The Alamo Drafthouse has once again outdone themselves. This August they will be screening the ORIGINAL Star Wars trilogy. They are calling it Return of the Trilogy. I am literally shaking with excitement as I write this.
When I saw the teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens a little spark flared in my heart. After the horrors of the prequels, I thought for all intents and purposes that the Star Wars franchise was dead. As the months passed, and we got more teasers and trailers, my hopes rose accordingly. When the first note of the song played and the Star Wars logo flashed on the screen, I was my 6 year old self, feet dangling from the edge of my seat. When the screen went dark at the end I was desperately hooked, ready for the next installment. I watched it 6 more times in the theater. Star Wars was back.
And now, for realz, Star Wars, my Star Wars, is coming back. The films Lucas said were gone, never to be seen again. Pinch me. I can’t believe it’s happening.
The following paragraphs have been scrubbed because the Rolling Road Show is NOT showing the “original cut” of the original trilogy. They will be screening the 1997 re-release, i.e. Greedo shoots first, version. The wording on the page is a bit confusing, and the use of the 1977 trailer was the most misleading of all. I apologize for any confusion I caused. I am as saddened by this as anyone. It will still be fun, just not as epic as I had thought. The final paragraph stands though.
But there’s something more. If Disney is re-releasing these films to be screened in theaters… dare I say it?… there’s a good chance they are going to be re-released for us to purchase. I mean, if there is one thing that The Mouse™ knows it’s how to make money off its properties. And while Star Wars: The Force Awakens has gone a long way towards recouping their investment in the franchise, The Mouse™ wants, and can easily get, a better profit margin. And what could be more profitable than burning some DVDs/Blu-Ray discs with movies millions of fans have been pining for for years? So, yeah. Shut up and take my money!
And for the record, I would like to put it out there now, Disney has officially won… everything! It won’t be long before this globe we’re on is know was Planet Disney. When the aliens make first contact, we’re not going to be Terrans, or Earthlings. We’re going to be known as Disneyans.
It’s terrible to admit, but eh, I’m okay with that.