Star Wars Episode 1 3D Theatrical Release Date is February 14, 2012
I can't wait to see Star Wars again... I mean, it's been almost 3 years since I wrote George Lucas a check - the man is clearly due. Today, the Hollywood Reporter scooped the news that Star Wars: Episode 1 will be re-released in 3D on Valentine's Day (February 14th) 2012. Lucas hopes that releasing the first installment of his blockbuster Star Wars Saga reasonably early in the year, away from summer season, will give it a wide open run at the box office and also establish the chance to sell merchandise through the balance of the calendar year. The program under discussion would make the release of the next movies in the series an annual event on the film calendar.
If the first in the series finds success, the outstanding 5 films would track a year apart on equivalent dates. However, hinging on how the first release performs, the studios could likewise make a decision to open the subsequent entries in varying spots on the calendar.
When the new special-edition variety of the original three Star Wars motion pictures were re-released in 1997, that cycle began with the first re-release of Episode IV: A New Hope at the end of January. After that they released Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi roughly a month apart each.
Launching the films in the course of the first quarter of the year would also give Lucas Licensing the opportunity to launch new licensing programs that would likely run all the way through the year.
So are you waiting with baited breath for Lucas' 3D processed cash cow - or will you skip it and wait for the Blu-ray version (making this possibly the 6th time you've bought Star Wars on video)? Let us know in our forums!
Source: Hollywood Reporter
j_garcia, post: 799287
They were saying that they may never re-release the unmodified theatrical versions of the original trilogy and that sucks because I don't like the “new” remastered ones.
I agree! The remastered movies felt manufactured to me.
I will go see ALL 6 Star Wars movies in their new, post-production 3D bastardized versions in the theaters. In return, Lucas must release Blu-ray versions of the Original Trilogy that make use of the Blu-ray seemless branching feature to provide the following:
- original theatrical versions
- first theatrical re-release versions (very minor updates, eg. title sequence)
- laserdisc versions
- enhanced versions
- theatrical special editions
- home special editions
We can do without the DVD/Blu-ray versions. The upcoming Blu-ray releases will already include those crappy versions. I want all of the previous versions on one disc, making use of Blu-ray seemless branching! Give me that and I'll buy 6 more movie tickets for the 3D versions that I don't even want to see!
InTheIndustry, post: 799091
The kid playin Anakin is worse, to me, than Jar Jar Binks.
Strangely enough, I never really objected to Jar-Jar that much. He's pretty darn far down the list of what's wrong with the movie.
On the plus side, the movie has 1. The Pod Race and 2. The coolest light-sabre battle in the entire series. I still don't plan to see it in 3D, although I admit the Pod Race is tempting.