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The Definitive - tractor beam - Close the blast doors - Blast it, Biggs/Wedge - you don't taste very good - Noooooo!!!" - Preservation Guide.

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The differences in the dialogue spoken in the original three Star Wars films has always fascinated me and about 5 years ago I began listening to the various different "mixes" I heard of each film with a plan to do a single point of reference posting for all to see. Having briefly borrowed the Blu Ray release, my journey is complete. 

There are gaps - various 8mm, 16mm, and 70mm - that I have not heard and I also now plan to cross-reference the differences I have highlighted with the same lines from the novels, original ReadAlongs, Special Edition ReadAlongs, the Marvel graphic novels, the Special Edition graphic novels as well as the Radio Drama's. I will add those to this post as and when I get around to it. I also need to finish the actual available sources for each mix - ie time compressed LaserDiscs and various VHS releases.

I have only chosen actual dialogue differences and not just different "takes". I have also avoided any of the Special Edition(s) added scenes. If anyone thinks that any other lines deserve a mention, please feedback and I will consider it.

The times given are from the NTSC GOUT which seemed to me as the most commonly available reference source.


***Star Wars - A New Hope***


Dialogue Difference 1 47:22 

"Alright, check that side of the street. It's secure. Move on to the next one." or "Alright, check this side of the street. The door's locked. Move on to the next one."


Dialogue Difference 2 1:03:02

"The tractor beam is coupled to the main reactor in seven locations. A power loss at one of the terminals will allow the ship to leave." or silence


Dialogue Difference 3 1:10:38

"Governor Tarkin? We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23." or "We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23."


Dialogue Difference 4 1:25:15

"Close the blast doors!" or silence


Dialogue Difference 5 1:45:25

Luke says "Blast it, Wedge! Where are you?" or "Blast it, Biggs! Where are you?"

All of the above can be seen here  http://homepage.ntlworld.com/russdawson/mono/


1977 Theatrical 70mm Six-Track

Never officially released but a recording exists. http://www.wideanglecloseup.com/starwarsaudio.html

1 "Alright, check this side of the street. The door's locked. Move on to the next one."

2 There is no tractor beam line.

3 "We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23."

4 There is no blast doors line.

5 Luke says "Blast it, Biggs! Where are you?"


1977 Theatrical 35mm Stereo - ASSUMED to be same as the 1985 Full Screen Standard Play (1130-84) LaserDiscs.

- most recently heard preserved on Dark Jedi V3 Audio 2: 1977 Theatrical 2.0 Surround @256kbps

1 "Alright, check this side of the street. The door's locked. Move on to the next one."

2 There is no tractor beam line.

3 "We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23."

4 There is no blast doors line.

5 Luke says "Blast it, Biggs! Where are you?"


1977 Mono

Never officially released but remastered from TV broadcasts.

- most recently heard preserved on Dark Jedi V3 Audio 3: 1977 Theatrical Mono @ 128kbps

1 "Alright, check that side of the street. It's secure. Move on to the next one."

2 "The tractor beam is coupled to the main reactor in seven locations. A power loss at one of the terminals will allow the ship to leave."

3 "Governor Tarkin? We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23."

4 "Close the blast doors!" 

5 Luke says "Blast it, Wedge! Where are you?" 


1977 8mm

1 This scene is not in this release

2 This scene is not in this release

3 This scene is not in this release

4 This scene is not in this release

5 This scene is not in this release


1977 16mm (mono)

1 "Alright, check that side of the street. It's secure. Move on to the next one."

2 "The tractor beam is coupled to the main reactor in seven locations. A power loss at one of the terminals will allow the ship to leave."

3 "Governor Tarkin? We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23."

4 "Close the blast doors!" 

5 Luke says "Blast it, Wedge! Where are you?" 


1977 Story of Star Wars LP

1 This scene is not in this release

2 C-3PO only says "A power loss at one of the terminals will allow the ship to leave"

3 "Governor Tarkin? We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23."

4 "Close the blast doors!" 

