Funnily enough I quite like the Hayden change though. Yeah it’s unnecessary, but at least there’s a reason behind it (the validity can be argued).
I feel that this change was very unacceptable. First on a logic level it makes no sense. If you have a young Hayden why not CG Yoda and Ewan. Then I would personally say that the whole “Hayden is the version of the time when Anakin was last on the light side” argument completely ruins the importance of his turn in Jedi. And then on a nostalgic level obviously (combined with the logical problems) it ruins ultimately one of the most happy moments of the saga. That is why that and Vaders “Noo” are so criticized. They were mindless dumb changes to incredibly critical and nostalgic scenes.
I don’t agree with that “this is when Anakin was good argument”, either.
Trust me, I do agree with you that it’s a terrible change and one just for the sake of being there, I just personally don’t hate it because I never had any attachment to Shaw as Anakin in the slightest.
I think most of us can agree that we wouldn’t actually care that George tampered with the films if he’d just made the OOT readily available as well (minus crappy “Limited Edition” DVDs).
I think the ESB SE ('97) is a tad better than the theatrical though, minus some wonky CGI.
Pull out your 1997 SE VHS and skip to one of the most memorable movie scenes of all time (cloud city reveal). Absorb the weight and importance of the scene as Luke is tempted, he chooses to rather fall to an inevitable death, wait…is that the Emperors scream, oh god WTF is this.
I actually forgot about that sorry. No, I agree that the scream is complete junk and was glad it was removed for the '04 release. Other than the sream though, I do think the ESB SE makes some genuine improvements, though it’s no excuse to discard the OOT for this amount of time.