I think we’ve all become numb to George Lucas’ constant ‘tweaking’ of his original STAR WARS trilogy.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Whether he’s making it ‘better’ or not, be prepared to shake your head once more, because the man has made just a few more changes.
According to Badass Digest, to keep some kind of weird continuity with the now infamous “NOOOOOOO!!!” scream at the end of REVENGE OF THE SITH, Lucas has looped in a similar yell at the end of RETURN OF THE JEDI, when Darth Vader throws the Emperor off the Death Star bridge.
But that’s not all…apparently the tiny shriek that ObiWan uses to get rid of the Sandpeople was bothering him so much, he decided to replace that with something that somewhat resembles the cliched Wilhelm Scream.
Take a look at the adjusted scenes below, and let us know what you think. (Note that the footage itself is from a previous release, dubbed with the new leaked audio.)
UPDATE: Thanks to JoBlo,com, we have a very cool quotation from Lucas speaking for a new legislation that would protect films and ensure the public had access to the director’s original cut.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He said,
“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. The preservation of our cultural heritage may not seem to be as politically sensitive an issue as ‘when life begins’ or ‘when it should be appropriately terminated,’ but it is important because it goes to the heart of what sets mankind apart. Creative expression is at the core of our humanness. Art is a distinctly human endeavor. We must have respect for it if we are to have any respect for the human race.
These current defacements are just the beginning. Today, engineers with their computers can add color to black-and-white movies, change the soundtrack, speed up the pace, and add or subtract material to the philosophical tastes of the copyright holder. Tomorrow, more advanced technology will be able to replace actors with “fresher faces,” or alter dialogue and change the movement of the actor’s lips to match. It will soon be possible to create a new “original” negative with whatever changes or alterations the copyright holder of the moment desires…In the future it will become even easier for old negatives to become lost and be ‘replaced’ by new altered negatives. This would be a great loss to our society. Our cultural history must not be allowed to be rewritten.”