5 This scene is not in this release


1985 Digital Sound from the 1986 Japanese Special Collection (SF148-1196), 1989 Special Widescreen Edition (1130-85) and 1992 Full SCreen Digital Sound (5651-80) LaserDiscs.

- most recently heard preserved on Dark Jedi V3 Audio 4: 1985 Home Video 2.0 Surround Remix @ 256kbps

1 "Alright, check this side of the street. The door's locked. Move on to the next one."

2 "The tractor beam is coupled to the main reactor in seven locations. A power loss at one of the terminals will allow the ship to leave."

3 "We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23."

4 There is no blast doors line.

5 Luke says "Blast it, Biggs! Where are you?"


1993 THX Digital Sound from the 1993 Definitive Collection (0693-84-01) and 1995 Faces (8763-85) LaserDiscs. Also used for the 2006 GOUT DVD Release.

- most recently heard preserved Dark Jedi V3 Audio 5: 1993 Home Video 2.0 Surround Remix @ 256kbps

1 "Alright, check this side of the street. The door's locked. Move on to the next one."

2 There is no tractor beam line.

3 "We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23."

4 There is no blast doors line.

5 Luke says "Blast it, Biggs! Where are you?"


1997 Special Edition - THX Digital Sound & Dolby Digital from the 1997 Special Edition LaserDisc (410298501).

1 "Alright, check this side of the street. The door's locked. Move on to the next one."

2 "The tractor beam is coupled to the main reactor in seven locations. A power loss at one of the terminals will allow the ship to leave."

3 "We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23."

4 "Close the blast doors!" 

5 Luke says "Blast it, Biggs! Where are you?"


2004 THX Digitally Mastered & Dolby Digital from the 2004 DVD Release, 2006 DVD Release and 2008 Trilogy Box Set Release.

1 "Alright, check this side of the street. The door's locked. Move on to the next one."

2 "The tractor beam is coupled to the main reactor in seven locations. A power loss at one of the terminals will allow the ship to leave."

3 "We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23."

4 "Close the blast doors!" 

5 Luke says "Blast it, Biggs! Where are you?"

 

2011 Blu Ray Release

1 "Alright, check this side of the street. The door's locked. Move on to the next one."

2 "The tractor beam is coupled to the main reactor in seven locations. A power loss at one of the terminals will allow the ship to leave."

3 "We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23."

4 "Close the blast doors!" 

5 Luke says "Blast it, Biggs! Where are you?"



***The Empire Strikes Back***


Dialogue Difference 1 14:43

Han says, "until I can get the shelter up" or "until I can get the shelter built."


Dialogue Difference 2 14:47

Luke says an additional "Ben... Dagobah..." just before Han says, "I thought they smelled bad on the outside."


Dialogue Difference 3 16:59

When C-3PO tells Luke, "It's so good to see you fully functional again", Luke replies, "Thanks, 3PO."


Dialogue Difference 4 18:03

The line "Headquarters personnel report to Command Center" is said three times instead of two.


Dialogue Difference 5 29:46

When R2-D2 is being loaded into Luke's X-Wing, C-3PO says an extra "and" before saying "do take good care of yourself.". However, in all the pre-SE mixes, the extra "and" is actually there but cannot be heard under normal listening conditions. In the SE mix and beyond, the extra "and" is very clearly heard.


Dialogue Difference 6 34:28

Han's line "Transport, this is Solo. Better take off, I can't get to you. I'll get her out on the Falcon" is followed by, "Come on."


Dialogue Difference 7 40:43

In the asteroid field, after C-3PO says, "Oh, this is suicide", he says, "There's nowhere to go."


Dialogue Difference 8 44:26

In the scene where R2-D2 is spat out by the bog beast, Luke says "You were lucky to get out of there," or "You're lucky you don't taste very good." 


Dialogue Difference 9 1:22:42

In Cloud City, after C-3PO says, "That sounds like an R2 unit in there. I wonder if it..." he says "Hello?" only once instead of twice.


