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Rumor: The unaltered Original Star Wars Trilogy to be re-released this year?

Every time there is a rainy day, a slow news week, or a Star Wars drought, a rumor starts to go around that the un-altered version of the Star Wars Trilogy will be re-released. I generally have it as a policy that we don’t run those rumors because they are generally wrong. However, over the last month the evidence and tips have been piling up that the unaltered original trilogy will be re-released this year for the 40th anniversary in various formats. Several sources have let us know it was coming and it appears to actually be on the way this time.

While I am completely happy with the George Lucas version of the original trilogy that hit in 2011, I am really happy for the fans that yearned for the versions they saw of the film when they were kids. Being able to decide which version you want to watch is nice and it is much nicer than some fans having to learn how to delve into illicit sites to obtain the original cuts of the first trilogy. It sounds like everyone gets to be happy.

We will share the details of the re-release when they become more concrete on our end. At this time, we firmly believe the unaltered original edits of the 1977, 1980, and 1983 cuts of the original Star Wars Trilogy will officially be re-released soon. I do have to admit to being excited for Lapti Nek and Yub Nub jamming out on the screen again! I also can’t wait to show my kids the version I saw as a child and seeing what they think of the shifts and changes when they’re a little older.

I will be pretty surprised if this rumor doesn’t pan out. But remember, it is a rumor.

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