It’s taken me FOREVER to find any of the footage, but Adywan, you really should check this out. I had the opportunity to see this film in an OMNIMAX dome, and the redone opening scene of Star Wars was one of the most amazing looking and sounding things I’ve heard to date. Not sure if you’d want to try to recreate anything from this, but if so WOW it could be amazing.
In short, the entire blockade runner opening scene was reshot for OMNIMAX with an all new audio mix. From the opening shot, the starfield looked far more breathtaking. I think I remember something along the line of a nebula in the background. The biggest additions were several shots from the Blockade runner firing back at the Star Destroyer with the sound of several blasts exploding offscreen in the back of the auditorium. One of the shots from the Star Destroyer creates a massive blast wave that shook the room when it hits the blockade runner. When the actual special edition came out and it didn’t include this, it was a huge letdown for me. I don’t believe this footage has ever made it to any home video format.
I saw at Omnimax too. I don’t remember if they mention it in the video, but they couldn’t use the original Star Destroyer model for one reason or another, they had to use the Empire Strikes Back model.
On a side note, at one of the Star Wars Celebrations they had the original Episode IV Star Destroyer on display. I was filming it but talking to my wife and looked away for minute. My son (about 4) went under the red rope and was reaching out for the model before I stopped him. He was about 6 inches away from touching it and possibly knocking it over. I have the whole thing on video.