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Only earlier this week there was a rumor circulating that claimed Disney was intending to release unaltered versions of the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Quickly debunked, the rumor did however spark interest in the many different versions of the original trilogy and how desperately fans want an official, unaltered release.
The home media releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi have seen more alternate versions and updated releases than almost any other film series. There are, of course, the glaringly obvious changes made with 1997′s Special Editions – Greedo firing first, a full bodied wampa, a musical scene in Jabba’s Palace – but all subsequent releases have seen continued tweaking and editing to the films’ audio and visual effects.
The reason for all the alterations lies with George Lucas’ insistence that when ...
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- Sarah Moran
I love Matt Ferguson's style. The artist created this beautiful piece of Star Wars tribute art for The Empire Strikes Back called "Hoth." Empire is my favorite of all the Star Wars movies. I don't know why but when I was a kid, out of all the planets I saw in Star Wars, the one I wanted to visit most was Hoth. Looking back, I'm not sure why I thought that, but I'm guessing it's because I wanted to fly one of the Snowspeeders.
- Joey Paur
Want to make a Star Wars fan happy? You tell them that an unaltered cut of the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray is on the way. It is something that every fan has dreamed up since George Lucas lost his mind and tinkered with perfection by adding a bunch of bells and whistles that did the opposite of the intended enhancement of them. A few days ago, Star Wars fans began to salivate as comicbook.com posted an "exclusive" story claiming that two sources had confirmed that an original cut of them was going to be released by Disney on Blu-ray in the near future. There's one small problem as Badass Digest points out, Disney doesn't own the distribution rights of the original trilogy - 20th Century Fox does. Disney doesn't own Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi. Fox does. They also own the distribution rights to the Prequels. »
Rumours suggest that original cuts of Star Wars are heading to Blu-ray. But how likely is that? Ryan weighs up the possibilities...
For many Star Wars fanatics, the special edition release of the Original Trilogy back in 1997 was a bittersweet moment. On one hand, it offered us the chance to see George Lucas's space opera films in their natural habitat: on a huge cinema screen.
Then there's the restoration to consider: Lucasfilm took the original Star Wars negatives from its archives and cleaned them up, removing years of dirt and scratches, and restoring the colours to their original balance. Thanks to the efforts of people like effects supervisor Dave Carson and his team, Darth Vader's outfit was once again black and imposing, not an embarrassing shade of faded blue.
During this process, however, George Lucas decided to make a number of small yet significant alterations: the insertion of new effects shots, »
The original, unaltered version of Star Wars is reported to be coming to Blu-ray.
The classic cut of George Lucas's original trilogy will be remastered for home release, according to ComicBook.com.
Lucas has previously been criticised for reworking his classic Episode IV-vi films, introducing CG elements, replacing characters and making it so that Greedo shot first.
A release date for the Blu-ray is yet to be revealed.
It’s been a big week for Star Wars fans, what with alleged Star Wars: Episode VII concept art for the new-look Stormtroopers, Han Solo and the new villain, and now we have another rumour for you, with ComicBook claiming that plans are afoot for Disney to release the original, unaltered theatrical cuts of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi to Blu-ray.
According to the site, work on restoring the original negatives has been going on for some time now, and the plan is to issue the original three films in their complete, unaltered and original pre-Special Edition, pre-George Lucas tinkering forms before to the release of Star Wars: Episode VII in December 2015.
However, it has to be mentioned that the “source” of this rumour makes no reference of the fact that Fox holds distribution rights on all six Star Wars movies until »
- Gary Collinson
While the gang at Scream Factory does an excellent job giving genre fans updated collector’s editions of forgotten or long lost ’80s-era fan favorites, the output of films from the 1970′s aren’t focused on as much as some fans would want(a release here and there). The great part is, that when the Scream Factory crew Do get their hands on a 70′s horror film, it usually means that horror fans will be getting a nice looking HD versions of some beloved titles that haven’t seen the Bluray glory so far. This is definitely the case with Sf’s Bluray release of John Hough’s 1973 classic, The Legend Of Hell House. While the disc isn’t packed to the brim with the amount of special features one would expect, the film itself is worth the price, as it has never looked better.
