'Star Wars: The Complete Saga' Blu-ray Changes Revealed!

George Lucas has done some audio and visual tweaking to the six films in this set, coming September 16th.
When Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith hit screens in May of 2005, one of the most derided aspects of the film, a scene that was mocked inscrutably, was the homage to Frankenstein, which saw Anakin Skywalker, transformed into the evil Darth Vader as we know him from the original classic, lumbering off an operating table locked in his new black robotic armor screaming a cartoonish, "Noooooooooooooooo!"

Quite frankly, it made a lot of diehard fans mad. They thought it was ridiculous. Stupid. That it ruined an otherwise serviceable film in a prequel trilogy that is mostly disliked by the older generation of Star Wars enthusiasts. As rumored, and now known as officially true, George Lucas, in his infinite wisdom, has gone back to Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and added this same guttural, pain-laced cry of "Nooooooooo!" to the scene where Darth Vader saves Luke's life, by picking up The Emperor and throwing him into the dark depths of the new Death Star before it is destroyed. What this proves more than anything is: George Lucas is totally f'ing with us.

He has to be. At the age of five or six, most of us thought Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope was a perfect film. We were wrong. Over the years, George Lucas has done plenty of tinkering with all six films in this live-action series, continuing to do so well after their theatrical and home video releases. On September 16th, Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray will be making its debut. And the creator of this beloved world just couldn't help himself yet again. Like a scab, he just keeps picking at it, making it bleed and puss, and now it will never heel.

We chronicled the technical changes made to this Blu-ray set in early August. At the time, we also told you that George Lucas had gone in and changed some of the actual content of these films. The Force.net has now gone through the entire box set, and has noticed seven major changes to these classic space adventures that may or may not upset fans who were planning to pick up the Blu-ray. Video clips featuring these changes have all come online.

First up, we have two tweaks to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. The first one occurs when R2D2 gets zapped by the Jawas. There are now magical rocks that cover his hiding place, which disappear when the Jawas capture him. The second change takes place during Luke's tangle with the Sand People. The audio on Ben Kenobi's Krayt Dragon call, which scares away the Tusken Raiders, has been amplified and update. You can see photos of the magical rocks and video of the new Krayt Dragon call below.

Photos of the rocks

Four new alterations have been made to Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Remember Sebulba from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, that evil little dick that walks on his hands, who tried to sabotage Anakin's pod racer? He comes from a race of nasty jerks known as the Dug. One of these Dug have been added into the scene inside of Jabba's Palace. We also get a change to the scene where C3PO and R2D2 arrive at Jabba's Palace. George Lucas has enhanced the door to make it look much larger than it is. Further along in the movie, digital effects have now allowed all of the Ewoks to blink. And then, finally, we get the most controversial change of all, Vader screaming, "Nooooooooo!" As he tosses The Emperor to his death. Check out all of these changes in the videos below.



The last major change, which has been widely reported already, is the presence of a CGI Yoda in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, which was done to match the way Yoda looks in the next two films, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. You can check out the clip below.


According to The Force.net, Darth Vader's notorious "No!" audio change has been confirmed by Lucasfilm in the New York Times. Another contact at Lucasfilm had this to say about the changes.

"Yes, the updates are confirmed. We hope fans will wait to see for themselves how they fit into the Saga before making any judgments.


Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray arrives September 16th. Will you buy it or boycott? Whichever the case my be, its obvious that George Lucas doesn't care.



Sources: The Force

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Comments (85)

  1. Xenon

    Yes, the Ewok films do need to be updated badly. If he want's to fix something badly, it's these films.

    Here's another thing he needs to fix, himself.

    2 years agoby @xenon56Flag

  2. Colin Kellar

    dumbass!! the first one!! "when R2D2 gets zapped by the Jawas" no!! thats the scene when R2 is hiding from the sand people!! did you even watch the movie! they added the rocks to make it seem like he is actually hiding. and not just standing their where they can easily see him

    2 years agoby @Colin-KellarFlag

  3. Kevin Quick

    i personally think the nooooo was needed ever since i saw rotj for the first time i fealt thats what darth vader was saying while he chucked the emperor down the death star and as for the cgi yoda that was definitely needed, i find the new krayt dragon scream humorous the originals are so boring without these changes i like the prequels much better. Im quite excited for phantom menace in 3d, however i do agree goerge should go beyond now and do some more movies in that universe.

    3 years agoby @Kevin-QuickFlag

  4. Tom Jewett

    digitalspy.co.uk/movies/i362269/star-wars-empire-strikes-back-gallery-luke-skywalker-and-leia.html

    Looks like there's one more that got missed out... the final shot in Empire... IS NOTHING SAFE!!!!

    3 years agoby @Tom-JewettFlag

  5. Onix Sewell

    oohhh crap seriously!!!!!!

    3 years agoby @kunoonixFlag

  6. TheStonedReviewer

    As the beatles asay in that song, let it be, let it be, Lucas, just let your films be!!!! did the beatles sing that?

    3 years agoby @stonedFlag

  7. TheStonedReviewer

    There is just no need to change the ewoks eyes, they're beautiful as they are!

