Star Wars: Ultimate Edition (Johnsonverse)

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The cover for the original 2017 box set release.

The Ultimate Edition of Star Wars was released in theaters for a limited time from late 2016 to early 2017 in IMAX 3D. It was released on home video on May 4, 2017 by Johnson Home Video in collaboration with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It contained innumerable edits to the original and prequel trilogy films, as well as the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special and The Clone Wars animated film. The set also includes the Alternity film, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, all of which were presented unaltered.

The Ultimate Edition comes in three boxsets: a six-disc UltraStorage Disc boxset, a twelve-disc Blu-ray boxset, and a 18-disc DVD boxset; discs 1-9 contain the first eight films, Alternity, Rogue One (the first six discs also feature the original theatrical versions and the Ultimate Editions, as well as the "Lost Cut" and 1977 and 1981 crawls for A New Hope, and every Special Edition of the movies, along with a huge amount of language tracks for each film), while the remaining discs have all of the behind-the-scenes material, including deleted scenes, featurettes, interviews with surviving cast and crew members including Tim Johnson and creator George Lucas, the An Empire of Dreams documentary, the entire 2003-2005 Clone Wars cartoon, the 2008-2014 The Clone Wars series, the Ewoks and Droids series, the Ewoks TV movies, the Lego Star Wars specials, a B-roll of the newly-made scenes (which were all written and directed by Johnson), a featurette about the restoration and alterations, and a newly-made documentary about the history of Star Wars video games, narrated by Johnson.

The set also comes with a booklet that answers frequently asked questions in regards to the changes made to the films, explaining things why Han refers to Heater as Jabba, the reason the lake scene in Attack of the Clones was removed, and why no edits were made to The Force Awakens, Rogue One, or the Alternity movie.

This set was rereleased on August 31, 2020 as a 36-disc USD, DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra Blu-ray set with Fett: A Star Wars Story, Duel of the Fates, the first thirteen seasons of the Underworld series, the complete Scars of Mustafar series, the seventh season of The Clone Wars, the first fourteen seasons of the Alternity series, the first seasons of both The New Republic and The Mandalorian, all 39 episodes of the unaired Detours series (which is considered non-canon) with an additional commentary track from creators Seth Green and Matthew Seinrich, the three Star Wars parody episodes of both Family Guy and Robot Chicken, Episodes 417 and 401 of the first and second runs of The Muppet Show, respectively, and the complete Star Wars Rebels series, all presented unaltered, alongside a vast array of even more bonus material, including the radio dramatizations of the Original and Prequel Trilogies, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi (a radio drama based on Duel of the Fates will air in 2021), documentaries R2-D2: Beneath the Dome and Return of the Ewok (the latter being released for the first time on home video), a variety of Star Wars-themed commercials, an assortment of fan films including Troops (a 1997 parody of the television series Cops), Star Wars - Stormtrooper Target Practice from 2015, and 2018's Vader: A Star Wars Theory Fan Series in a separate disc labeled "Fans Take the High Ground", The Story of Star Wars, a recap which had been released in 2005 exclusively for people who had purchased a DVD of Revenge of the Sith at Walmart and the long-obsolete VideoNow Coloe format, selected trading cards, reproductions of original posters and lobby cards, both American and international, a digital copy of the entire set, an envelope containing a letter from Mark Hamill (the same letter that was packaged with the Skywalker Saga box set, which had been released on March 31st of the same year), letters from Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, other actors from the movies, George Lucas, Tim Johnson, and Sheldon Johnson, Jr., among other people, and twelve specially-minted silver coins, one for each film (the coins are only packaged with the first 77 copies; the number 77 represents the original film's release year).

