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What are the Special Edition changes that didn't make it to the Blu-ray release?

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Most SW:SE comparisons shown mainly depict the changes that are on the Blu-ray release, but not on what was exclusively shown in the other versions.

So just out of curiosity, what are the SE changes that were removed or changed from the 1997 and 2004 releases?

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Luke’s scream in esb is the only one I can think of. The han and greedo scene was tweaked though.

^ Needs to pull the stick out.

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Off the top of my head:

The revised shot of our heroes zooming towards mos eisley, where they added those scurrier rat things in '97, was further revised in 2004 with a cgi landspeeder.

The infamous Han/Greedo shot was further tweaked in both '04 and 2011 IIRC.

The cgi model of Jabba used for '97 was redone in 2004.

In Empire they did indeed reverse a change from '97 where you hear Luke screaming as he falls. This might be the only Empire change unique to '97 unless there’s other obvious things I’m forgetting.

As for RotJ, in 2004 they added Naboo to the galactic celebration montage and also added the senate building and jedi temple to the Coruscant background.

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Obi-Wan has a different scream when he scares off the sand people in each version. 97 is the same as the original, 2004 has a new scream that is OK (but, like so many other changes, begs the question of why it was made), and 2011 has an unintentionally hilarious and terrible new scream.

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I’m not the definitive authority on this, bit I don’t THINK so. I grew up with the faces vhs set and watched it so much I wore out the tape and knew every line. Then jumped straight to the 2004 dvds, and noticed every single (other than minute background/compositing/matte) changes. However I recently started using the 1997 sound mix to watch the film on (synced to a custom semi specialized version I cooked up myself) and I confidently feel I would have noticed an extra line, but then again I’m not the definitive authority on this.

^ Needs to pull the stick out.

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Knightmessenger said:

Wasn’t there an audio line “he’s on your tail.” from the Death Star attack that is exclusive to 1997?

Yes, though it may be in the mono mix as well.

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Well paint me green and call me blue.

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Tantive3+1 said:

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