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“My dad was a talented song writer and a great lover of films,” explains British independent filmmaker Luke Hyams. “He exposed me to stuff like Alien , Blade Runner  and Shane  when I was tiny and those films left a startling imprint. My Mum was a book dealer and had a good line in bed time stories so I think that may be where my love of story originated.” The third instalment of the original Star Wars trilogy left a lasting impression. “One night back in 1983 my Dad came home from the pub with a pirate copy of Return of the Jedi  that changed my life. I loved the look of it, the music, the characters and could taste the finality of what »
- Trevor Hogg
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
Sneak Peek the interior of the modified 'Yt-1300 light freighter', aka 'Millennium Falcon' spacecraft, on the set of director Jj Abrams' 3D feature "Star Wars: Episode VII", that resumes production later this month, following a forced hiatus due to actor Harrison Ford's leg injury on set, plus take a look @ concept art, the planet of 'Tatooine' set and actor Mark Hamill ('Luke Skywalker') on the studio lot. :
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is planned to be the »
- Michael Stevens
We've had a lot of information coming out regarding Star Wars: Episode VII, but let's move ahead to Star Wars: Episode VIII. Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Breaking Bad) is the man who will be writing and directing that movie along with Episode IX. Since Johnson has come on board, he's been relatively quiet about the whole thing.
The filmmaker recently appeared on the Girls in Hoodies podcast to talk about all kinds of things, and naturally, Star Wars: Episode VIII came up in the conversation. When asked about the job, Johnson said, “The most surprising thing is just how not scary it is, and how much fun it is." Of course, he can't really say much about it at this point, but he did say,
"It’s boring to talk about, because the only thing I can really say is I’m just happy. But I don’t have the terror I expected I would, »
- 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, »
Here’s what we know for sure about Star Wars Episode VII so far: they started filming on May 16 of this year and it’ll be released on December 18, 2015. Jj Abrams will direct from a script by him and Lawrence Kasdan. It’s got a pretty great cast, with both new actors and returning stars from the original trilogy. It will be set thirty years after Return Of The Jedi. And, er, that’s about it, so far as official information goes. Abrams is being his usual coy self, playing his cards close to the chest, with character and plot details pretty thin on the ground so far. Life finds a way, however, and between speculation and possibly legit leaks, we actually have a pretty good idea of what’s going to be going down in a few months from now, in a cinema not so far away…
- Tom Baker
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.
Warning: The following article contains Star Wars spoilers some readers may wish to avoid.
Jj Abrams is notorious for keeping a tight lid on his films, stressing the importance of preserving the magic of the first-time viewing for cinemagoers.
However, over the last few days the mother lode of potential spoilers (we stress potential, this is all completely unconfirmed of course) have emerged online, sparking much fan debate about both their veracity and what they could mean for the Jj Abrams and Rian Johnson-helmed trilogy.
Everything we know so far about Star Wars 7
We want to know what you think of these potential plot points, which come courtesy of Latino Review. Are they what you expected? Are you excited or underwhelmed about them? We've summarised them into four key points below, so if you're *really* curious, hit below to see them all. »
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
For many years fans of Star Wars have moaned and wailed against George Lucus for his new trilogy and its overuse of CGI. Many more have been angered at his tampering of the old trilogy by adding in new scenes and even more CGI. However according to the sources at comicbook.com Disney has plans to release the orginal trilogy on Bluray as seen as it was in theaters. here is an Excerpt from the article by Comicbook.com, According to our sources, Disney has plans to release the orginal cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Our sources indicate that the project has been underway for quite some time, but it's been challenging because of some damage to the orginal negatives they are utilizing. The goal is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in their complete, unaltered, orginal form without the »
Following that wave of spoilers yesterday regarding the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII," things take a quieter turn today as we jump ahead with words from the man in charge of "Star Wars: Episode VIII".
Filmmaker Rian Johnson is both penning and directing the middle chapter of the upcoming trilogy, and recently spoke with The Girls in Hoodies podcastabout his involvement in the TV series "Outlander". During said interview talk did turn towards a galaxy far far away briefly, Johnson did speak about this new trilogy's plans to use as many practical effects as possible:
"They're doing so much practical building for this one. It's awesome. They're doing it all right, yeah ... I think people are coming back around to [practical effects], yeah, it feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back towards it.
