Hardly a month goes by where there isn’t a rumor making the rounds that an unaltered theatrical cut of the Original Trilogy is finally coming to Blu-ray before being quickly shot down by Disney and/or Lucasfilm. It’s a seemingly endless cycle of false hope and harsh reality.
There are several key reasons why Lucasfilm should release the “real” Original Trilogy on Blu-ray, but before we explore them, there are a few caveats. First off, 20th Century Fox currently owns the theatrical and home video distribution rights to Episodes I–III, V, and VI until May 2020, with permanent possession of the rights to Episode IV, so this is assuming the two studios can come to some sort of deal (a la Sony and Marvel’s shared rights over Spider-Man). Secondly, the word “unaltered” is being used a bit loosely. Obviously, remastering films from the ‘70s and ‘80s in high-definition requires alterations, so consider “unaltered” to simply mean a remastered version of the theatrical cut.
Alright, now that we’re all on the same page, here are 5 reasons why Lucasfilm needs to release the unaltered theatrical cut of the Original Trilogy on Blu-ray: