Originally Posted by Lee Stewart
Disney has nothing to do with releasing the first 6 movies on DVD/BD. They don't own the rights to do that. Fox does until 2020 when the rights resort to Disney for 5 of the 6 films (not #4). If Fox releases the 1-6 SWs movies say on 4K BD 3 years from now, Disney doesn't get a single dime of the revenue, nor do they have any say as to how or what will be released. Just like when Fox starts releasing 1-6 on 3D BD. Same situation..
Does that mean that Lucasfilm never saw any profit from the various home video releases that Fox put out? Disney are just taking their place in the equation, no? If Disney don't have any say in what Fox releases, doesn't that mean Lucasfilm never did either?
I find that pretty hard to believe. Fox have released 3 different cuts of the Special Editions over the years, and also put out the unaltered trilogy on DVD. Lucasfilm had nothing to do with these decisions? If that's the case, there obviously wasn't some sort of contractual restriction in place saying they could only release one version of the film. When people would bug Fox about putting out the unaltered versions, the standard response was "We don't make the decisions, we just press the discs. Contact Lucasfilm".
I'm not saying you're wrong, as I don't really have any knowledge in these matters. I'm genuinely confused about it all. But from all the information I have seen, it suggests to me that Fox simply have the right to make the discs. They don't decide what goes on the discs, they can't refuse to put certain content on a disc, or leave certain content off. Previously, those decisions were made by Lucasfilm, now they'll be made by Disney.