Han Shot First! Unaltered Star Wars Original Trilogy To Be Released On Blu-Ray

Scott Rutherford - Author

Aug. 16 2014, Updated 7:21 p.m. ET

Remember when Han shot first? If you do, you’re probably a long term, hardcore Star Wars fan. Most Star Wars news these days has to do with the filming and future release of Star Wars Episode VII, but Disney is throwing fans of the original trilogy a bone by releasing Star Wars Episodes IV, V and VI in their original form on Blu-Ray. That’s right, you will be able to buy Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as they originally appeared in theaters, before George Lucas started tinkering with them, adding CGI and changing minor story points.

In a related report in Inquisitr, material from the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, popular in the 1980s and ’90s, is being incorporated into the upcoming animated TV series Star Wars Rebels.

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In other words, Star Wars fans will be able to watch Han shoot Greedo first, denying the green alien bounty hunter the opportunity to bring Han in to Jabba the Hut. As Comic Book Moviepoints out, George Lucas has made many changes to the original trilogy over the years, many of which are not popular with hardcore fans, many of whom can be seen sporting T-shirts reminding us all that Han shot first.

According to a report in Comic Book, Disney has planned to release the original trilogy in unaltered form from near the beginning of their acquisition of George Lucas’ franchise, but the project has been held up due to damage sustained by the original negatives. According to the report, Disney is continuing to struggle with the damage, leading to uncertainty about the release date, but Disney plans to release the original trilogy on Blu-Ray before Star Wars Episode VII hits movie theaters.

This is welcome news for Star Wars fans, both those who grew up eagerly anticipating and watching the original trilogy in theaters as they came up in the 1970s and ’80s and for younger fans who have never had the opportunity to watch the Star Wars movies as they were originally presented.

What do you think? Are you excited to see the original trilogy in unaltered form, as they were released to theaters, or do you like the upgrades George Lucas gave to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi? Which of the original trilogy’s three movies are you most looking forward to seeing in its original, unaltered form on Blu-Ray?

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