The Original Star Warstrilogy hold a special place in the hearts of many. A Long Time Ago, In a Galaxy Far, Far Away, George Lucas gave us something new, creative, incredibly awesome. Star Wars revolutionized the modern day blockbuster. Hell, it even created the term as people lined up around blocks at movie theaters to see the film, literally “busting blocks” in anticipation of the movie.
In the early 90s, computer wizardry finally caught up with George’s original vision of the film. The Bearded One decided to do some edits to the film and include various shots that were technologically impossible when the original films were made. Hence, we got the Special Editions of the Original Trilogy. Some fans liked it, other’s hated it with the vengeance of a thousand burning suns. Such controversial decisions like Greedo shooting first, additional dewbacks, the ice monster on Hoth’s arm cutting reaction, Max Rebo’s band number, and of course the change of the Ewok celebration complete with young Anakin’s ghost made many hardcore fans cringe. Fan have long wanted there to be a Blu-Ray release of the Original Trilogy to be released un-edited. Lucas has always said no as the film with the Special Edition changes are what his vision for Star Wars is.
Whether you like his politics or not, President Barack Obama is a unique president. OK, let’s get the obvious one out the way, he’s black. However, another unique feature that he has that not many presidents have had, is that he’s the first “millennial” president. He uses social media, he listens to current pop music, and he’s a loud and proud nerd.
In movie editing, like internet writing, mistakes are inevitable. You look at a scene so many times, and there are so many elements you’re trying to manage in your head, that you just can’t keep up with them all. Sometimes it’s a continuity error, sometimes it’s a shot you re-used, and sometimes one actor yells an another actor’s real name instead of her character’s. Star Wars fans with good ears have surely caught that at the end of the climactic Death Star fight where Luke returns to Yavin 4, sees Princess Leia, and jubilantly yells “Carrie!” Well, Mark Hamill says don’t believe your ears on that one. (more…)
(Why, yes Virginia, that is a Han Shot First shirt George Lucas is wearing . . . and there is a Santa Clause, no matter what George Lucas tells you.)
Not content with nuking Harrison Ford’s Indy in the fridge, George Lucas has decided to attempt to wreck another of Harrison’s beloved characters by telling everyone that Han NEVER shot first.
George Lucas felt the need to “clear up the confusion” about the controversial “Han Shot First” Star Wars issue, so now he claims that Han NEVER shot first. That’s right, apparently in the original cut of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which has since been changed, Greedo shot at Han first. Apparently the scene shots just weren’t clear to audiences over all these years and he had to go in and make it clear. In order to make us understand that Han Solo is not a cold-blooded killer.
Here’s how Lucas recently explained it in an interview with THR:
“The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down.”
This is the most direct answer to this epic Star Wars question that Lucas has ever given. The question for you is… do you believe him? Do you believe that Greedo shot first like he claims? Or like me are you steadfast in your belief that Han shot and killed Greedo? Do you even care if it was originally meant for Greedo to shoot first or do you like that piratical feel the scene gave the character of Han Solo?
Let’s address this “cold blooded killer” thought. Greedo had a gun IN HIS HAND POINTED at Han the entire scene. How is it “Cold Blooded” to DEFEND yourself against someone POINTING a gun at you while telling you that he is going to KILL YOU.
That is called SELF DEFENSE!
If you needed any help to decide, you can watch the original version of the scene and the changed version of the scene to compare.
If you watched the “My Little Ponies” cartoon this morning (hey, its cool bro if that’s your kind of thing, we won’t judge,) you probably noticed the ending was rather familiar. The episode ended with a homage to the medal ceremony from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
For those of us that aren’t 10 year old girls or Bronies, YouTuber KhalidSMShahin put together a side-by-side comparison of the two scenes that you can watch after the jump.
The first Star Wars movie that was made (not the first chronologically – stupid prequels) has a fairly complex plot. It involves a hero discovering his destiny, the force, a lovable rogue, a princess in distress, robots and even laser swords.
But, what is that kind of story was told through social media? What is Luke, Leia, Han and all their friends were addicted to Facebook and told all their adventures through a Facebook thread?
Well, look no further than below, courtesy of Dorkly.com.
The fan-made masterpiece Star Wars Uncut is finally here. Don’t know what Star Wars: Uncut is? Last year former Vimeo developer Casey Pugh (not to be confused with PEW) invited the Internet to help him remake Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, one 15-second clip at a time. The most popular clips from fans would be compiled into the final film. Some filmmakers submitted their own Be King Rewind-style Sweded video reproductions, while others recreated scenes using various forms of animation and photography. The end result is a wonderfully crazy patchwork quilt of a film, which is exactly what it should be. Yes, Uncut is based on the remastered edition, but still. The project was launched in early 2009, and the movie has finally been completed and is available to watch for free online. Watch it right now below