While Star Wars fans wait for Fox and Disney to work things out so the films can be released in 4K, there is now another 4K restoration of A New Hope at Lucasfilm.
Gareth Edwards revealed the existence of the new 4K A New Hope via an interview with Little White Lies:
“On day one, we were in Lucasfilm in San Francisco with Industrial Light and Magic and John Knowles, our supervisor, he said that theyâ€™ve got a brand new 4K restoration print of A New Hope â€“ it had literally just been finished. He suggested we sit and watch it. Obviously, I was up for that. “
This is not the first time a Star Wars movie was restored in 4K. Back in 2014 the company that used to be known as Lowry Digital Images (who did the DVD versions of the Original Trilogy) produced 16-bit 4K versions of the trilogy. Later it was hinted that those versions of the trilogy were rejected by Lucasfilm.
With 2017 being the 40th anniversary of A New Hope, it’d be the perfect time to release the movie in the format. Also, as Fox owns A New Hope forever they are technically able to release the movie without the other two in the trilogy and Fox already strongly supports the 4K UHD Blu-Ray format.