Dialogue Difference 10 1:53:28

Darth Vader says "bring my shuttle" or "Alert my stardestroyer to prepare for my arrival."


Dialogue Difference 11 1:59:13

Between Luke saying  "Good luck, Lando." and "I'll meet you at the rendezvous point on Tatooine." the line spoken by Lando "When we find Jabba the Hutt and that bounty hunter, we'll contact you." is either spoken or missing.

 

 

1980 Theatrical 70mm Six-Track Stereo

Never officially released but a recording exists. http://www.wideanglecloseup.com/starwarsaudio.html

1 Han says, "until I can get the shelter built."

2 Luke does not say an additional "Ben... Dagobah..." just before Han says, "I thought they smelled bad on the outside."

3 When C-3PO tells Luke, "It's so good to see you fully functional again", Luke does not reply.

4 The line "Headquarters personnel report to Command Center" is said only two times.

5 C-3PO does not say the extra word "and" before saying "do take good care of yourself."

6 Han's line "Transport, this is Solo. Better take off, I can't get to you. I'll get her out on the Falcon" is not followed by, "Come on."

7 In the asteroid field, after C-3PO only says, "Oh, this is suicide"

8 In the scene where R2-D2 is spat out by the bog beast, Luke says "You're lucky you don't taste very good." 

9 In Cloud City, after C-3PO says, "That sounds like an R2 unit in there. I wonder if it..." he says "Hello?" twice.

10 Vader says "bring my shuttle" 

11 "When we find Jabba the Hutt and that bounty hunter, we'll contact you." is missing.


1980 Theatrical 35mm Stereo - ASSUMED to be same as the 1985 Full Screen Standard Play (1425-84) LaserDiscs.

- most recently heard preserved on the Dark Jedi V3 Audio 2: 1980 Theatrical 2.0 Surround @ 256kbps

1 Han says, "until I can get the shelter built."

2 Luke does not say an additional "Ben... Dagobah..." just before Han says, "I thought they smelled bad on the outside."

3 When C-3PO tells Luke, "It's so good to see you fully functional again", Luke does not reply.

4 The line "Headquarters personnel report to Command Center" is said only two times.

5 C-3PO does not say the extra word "and" before saying "do take good care of yourself."

6 Han's line "Transport, this is Solo. Better take off, I can't get to you. I'll get her out on the Falcon" is not followed by, "Come on."

7 In the asteroid field, after C-3PO only says, "Oh, this is suicide"

8 In the scene where R2-D2 is spat out by the bog beast, Luke says "You're lucky you don't taste very good." 

9 In Cloud City, after C-3PO says, "That sounds like an R2 unit in there. I wonder if it..." he says "Hello?" twice.

10 Vader says "bring my shuttle" 

11 "When we find Jabba the Hutt and that bounty hunter, we'll contact you." is spoken.


1980 8mm

1 This scene is not in this release

2 This scene is not in this release

3 This scene is not in this release

4 This scene is not in this release

5 This scene is not in this release

6 This scene is not in this release

7 This scene is in the film but the line is not spoken

8 This scene is not in this release

9 In Cloud City, after C-3PO says, "That sounds like an R2 unit in there. I wonder if it..." he says "Hello?" only once instead of twice.

10 This scene is not in this release

11 "When we find Jabba the Hutt and that bounty hunter, we'll contact you." is missing.


1980 16mm - no preservation currently available


1980 The Story of The Empire Strikes Back LP

1 Han says, "until I can get the shelter up"

2 Luke says an additional "Ben... Dagobah..." and then the scene ends.

3 When C-3PO tells Luke, "It's so good to see you fully functional again", Luke replies, "Thanks, 3PO."

4 The line "Headquarters personnel report to Command Center" is said once and then the scene ends.

5 This scene is not in this release

6 Han's line "Transport, this is Solo. Better take off, I can't get to you. I'll get her out on the Falcon" is not followed by, "Come on."

