September 16, 2011

List of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Blu-ray Changes

From hothfreeze-1 of IMDB, here's a list of the changes made to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope for the Star Wars Complete Saga Blu-ray release:

-After C-3PO and R2-D2 begin wandering in the desert you can notice in the first shots of the crashed escape pod that the lid of the pod is now much darker in color. In the 2004 version the lid is vivid blue. The lid is blue again when the Stormtroopers find it.

-For the first time since 1977, Aunt Beru speaks proper English in her opening lines. In all previous versions Beru says; "Tell Uncle if he get's a translator be sure....". For the 2011 version she now says; "Tell your Uncle if he get's......"

-While Luke is cleaning the droids in the garage the echo effect of his voice has been heightened.

-Beru's lines have been altered a second time for this version. In the 2004 version her final line was slightly altered when she says; "He has too much of his Father in him." In the 2004 there was a slight pause added before she says the word; "Father" in an attempt to change her attitude about Anakin. It was strange, didn't achieve it's purpose, and so the original line was restored for the 2011 version.

-When R2-D2 is hiding from the Sandpeople in all previous versions there is nothing in front of him. In the 2011 version CGI rocks have been placed in front of the droid. In later shots when he comes out away from the wall to meet Obi-Wan the rocks that were in front of him disappear.

-Obi-Wan Kenobi's Krayt Dragon call he used to scare off the Sandpeople has been changed again for the 2011 version. This is the third version of that call.

-Computer sounds can now be softly heard in Obi-Wan Kenobi's dwelling.

-The subtitle text for the Greedo sequence has been greatly improved from the 2004 version.

-Han vs. Greedo has been altered for a third time for the 2011 version. Frames of film were removed just prior to Greedo firing his blaster to make the exchange even more tight than it was in 2004.

-The subtitle text for the Jabba sequence has been greatly improved from the 2004 version.

-In the original film, Luke Skywalker's lightsaber blade would often shift from blue to sea green in a number of effects shots. Despite fan murmuring, the blade was never completely blue in the original release to begin with. The 2004 version caused a number of problems in making the blade an intense vivid green in some shots. The 2011 version has attempted to correct this mistake during Luke's training with the remote aboard the Millennium Falcon, however the green and white effects can still be seen in other shots.

-An effects shot error dealing with the Millennium Falcon's duel with the TIE-Fighters has been corrected for the very-first time. Upon very close inspection, when Han is firing at one of the TIE-Fighters his orange laser blast coming in from the right-hand side of the screen had been obstructed. In a little known detail, the edge of the frame was cut short on the right side of the screen in this shot causing a dead black area between the laser bolt and the edge of the frame. The 2011 version extends the bolt clear to the edge of the screen for the very-first time.

-An effects mistake made by the 2004 version has been corrected in the 2011 version. In the wideshot of Darth Vader's TIE-Figher along with his two pilots on either side screeching down to the Death Star's surface a botched effect in 2004 caused a strange ribbed effect across the Death Star's surface briefly in this shot. This issue has been corrected.

-Due to color issues with the 2004 version, a strange wall of solid dark blue color emanated out from the Death Star's explosion. The 2011 version has removed the blue blob created in 2004.

-The classic John Williams fanfare that plays as the Rebel X-Wings make their first dive attack against the Death Star has been restored. The 2004 version had the music drop off to make room for engine noise.

Interesting how many changes were put into place to fix screw-ups from the 2004 DVD release! Hothfreeze claims he will have changes for the other two original trilogy films posted within the next few days, so keep a look out. Until then, may the force be with you...or something.

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