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Confirmed: Darth Vader Shouts ‘NO!’ In ‘Star Wars’ Blu-ray Release Of ‘Return Of The Jedi’
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Darth Vader

So remember yesterday when I wrote about a rumor regarding the upcoming Star Wars Blu-ray Editions coming out in September? It was some shocking news about how in the Blu-ray for Return Of The Jedi a revision was made so that Darth Vader now shouts “Nooooo!!!” when he stops the Emperor from killing Luke. [Read Nooooo!!! Did George Lucas Make Darth Vader Even Wimpier In The ‘Star Wars’ Blu-ray Edition?]

Well, guess what? It’s true, it’s all TRUE! A representative from LucasFilm confirmed the news today to the NY Times.

“Yes—Darth says NO.”

Seriously? How much more can George Lucas desecrate the Star Wars movies? Wait, I really shouldn’t ask that question, because there’s plenty more footage to doctor up in the future.

When I hysterically told this news to my mom before writing this up, she asked if if Lucas was changing parts of the movies so that he could always give the fans something new with each release. Now, that’s a logical assumption… for someone who’s NOT a Star Wars fan. I had to explain to her that when it comes to Star Wars, the fans want NOTHING changed; instead, leave everything as it was and so be it. Let’s face it, they could release the original trilogy on DVD and/or Blu-ray every year and just slap a new package on it, and people would buy that shit right up. So, messing with the actual movies is NOT a selling point. So, Mom asks, why does George Lucas keep changing things then? Because he can, Mom, because he can.

I’ve said it before, and now I’ll have to say it again now that the Blu-ray Edition is worthless too: The only versions worth watching are the LaserDisc copies.

[Source: NY Times via The Mary Sue]

  • http://twitter.com/cGt2099 Greg Davies/cGt2099

    So don’t buy it LOL

  • Eveator

    This has never been more appropriate…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1125120230 Cooper Carter

    Okay. I’m a die-hard
    Star Wars fan.  I grew up worshiping George Lucas and everything he
    did.  I’m young enough to have had the Special Editions in the theaters
    be the first Star Wars movies I saw.  Of course, I’ve also seen the
    originals, unaltered, on LaserDisc countless times.  But I recognize
    Lucas’s incredible contributions to the visual arts and special
    effects.  And so I give the man a little latitude… I can
    deal with Solo ridiculously stepping on Jabba’s tail in A New Hope. I
    can roll with putting the new Emperor into the hologram transmission in
    Empire. Makes sense, I suppose. I can even deal with putting Hayden
    (Douche) Christensen into the end of Jedi. Almost. But this? This completely
    alters, to the point of undoing, the artful, nuanced establishment and
    the vital, visceral turning and salvation of one of film’s most
    compelling figures. This, moreover, signals the
    ultimate betrayal of this same character, one I had foolishly assumed
    Lucas was finished silver-screen raping after casting Jake Lloyd and
    Christensen and then handling the story of his downfall so carelessly. This will
    compel me, literally, to mute the movie at the appropriate time; it
    will cause embarrassed, pained laughter when I should be experiencing
    fulfillment and relief at perhaps the most crucial plot point of the
    series. It is a decision representing and confirming not only Lucas’s
    shortcomings as a filmmaker but also his tragically myopic understanding
    of storytelling, an art at which he once seemed so adept. Ultimately,
    this seemingly small insertion casts what was once the climax of a
    supremely powerful scene into the realm of painful joke, and for it, I
    have no more eloquence. FUCK. THIS. http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2011/08/31/confirmed-darth-vader-shouts-no-in-star-wars-blu-ray-release-of-return-of-the-jedi/

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen a lot of coverage on this “No” thing, but no one has mentioned what I’ve been wondering:

    In a few of the write-ups I’ve seen on this set, it has been mentioned that they went back to the original audio tapes and were able to bring some sounds/voices into the mix that were inaudible in all previous mixes.  Isn’t it possible that the “no” was always there and just wasn’t audible?

    I”m kind of ambivalent about the change itself.  It sounds fine, but I prefer the silence.  Just saying, this might not be a “change” as much as a “fix”.

  • Artjacinto

    Cooper my man….I could not have put it any better.  Lucas is an ass!  Thank the Lord above that he did not have all the technology he has today available to him when he made the original films.   

  • Edward Young Jr.

    I’m an average Star Wars fan and I probably wouldn’t have noticed it if Vader shouts no.
    I don’t think it was necessary to add it since his actions against the emperor says it all.
    It is his film and he can do what he wants with it and people don’t have to buy it.
    It would be nice though if he would label it as a director’s cut, cut, cut enhanced edition. Then release an untouched bluray editions for the die-hards.

  • David Loewen

    I just wonder how many people are going to bitch, moan, and complain, yet buy the Blu-Ray versions, anyway.

  • http://twixraider.wordpress.com/ Twix Raider

    Thank’s George for giving us a subject for a fresh Motifake:


    The next stage of Darth improvement is a black Teletubbie like this German blog predicts:



    Any self-respecting Star Wars fan will refuse to buy the blu-rays. I know I won’t. This “enhancing” that Lucas continues to do is anything but. He is destroying his legacy by being a greedy fucking hypocrite. What Lucas has done to these classic films (and I mean the original trilogy, not the god-awful prequels) is unforgivable. I hope the sales completely tank. Thank you, George Lucas, for raping my childhood yet again.

  • guest

    I was nearly sick on myself when I watched the new Darth “No…NO” clip, what does that add to the film? it’s quite clear Darth is wrestling internally between his loyalties, illustrated pretty obviously when he chucks his boss down a big well! I was 5 years old when I watched Jedi, I got it just fine. Quality is never outdated, leave it alone Lucas!!!

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