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The last original versions released were dvds and VHS. They even ran commercials saying it was the last time they would be available. If you think Fox won't be down to make a shitpile of money while Disney does all the hard work, you are crazy.

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So there seem to be some weird facts being thrown around.

First of all, the last time the "original" OT films were released in any form was in 2006 as a bonus disc in the individual film releases of the OT. Those discs were repackaged again in 2008. They were 100% unaltered, with absolutely zero changes from the initial releases of each film. No color correction, no cleanup, no nothing. Due to the complete lack of any remastering, they were nowhere near professional DVD quality. Lots of fans were upset that the films weren't made to look as nice as the special editions. When the blu-rays were released, they did not contain the original versions of the films. Fans essentially rioted, pushing the Amazon.com user rating for the blu-ray release below the Twilight films, and literally bullying Katie Lucas (George's daughter) off of Twitter.

Also, although Fox owns the rights to release A New Hope in theaters forever (as of now) and the home video rights until 2020, Disney technically owns the rights to the movies themselves. So basically, Fox would be the one putting them out, but Disney would have control over precisely how they were released. So they'd just have to make a deal with Fox and figure out how much of the profits everyone gets. It's also worth noting that a 3D theatrical re-release of the original trilogy was still planned for sometime between now and 2015, and those plans technically have not yet been cancelled.

The thing is, even if the original-original films are getting released, what does that mean?

The Star Wars films have had changes made in virtually every single release ever, even in-between the various versions of film (35mm, 70mm, etc). When Star Wars was released in 1977, it had three separate sound mixes for each version of film that went out to theaters. When the first run of Empire Strikes Back 70mm film reels went out of theaters in 1980, an entire new effects shot was inserted with the new run of reels in the same year (the establishing shot zooming in on the medical frigate in the Rebel fleet. You can actually hear in the soundtrack where a new bit of music was spliced in to cover the longer footage). So when people say "the original unaltered films," which original version do they mean? Furthermore, do we actually want the original version, without any proper remastering? What about things like matte lines; do we keep those? There are seriously fans on both sides of all those decisions, and there's no way to make everyone happy unless they release a half-dozen versions of each movie at once—but for free, of course, because people don't actually want to pay for another release.

Personally, I'd be down for a version of the original films done as close to the theatrical release as possible, but remastered in every way short of literally changing the artistic intent of the shot. The only thing that I'm iffy on is the Wampa cave scene, since that's the one thing universally regarded as being better than the original version. And they were only recreating what was always supposed to be there anyway, so it's not actually altered from the original scene.

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Wait, hang on a minute. Luke and Biggs didn't live in the Empire. Is it really a rebellion if they're heavily recruiting from outside Palpatines official area of rule? I mean, I get Luke wanting to join up after his aunt and uncle were killed but he was all hot to join before that ever happened. What the heck has the rebellion to do with him?

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Since when was Tatooine not in the Empire? I know it was ruled by the Hutt family, but I thought they were allies with the Imperials.

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Well, Phantom Menace places it outside the Republic hence slavery and we never see the Empire expand make any kind of permanent presence there, all the troops drop down from the Star Destroyers which is only there because Leia is travelling to Tattooine to find Obi Wan. There's no indication that it's an Imperial planet, they might drop in for bits and pieces but otherwise why would they want it? No natural resources, small population. The Hutt's might rule with the empire's permission but all signs are that they'd rule that planet regardless. Then again it's not totally clear if slavery is still a thing when Luke is there, possibly not. That could be imperial influence, in which case dude, why you fighting the people who freed all the slaves?

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Slavery is still very much a thing during the time of the original trilogy. Think about Leia and all of the dancing girls in Return of the Jedi.

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The Republic was corrupt by the time of The Phantom Menace and had grown large enough they didn't even care about outer rim planets like it. Hell, they did't even accept Republic Credits. Years later, The Empire has some small presence on the planet and, from the sounds of the money Luke got from selling his speeder, they've started dealing in official currency. Maybe it's Vader. More likely, The Empire, wanting absolute control, just decided to keep a tighter hold on anyplace that had a bad reputation.

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Or Vader wanted to bring his home planet into the Empire, to prevent things like the murder of Shmii from occuring again. Which would make him kind of a weird, Lawful Evil Batman. I mean, Vader is the Emperor's #2, and he was born a slave on that planet. Even if Anakin Skywalker is dead, I can see Vader pushing for a more lawful Tatooine.

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There were already stormtroopers on Tatooine, and Luke says he hates the Empire even before they show up and roast his parents. So the Empire had to already have a presence there.

Or Vader wanted to bring his home planet into the Empire, to prevent things like the murder of Shmii from occuring again.

Actually, one of the great ironies of Anakin is that he becomes the thing he's fought so hard to destroy. As a boy he says he dreams of freeing his fellow slaves, but later on as Vader, in order to preserve "peace," he's a major part of the Empire that actively enslaves wookiees and conscripts/indoctrinates citizens to serve as stormtroopers. He'd probably rather just forget about Shmi and his past as Anakin entirely.

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Slavery is still very much a thing during the time of the original trilogy. Think about Leia and all of the dancing girls in Return of the Jedi.

Maybe, or it could be the usual indentured servitude that's a perk of high grade crime.

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...Because they're the Empire, from Romans to British to Palpatine, all Empires are evil, man.

Oh, I'm not letting that one slide...

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The 1-hour Star Wars Rebels premiere is online via Watch Disney XD for cable TV subscribers. (so naturally it should be shortly, erm, "liberated" to the internet as a whole)

Non-spoilery thoughts:

-Tons of fun

-All the characters area really well-handled.

-The influence of Dave Filoni (Clone Wars) and Greg Weissman (Young Justice, Spectacular Spidey) are both very apparent.

-If Clone Wars was George Lucas's way of constantly experimenting with the SW universe, then Rebels is the fans' way of returning to the classic feel.

-There are slightly too many lines and musical themes lifted directly from the Original Trilogy, but then again it's probably better to be "too much" like classic Star Wars than not enough.

-I kinda feel bad for the stormtroopers. So many of them die. They're like popcorn.

On the whole I really liked it. It has that classic gunslinging adventure fun of A New Hope, which is pretty great.

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The Rebels premiere is going to reair on ABC with a new scene featuring Darth Vader voiced by James Earl Jones.

If God existed, he would have the voice of James Earl Jones.

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