The original unaltered trilogy refers to the original theatrical versions of the first three Star Wars films, before they were modified for the special edition and subsequent re-releases. These sets have been repackaged for a November 2008 box set release.
The Star Wars trilogy comes out for a limited time as individual movie DVDs on September 12th—complete with the unaltered original films as bonus material—and will be available for pre-order starting this week. This is a chance for longtime fans to re-experience the movies as they originally played during their first theatrical releases, and an opportunity for new fans to see a bit of movie history.
Each movie comes as a two-disc set—one disc is the 2004 remastered version of the film, while the second disc is a version that captures its original theatrical presentation. For more information about this release, see the original announcement story here. StarWarsShop.com will be making Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi available for pre-order on Friday, May 12.
Here's a look at the cover art for this release. Done in the photo-montage style of previous DVD release, each movie mimics a poster design from the original theatrical campaign.
Although fan reaction to the announcement of the DVDs was largely positive, upon release many fans felt that they had once again been cheated by George Lucas. The DVDs used non-anamorphic video sourced from the 1993 LaserDisc releases, which was nowhere near the same quality as the remastered versions of the films present in the 2004 boxset.
Full screen (FS)Edit
Although the packaging labels on the DVDs are full screen copies of the trilogy, only the remastered versions on Disc 1 are cropped into pan-and-scan form. The Bonus Disc, which contains the unaltered version of each film, is available in a non-anamorphic widecreen ratio on both the Widescreen and Fullscreen DVDs.