Star Wars Blu Ray Changes: Are They Real? (Video)
Noooo! Did George Lucas Screw Star Wars Up Even More for Blu Ray Release?
I just saw some of the supposed changes in the Blu Ray versions of the Star Wars movies, and I am most certainly not amused. I am also not convinced that these are real, but, then again, George Lucas has a proven track record of fucking up his own masterpieces.
The first clip to hit the web (again, this is unconfirmed but terrifyingly plausible) is from Return of the Jedi, when Darth Vader throws the Emperor into the Death Star's core. Original version: Vader takes care of business in silence, like a boss. Blu Ray version: "Noooooo!"
The next clip I saw is a slightly more subtle change. in A New Hope, Ben Kenobi emerges from the desert to scare off the Sand People. The supposed change is the sound effect: way too much like the Wilhelm Scream. Fans are saying that it sounds nothing like a Krayt dragon. 1) How the hell do they know?, and 2) What the hell is a Krayt Dragon? (Oh. Duh. This is a Krayt Dragon. It's the skeleton that C3PO walks past)
The third change to hit the web so far, and the most plausible, is that the Ewoks now blink.
I hope that none of these changes are real. the Star Wars trilogy is not only a series of movies, but also three cultural artifacts, and should be left as such. I'm yet to meet a single person who said, "You know what? Adding that ring around the exploding Death Star really fills a gap in my enjoyment of the film".
Oh, and Han shot first.
Episodes 1-3 are broken by design, so he can mess with those all he wants, as long as he just leaves the real trilogy alone. One confirmed change in the Blu Ray version of Episode One: puppet Yoda is replaced with a CGI version, thus ensuring that the green Jedi master has no soul in all three prequels. Thanks for that.
If you want to see some serious Star Wars remixing, check out Star Wars Uncut. It will give you a headache, but it'll be the good kind of headache. The Star Wars films come out on Blu Ray on September 16.