Star Wars fans might love the original Star Wars films, but in 1977, creator George Lucas decided to update the films with a Special Edition of the original trilogy, giving viewers the best sound and visual effects that the time could offer. However, while the Special Edition gave fans a visual treat, it also created narrative tweaks that caused a few differences in the films.
Now, thanks to a special event hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a special few got to see the very original 70mm print of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope together with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in certain cinemas.
Taking to Twitter, fans gushed about the experience, saying that the opportunity to see the unaltered Star Wars movie was nothing but a dream come true.
"I just got to see Star Wars projected from an immaculate 70mm print," one viewer tweeted, "The original Star Wars, pre-special edition ('A New Hope' was on the crawl, but otherwise unaltered). It’s an impossible dream come true, and I’m so extremely grateful for this opportunity."
I just got to see STAR WARS projected from an immaculate 70mm print. The original STAR WARS, pre-special edition (“A New Hope” was on the crawl, but otherwise unaltered). It’s an impossible dream come true, and I’m so extremely grateful for this opportunity.— David Daut (@DavidMDaut) June 29, 2019
This is quite a surprise. Fans have long since been clamoring for the unaltered copies of the original trilogy, however, George Lucas has refused to release the films to the public. Now, according to the same fan, the Academy managed to get special permission from Lucas to screen the original version of A New Hope. This is definitely big news because this is the very first public screening of the original version of the mover ever since the Special Editions were released in 1997.
Does this mean that Lucas' heart has softened? Can we expect copies of the original unaltered films to be released soon? Let’s wait and see.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.