Last week when it was leaked that the Blu-Ray edition of Return of the Jedi would contain changes including Darth Vader yelling “Nooooo!” as The Emperor strikes Luke Skywalker with force lightning, sent several fans into an outrage and created quite a buzz. Washington City Paper released an article on September 1st titled “The Stages of Star Wars Grief” containing the following image. You can read the full article here http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/film/2011/09/01/the-stages-of-star-wars-grief/.
You can also see another take on why George Lucas made this change in the article by clubjade.net here http://clubjade.net/?p=30219.
I personally am okay with certain changes. I’m okay with cleaning up some of the old film and making it look more modern, like updating the lightsaber effects. I was even okay with some of the CGI that they input into the DVD editions. However, I don’t like changing the film. I didn’t like that Hayden Christensen replaced Sebastian Shaw as the ghost of Anakin Skywalker at the end of Return of the Jedi. My theory is, if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it. The original films were great, just leave them alone. I could care less if the Ewoks blink or not and most people won’t even notice that, nor will they remember if the original Ewoks blinked or not. That’s a very minor detail. But adding dialogue to a crucial scene or making Greedo shoot first instead of Han Solo; changes like that change the film and change those scenes dramatically. I know, I know, most people won’t even care and to be honest, I’ll fork over more money and purchase the Blu-Ray either way. I just had to whine with the rest of the fanboys.
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