Comicbook.com, a website which exists solely to publish inane articles about whatever geek-related topics are trending at any particular moment, claims to have EXCLUSIVE confirmation from two independent sources that Disney is planning to release the Star Wars original trilogy, unmarred by George Lucas's meddling changes, on blu ray soon. The article, written by "Joe Comicbook," an alias set up for the site's writers who want to have a career after the website generates enough equity to be sold to Yahoo by the domain squatting investment firm that owns it, says that the process of restoring the original negatives makes it difficult to project a release date, but that the blu rays are expected to come out by the time Star Wars Episode 7 is in theaters next year.
Last month, Yahoo reported that Reliance MediaWorks is working on transferring the original films to 4K and possibly 3D, so it's actually feasible that we could be getting the original, unaltered movies. Disney could stand to make a lot of money from fans who have resented Lucas's changes and his refusal to allow the original films to see a high definition release.
Of course, the feasibility of such a release is unclear. The rights to the home video releases of the existing movies belong to Fox for the next six years, and we're pretty sure Fox owns the rights to Episode 4 forever and ever. That doesn't mean the companies couldn't come to some kind of mutually beneficial deal, but this report does seem a little wishy washy. But hey, those baited clicks gotta come from somewhere, right Comicbook.com?
We'll have to treat this as a rumor for now, but it's nice to have a little bit of hope that a non-bastardized high definition Star Wars cold be on the way. You could even call it... a New Hope.