With the official change over really coming to fruition in January of the return of the Star Wars comic book license to Marvel Comics after its successful run at Dark Horse Comics–and several months before the full magnitude of what it will mean to have Star Wars under the Disney empire–already word is out about re-releases of the original trilogy.
Forget about Greedo shooting first, the ghost of a young Anakin Skywalker at the end of Return of the Jedi, a skinny Jabba at Mos Eisley, and strange circular bursts emitting from destroyed Death Stars. Forget about a cringe-worthy singsong “Celebrate the Love” over “Lapti Nek.” It took Disney to give fans what they have wanted all along: the one and only original Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, with no special edition edits, on Blu-ray. That’s right, all three films are undergoing conversions to Blu-ray for a to-be-announced release date in 2015.
So you’ll again get to upgrade your home version of the trilogy, the one that already replaced you VHS, Beta, Laser Disc, DVD, and countless digital upgrade and boxed set releases–one more time. That is, until they release the 3D version. No word yet on that upgrade.
Along with the films, the original Star Wars: A New Hope comic book adaptation created by legendary writer Roy Thomas and illustrated by our favorite comic book artist, Howard Chaykin, will get a facelift of sorts. Colorist Chris Sotomayor is going to update the four-color standard 1970s style used by Marvel to a more modern color set. Like the special edition update for the movies, this will give us a new take on the classic book. Well-known artists Marie Severin, Steve Leialoha and Glynis Wein provided the original color work now being replaced.
Here’s a comparison of the new vs. the old:
Check back for release dates here at borg.com throughout 2015.