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When did George Lucas make the Dianoga blink in the trash compactor?

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Hello. I was wondering if anybody knew when George Lucas made the Dianoga blink in the trash compactor in ANH? I seem to remember it was released as early as the the VHS version that came out before the special edition was released in theaters. Maybe it was earlier?

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That change was introduced in the 2004 DVD release, one of several minor visual enhancements made to the movie.

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I seem to remember it being on the 1995 VHS. Are you sure?

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You remember wrongly. Besides the changed crawl, no visual changes were included on any home video releases before 1997.

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Ashdogg said:

I seem to remember it being on the 1995 VHS. Are you sure?

This was absolutely a 2004 change. It was jarring to see it for the first time on DVD if you knew the movie like the back of your hand as I did at the time.

You also have to keep in mind, most of the major visual effects changes from 1997 and onward came in waves. They didn’t just go in and change 1 random thing here or there every few years, there was a whole new set of changes that usually came with the introduction of the films appearing on a new video format.