. The 2004 special edition will be on Disc 1, the original "year it came out" edition will be on Disc 2. No word yet of if there'll be a boxed set of the whole trilogy.

LucasFilm is also following the "Disney Limited Edition" marketing strategy for this. The DVDs go on sale of September 12, and will then be yanked off store shelves on December 31.

LucasFilm says that they're doing this because of overwhelming public demand.

Remember: September 12 is the big day.

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