    3 years agoby @stonedFlag

  8. CelluloidDreams

    Last year, there was even a doc*mentary dealing with Lucas, the franchise and the fans called "The People vs. George Lucas."

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  9. CelluloidDreams

    It's Boycott Time!!!

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  10. Ghostman

    At least Lucas didn't radically alter or change the plot of the films...now THAT would be worth boycotting.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  11. SpaceCowboy

    Yuck >P

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  12. Fry_3000

    how come they can kill off pesidents over in america but not george lucas, he has truly lost the plot, i mean why not try fixing up the 2 ewoks movies and willow while he's at it.

    3 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  13. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1@dan1 agreed. It's not like people are going to be upset because Anakin, or Vader or Yoda or Chewy aren't in the picture. With all the awesomeness of the novels, comic book, the force unleash, which I would love the lead actor to be the same dude, but hey, w/e.

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  14. ROFLitschristian

    @ghostman Haha, that's almost as bad as James Cameron's dumb speech about creativity and sequels! These two guys need to drop of the face of the planet.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  15. Josh

    @ejk1 Oh, totally. I agree with you. I'm not a fan of most of these changes, all I'm saying is that the rhetoric is typical fanboy overreaction. None of this stuff significantly changes the Star Wars movies, beyond minor cosmetic tinkering. Unnecessary? Yes. Worthy of a boycott? Not unless you really have nothing going on in your life.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  16. the_tall_guy

    And you know what, just to rant a little bit, why didn't George Lucas just go back to Episode III and edit out Darth Vader saying "Noooooo!!!"? It would have made a lot more sense to do that. Or at least make the "Nooooo!!!!" in Episode III sound more natural than it actually does. The addition of the No in Episode VI takes the dramatic feeling of that moment away...... There, I feel a little better. It just bugs me. I'm gonna stick with the Star Wars movies I own and grew up with.

    3 years agoby @the-tall-guyFlag

  17. the_tall_guy

    Pointless add ins, I mean.

    3 years agoby @the-tall-guyFlag

  18. the_tall_guy

    @dan Hahahaha.

    If George Lucas did read these, then he'd know NOT to constantly add things into the Star Wars Saga.

    3 years agoby @the-tall-guyFlag

  19. Ghostman

    @dan1@ejk1@ROFLitschristian@bawnian-dexeus@thedarkknight23@2movieguys

    Remember what George Lucas had to say about preserving motion pictures for historical and cultural prosperity to Congress? He stated:

    ***"People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society."***

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  20. Dan

    @ejk1 I personally think he's afraid to step out of the Skywalker shadow. He knows people are familiar with the Skywalker family, and that is who the movie series revolves around. I dunno, he's just a pig, far as I'm concerned. I don't understand why he limits himself, either, it's Star Wars. People will come running if you slap the Star Wars label on it, I mean, just look at the mediocre prequel trilogy. Those made a sh*t ton of money.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  21. ejk1

    @dan1 With all of the New or Old Republic stuff he could draw from, it amazes me that Lucas insists on confining himself to certain aspects of his universe. I don't get why he is still filling out between eps 2 and 3 with The Clone Wars. Even though it is a good show, I think the Star Wars franchise would be better served if he were to explore one of the many avenues he has so far ignored.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  22. Dan

    @ejk1 A-f*cking-men. That would be the type of fan service we all could get behind, not this crap. All this does is make some of us say "heyyyyyy, whaddya doin' with my Star Wars, huh?", and the other half says "It's not that bad, chill out, yo".

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  23. hawkeye234

    Hey George! If it isn't broken, don't fix it!

    3 years agoby @hawkeye234Flag

  24. ejk1

    @shuabert I just don't understand why Lucas feels the need to continue tinkering with this. I would much rather him concentrate on further exploration of the Star Wars universe. Personally, I'd like to see the whole Jacen Solo arc done on the big screen, but Lucas doesn't seem to want to do anything like that.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  25. Josh

    @ejk1 I did after I posted. haha.

    The thing is, most people probably wouldn't even notice these changes if they would just release the set and not tell what changes are being made. I've seen Return of the Jedi dozens of times, but I doubt if I would have watched this new version and even noticed that the Vader "NOOOO!" wasn't in the original if no one had told me.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  26. K-Man

    BOYCOTT!!!!

    I hope at least a few of you moviewebers are with me......because coming from a film fan, this whole thing is unacceptable.

    3 years agoby @k-manFlag

  27. ejk1

    @shuabert clearly you didn't read where @gumperman corrected my mistake, dude.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  28. The Dark Knight

    Lucas made them and I think that he has every right to tweak them if he chooses to, I don't always approve but hey Im just a fan of the films

    3 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  29. ROFLitschristian

    @bawnian-dexeus Yeah. I mean Lucas will get green-lit for anything Star Wars, even if it's not about these 6 films.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  30. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ROFLitschristian Indeed. If it's one good thing actually helps benefit Star Wars is the infinite worlds outside of the already created worlds from the 6 films, the series and books

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag