New details about changes that Star Wars creator George Lucas has made to the upcoming Blu-ray release of the iconic science-fiction movie series have been revealed, and fans are not happy.
The Blu-ray version of the six films in the series has been long awaited, and the release of the complete six-movie collection, as well as separate releases for those just wanting the original three movies (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) or the three movie prequel (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith) is scheduled for September 16. That said, Lucas has made numerous changes to the movies over the years, and most have not been well received by purists. The modifications even spawned a 2011 documentary, The People vs. George Lucas (coming to DVD, Oct. 25).
The changes Lucas has made to Star Wars re-releases and DVDs even have their own Wikipedia page.
The addition of a scene where Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is shown building a new lightsaber has been known from the very announcement of the Blu-ray edition (embedded below), but the new changes that have been confirmed will probably cause the same uproar that changing the scene between Greedo and Han Solo such that Greedo shot first did.
The latest information to be leaked prior to the Blu-ray release is that in the climactic scene from “Return of the Jedi,” when the Emperor is attacking Luke and Darth Vader hurls him to his death, he will now shout “No!” The leak came via a video leaked to YouTube (below).
On Wednesday, a press representative for Lucasfilm confirmed that this change will be included in the Blu-ray release, writing in an e-mail: “Yes — Darth says NO.”
Sacrilege. Actually, to purists, it is. That’s the only change that’s been verified thus far, but other leaks have come forth as well. In addition to those changes to canon (or what is defined as “real” in a fictional work or universe), there are more:
- Muppet Yoda has been replaced by CGI Yoda in (at least) The Phantom Menace.
- Obi-Wan’s Krayt dragon call has been changed. The Superficial says it “sounds like a pedophile getting his dick caught in a screen door” (you judge).
- The scene with Greedo has been sped up (but still has Greedo shooting first).
- Jabba the Hutt’s palace from Return of the Jedi has a new rendered door.
- Lightsaber colors have been reverted to correspond to the original theatrical versions (which is a good change, for once).
There are probably going to be many more changes noted when the Blu-ray hits retail. Small chagnges, yes, but fans are still not happy.
It’s unclear what they will say about another idea that Lucas has: a 3D version of The Phantom Menace. That version is set to release in 2012.
What Lucas may feel to “get” is that fans would love sequels to the original trilogy. He’s creating new content with these miniscule additions to the old films, and consequently reaping more income, but imagine the excitement if he created a sequel trilogy?
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