Star Wars

‘Rogue One’ Director Says Disney Has Made A 4K Restoration of ‘Star Wars’

In a new interview with Little White Lies, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards mentions that Disney has completed a restoration of Star Wars: A New Hope in 4K and that he was even given the opportunity to watch it:

“On day one, we were in Lucasfilm in San Francisco with Industrial Light and Magic and John (Knoll), our supervisor, he said that they’ve got a brand new 4K restoration print of A New Hope – it had literally just been finished. He suggested we sit and watch it.”

While it’s exciting to hear that Disney has a new version of Star Wars in glorious 4K resolution, Edwards’ comment fails to answer a few key questions. Namely, he doesn’t mention when or even if Disney has plans to release this version and most importantly, whether the restoration is of the original theatrical version of the film or the inferior special editions that George Lucas has been making progressively worse since they first arrived in 1997:


Although the original Star Wars trilogy was released on Blu-ray back in 2011, each version of the film was the special edition, and fans have been clamoring for HD remasters of the original versions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, free of any of Lucas’ updates. Until we know for which version of Star Wars the 4K restoration that Edwards speaks of is, it’s hard to drum up much excitement for this revelation. We never want to have to watch this scene again:

(Via: Birth.Movies.Death, Little White Lies)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)