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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)

Austin Prior said:

Could you give us the io9 link as well? Couldn't find it through search engines.


Yeah OK, this is it-

It's a post about the audience reactions in the first round of 1977 Star Wars showings.

Whoever had the idea of a private theater Despecialized party with the kids, toys, photo booth etc. was brilliant.

Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)

I saw this posted on & thought it would be good to copy here. Kudos Harmy.

5/07/15 3:41pm

This weekend I took my 5 year old son to a screening of the despecialized versions in a small movie theater for a private party. Lightsabers were handed out to everyone, food was served from the Star Wars cookbook and Star War toys were at the front of the theatre for kids to play with them if they wanted. Everyone there had seen the movie a 100 times with the exception of the children. People cheered, screamed, hollered and high-fived, they waved lightsabers when they were in play on screen and made blaster noises throughout the movie. There were people in costumes and costumes to try on at a photobooth. It was wonderful.

My son, who has seen two movies in actual theaters, turned to me when it was over with a gleam in his eye and asked “daddy, how come all movies aren’t like this?” And then, a smile broadening on his face “I think I want to watch these ones again a few more times.”

I don’t have a time machine to take him back to 1977 when I first saw Star Wars and experienced a communal epiphany with a group of strangers. But this, for sure, was the next best thing.

Complete Comparison of Special Edition Visual Changes

I wouldn't be surprised if Lucas had a new landspeeder built and reshot the scene for the SE. The curve of the windshield is different and it goes back farther towards the actors' heads. There's an indent on the back of the engine nacelle in the 1977 shot that is not there in the SE shot.

Maybe it really is a different take from the 1977, just from an angle a little different so that different details showed up. But my theory is it's a reshoot.

The 1977 shot was a pickup done at the last minute in the California desert with doubles for the actors. So Lucas would not have a problem doing a reshoot, I think.