After seeing ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ in theaters, basically everyone felt the urge to go back home and watch ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’. After all, that is the direct sequel to the very first Star Wars Anthology film. However, while some may choose to break out their laserdisc, VHS, DVD, or Blu-ray copies of the film, it seems that some special people have access to a version of the film that many people would love to see.
In a recent interview with Little White Lies, ‘Rogue One’ director Gareth Edwards reveals that he has seen a 4K restoration of the film from a galaxy far, far away that started it all. Up until this point, ‘Star Wars’ hasn’t been released in a resolution such as that. But for Edwards, he was able to see it fresh off the presses so to speak:
“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. Obviously, I was up for that.”
As of this writing, it’s currently uncertain whether Lucasfilm or Walt Disney Studios are planning to re-release ‘A New Hope’ or any ‘Star Wars’ films in 4K, but there are certainly people out there who would love to have the beloved films in such a high viewing quality. Although, isn’t the olde-timey, vintage look part of the charm of older movies? Sure, special effects weren’t what they are today and film quality has improved greatly since George Lucas first started filming Luke Skywalker, but at what point does the resolution start to become more important than the movie itself? After all, a good movie is still a good movie whether if it’s in standard definition or 4K. Either way, if the existence of this new version means another opportunity to see the original ‘Star Wars’ movies in a theater, then I’m all for it.
Would you like to see a 4K restoration of the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy? Is that something that you’re eager to add to your movie collection? Let us know in the comments.