Background

After purchasing Disney in 2013, Tim Johnson, who replaced Kathleen Kennedy as CEO of Lucasfilm Ltd., decided to create the Ultimate Editions of the Star Wars saga, which would be released between 2015 and 2017. Johnson, a keen fan of Star Wars, stated in a 2014 interview that the Ultimate Editions were born out of his dissatisfaction with the Prequel Trilogy and some of the changes that had been made to the Original Trilogy, and wanted to make a completely new set that would cover almost everything that came from the franchise, as well as package the films with the original versions, as well as the 1997 Special Editions for the Original Trilogy and the so-called "Lost Cut" for A New Hope. George Lucas was brought in to the project to serve as a consultant, after having a conversation with Tim and "realizing his mistakes". Production on the Ultimate Editions began on July 29, 2015, alongside Ultimate Editions of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Howard the Duck. Notable staff members who worked on the films include Adrian "Adywan" Sayce, best known for creating the Revisited fan edit of A New Hope. All six films were worked on simultaneously, and new scenes written and directed by Tim were shot, some of which were shot during principal photography and reshoots for Rogue One. Industrial Light & Magic filmed new model shots for the films to replace all the CGI effects.

Incomplete list of changes made

General

The cover for the 2020 rerelease.
  • Almost all space battles were remade from the ground up, mostly in the prequel trilogy and Battle of Yavin. The Battle of Endor was instead expanded with new shots.
  • Almost all CGI in the prequels was replaced with various elements such as models, pyrotechnics, stop-motion, "go-motion", live-actors, matte paintings, and physical sets (the use of CGI was restricted to elements such as the lightsabers, lasers, shadows, and saber flashes, as well as digitally replacing actors' faces with those of deceased actors, and Yoda in the prequels' action sequences). Any CGI added in the original trilogy was also expunged and either replaced with the original shots or new shots.
  • The battle droids were all redubbed by Matthew Wood to sound like their The Clone Wars counterparts.
  • Nearly all politics in the prequels were removed. Revenge of the Sith, in particular, removes all perceived jabs at the George W. Bush administration, as Tim felt that real-life political commentary didn't belong in Star Wars.
  • The prequels have much fewer reverse-shots.
  • Several deleted scenes were restored in the prequels to fill in plot holes.
  • All scenes showing Anakin and Darth Vader being the same character are deleted. Tim Johnson was reluctant to go through with it at first, saying that "it might ruin the purpose of the Skywalker Saga", before he was requested to do it by purists who wrote letters to Lucasfilm.
  • The prequels' opening crawls are rewritten.
  • All films (except The Force Awakens) have their opening crawls redone for consistency; for one, the speed and placement match completely, and the crawls appear slightly earlier as that of A New Hope did before its 1981 reissue, so it appears at the correct music cue that John Williams intended, though the title itself appears earlier to keep the original crawl's timing (the crawls in the films are also respaced slightly, and the original spacing in the crawl for A New Hope was restored, though the "R" in the word "Rebel" is still capitalized), and each paragraph comes up during a section of the music. In addition, they are all accomplished digitally rather than being filmed as the original Original Trilogy crawls were.
  • Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith also have a fine grain filter throughout to give the impression of being shot on film.
  • The prequels are severely color-corrected to no longer have a pink (or orange in Attack of the Clones) color palette, the Original Trilogy's color scheme was restored to how it was pre-2004, and The Phantom Menace and the Original Trilogy films (which were shot on 35mm film) were digitally rescanned and restored with a new 4K master.
  • The 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm logos in the Prequel and Original Trilogies are updated to the 2009 and 2015 versions, respectively.
  • Every scene showing R2-D2 flying is expunged, as they create massive plot holes in the Original Trilogy.
  • All stereotypes in the prequels (the Neimoidians being Asian, Watto being Jewish, and Jar Jar being Afro-Caribbean) are gone, with the Neimoidians and Watto being redubbed to eliminate their accents, and Watto's personality being changed. Jar Jar's changes are described below.
  • Yoda's syntax in the prequels is not as exaggerated.
  • Any line that is redubbed has the actor's mouth being digitally replaced with new lip flaps saying the lines, a la Blade Runner: The Final Cut.
  • All the lightsabers were re-rotoscoped to fix color (and other) errors. In addition, scenes showing lightsabers in the dark now glow in the saber's color.
  • All of the laser blasts were similarly re-rotoscoped for consistency.
  • The sound mixes in the first six films were rebuilt with reversed surround channels fixed and a greater surround sound experience.
  • All lightsaber battles in the prequels are reshot with the actors' faces digitally added onto stunt doubles (or, in some cases, using the original actors) to make them look significantly less floaty.
  • The credits in all altered films now include Ultimate Edition credits (with the music medley extended to include another music track), and all new actors are added in the credits, as well as replacing the originally credited actors if they replace the originals.

