The Star Wars discs currently on the market have been modified with scenes such as Jabba the Hutt in the first film, a modified musical number in Return of the Jedi, and Greedo shooting first, but now there’s an alternative for diehard fans who want a taste of the original theatrical releases. Created by forum user Petr “Harmy” Harmacek, Star Wars Despecialized Edition restores them to their former glory by collating footage from various sources and then combining them into one seamless edit. Continue reading for a video explaining how you can download this special edition right now. Click here for a few comparison screengrabs.
“Harmacek’s attempt to restore the original trilogy to its former state was borne of a curatorial interest. He first saw the original unaltered cut of Star Wars on TV as a child in the Czech Republic, but was introduced to its sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi exclusively through their special editions. When he later saw these sequels in their earlier forms, he was disappointed at how much the films had changed,” said VICE.