The original trilogy of Star Wars is to become available on DVD by September this year. Many fans have been requesting that the DVD include the original cinematic version from 1977 and Lucasfilm is happy to oblige:
"We recognise the outcry," said Lucasfilm spokesperson, Jim Banks, "And instead of stamping on their tiny little faces, we decided to cut the fans a break and give them what they wanted."
Lucas' first trilogy is the story of a Mr Jedi Skywalker and his battle against evil robots. However, in the 1990s, directory George Lucas decided that the robots needed a polish and produced his Special Edition versions of the 3 films. Jim Banks confirms that it was all about the slugs:
"The originals were a bit dusted and battered and it was easier at the time to give the film a good dusting, and make one of the principal characters stand on the tail of a slug creature that looks really good if you squint. Now we're able to offer the public the originals without the slug."
The DVD of the Special Editions is set to come out in September 2004, spread over 15 separate DVDs including commentary from everyone in the Cantina bar scene.
The DVD of the original films is to come out in February 2008 and is estimated to spread over 27 DVDs.
Toys of the DVD are also likely to be produced over the coming months, just in time for Christmas.