The Phantom Menace (re-released August 5, 2016)

The poster for the Ultimate Edition of The Phantom Menace.
  • Its opening crawl reads: "For over a thousand generations, the JEDI KNIGHTS have been the guardians of justice and peace in the Galactic Republic. This peace has been shattered by a mysterious blockade of Trade Federation starships appearing across the small planet of Naboo. Hoping to settle the conflict, Supreme Chancellor Valorum has secretly dispatched a Jedi Master and his young Padawan apprentice to the helpless planet...."
  • Several Providence-class destroyers are added to the Trade Federation fleet.
  • It's explained that the Trade Federation blocking Naboo is so Naboo's resources (like gold) would be restricted as a "punishment" for Naboo's prior actions toward the Federation, and that they intended to take over Naboo for their vast supply of Nova Crystals (the booklet explained that Palpatine was experimenting with using Nova Crystals in the Death Star, only to eventually find Kyber Crystals worked better).
  • Qui-Gon's moral code is no longer contradictory; he's now willing to simply steal the spaceship part he needs.
  • The deleted pylat bird shot was restored.
  • The exchange between the two battle droids before Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon attack them is changed. The first droid now says "Uh, you go in first", and the second one says "I went in first last time!". The line "Uh-oh! Blast them!" is also changed, now simply being a yelp of surprise from the droids.
  • The characters have a more clear personalty: Anakin is described as bright, mature, resourceful, and eager to go on adventures, Obi-Wan is described as responsible, serious, and wise beyond his years, and Qui-Gon is described as wise, warm, and caring.
  • The line "You were right about one thing, master: the negotiations were short" is deleted.
  • Jar Jar Binks' character is completely changed. For one, Ahmed Best was replaced by Danny DeVito as Jar Jar's voice, and a new performer with an advanced animatronic head digitally replaced the original Jar Jar. DeVito gives Jar Jar a normal voice, though the other Gungans weren't similarly redubbed (with the exception of Boss Nass, who was redubbed by Brian Blessed to remove his speech quirk and make him boisterous the way only Blessed can do), with the explanation that Jar Jar was banished for denouncing the existence of the Gungans' religious beliefs, and learning regular Galactic Basic behind their backs, as well as suffering from chronic kleptomania. His personality is also changed from an utter, traitorous clown who later sells out the Republic to a snarky, streetsmart survivalist who takes credit for saving Qui-Gon's life, even when it was the other way around. During the climax, he takes a much more active role in combat, mowing down hundreds of battle droids with only a spear, and when told to put his hands up by a battle droid, Jar Jar instead kicks the droid. The character was also completely redesigned by Amanda Kiefer.
  • The sequence with the Tri-Bubble Bongo going through Naboo's core is omitted in favor of recreating the battles in Harte Secur and Spinnaker from the 2001 RTS game Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds. Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, and Jar Jar are instead next seen surfacing in the Bongo outside Theed.
  • Anakin, like Jar Jar, is completely replaced. He is now played by Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame, and aged up to 16 so his later romance with Padmé (who was 14 in The Phantom Menace) wouldn't come off as creepy. Tim Johnson was hellbent on making Anakin tolerable, and to that end, gave him new dialogue to distance him from Jake Lloyd's widely-reviled performance (some scenes showing a character kneeling to get up to Anakin's height are refilmed so they instead look down). He is also made much more mature. In addition, it's made much clearer that he's the protagonist; new scenes filmed with Wolfhard and Pernilla August showing Anakin and his mother Shmi on Tatooine were added, and several scenes featuring him were moved around. Anakin's friends were all recast with new actors (for example, Kitster is now played by actor Max Charles) to keep consistency with Anakin's age, and they were also given completely new dialogue and scenes, including the removal of Kitster's infamous line "This is so wizard!".
  • The Fall of Theed is shown to be a much more brutal affair, as a battle in the streets is added between Royal Security forces and the battle droids, including civilians being killed in the crossfire and buildings being blown up.
