Star Wars Blu-ray tweaks revealed

It’s seemingly confirmed: George Lucas has indeed been tinkering with the Star Wars films again for their Blu-ray release. And here’s what to expect…

Star Wars

Every time we post a story relating to George Lucas’ constant tinkering with the Star Wars movies, the response is interesting. On the one hand, there’s the inevitably, and understandable, anti-reaction, and the strong desire to see the original cuts of the films, rather than the new versions. Then, there’s a growing band of commenters who wonder what all the fuss is about.

This story isn’t likely to change that at all.

It was first mentioned last month that the imminent arrival of the Star Wars saga on Blu-ray would see a further collection of changes to the films. But now, some further details have emerged as to just what’s been fiddled with.

Over at, a list of changes has been uploaded by a member of the site’s messageboards, and here’s what’s to expect:

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A New Hope

Two changes here have been picked up. One is when R2D2 is zapped by the Jawas. Previously, he was hiding away, but not very well. Now, there are new rocks for him to hide behind.

Secondly, when Luke is battling the Sand People, Ben Kenobi’s ‘Krayt Dragon’ call has been altered. This change has not been going down well. Primarily because it seems a bit daft.

Return Of The Jedi

For starters here, the Ewoks have been given more realistic blinking eyes. In the scene in Jabba The Hut’s palace, a Dug, from The Phantom Menace, has been inserted. When R2D2 and C3PO arrive at said palace, the door they get to has been made larger.

And then there’s the change that already seems to be melting the Internet: not content with having Darth Vader’s “Nooooooooooo!” from Revenge Of The Sith being the most unintentionally laugh out loud moment of all six films, it’s been inserted now into Return Of The Jedi, at the point where the Emperor is thrown to his death by Vader.

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The Phantom Menace

As had been widely reported already, a CGI Yoda has indeed been deployed here, to match the one in Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith.

The fuller list of what’s been altered, which appears to be official, can be found here. We suspect, however, that it will barely matter a jot to the sales of the Blu-rays…

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