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Sep
04

Make More Changes I Will

A long time ago, in a galaxy…known as the Milkyway, George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars films seized several financial opportunities by re-releasing his Star War films again and again through new mediums with VHS box sets or DVD box sets. If the force is strong with you, you’d be able to predict that with Blu-rays being the newest medium for movies, you guessed it…he’s releasing his Star Wars films…again…on Blu-ray.

In order to make these products “worthwhile” for Star Wars fans he always included documentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and deleted scenes with the VHS and DVD box sets. But George Lucas is a reasonable man; he wants to make sure that when you buy his Stars Wars films again and again, you’re going to get a real bang for your buck. How? He makes some subtle and some big changes to the actual movies…seriously.

You’re either for or against the changes that he makes. Some could argue that George should just LEAVE HIS MOVIES ALONE! Stop messing with our memories man! Sure some things weren’t perfect but they were still part of the movies and a part of our memories. Others could argue that these changes are for the better and with today’s technology, why not correct the errors of the past? I’ll explain some of the changes that he’s made before and I’ll give you an idea of some of the changes he’s made for the upcoming Blu-rays for the Star Wars films.

The DVDs: Jabba the Hut in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

When the film was originally released in 1977, Jabba Hut was never in the movie. George Lucas filmed the scene with a human playing Jabba the Hut, but didn’t end up using the footage in the movie. With the re-release on the special VHS box set and the DVD set, he included this scene with Han Solo and a CGI Jabba the Hut. Personally, this scene makes sense to add since it shows what was going on with Han and Jabba before Episode V…when Han gets frozen.

But then, there’s random changes that don’t add any real value the movie! For example, Jedi Rocks in Star War Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. George Lucas included this scene in Jabba the Hut’s place…with a CGI alien…singing. Why? Just because he can!

And finally, there’s Hayden Christensen in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi

In the original film, the film ends with shots of different planets celebrating the fall of the Emperor and Luke saying goodbye to Anakin, Yoda, and Obi-Wan. On the re-releases, there are extra shots of different planets, done with CGI, and the biggest change that was made? George Lucas replaced the older-looking Anakin with Hayden Christensen! This doesn’t make sense George! In the film when Luke takes off Vader’s mask, we see what Anakin looks like…an old man! At the end of the film, instead of the seeing the same actor play Anakin’s ghost, we now see a YOUNG Anakin Skywalker played by Hayden Christensen! If George made this change, he might as well throw in Ewan McGregor playing Obi-Wan’s ghost as well! Why George? Why?

The Blu-Rays: Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

For the Blu-ray release, George Lucas made a significant change. In the original film, Yoda was basically a puppet, just like he was in the original series from the 1970’s. However, considering the fact that George spent money and time to make a useless character like Jar Jar Binks with CGI…why not make Yoda with CGI? Well, with this new release, I’m happy that he’s correcting this mistake from the past. The Yoda puppet will be replaced with the CGI Yoda that we saw in Episodes 2 and 3.


Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Ready for the kicker that’s gotten all the Star Wars fanboys all riled up? If you watched Episode 3, I’m certain that one of the most memorable scenes was when Darth Vader was finally revealed and stepped off the platform and cried out “Noooooooooo!” Unfortunately, this was memorable for all the wrong reasons. Instead of being grand, emotional and tragic…it was a complete joke. I wasn’t the only one who bursted out into laughter during this scene…that was meant to be serious and sad. But apparently George likes hearing Darth Vader saying this word. He liked it so much that for the Blu-ray, he got Darth Vader to say it…again. Why George?! Why???

For me, I’m okay with the idea of making changes…that is, when they’re only for the better! For example, the CGI Yoda for the Blu-ray makes sense for continuity since that’s how he looks in Episodes 2 and 3. Adding eyelids to the Ewoks or throwing in a few extra shots of CGI planets doesn’t make a difference for me. Throwing in Hayden Christensen or Darth Vader saying, “No. Nooooooooooo!” doesn’t work for me. Does nobody speak their mind and tell George Lucas how some of his ideas are just awful? Anyways, the Star Wars films will be released on September 16, 2011 on Blu-ray.

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