By now, I’m sure that you’ve already gotten wind of the latest uproar from the ‘Star Wars’ universe, which exploded all over the internet yesterday. Despite the fact that, just the other week, representatives from Lucasfilm told Bleeding Cool that the new Blu-ray editions of the series would have no additional changes to the movies beyond those made for the 2004 DVD releases, early leaked copies are filled with all sorts of stupid, pointless little tweaks and alterations, such as more digital rocks for Artoo to hide behind and Ewoks that blink, all while genuine technical problems with the DVD masters (like lightsabers being the wrong color) have been blithely ignored. Honestly, I think that George Lucas is just screwing with his fans on purpose at this point.
Judge for yourself. Ask yourself what point any of these new changes serve. For example…
Jabba’s palace has a new, much larger digital door:
Obi-Wan makes a crazier screaming noise:
Vader yells “NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!” (to match that much-mocked scene in ‘Revenge of the Sith’) as he tosses the Emperor down the shaft:
The Ewoks have super-creepy digital blinking eyes:
A bunch of new digital rocks have been painted in front of Artoo:
(How did he ever get behind those rocks?)
I think it goes without saying that the original 1977, 1980 and 1983 theatrical cuts of the first trilogy have not been restored or provided, because George Lucas hates them and hates any of his fans who would like to see them again.
[via Topless Robot]