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
Additional sources of information on many of the changes made to the Original Trilogy films over the years:-
‘Star Wars Special Edition Visual Comparisons’ - twitter page by doubleofive
‘Star Wars Special Edition Visual Comparisons’ - blog by doubleofive; as linked to above, with image pages for SW : ESB : ROTJ
StarWars•com Official 2004 Changes Preservation : SW : ESB : ROTJ - compiled by doubleofive
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
‘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 Web•Archive•org) - SW : ESB : ROTJ : The Prequels
‘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.
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 General Star Wars Discussion…
plus these two similarly related threads, pinned in the General Star Wars Discussion section of the site…
An OriginalTrilogy.com timeline thread - a history of the site and why & how it came to be…
George Lucas: Unreliable Narrator & Time Travelling Revisionist…
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