Recomposited bluescreen shots are kind of a given, and stuff like the hallway extension or the CGI stand-ins in the ceremony at the end of A New Hope are perfectly fine changes. Just fixing up a few immersion-breaking Special Effects Failures? Sure, go ahead. Also the CGI spaceship shots still blend in pretty nicely with the old footage and I can’t say I really mind those. New establishing shots of Ben’s hut or Mos Eisley (by which I mean the shot of Luke and Ben looking down on the port from a distance, all the added establishing shots IN the spaceport can go die in a fire) are also perfectly fine with me.
Empire I honestly feel is mostly devoid of particularly offensive changes. The worst I can think of is the pointless added dialogue in the Emperor scene indicating that Vader had no idea that Luke SKYWALKER was his son…
For Jedi… I much prefer the 97 version of the ending scene. Other than the previously mentioned recomposited shots, I honestly can’t think of anything else that was made better in this one. It is by far the one that’s suffered the most from unnecessary and detrimental revisions.
But he looks nothing like the Return version. Its inclusion implies he looked for 20 years like he did in Revenge then changed completely in 3 years.
This is true… but then the original Emperor in that shot was an old woman with the eyes of a chimpanzee, dubbed over by someone who didn’t sound even remotely like Ian McDiarmid. The change could certainly have been executed better, but I think I prefer the new version to the old here (minus the afforementioned stupid dialogue change).