Tuesday, July 28, 2015

All Changes Made to Original Star Wars Trilogy Over the Years

Below are four videos that provides a very comprehensive look at the (infamous) alternations that George Lucas made to the original Star Wars Trilogy between edition releases on home video. The key comparisons are probably a 1980s VHS 480p tapes (wish hadn't lost mine), 2004 DVD release and the 2011 Blu-ray release. The first two videos are for Episode IV: A New Hope, third one is for Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and the last is for Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

The comparison doesn't just cover CGI tweaks but sounds alterations, different or inserted lines, removed or added scenes and more. Keep in mind that because the source material is around 30 years old and not in HD, the original footage is often fuzzy and washed out looking and not specifically related to the comparison. I had for years read from fans how much they hated all the changes, some of which I remembered myself by only vaguely and the over all feeling I came away from watching these videos is most of the changes were not really that bad. In some cases they are a genuine improvement. The few that I didn't like usually involves unnecessarily adding lines (No!!) and yells when character silence tended to be more powerful for the scene. Of course replacement old Anakin with young Anakin remains moronic and completely unnecessary. For any fan of Star Wars, these vids are worth watching.

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