It’s obvious »
- Jerry Smith
[This is a review of The Legend of Korra season 3, episode 11. There will be Spoilers.]
If this week’s episode of The Legend of Korra, simply titled ‘Ultimatum,’ warrants any comparisons to features films, then it would have to be The Empire Strikes Back. Team Avatar and their friends now realize that Zaheer does not bluff.
Week after week, the creators behind this series keep upping the danger our heroes face. The insurmountable weight of it all leaves doubts in our minds about who might not survive. Did any of you think Kai was actually going to die? After the devastating events in Ba Sing Se last week, it’s clear that anything is ...
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- David Griffin
Uh-oh, Chewie. The Millennium Falcon has sprung a few leaks.
Someone with access to the set of Star Wars: Episode VII has been sending out snapshots of concept art and props, breaking the Force-field of secrecy on that movie — if they turn out to be true. Lucasfilm and parent company Disney did not respond to requests about their veracity.
Here’s a roundup of what’s causing a stir among the spoiler-seekers:
New Stormtrooper Helmets: In this video promoting the Force For Change charity initiative, director J.J. Abrams showed off what an X-Wing fighter looks like 30-some years after the »
- Anthony Breznican
It’s been a busy day for Star Wars fans, what with our possible first look at the redesigned Imperial Stormtroopers and some alleged Han Solo concept art from Star Wars: Episode VII, and now we’ve got a tonne of alleged plot details for the eagerly-anticipated first instalment of Disney’s Sequel Trilogy. However, it should be noted that these come by way of rumour specialists Latino-Review and Badass Digest, so there’s also a good chance the post is pretty much spoiler free…
So, we’ve all heard the reports that Episode VII will open with Luke Skywalker’s severed hand floating through space before coming into the possession of Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, who then set off on an adventure to find Luke with the help of Han Solo and Chewbacca. Well, according to Latino-Review, it turns out that Luke hasn’t just been missing since »
- Gary Collinson
There will be massive spoilers regarding Star Wars: Episode VII to follow, so if you don't want to know anything about the story ahead of time, stop reading now. If you just have to know everything you can about director J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated sequel, then check out the latest details below.
Last month, we reported that the plot will center on John Boyega and Daisy Ridley's characters, who find a severed hand holding a light saber in the desert. They soon find themselves on a quest to find its rightful owner. When they encounter Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), the old Corellian space pirate reveals that the light saber actually belongs to his old friend Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who he hasn't seen in 30 years. They all go on a mission to find him.
Today, Latino Review reveals that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) isn't in hiding, »
This morning we brought you a couple of images reportedly showing the new-look Stormtrooper designs for Star Wars: Episode VII, which made their way online via Indie Revolver, and now the site is back with some alleged concept art featuring Harrison Ford’s space scoundrel Han Solo. The second image in particular will be familiar to anyone who’s seen The Empire Strikes Back, and if genuine, it may support those earlier rumours that we’ll be heading back to Hoth in the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel. Take a look…
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega »
- Gary Collinson
Now, Indie Revolver has posted photos of two versions we might be seeing in the film. The first is a variation of the original Stormtrooper design with some slight updates, most notably the vent is said to be only on one side, and the eye area has been adjusted and enlarged.
The second is referred to as a 'Jungle Trooper' but looks more like a variation on the Snowtrooper design from "The Empire Strikes Back".
