“In the mid-’90s, Star Wars creator George Lucas embarked on an ambitious project, as he revisited the films that earned him his legacy and made a variety of changes to them. 20 years later, these “Special Edition” versions of the Star Wars trilogy are still highly debated pieces of film history, as fans contest the decisions Lucas made with his films […]
Many fans may dismiss the Special Edition trilogy, but these updated versions of the film brought along with it many positive changes to the saga.
Check out why we think it’s important to honor the tweaks George Lucas made to the original Star Wars for its Special Edition!
The original films were events that captured the attention of almost the whole world, creating a global sensation whose effects are still felt today. For audiences who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, the only way to witness the films was on the small scale. […]
Lucasfilm was so aware of this fact, that the first teasers for the Special Edition featured ships flying out of a television set to showcase how much more effective the film is on the big screen.
Additionally, the release of the Special Editions helped reignite interest in the series two years prior to The Phantom Menace landing in theaters, building the anticipation for that film.
[…] Over the course of its run, the Star Wars Special Edition ended up taking in nearly $140 million domestically, helping it earn the film a domestic grand total of over $460 million.
The film might not have enjoyed its reign as the top-grossing domestic release for too long, as 1997’s Titanic would eventually go on to earn over $600 million domestically, but the Special Editions helped show that audiences were just as interested as ever to head to the theater for a Star Wars film.