7 In the asteroid field, after C-3PO only says, "Oh, this is suicide"

8 In the scene where R2-D2 is spat out by the bog beast, Luke says "You were lucky to get out of there." 

9 In Cloud City, after C-3PO says, "That sounds like an R2 unit in there. I wonder if it..." he says "Hello?" only once instead of twice.

10 This scene is not in this release

11 "When we find Jabba the Hutt and that bounty hunter, we'll contact you." is missing.


1985 Digital Sound* from the 1986 Japanese Special Collection (SF148-1242), 1989 Special Widescreen Edition (1425-85) and 1992 Full Screen Digital Sound (5652-80) LaserDiscs. *It is widely believed that the 1985 mix is identical to the original 1980 mix - albeit with the Digital Sound.

- heard in various preservations

1 Han says, "until I can get the shelter built."

2 Luke does not say an additional "Ben... Dagobah..." just before Han says, "I thought they smelled bad on the outside."

3 When C-3PO tells Luke, "It's so good to see you fully functional again", Luke replies, "Thanks, 3PO."

4 The line "Headquarters personnel report to Command Center" is said only two times.

5 C-3PO does not say the extra word "and" before saying "do take good care of yourself."

6 Han's line "Transport, this is Solo. Better take off, I can't get to you. I'll get her out on the Falcon" is not followed by, "Come on."

7 In the asteroid field, after C-3PO only says, "Oh, this is suicide"

8 In the scene where R2-D2 is spat out by the bog beast, Luke says "You're lucky you don't taste very good." 

9 In Cloud City, after C-3PO says, "That sounds like an R2 unit in there. I wonder if it..." he says "Hello?" twice.

10 Vader says "bring my shuttle"

11 "When we find Jabba the Hutt and that bounty hunter, we'll contact you." is spoken.


1993 THX Digital Sound from the 1993 Definitive Collection (0693-84-02) and 1995 Faces (8764-85) LaserDiscs. Also used for the 2006 GOUT DVD Release.

- most recently heard preserved on the Dark Jedi V3 Audio 3: 1993 Home Video 2.0 Surround Remix @ 256kbps


1 Han says, "until I can get the shelter built."

2 Luke does not say an additional "Ben... Dagobah..." just before Han says, "I thought they smelled bad on the outside."

3 When C-3PO tells Luke, "It's so good to see you fully functional again", Luke replies, "Thanks, 3PO."

4 The line "Headquarters personnel report to Command Center" is said only two times.

5 C-3PO does not say the extra word "and" before saying "do take good care of yourself."

6 Han's line "Transport, this is Solo. Better take off, I can't get to you. I'll get her out on the Falcon" is not followed by, "Come on."

7 In the asteroid field, after C-3PO only says, "Oh, this is suicide"

8 In the scene where R2-D2 is spat out by the bog beast, Luke says "You're lucky you don't taste very good." 

9 In Cloud City, after C-3PO says, "That sounds like an R2 unit in there. I wonder if it..." he says "Hello?" twice.

10 Vader says "bring my shuttle"

11 "When we find Jabba the Hutt and that bounty hunter, we'll contact you." is spoken.


1997 Special Edition - THX Digital Sound & Dolby Digital from the 1997 Special Edition LaserDisc (410298502).

1 Han says, "until I can get the shelter up"

2 Luke says an additional "Ben... Dagobah..." just before Han says, "I thought they smelled bad on the outside."

3 When C-3PO tells Luke, "It's so good to see you fully functional again", Luke replies, "Thanks, 3PO."

4 The line "Headquarters personnel report to Command Center" is said three times.

5 When R2-D2 is being loaded into Luke's X-Wing, C-3PO says "and" before saying "do take good care of yourself."

6 Han's line "Transport, this is Solo. Better take off, I can't get to you. I'll get her out on the Falcon" is followed by, "Come on."

7 In the asteroid field, after C-3PO says, "Oh, this is suicide", he says, "There's nowhere to go."

8 In the scene where R2-D2 is spat out by the bog beast, Luke says "You were lucky to get out of there." 

9 In Cloud City, after C-3PO says, "That sounds like an R2 unit in there. I wonder if it..." he says "Hello?" only once instead of twice.

