For “Star Wars” fans: This Disney+ documentary now takes a look behind the scenes of the franchise

A documentary is now available on Disney+ that “Star Wars” shouldn’t be missed. Because it is about the special effects of the films.

Before the “Star Wars”-prequel trilogy started in cinemas in the early 2000s, the original trilogy was shown again in some cinemas. However, these were not the versions that ran at the original launch, but the so-called Special Editions, which “Star Wars” creator George Lucas has revised with new recordings and more modern special effects and which now replace the original versions.

The documentary series “Light & Magic” is now on Disney+ available and looks behind the scenes of the legendary visual effects forge Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in six episodes. This was founded in 1975 by George Lucas specifically for “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” to bring the epic space saga to life. It should be particularly interesting for fans that, for the first time in the Disney era, original material from the explosion of the Death Star will be shown, as can be seen in the trailer (via ScreenRant):

Original theatrical versions of “Star Wars” not available

The revisions to the Special Editions were met with disapproval from many fans as they would detract from the original Star Wars experience. There have been other edits to the footage over the years, so no official release of the Star Wars films, whether on Blu-ray, DVD or Disney+, shows the original theatrical release. Therefore, many wish that the original versions are published. Although Lucas has repeatedly emphasized that this is not possible because all the negatives have been destroyed, many fans doubt it.

There was also support from prominent sources: JJ Abrams, director of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, had spoken out in 2019 for the original versions to be published:

“I asked about it. Because who wouldn’t want to see that. But I’ve been told that for reasons I don’t fully understand, that’s not necessarily possible.”

The fact that the documentary features unedited footage has given some fans renewed hope. It remains to be seen whether this will actually be fulfilled. However, it is not really likely. After all, Lucasfilm has been working to make the original versions inaccessible for over 20 years.

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