The original Star Wars trilogy will always be revered as a cinematic treasure, but for many fans, its legacy has diminished somewhat over the years. Ever since the films first hit theaters in the late 70s and 80s, George Lucas has made various tweaks and changes to his films — adding CGI, swapping actors and voices in certain scenes, and a whole swatch of other additions/removals that have largely been viewed as unnecessary at best.
The films have changed so much that some fans only recognize the original, unaltered editions as being legitimate and have nothing but disdain for Lucas’s various updated cuts. This issue is only exasperated by the fact that the original versions are no longer available for purchase through official channels. With Lucas selling the franchise to Disney back in 2012, there was hope that the company would release a Blu-ray edition of those original films, but according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, there are currently no plans to do so.
Speaking with the Steel Wars Podcast, Kennedy seemed to reject the very notion of ever restoring the original Star Wars trilogy:
“I wouldn’t touch those, are you kidding me? (laughs). Those will always remain his.”
“His,” of course, meaning George Lucas. Although Kennedy seems to be against the idea of going against the author’s intended version, so to speak, she also confirmed that there are no stipulations in the deal between Lucas and Disney that says they can’t restore the films, so there’s still a chance they could if they so desired. Perhaps when Disney realizes how much money they would make off of doing it, they’ll change their tune.
In the meantime, better get used to stuff like this being canon: