So we all know that Return of the Jedi was originally marketed under the name Revenge of the Jedi (the reasons why depending on which source you decide to check). While there are a couple of ‘Revenge’ trailers circulating, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences believes they have dug up the earliest teaser trailer ever released for the film.
To let them explain its significance:
The Academy Film Archive holds several trailers from the United States with the initial Revenge title, most of which announcing a May 25th 1983 release date which coincided with the anniversary of the original Star Wars stateside release in 1977. However, this peculiar and very brief Revenge of the Jedi teaser trailer originated from a cinema in the United Kingdom, where the film was originally being considered for a Christmas 1983 release. This teaser was apparently shown with the U.K.’s May 1982 double feature re-release of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. American audiences would not get a glimpse of the third film until Star Wars was re-released in the U.S. in August 1982, meaning that this may be the earliest Revenge trailer distributed – and fans from across the pond got the first peek!
So if you have half a minute, strap in… for some music and still images. But hey, it’s still Star Wars-y.