10 Vader says "Alert my stardestroyer to prepare for my arrival."

11 "When we find Jabba the Hutt and that bounty hunter, we'll contact you." is spoken.


2004 THX Digitally Mastered & Dolby Digital from the 2004 DVD Release, 2006 DVD Release and 2008 Trilogy Box Set Release.

1 Han says, "until I can get the shelter up"

2 Luke says an additional "Ben... Dagobah..." just before Han says, "I thought they smelled bad on the outside."

3 When C-3PO tells Luke, "It's so good to see you fully functional again", Luke replies, "Thanks, 3PO."

4 The line "Headquarters personnel report to Command Center" is said three times.

5 When R2-D2 is being loaded into Luke's X-Wing, C-3PO says "and" before saying "do take good care of yourself."

6 Han's line "Transport, this is Solo. Better take off, I can't get to you. I'll get her out on the Falcon" is followed by, "Come on."

7 In the asteroid field, after C-3PO says, "Oh, this is suicide", he says, "There's nowhere to go."

8 In the scene where R2-D2 is spat out by the bog beast, Luke says "You were lucky to get out of there." 

9 In Cloud City, after C-3PO says, "That sounds like an R2 unit in there. I wonder if it..." he says "Hello?" only once instead of twice.

10 Vader says "Alert my stardestroyer to prepare for my arrival."

11 "When we find Jabba the Hutt and that bounty hunter, we'll contact you." is spoken.

 

2011 Blu Ray Release

1 Han says, "until I can get the shelter up"

2 Luke says an additional "Ben... Dagobah..." just before Han says, "I thought they smelled bad on the outside."

3 When C-3PO tells Luke, "It's so good to see you fully functional again", Luke replies, "Thanks, 3PO."

4 ??

5 When R2-D2 is being loaded into Luke's X-Wing, C-3PO says "and" before saying "do take good care of yourself."

6 Han's line "Transport, this is Solo. Better take off, I can't get to you. I'll get her out on the Falcon" is followed by, "Come on."

7 In the asteroid field, after C-3PO says, "Oh, this is suicide", he says, "There's nowhere to go."

8 In the scene where R2-D2 is spat out by the bog beast, Luke says "You were lucky to get out of there." 

9 In Cloud City, after C-3PO says, "That sounds like an R2 unit in there. I wonder if it..." he says "Hello?" only once instead of twice.

10 Vader says "Alert my stardestroyer to prepare for my arrival."

11 "When we find Jabba the Hutt and that bounty hunter, we'll contact you." is spoken.



***Return of the Jedi***


Dialogue Difference 1 31:11 

As Han is reaching to Lando in the Sarlac pit his line "it's alright, trust me" is replaced with an alternate "it's alright, I can see a lot better."


Dialogue Difference 2 1:54:56 

Darth Vader stays silent or says "No. Noooooo!!!"

 

Additional:- Dialogue Difference 3  1:48:43

"We're sure in the middle of it now" is very quiet and cannot be heard very well - if at all - under normal listening conditions but in other mixes it is very clearly heard.

 

 

1983 Theatrical 70mm Six-Track Stereo - no preservation currently available

Did such a track exist?? Yes apparently.....  http://www.in70mm.com/news/2008/jedi/index.htm


1983 Theatrical 35mm Digital Sound - ASSUMED to be same as the 1986 Full Screen (1478-80), 1986 Japanese Special Collection (SF148-1343, 1989 Special Widescreen Edition (1478-85) and 1992 Full Screen (1478-80) LaserDiscs.

- most recently heard preserved on the Audio 2: 1983 Theatrical 2.0 Surround @ 256kbps

1 Han says "it's alright, trust me"

2 Darth Vader stays silent 

3 "We're sure in the middle of it now" is very quiet and cannot be heard very well - if at all - under normal listening conditions.

