Silent Bob Posted September 18, 2004 Share Posted September 18, 2004 So, for those who haven't heard, it seems that George Lucas has yet again gotten ILM to go back into the original Star Wars trilogy and make even more changes for the upcoming DVD release (which comes out Tuesday, by the way). Many of the changes are pretty minor and some of the more major ones are actual improvements, but some...some are just unforgiveable. Here are some comparisons. A New Hope Luke's sandspeeder has been re-done to make it more dynamic and to animate C-3PO more realistically. 1997 Version 2004 Version Greedo still shoots first (sigh) but the shots are now much closer together and Han's entire upper body is animated instead of just his head in the horrible 1997 version. 1997 Version 2004 Version (PS - is it just me, or when you freeze an image like that don't the laser blasts look like they were done in Paint?) The scene with Jabba the Hutt that got added in the 1997 re-release has been re-animated and now uses the Jabba the Hutt model from Episode I. Thank god for that. 1997 Version 2004 Version The Empire Strikes Back The horribly done hologram of the Emperor has been re-shot with Ian McDiarmid (also thank god). 1997 Version 2004 Version Return of the Jedi For some strange reason, older Anakin's eyebrows have been erased for the new version. 1997 Version 2004 Version Naboo has been added into the 1997 Special Edition celebration scene. And probably most horrendously of all, in the final "ghost" scene, Sebastian Shaw who played older Anakin has been replaced with Hayden Christiansen. If they had replaced Alec Guinness with Ewan McGregor I would've boycotted. 1997 Version 2004 Version Also, there have been many minor changes. Many of the lightsaber blades have been re-done to give them a brighter, more colorful and more consistent look (especially in A New Hope). There are also a few unconfirmed ones that I've been unable to find screencaps for. In A New Hope the twin sun effect has been updated. The Death Star jail corridor has been augmented with cgi to make it appear much deeper. The garbage monster has been improved. "Power" and "Tractor Beam" labels on machinery have been digitally replaced with Imperial markings (I had a pic of this but it wasn't worth showing) In The Empire Strikes back, not only has the hologram scene been reshot, but supposedly a line of dialogue has been added in which the Emperor reveals to Vader Luke's true identity (please, no!). Boba Fett's dialogue has been re-recorded by Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett). Han Solo's black jacket has been erased to solve mistakes made in the original. Luke's scream - added in the 1997 edition - has been replaced again. In Return of the Jedi, edge transparency defects around the Rancor have been fixed (finally). The Galactic Senate and the Jedi Temple buildings have been added to the skyline of Coruscant in the final celebration scene (I also had a pic of this one but you can barely see the differences) By the way, this probably won't even be the last time. Lucasfilm film has confirmed to some news outlets that a huge box set is planned that will include all six films - probably for the 30th anniversary of Star Wars in 2007. Among other things, this is rumored to include the infamous deleted scenes from the original trilogy (a scene with Biggs and Luke on Tatooine in EpIV, a wampa attack in EpV and a sandstorm in EpVI to name a few). Though some have speculated these may be added back into the films, that isn't confirmed. At the very least they'll be included as extras. And chances are, Lucas won't be able to keep himself from meddling with the films again between now and then. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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