Star Wars happened so long ago and so far away that it's strange we can't stop talking about it. Star Wars Episode VII is coming out this December and I have been seeing more Star Wars buzz and fan videos than I have in quite some time. It's as if the Internet exploded in fan glee and ... wasn't silenced. When George Lucas mentioned that he was going to re-release the special editions of Star Wars in the 90's I was excited. I watched each new version in theaters and really enjoyed the new cuts of the films. The extra stuff was great and, at the time, I really enjoyed the higher detailed effects and new scenes. That said, what I didn't know was that the original versions would slip away from our fingers entirely and the special editions later released on DVD & Bluray would become the only way we could watch them. Again, I want to make the point I don't mind the special editions for the most part but like most Star Wars fans would really appreciate the original versions cleaned up in HD.

This YouTube series takes a look at Star Wars, Empire and Jedi and compares all the released versions and all the changes made. Many changes are green screen color corrections, light saber coloring, digital enhancement and digital shots than don't upscale well. Some are changes to the scenes that make them a bit less violent, add rocks to shots with R2D2 or make it so Han doesn't shoot first. These changes send fans into a craze and for good reason, they dull one of the most classic films of all time.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 07/31/2015 at 09:59pm

In sort of a related article, this is an interesting look at how some of Star Wars was built and filmed:

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/01/2015 at 04:16am

That was great.

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