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#1356805
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<strong>Star Wars (1977)</strong> - 'Behind The Scenes / Making Of' <strong>images</strong> thread
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ZkinandBonez said:
I’m not quite sure what scene this is from. Maybe just the actors talking backstage? It seems like they’re standing directly under stage lights though.

Looks to me like they’re standing in front of the Death Star viewscreen. You can just make out the slanted lower edge of the screen area.

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#1354326
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<strong>Star Wars (1977)</strong> - 'Behind The Scenes / Making Of' <strong>images</strong> thread
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V.I.N.Cent said:

Curious color scheme here. Red and gold? I can see why it was dropped, given the squadron designations. But it does look nice.

V.I.N.Cent said:

And here’s an all-red Y-Wing. Reminds me of how the Y-Wings were based on the bomber craft Luke piloted in the January 1975 second draft.

V.I.N.Cent said:

This Colin Cantwell Y-Wing design is based directly on the second draft - Luke sits in the pilot’s cockpit, Chewie Antilles (later called Wedge) is the rear tail-gunner, and R2-D2 and C-3PO are the bombardiers in the lower cockpit. (I suspect the original idea of R2-D2 as a small droid based on HG Wells’ Martian tripods may have been at play there. See also the minature size of ID-10 and BD-1 in EA’s recent SW games.)

V.I.N.Cent said:

Huh. Looks like the sandcrawler’s side hatch was planned to be a lot bigger at one point (with likely implications for the overall scale).

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#1353684
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<strong>Empire Strikes Back</strong> - 'Behind The Scenes / Making Of' <strong>images</strong> thread
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Fated-Dualist said:

A more extensively damaged version of Luke’s prosthetic hand from ROTJ, which was abandoned in favor of a simpler makeup appliance.

Fated-Dualist said:

What is that thing? We hardly see it at all in the film. Looks like the sort of thing Kenner would make a toy out of.

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#1353324
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&quot;I'm Luke Starkiller, I'm here to rescue you&quot;
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I’ve heard that the script was changed during shooting to alter Luke’s last name to Skywalker. The revised surname wasn’t added in pickups, it was part of principal photography.

However, I’d be extremely curious to know if there was alternate footage with the original name.

There are also alternate takes several Tatooine scenes with Luke wearing a poncho, and not wearing the yellow jacket during the Yavin medal ceremony. But info about these is strangely hard to find, even when almost every other aspect of SW has been talked to death.

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#1352088
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Small details that took you <em><strong>FOREVER</strong></em> to notice in the <em>Star Wars</em> films
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Objection, Your Honor! The car in that video is spinning clockwise relative to the normal front orientation. The car in the ROTJ effect above is spinning counterclockwise. QED that is not the same car!!! 😉

(nobody mention George Lucas’ “Professor of Flopology” hat from Temple of Doom)

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#1350433
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Luke's X-wing left at Bespin? How did he get it back?
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yotsuya said:

It is the same model, same cockpit set, and same full sized prop. We can assume that in the year between TESB and ROTJ that someone went back to Bespin to get it. The new official canon is that Lando and Luke went back after they found out Han was delivered to Jabba. Luke looked for his saber, but retrieved his X-wing.

Alternatively it would be pretty easy to have a different X-wing painted to match the original.

The X-Wing thing has never bothered me for exactly this reason. The markings on Luke’s X-wing are clearly from a template used by various squadrons across the Alliance. Luke’s identical pilot helmet in ESB and ROTJ, on the other hand, is something of a headscratcher.

And come to think of it, why didn’t the X-Wings in ROTJ have colors that matched their squadron designation? In SW 1977 the X-Wings of Red Squadron were painted red and the Y-Wings of Gold Squadron were painted yellow/gold. ROTJ changed the squadron names but not the paint jobs.

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#1350010
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The Empire Strikes Back - at 40...
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oojason said:

George Lucas Apparently Went “Apeshit” Over Harrison Ford’s Classic Line “I Know” From Empire’ - https://geektyrant.com/news/george-lucas-apparently-went-apeshit-over-harrison-fords-classic-line-i-know-from-empire-strikes-back - with quotes from Irvin Kershner and Harrison Ford (with video interview of Ford, by Jon Favreau).
 

That’s apparently from one of Irvin Kershner’s last interviews before his death.

To quote Kershner more fully:

[Irvin Kershner said:]

“George saw the first cut and said, “Wait a minute, wait a minute. That’s not the line in the script.” I said ““I love you, too’ was not Han Solo.” Han Solo was a rebel. George felt that the audience would laugh. And I said, that’s wonderful, he is probably going to his death for all they know. We sat in the room and he thought about it. He then asked me, “Did you shoot the line in the script?” I said yes. So we agreed that we would do two preview screenings once the film was cut and set to music with the line in and then with the line out. At the first preview in San Francisco, the house broke up after Han Solo said I know. When the film was over, people came up and said that is the most wonderful line and it worked. So George decided not to have the second screening.”

Apparently Lucas was worried the audience would laugh in a way that took them out of the movie. Fortunately people understood that it fit Ford’s character well and worked in the dramatic circumstances - so they laughed but thought it was excellent.

One thing that’s to Lucas’ credit IMO is that he’s always been very worried about what sort of things might break audience immersion.

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#1349654
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Small details that took you <em><strong>FOREVER</strong></em> to notice in the <em>Star Wars</em> films
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Here’s the early Vulcan orange-sky design - still with at least one giant moon:

Kind of the reverse of what happened on Forbidden Planet. I recall a Cinefantastique article saying the FP script called for a chartreuse sky, which was faithfully depicted in the cyclorama on set. But there were also B&W storyboards of the surface of Altair IV, which called for a “blue-black sky” with “large planets” against a starry backdrop.

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#1349602
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Terminator 2: which version to watch - Theatrical vs Special vs Extended?
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Apparently the latest T2 Blu-ray “remastered” release has some censorship:

https://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=642906

I hate the depressing frequency with which digital re-releases lead to digital censorship. Are the old “non-remastered” versions of the film preserved already?

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#1348549
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<strong>Empire Strikes Back</strong> - 'Behind The Scenes / Making Of' <strong>images</strong> thread
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Slavicuss said:

ATMachine said:
Looks like Leia’s Hoth hairstyle may have been different originally, with two long dangling plaits instead of a crown braid.

I think she also played a background extra (female rebel soldier). A completely different character to Leia - hence the different hairstyle - and costume.

“And this background extra will be played by Harrison Ford wearing a fake mustache.”