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Will you help with a Star Wars Blu-Ray release question?

Asked by mazingerz88 (19058points) January 2nd, 2013

Been surfing the net for information on whether Star Wars episodes 4, 5 and 6, the theatrical, unmodified and uncorrupted version were really released in Blu-Ray. It seems it was and got released in 2008?

I almost bought a trilogy package but reviewers said those were the ones that Lucas modified. For example, they changed the musical score in Return of the Jedi’s final scene and inserted Christian’s, who played Anakin Skywalker, ghost in that end scene as well.

Have you actually seen or better yet, own one of these supposed unmodified episodes in Blu-Ray? Thanks!

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cutiepi92's avatar

According to this:

as well as other sites I have looked at, it seems like they don’t exist as you say. However, I could be easily wrong as I have only google searched some stuff and have not had any luck. If there is no official DVD release, then it’s a guarantee you won’t find any Blue-Ray copies. Sorry :/

ucme's avatar

Just on the topic of changing Anakin’s ghost at the end of Jedi, it’s like they’re insulting the viewers intelligence with that one, like yeah, we get it!

Seek's avatar

Well, first off, the original unadulterated theatrical release has never been available on video. James Earl Jones is not the original voice of Vader. So right off the bat, no.

However, the original video release of the main trilogy (I can’t call it by episode numbers. Just no.) I’ve only seen on Fox Video VHS tapes released before 1993.

ucme's avatar

^^Yup, it was the guy in the suit Dave Prowse, his thick Bristolian accent sounded bloody terrible though, more suited to panto.

ucme's avatar

You see what I mean “rebel alloiance & a treytorr”
Darth Vader the farmer, to this day Prowse feels he was robbed of his big moment…tsk, tsk!
He starred in a govt. safety campaign ad way back & even they felt the need to change his voice…look here.

El_Cadejo's avatar

What happened to the Star Wars that I used to know?

I still have my copies of the original video releases on VHS…except I dont have a VHS player :(

@Seek_Kolinahr James Earl Jones was the voice of Vader in the original theatrical release… “Prowse claimed he would sometimes deliver joke versions of his lines in Empire and Jedi, knowing that the vocal takes would not be used.”

Seek's avatar

@uberbatman Sorry, hon. I have firsthand accounts of original Vader voice in the theatres. The hubs is a hardcore fan, and was a kid at the time. Mitch remembers being very confused when he saw Empire and all of a sudden Vader had a deep voice.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I would love to see a source on that one cause I’m almost certain I remember seeing an interview with Prowse where he said he was unaware that his voice wasn’t going to be used in the theatrical release of A New Hope. I’ve been googling for the past 20 min and I can’t find any evidence of it.

Seek's avatar

That’s ok. Find someone who was born in the 70s and ask them. Google didn’t exist then.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I find it hard to believe that no one from the 70s would write about it on a forum considering there are multiple sites dedicated to all the changes that happened to Star Wars over the years. I’ll go ask my friend tomorrow though.

Seek's avatar

If I’m not mistaken, Star Wars played several different runs in the theater before its first VHS release (bear in mind that while the first commercial videocassette player was technically available in 1972, the vast majority of people did not have them until the 80s). While movies nowadays stay in the theater just long enough to make a shit-ton of money and then come out on video immediately afterward, once upon a time it was a long process. Films would often show in the theater long after their videocassette release, as well. Thus it is entirely possible (and indeed probable) that Prowse’s voice was removed and replaced between silver screen runs of the film, and only those who saw Star Wars in its first few weeks would have heard Prowse as Darth Farmer.

Of course, try explaining to any 10 year old kid that Han shot first and then make sense of the fact that while Vader has the Force, he didn’t have the common sense to look in his brother’s house for his own kids.

George Lucas, you suck.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Alright, I went on a mission to seek out as many people I could find that saw the original release of Star Wars in 77. Of the six people I found that did see it and could remember all told me that James Earl Jones was the voice of Vader from the beginning.Two of the people I spoke to claimed to have seen the movie within the first week of its release.

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