Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will issue the original, theatrical version of the “Star Wars” trilogy for the first time on DVD Sept. 12.
“Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” will each be released in two-disc versions containing the original theatrical version along with the 2004 digitally remastered version. Helmer George Lucas upgraded digital effects and otherwise altered the original movies to reflect the prequel trilogy for the DVD debut of his first three “Star Wars” pics. In the 2004 version, for example, “Star Wars” (by then considered “Episode IV: A New Hope”) starts with a different title crawl than seen in theaters in 1977.
The original versions of these films had previously been released on videocassette and laserdisc.
The DVD reissues will tie into the Sept. 12 debut of “Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy Game” and be available only until the end of the year.