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The once and for all canonical list of every version of Star Wars I have owned

On September 29, 2010, in Star Wars, by Brian Huberd

Because not only is the Holy Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy coming out on Blu-Ray, they’re getting a 3D release in 2012.

For the haters out there (you know who you are, and you know what I mean):

If you have to have a 1977, 1980 and 1983 version of the first three movies and have your panties in a bunch over the further alterations or that the original versions won’t be on the new Blu-Ray, get over it. I’ve seen both sides of the argument and personally am too tired to worry over it at this point in my life. The originals are out there if you look and have been neatly remastered by fan effort. Yup, it’d be awesome for Lucasfilm to release them with the updated editions, but there you go. Decision is made so the decision is yours to figure out how best to cope with the pain of your existence. I bet that if Han kept shooting first the amount of people who gripe would but cut in half.

Oh, and Luke’s scream as he falls down the shaft in Cloud City in Empire could be taken back out too. But you know what? I can live with it. I understand that this, plus Han not shooting first does alter the story arcs (Han is ruthless and becomes a better person vs. Greedo being a horrible shot/Luke decides he would rather die than join Vader vs. apparently slipping accidentally as he considers Vader’s offer). It would be good to make those changes, and some people HAVE on their own. Maybe one day it will happen officially. Patience.

Plus, I am rather excited at the thought of Star Wars in 3D myself.

But anyway…here’s the list of every version of Star Wars I have purchased:

VHS pan and scan tapes (circa 1987)
VHS widescreen tapes (circa 1992?)
Laserdisc (original pressings with the gray covers)
The Definitive Edition laserdisc collection (The Big Black Box of Star Wars)
The Special Edition laserdisc collection (The Not Quite As Big Black Box of Star Wars)
The Prequel Trilogy DVD releases
The Special Edition trilogy DVD box set
The Special Edition trilogy individual DVD releases (with the original versions included)

OK, so that makes by my count eight times I’ve done my duty as a fan, with the Blu-Ray editions, that will make nine. Each time I say it will be the last time I do it. I lie to myself often it seems.


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