The site also has some details on the helmet design: "[This] feels like a natural continuation from the original, but there are distinct differences. The helmet is not symmetrical - there's only one breather/vent on the bottom near the mouth, on his left side. »
- Garth Franklin
Ah man. I don’t share J.J. Abrams’ extreme distaste for spoilers, but it’s hard not to sympathize with him as he tries to make Star Wars: Episode VII in the hyper-spoiler digital age. Granted, the leaks so far haven’t been as bad as they could have been, but the mystery box has at least a few scratches on it. As his Star Wars film gears up to resume shooting again (after a two week hiatus to accommodate Harrison Ford his broken leg) more details and leaks like the following are bound to come out. This morning we have a look at what could very possibly be a redesigned Stormtrooper helmet from the film. I tend to believe there’s a chance of this being real for several reasons. For one, Abrams is going to want to slightly rejigger the look of at least a few things to make the world his own. »
- Evan Dickson
Apart from the odd glimpse here and there, J.J. Abrams has been keeping Star Wars Episode VII safely contained within his Mystery Box. What we have seen so far though certainly points to the Star Trek director taking inspiration from original trilogy production concepts by Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston.
The following images – which are apparently the new Stormtrooper designs from the upcoming Star Wars trilogy which kicks off with Episode VII on December 18th – are another good indication of that, and this new look for the Imperial Forces seems to blend both the classic design with a modern twist which should work perfectly.
The final image is said to be either an updated version of the Snowtrooper’s last seen on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back, though there has also been speculation that it could be a Jungle Trooper.
A lot of Star Wars fans didn’t love »
- Josh Wilding
Star Wars Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release next year through Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm. Star Wars Episode VII stars original trilogy cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker and are joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Award winning composer John Williams is set to return to create the film's score as well. Production on the highly anticipated film was halted after Harrison Ford sustained a leg injury on set this past June. A »
- Pietro Filipponi
Oscar-winning special effects artist Joe Viskocil, who blew up the Death Star at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope, died Monday from complications of liver and kidney failure. He was 61. Viskocil began working for George Lucas in 1975 and a year later produced the memorable blast that enabled Luke Skywalker to destroy the Death Star. He went on to work on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, creating the on-screen illusion of the gigantic Imperial At-at walkers during the invasion of the rebel base on the ice planet Hoth. He was a member of the VFX team that won a Best Visual Effects Oscar for Independence Day (1996). Other film credits include Terminator, True Lies, Interview With A Vampire, Godzilla, The Panic Room and Star Trek Nemesis.
- The Deadline Team
Could we be looking at Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) robotic hand in Star Wars: Episode VII with the latest photo revealed by director J.J. Abrams? As you may well know (Spoiler Alert), the story of Star Wars: Episode VII is said to revolve around Luke's severed hand, the discovery of which sends Han Solo and Chewbacca on a new mission. And we already know that he has a robotic hand from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back that looks very much like the one in the photo. So, are we getting our first sneak peek at Luke Skywalker in Star Wars 7? Or is this merely just some old droid's hand, used to hold up a note from the director thanking everyone who contributed to the Star Wars: Force for Change program, which has pulled in over $5 million to support Unicef's Innovation Labs.
Check out the latest photo, »
The 1980s were a time in which the science fiction and adventure film genres reigned supreme. Films like Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), and Back to the Future (1985) are three of strong examples of classic 80s films that expanded their respective universes to further installments. The sequel, while a sometimes surefire way of making money off of an already established and original idea, can at times continue the adventure and prolong the cinematic magic in wonderful ways.
Filmmaker George Lucas popularized the sequel concept in 1980 with a follow-up to 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope. He had a vision when starting his space opera at episode #4 and The Empire Strikes Back furthered the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C3P0. It is thought by many to be far superior to its predecessor. A third installment soon followed and so did a prequel trilogy in 1999. These »
- Randall Unger
We all got our first real look at the big bad Marvel villain Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy, and this character is going to be a major threat in the Marvel cinematic universe. The studio has been slowly building the character, and one day he's going to unleash the fury, which will most likely be unlike anything we've ever seen in the Marvel movies before.
During a recent roundtable interview, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that the inspiration behind the portrayal of Thanos up until this point has been Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars universe. Here's his explanation:
"The idea [of this portrayal] was to be basically just another step forward based on what we saw in Avengers. In Avengers we saw the back of his throne and the turn toward camera, three-quarter smirk. We wanted Ronan to be the bad guy [in GotG]. We wanted to focus on the creation of the Guardians team itself, »
- Joey Paur
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