I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in »
- Garth Franklin
Yesterday was either a great day for Star Wars fans eagerly awaiting Episode VII, or a really bad one as Indie Revolver, Latino Review and Badass Digest divulged a Tsunami of spoilers, giving away pretty much the entire movie. From villains, to character flashbacks, to Stormtrooper designs and even Han Solo's wardrobe, nothing was left off the table of discussion. Of course, neither Disney nor Lucasfilm confirmed any of these leaks. If you're not the type of fan who wants to be spoiled, knowing the entire movie before buying your ticket, a new interview may be more your speed.
The Girls in Hoodies podcast had Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX director Rian Johnson on to talk about his involvement in the new series Outlander, which was renewed for a second season yesterday. Of course talk turned to his upcoming Lucasfilm sequel. While he surely wouldn't ever »
After all of the excitement of yesterday’s alleged concept art and plot rumours for Star Wars: Epsidoe VII [which you can see here, here and here - but beware of potential spoilers], Star Wars: Episode VIII writer-director Rian Johnson (Looper) has taken a moment to share his thoughts on joining the franchise, as well as discussing his visit to the set of the currently in production Episode VII and praising the use of practical effects on the eagerly-anticipated sequel.
“The most surprising thing [about working on Star Wars] is just how not scary and how much fun,” Johnson tells Girls in Hoodies (via SlashFilm). It’s boring to talk about because the only thing I can really say is I’m just happy. But I don’t have the terror that I kind of expected I would, at least not yet. I’m sure I will at some point… Coming at the time it does where we’ve – like if there’d been no Star Wars movies since Return of the Jedi, »
- Gary Collinson
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 Episode VII rumours, and we’ve rounded up the best for you right here. The following can all be considered major spoilers though, so you may want to stop reading now!
First up is news on the movie’s villains. According to Latino-Review, Luke Skywalker has been a captive of a group called The Inquisitors since shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi. They’re defenders of the Sith Order who have been around for a very long time, and flashbacks will apparently reveal their connections to both a young Princess Leia (played by Carrie Fisher’s biological daughter, Billie Lourd) and…Darth Vader!
That’s right, the villain is set to make a brief return in Star Wars Episode VII, but the main villain is described by Badass Digest as wearing a black robe with deep red eyes »
- Josh Wilding
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
[This article contains Potential Spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VII.]
[Update: A rumored image of an Episode VII villain has popped up online.]
What do we know for certain about the plot of Star Wars: Episode VII? Well, it picks up thirty years after the events in Return of the Jedi, and… that’s about it. However, we do have a growing stack of rumors about the storyline for director J.J. Abrams’ film – and today, we have yet another one to add to the pile.
What’s interesting about this one, however, is that it helps to explain where a lot of the previous claims about the movie – specifically, those concerning its villains ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Fan Art by Yvan Quinet
The Star Wars: Episode VII news continues to roll in today! Thanks to our friends from Latino-Review, it looks like we know who the villains in the story will be. First things first… Spoiler Alert.
So far what we do know about the movie is that Luke Skywalker's lightsaber crash lands on a planet where it is found by the characters played by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. This leads them on a search to find Luke, during which time they come across Han and Chewie. They team up and continue to search for Luke who has been missing since the events of Return of the Jedi. Apparently Luke is being held captive.
Now on to some new information! The villains of the film are the Inquisitors, who are loosely based on the Inquistors from the Expanded Universe. We've previously heard these referred to as Jedi Hunters. »
- Joey Paur
For six consecutive Star Wars movies, the threat looming over all of our heroes has been posed by Darth Vader (or the threat of the eventual existence of Darth Vader, because in The Phantom Menace, he looked like a child). Obviously, J.J. Abrams can.t rely on Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode VII because the iconic character died at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI . Return of the Jedi. I mean, Abrams would have to pull some Star Trek-esque time warp tomfoolery to try and bring Lord Vader back for. wait, what is this new rumor? Really? Oh man, Star Wars fans. You are going to want to hold on to your butts for this bit of rumory news. Latino Review is going on record and spelling out who they believe will be the main villains in Star Wars: Episode VII. Obviously, if you are going »
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