I am working on upgrading/expanding/completing the Special Edition visual changes for eventual use on savestarwars.com, but figured I’d share it outside of that thread for those interested. I used WookieGroomer’s Splitscreen 1080p wmv to take the frame-by-frame shots, and msycamore provided the 1997 screencaps.
Star Wars 1977/2011
I’m still tweaking it, especially the text. Please submit suggestions for possible text and let me know if I missed anything.
The most interesting thing we’ve noticed is that each wipe from 2004 starts early enough to cover up the original optical wipe and the fades from black start a lot later, almost as if they were trying to cover up the original wipes instead of recreating them. This goes against all previously known facts about the wipes.
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK:
Empire Strikes Back 1980/2011
RETURN OF THE JEDI:
Return of the Jedi 1983/2011
JEDIT: All links are to the final versions.
JEDIT 2: You can also find all the links on http://starwarsviscomp.doubleofive.com
Mod Edit: For the many of us wanting to have an official release of the unaltered theatrical version of the Original Trilogy…
‘Disney+ Should Offer the Star Wars Original Cuts’ article on the Wired website by doubleofive : #ReleaseTheOriginalTrilogy
#ReleaseTheOriginalTrilogy : OT.com thread on doubleofive’s article : ‘What We Want And How To Make It’ - a sequel article.
❗ #ReleaseTheOriginalTrilogy | OriginalTrilogy•com’s enduring goal | How YOU can help… ❗
^ The OT•com supporting the #ReleaseTheOriginalTrilogy campaign - the call for an official release of the unaltered theatrical version of the three classic Star Wars films - and what YOU can do to help restore them to the galaxy. MTFBWY… Always.
Additional sources of information on many of the changes made to the Original Trilogy films over the years:-
‘Star Wars Visual Comparisons’ - website by doubleofive
‘Star Wars Special Edition Visual Comparisons’ - blog by doubleofive; with links to Photo Galleries here - SW : ESB : ROTJ
‘Star Wars Special Edition Visual Comparisons’ - twitter page by doubleofive
‘Disney+ Should Offer the Star Wars Original Cuts’ article on the Wired website by doubleofive : #ReleaseTheOriginalTrilogy : #ReleaseTheOriginalTrilogy : OT.com thread on doubleofive’s article : ‘What We Want And How To Make It’ - a sequel article.
'A Visual Guide to Changes, Fixes & Tweaks in the 2019 SE Version - article by doubleofive on The Digital Bits : SW : ESB : ROTJ
StarWars•com Official 2004 Changes Preservation : SW : ESB : ROTJ - compiled by doubleofive
StarWars•com Official 1997 Changes Articles : SW: SE : ESB: SE : ROTJ: SE - via the Internet Archive’s WayBack Machine website
A helpful overview of the changes to the OT - and surrounding issues - from zombie84’s SaveStarWars•com’s FAQ Page
‘Special Edition Changes’ - 2010 article on the changes made for the 2004 DVD release - from zombie84’s SaveStarWars•com
‘Shot List Spreadsheet - v0.6.05 - 6 films - Multiple SW Audio Mix Changes Added’ - OT•com thread, by none.
‘Star Wars Changes’ (Original Trilogy) - YouTube Videos by 13las : SW : ESB : ROTJ : Disney+ : The Prequels
‘All Changes Made To Star Wars’ (Original Trilogy) - YouTube Videos by Marcelo Zuniga : SW - Part 1 : SW - Part 2 : ESB : ROTJ
DVDActive•com’s ‘Star Wars - The Changes’ articles (via the Internet Acrhive’s WayBack Machine) - SW : ESB : ROTJ : The Prequels
‘The Big List of Changes to the SW films’ OT•com thread on the FromScriptToDVD site’s comparison articles - by Gregatron
‘Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes’ - an Empire film magazine article
Wookieepedia’s ‘List of changes in Star Wars re-releases’ page
‘List of changes in Star Wars re-releases’ - from the IPFS•io website
Star Wars Comparison’s YouTube video channel for comparing theatrical cuts to official blu ray and various fan projects.
and also reading through these superb OT•com threads (by doubleofive):-
‘Sources on the Special Edition’ - in the Theatrical Cuts vs. Subsequent Releases section of the site.
‘Modern SE Revisionism’ - in the Theatrical Cuts vs. Subsequent Releases section of the site.
these three discussion threads on the issue of uncorrected mistakes that still feature in the official Special Edition releases:-
You’d think they’d clean this up… - uncorrected mistakes (2004 OT DVD release thread)
What HASN’T been changed on Blu-ray – the uncorrected mistakes of Star Wars (2011 OT Blu ray release thread)
Uncorrected mistakes or unfixed issues of the 2019 SE (Maclunkey) Original Trilogy release?
as well as these Index Threads which link to many topics of discussion here on the OT•com regarding the changes made to the Original Trilogy films:-
An Index Thread for Theatrical Cuts vs. Subsequent Releases…
An Index Thread for Original Trilogy Discussion…
and this Index Thread focusing on the Audio of the Original Trilogy:-
An Index of OT•com threads on all things the Audio of the Original Trilogy… (2020 thread)
plus these three similarly related threads, pinned in the Original Trilogy Discussion section of the site…
An OriginalTrilogy.com timeline thread - a history of the site and why & how it came to be…
George Lucas: Star Wars Creator, Unreliable Narrator & Time Travelling Revisionist…
Some useful OT.com threads re the non-release of the theatrical OT films | How you can help…
If you know of any suitable and quality articles, videos or links to be added to those listed above, please post them in here.
Also, if you see any broken links or errors please also post them in here too - thank you.
Last updated: 23rd October, 2021.
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