 

1983 8mm - no preservation currently available


1983 16mm - no preservation currently available


1983 The Story of Return of the Jedi LP

1 Han says "it's alright, I can see a lot better."

2 Darth Vader stays silent 

3 "We're sure in the middle of it now" is clearly heard.


1993 THX Digital Sound from the 1993 Definitive Collection (0693-84-03) and 1995 Faces (8763-85) LaserDiscs. Also used for the 2006 GOUT DVD Release.

- most recently heard preserved on the Dark Jedi V3 Audio 3: 1993 Home Video 2.0 Surround Remix @ 256kbps

1 Han says "it's alright, trust me"

2 Darth Vader stays silent 

3 "We're sure in the middle of it now" is very quiet and cannot be heard very well - if at all - under normal listening conditions.


1997 Special Edition - THX Digital Sound & Dolby Digital from the 1997 Special Edition LaserDisc (410298503).

1 Han says "it's alright, I can see a lot better."

2 Darth Vader stays silent 

3 "We're sure in the middle of it now" is clearly heard.


2004 THX Digitally Mastered & Dolby Digital from the 2004 DVD Release, 2006 DVD Release and 2008 Trilogy Box Set Release.

1 Han says "it's alright, I can see a lot better."

2 Darth Vader stays silent 

3 "We're sure in the middle of it now" is clearly heard.

2011 Blu Ray Release

1 Han says "it's alright, I can see a lot better."

2 Darth Vader says "No. Noooooo!!!" 

3 "We're sure in the middle of it now" is clearly heard.

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One audio change I've been wondering about for a while was Lando's line  "We're sure in the middle of it now" in ROTJ.   The only version I remember seeing it in is the 97, though I may have missed it elsewhere.

“We have a responsibility to safeguard history.” -Gage Blackwood

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Both this one

Dialogue Difference 5 29:46

When R2-D2 is being loaded into Luke's X-Wing, C-3PO says "and" before saying "do take good care of yourself."

and Lando's line "We're sure in the middle of it now"

are in the original theatrical mixes and in their '93 THX remastered tracks, those lines are just mixed lower in volume compared to other mixes.

We want you to be aware that we have no plans—now or in the future—to restore the earlier versions. 

Sincerely, Lynne Hale publicity@lucasfilm.com

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msycamore said:

Both this one

Dialogue Difference 5 29:46

When R2-D2 is being loaded into Luke's X-Wing, C-3PO says "and" before saying "do take good care of yourself."

and Lando's line "We're sure in the middle of it now"

are in the original theatrical mixes and in their '93 THX remastered tracks, those lines are just mixed lower in volume compared to other mixes.

I have heard that said before. All I know is that in my initial research I never heard the extra "and". Likewise, I have just re-checked over a dozen pre-SE transfers and heard no extra "and".

I will look more into that Lando line another time.......

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The 'and' is there all right.  It's just really quiet.  I only discerned it relatively recently myself.

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I'm listening to the DJ V3 through headphones with the volume cranked up, and msycamore is right. In both the 1985 and 1993 mixes, after R2's beeping, you can hear "and" mixed in very low, almost at whisper volume.

I'm not sure whether it was intentional, or whether it was an error in the original mix. Perhaps the original mixers intended for the "and" to be there but accidentally mixed it in too low, or alternatively, they might have intended for it not to be there but they didn't completely dial it out.

It's one of those anomalies like "Luke, come on!" in the 2004/2011 mixes of ANH. In that case, Leia did always say "Luke," you can even make out Carrie's mouth movement right before it cuts away, but up until '04 it was always mixed in very, very low and drowned out by the laser fire and explosions.

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For the sake of clarity, I think it would be important to identify how each later remix was derived, so its similarity or lack thereof to other versions can be easily traced.  For example, the 1993 mix of SW is simply a downmix of the 70mm version with additional sounds added on top, so its dialogue is identical, while the 1985 version is basically the same as the 35mm stereo except with the tractor beam line added.  The 1997 version comes from an original 4-track master with additional changes layered in, so most of its dialogue is again the same but with the tractor beam and blast door lines added.

