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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

George Lucas just can't leave well enough alone

Old George is at it again, this time tinkering with the Blu-Ray edition of Return of the Jedi. From Dave Itzkoff:
It's an event that seems to happen in the "Star Wars" world about as often as Wookiees celebrate Life Day, and which fans await with just as much dread. New versions of George Lucas's space-fantasy films are released, and with them come changes to the movies – alterations to audio and video, characters' actions and even dialogue that is very different from what fans remember seeing in theaters a long time ago and far, far away.

So it goes for the latest editions of the six "Star Wars" live-action features that are being prepared for a Blu-ray home video release on Sept. 16. Previously, it was reported that the version of "Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace" included in this release would replace the puppet version of the Yoda character with a computer-generated creation. Then on Tuesday, an online report by Devin Faraci suggested a revelation almost as troubling as the news that Luke and Leia had been brother and sister all along: in a climactic scene from "Return of the Jedi," when Darth Vader hurls the evil Emperor to his demise on the Death Star, he would now shout "No!" (In all previous versions of "Jedi," Vader has committed this crucial deed in silence.)
A senseless, pointless change. So just how many versions of these movies are out there now? I've lost count.

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