Chris Tilly from Time Out tells TFN that he just posted an interview with the lovely Warwick Davis about the new Star Wars DVDs and thought you might be interested. Here's an excerpt of his thoughts:
So how do you feel about the films being released all over again?
Well what's good about this release is the bonus feature of the original versions of the films. The theatrical versions that have not been on DVD before, the ones you would have seen if you went to the cinema in '77, '80 or '83. It's a real nostalgia trip. When I watched the special edition versions, which are on the discs as well, they're actually very different films. I see the changes, because I'm so used to watching the films, but it's nice to be able to sit back and make comparisons. With the special editions, George [Lucas] has created the films that he couldn't have made back in the day. To him they are the definitive versions, but I think it's quite nice that he's actually said "Okay, let's give the fans what they've asked for, let's give them the original versions on DVD."
Are you sure he isn't just trying to get more money out of the fans?
No, everybody wanted them. Everybody wanted to see these versions.
Why didnít he just put out both versions first time around?
Because he didn't see the original versions as being the films. For him, the special editions are the films, and he took a lot of convincing from fans saying "We want to see them!" But I think it says a lot that they are just bonus features.
So which versions do you prefer?
I don't know, that's a tricky question really, Which do I prefer? From a nostalgic point of view I'm going have to say the original versions. They're the ones I grew up with, they're the ones I remember and I'm pleased to see them back.