THE MT VOID
07/08/22 -- Vol. 41, No. 2, Whole Number 2231
TOPIC: Changing Movies You Remember--RETURN OF THE JEDI (letter of
comment by Warren Montgomery)
[From a mailing list I am on, with permission.]
Warren Montgomery writes:
While I was doing other things I left the TV on to a showing of
STAR WARS EPISODE VI (RETURN OF THE JEDI). While I've got a VHS of
it (and a functional VCR) it had been a while since I bothered to
run it and thought it might provide a bit more enjoyable background
noise than the hum of the Air Conditioner. What little I paid
attention to seemed much like what I remembered--until the final
sequence. Instead of the Ewok's partying with the principal
characters to music that seems a bit goofy, there were scenes of
celebration in various sci fi cities, some new and some that looked
recycled from other locations in other movies. The Ewoks were in
there too, but the music was different, a more inspiring and
appropriate instrumental piece (at least in my opinion.) The face
that showed as Anakin Skywalker resurrected was completely
different from what I remember. I did some poking around online
and found that indeed Lucas tinkered with it at some point and that
the re-imagination of a resurrected Anakin Skywalker is
controversial among fans.
I know that movies often get edited when remastered to clean things
up, but this seems like more wholesale modification than most.
Makes me wonder what else might be doctored in new releases of old
movies. (And maybe I ought to watch those three "Star Wars"
prequels again in new releases to see if they actually made them
watchable, but there was so much wrong I thought they were
basically beyond saving.) [-wm]
Note that this is far from the only time it SW got changed. "Hans shot first!".
On 7/11/22 1:38 PM, Peter Trei wrote:
Note that this is far from the only time it SW got changed. "Hans shot
That's not as bad as the editing of E.T. to eliminate any suggestion
that cops would draw guns on kids. Mustn't let the audience think that
TOPIC: CONTACT (film review by Mark R. Leeper)
.... If you have read the book, you may be a bit disappointed, since
there is far more science fiction content in the original story, but
the film does not exactly remain earthbound either.
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