I am not sure if I want to drive at to Cali, find George Lucas, and kick him in both of his testicles for changing the Star Wars films again or be pumped that the Blu-ray release is very close. These are after all some of the most iconic and memorable movies from my childhood. The reality is I am feeling a little of both right now. I mentioned a few weeks back that Lucas had said changes were coming.
One of those changes is a big one for Star Wars purists. In Return of the Jedi when Vader finally turns away from the dark side and tosses the emperor off the balcony, he did it in silence in the original. I can remember vividly how surprised I was by that change given little warning when seeing the original. Now in the Blu-ray version Vader says, “No… Noooooo!” as he hurls the emperor to his blue flaming death.
I’m not sure how I feel about it, it doesn’t really hurt anything, my kids will think nothing of it. They ask me what the originals were like on occasion when we watch the flicks on DVD or on TV and I tell them about what they were like in my youth. It’s kind of fun and certainly gets us talking about the films. What do you think, good, bad or indifferent? Check out the new clip in the video below.