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LucasFilm confirms rumored changes to the 'Star Wars' series
There's been a great disturbance in the force...again.
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas is once again altering the original trilogy of hit fantasy films -- as well as the more recent prequels -- by making minor (?) tweaks to the films' effects and soundtracks for their Blu Ray debut.
The rumor mill was astir this week with supposedly leaked info about which changes fans can expect on the upcoming release, and now LucasFilm has confirmed those rumors.
In "The Phantom Menace," the puppet-CG-hybrid Yoda has been replaced entirely with CGI (bear in mind "TPM" is only 12 years old). Similarly, the Ewoks of 1983's "Return of the Jedi" have undergone digital surgery; they now have more articulated eyes that blink periodically.
Most troubling to many fans (including movie star/uber-nerd Simon Pegg) is an audio change made to Darth Vader's climactic scene in "Jedi," when he finally rebels against his former master and silently throws Emperor Palpatine over the railing to a fiery death. In the new version, Vader cries "nooooo!" several times as he performs the act, recalling his similar cry of "noooo!" at the end of 2005's "Revenge of the Sith." The latter scene has long been the subject of ridicule among some fans.
The original, unaltered versions of the films are not included in the upcoming September 16 release, which includes all six "Star Wars" film and a wealth of extras.