The Star Wars Digital Releases ARE The Special Editions

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Ever since there were rumors of a new release of the Star Wars movies, people immediately began to create wild theories that they would be the non-Special Editions of the Original Trilogy. We explained in detail why these rumors are completely false with no basis in reality, but that didn’t stop sites (such as originaltrilogy.com) from saying we didn’t know what we were talking about and Disney would release the non-Special Editions.

Now there’s proof that what we’re getting in the new release are the Special Editions, which means you can expect a whole bunch of “George Lucas Raped My Childhood!” complaints from the usual circles.

As part of the upcoming Digital Release of the movies, VUDU has posted trailers for all six movies. If you watch the trailers for the Original Trilogy, they show footage from the Special Editions. This is proof that you are not going to see an unaltered release.

For example, here’s a picture of the CG Falcon flying out of Mos Eisley that was added in the Special Edition and is shown in the A New Hope trailer:
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While it’s most noticeable in the trailer for A New Hope, due to the number of effects shots in it, you can also see the Special Edition Death Star II explosion in the Return of the Jedi trailer. These trailers are proof that we’re getting the Special Editions of Star Wars digitally:

You can view the trailers via the following links and notice that they feature the new CG effects from the Special Editions:

Star Wars: A New Hope

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi

How many times do the Special Editions need to be re-released before people realize these are the versions of Star Wars that exist now?