The GOUT mixes are all from 1993, so they don't need to be in a separate category.

SW '04 and '11 are mostly the same remix except for a few tweaks, while ESB and RotJ are the same as each other in all three SE versions but with minor changes, so again their dialogue remains the same except where new dubs were added.

One other thing: while I can't state this with absolute certainty, I'm pretty sure that there were no 1985 remixes for ESB or RotJ.  With no content changes, and the total sound being so similar, I think the theatrical stereo tracks were used for all home releases up until 1993.

 

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hairy_hen said:

The GOUT mixes are all from 1993, so they don't need to be in a separate category.

One other thing: while I can't state this with absolute certainty, I'm pretty sure that there were no 1985 remixes for ESB or RotJ.  With no content changes, and the total sound being so similar, I think the theatrical stereo tracks were used for all home releases up until 1993.

 

I have already thought about adding the GOUT as a source of the 1993 mix. DONE

Agreed too about the 1985 remixes of ESB and ROTJ. All I know for certain is that ESB went to Digital Sound at this time and to me, that alone is enough of a difference to list it seperately - even if it is the same mix.

I have updated the original post as follows. I hope the wording is to everyone's liking.......

Dialogue Difference 5 29:46

When R2-D2 is being loaded into Luke's X-Wing, C-3PO says an extra "and" before saying "do take good care of yourself.". However, in all the pre-SE mixes, the extra "and" is actually there but cannot be heard under normal listening conditions. In the SE mix and beyond, the extra "and" is very clearly heard.

 

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I have updated the original post having taken on board all comments and suggestions.

Thanks for all the feedback so far and I will action any other comments and suggestions as they arise......

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Fascinating stuff, I never realized Luke ever said "Blast it Wedge, where are you?"

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Don't forget "The first transport is away" is different in the Special Edition and beyond of Empire.  I know it's Mark Hamill for those versions, not sure if it's his voice pitched down, or another person's voice for previous versions. 

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One other minor thing I though I might note is that in the mixes where Lando's "in the middle of it" line is not audible, they left in the "now," seemingly inexplicably. 

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In Harmy's version of ESB, Luke says to his wingman "Stay tight and low.."

 But you can see his mouth move right afterwards as if he is speaking the line I remember from the special edition "This is it!" 

Assuming that Harmy has not made a mistake (highly unlikely I would think) when was that second line added? Does it appear in earlier versions than the special edition?

 

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His mouth has always moved as though saying the line, but no pre-1997 mix ever had it.  I never noticed the movement until the SE made it obvious that he was speaking at that point.

Why they chose to include the line or not is unknown, but there's no mistake.

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I'm pretty sure that in "A New Hope" when Han, Luke, Ben and the Droids are hiding under the floor in the millennium falcon, one of the Stormtroopers says "Theres no one here" in some versions but stays silent in others.

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Octorox said:

I'm pretty sure that in "A New Hope" when Han, Luke, Ben and the Droids are hiding under the floor in the millennium falcon, one of the Stormtroopers says "Theres no one here" in some versions but stays silent in others.

Added in 2004 and still in the 2011 Blu Ray.

As well as that line, a bit of research tells me that I also need to add "We’ve stopped!" and "He’s on your tail" to ANH and "This is it" to ESB. I will add these shortly when I have done all my checks.

Are there any others??

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You might want to check these two out:

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Complete-Comparison-of-Special-Edition-Visual-Changes/post/538921/#TopicPost538921

^ at the end of that post.

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Complete-Comparison-of-Special-Edition-Visual-Changes/post/540149/#TopicPost540149

I'm not so familiar with the 2004 re-mix and I haven't heard the 2011 re-mix to tell if these are true or not.

We want you to be aware that we have no plans—now or in the future—to restore the earlier versions. 

Sincerely, Lynne Hale publicity@lucasfilm.com

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Cheers for that.

This thread died months ago so needs a restart.....

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