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CT A New Hope - FOX/Disney

Discussion in 'Classic Trilogy' started by TheNewEmpire, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. TheNewEmpire

    TheNewEmpire Jedi Master star 3

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    I was talking to a friend the other day and it was mentioned that 20th Century Fox still owns the distribution rights for the fourth episode of the sega.
    Is this true? I notice today that the forcecast is reporting that Disney (I assume its Disney now) are getting ready to re-release the original and prequel trilogies with a few new features packed in.
    If my friend is right, how could this be?
    Could it just be the cinematic distribution rights that he was referring to?

    Another thing that I was thinking about...
    I've noticed that at the beginning of Blade Runner that the Ladd Company logo comes up even though that company is gone now and another owns and distributes the movie. That same for Orion pictures like The Terminator and Robocop.
    Does this mean that future releases of the trilogies will have a Disney and 20th Century Fox logo?
    Have exactly does this work?
     
  2. Darth_Pevra

    Darth_Pevra Force Ghost star 6

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  3. TheNewEmpire

    TheNewEmpire Jedi Master star 3

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    The distribution rights for the 6 films? For how long?
    What about episode 7?
     
  4. CaptainHamYoyo

    CaptainHamYoyo Jedi Knight star 2

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    BluRay/DVD combo set? I already have both...give us the OOT!
     
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  5. Jedi-Hero

    Jedi-Hero Jedi Knight

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    There isn't anything new on these disks right? It's just new repackaging?
     
  6. Darth_Harmon

    Darth_Harmon Jedi Master star 4

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    http://collider.com/fox-owns-star-wars/

    So unless a deal is made to transfer the rights before 2020, FOX will own 1-3, 5 & 6 until then. Episode 4 is forever with FOX until DIsney makes a deal.

    Disney still owns all the characters and concepts and everything, which is why they can make Rebels and Episodes 7-9 with returning characters and story concepts. It's just that FOX owns the rights to the original six films themselves. So Disney cannot just up and release the films or air them until 2020. However, Disney and Lucasfilm could work with FOX to release the films on video and theatrically, it's just that FOX will get most of the profits.

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    Given Episode 9 is likely to release in 2019, we'll probably see a 1-9 box set in time for holiday 2020. Assuming blu-ray is still a major format in 7 years.
     
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  7. darklordoftech

    darklordoftech Force Ghost star 6

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    I wonder whether the DVDs will use the 2004 or 2011 versions.
     
  8. Seagoat

    Seagoat PT and Music Section Dictator star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    2011 I'd of course assume. Those are the currently canon versions, are they not?
     
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  9. darklordoftech

    darklordoftech Force Ghost star 6

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    They are. By the way, is anyone else happy about the movies being in print on DVD at all?
     
  10. Darth_Pevra

    Darth_Pevra Force Ghost star 6

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    Now that Lucas is not on board anymore, they really aren't. Canon is whatever Kathy or Bob declare canon.
     
  11. Seagoat

    Seagoat PT and Music Section Dictator star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    You instill fear and despair into my heart :(
     
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  12. Mr. Forest

    Mr. Forest Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I'm pretty sure Lucas made sure Disney/Lucasfilm would not mess up his vision of the saga, most likely being part of the agreement to sale Star Wars. We may see the OOT on Blu-ray at some point, but I highly doubt the 2011 versions of each film will be thrown aside.
     
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    Padme's Love Slave Jedi Knight star 1

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  14. Darth_Pevra

    Darth_Pevra Force Ghost star 6

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    A lot, of course. But Disney will pay up, yes they will. Otherwise they can't make any sweet "complete saga boxsets".

    Bob Iger already stated somewhere he had to make clear to Lucas that he had no more real say. I doubt Disney wants to deal with a meddling and interfering creator. They know his decisions are often ... less than palatable for fans.
     
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  15. TheNewEmpire

    TheNewEmpire Jedi Master star 3

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    If I were Fox I'd just refuse to sell. I'd hold onto them for as long as possible and milk them for all their worth. Like they are with the upcoming box sets.
     
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  16. Darth_Pevra

    Darth_Pevra Force Ghost star 6

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    That's for sure, but come 2020 they will have lost the license for TESB and ROTJ and I doubt they would make much money with perpetually rereleasing ANH. The market is pretty saturated as it is.
     
  17. TheNewEmpire

    TheNewEmpire Jedi Master star 3

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    But they could charge Disney of Ep4 every time they want to release a box set. That over the long run would surely net them more money that a big one-time payoff...
     
  18. Darth_Pevra

    Darth_Pevra Force Ghost star 6

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    I guess? But I wonder: If FOX only licenses the rights to publish the ANH dvd, would Disney be free to change the content?
     
  19. TX-20

    TX-20 Jedi Master star 4

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    As Darth_Pevra said, Star Wars now belongs to Disney. They may be humor him, but George no longer gets any say in what happens to the Star Wars universe.
     
  20. Darth_Xeres

    Darth_Xeres Jedi Knight star 2

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    So, before Lucas could distribute one of the his many (so very many...) "new" versions of the movies throughout the years, he first had to talk to and make a deal with Fox. This probably wasn't much a problem because such re-releases were almost guaranteed to earn a profit, but I wonder if it eventually grated on Lucas, who is well-know for his dislike of the Hollywood studio system?
     
  21. TheNewEmpire

    TheNewEmpire Jedi Master star 3

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    If I were Disney I would do two things:

    1. Commission a new edition of the Sega with a few new tweaks and effects.
    2. Release the original trilogy unaltered.

    This way, if Fox try to hold them to ransom they can effectively bypass them with 'Better' versions.
     
  22. BigAl6ft6

    BigAl6ft6 Force Ghost star 6

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    I can't see it not being the 2011 versions because when you buy those Blu Ray / DVD combo packs, the DVD is pretty much exactly the same as the Blu Ray, almost down to the special features. I'd be an interesting quirk if they put the '04 DVDs in there but I doubt it.

    Tagline: "blinking ewoks. Finally on DVD!"
     
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  23. TheNewEmpire

    TheNewEmpire Jedi Master star 3

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    I was told once that originally Lucas envisioned Endor to be Kashyyyk, and the Ewoks Wookies. But the cost of effects and suits would be too high, and finding that manytall people would be too difficult back then. (Apparently there was an increase of tall people born in the US post ROTJ) So George compromised on his vision. Again.
     
  24. Alexrd

    Alexrd Force Ghost star 5

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    They are until stated otherwise. And I don't seem them contradicting Lucas for no reason whatsoever.
     
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  25. ElanMars

    ElanMars Jedi Master star 1

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    They can commission Adywan, he already did an awesome job with A New Hope (Revisited). Just change the CG aliens in the cantina back to the original ones (Lak Sivrak 4-ever!) and it's pretty much perfect. It already is the best "altered"/special edition version out there.
     
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