  • When Qui-Gon confronts the battle droid in the hangar, the line "Coruscant? Uh, that doesn't compute--oh, wait, uh, you're under arrest!" is shortened to simply "Arrest them!"
  • Vulture Droids now chase the queen's transport.
  • Watto was replaced with a puppet composited into the scene in place of the original CG Watto. Andrew Secombe was brought in to record several new lines, and redub existing lines to remove Watto's Jewish accent. This is also carried over to Attack of the Clones.
  • Anakin's "virgin birth" is replaced with the explanation that his father Kane (named after Annikin Starkiller’s father in the rough draft for the original film), a wise Jedi master, was struck down by a Sith Lord (later revealed by Leland Chee to be Darth Plagueis) in a risky mission and vanished when Anakin was two months old. A flashback also accompanies this, with Kane played by actor Steven Seagal and the Sith Lord played by Tim himself.
  • Darth Maul is now voiced by Sam Witwer instead of Peter Serafinowicz, to maintain continuity with The Clone Wars and Rebels.
  • Anakin does not build C-3PO. Rather, 3PO is a droid at Watto's who Jar Jar steals under Watto's nose and gives to Anakin to modify for use when he would eventually get freed, as his mother would have no use for a protocol droid. In addition, 3PO looks exactly how he does in the pre-Johnson version of Attack of the Clones. All of C-3PO's scenes were reshot with Anthony Daniels in the suit.
  • The concept of midichlorians is completely removed. A line making fun of the concept is added when Qui-Gon mentions that a scientist named Egroeg Sacul (George Lucas spelled backwards), Jorg's cousin, claimed he found a "scientific" explanation to the Force.
  • The podrace is remade from the ground up to use models and go-motion instead of CGI, but otherwise, is hardly changed. It is also made clear that Anakin becomes more cocky as a result of winning the race.
  • Jabba the Hutt is replaced by a group of his henchmen, including Heater (played by an uncredited actor with a younger Declan Mulholland’s face CG’d on and dubbed over by Maurice LaMarche).
  • Ric Olie's "captain obvious" lines are removed.
  • Yoda was changed back to a puppet, albeit the one used in The Last Jedi.
  • The E.T. cameo is expanded, with Senator Grebleips and his aides being portrayed using the original E.T. puppets and animatronics. Grebleips (voiced by Steven Spielberg himself) is depicted speaking in Naboo's favor.
  • The deleted Bail Antilles scene is reincorporated.
  • A subplot in which Syfo-Dias (played by ILM artist Warren Fu, whom Syfo-Dias was modeled after in the first place) travels to Kamino to order the clone army is added. He orders the clone army scattered across the galaxy.
  • The Battle of Theed is much, much more brutal and bloody, with over half of Theed shown being leveled in a spectacular pyrotechnic display through the use of Hyena bombers.
  • The space battle and the Gungan battle are both far more serious.
  • The location where Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon duel Darth Maul in is explained as a Plasma Refinery Complex for Theed.
  • Obi-Wan runs through the two force fields faster due to Jedi having the ability to run really fast, and continues dueling Maul with Qui-Gon until the latter is killed in the duel.
  • Anakin has a much better understanding of how to work the N-1 starfighter, and shoots down many enemy fighters. He also doesn't get shot down, but instead enters the Droid Control Ship's hangar knowing full well what he is doing, raking the interior and targeting the main reactor. The line "Now THIS is podracing!" is also deleted.
  • The Naboo blockade doesn't become one ship.
  • The ending scene is changed. Rather than a huge celebratory parade, there is instead a memorial to those who lost their lives in the Liberation of Theed, taking place in the wastes of Theed, which Queen Amidala vows to rebuild.

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Attack of the Clones (re-released September 8, 2016)

  • Its opening crawl reads: "Thousands of solar systems are leaving the REPUBLIC to join a movement known as the SEPARATISTS, and the Senate is growing desperate. Led by the mysterious tyrant COUNT DOOKU, this confederacy has made it harder for the smaller group of Jedi to maintain order in the galaxy. A decade after leaving Naboo to join the Republic, SENATOR AMIDALA has returned to vote on the approval of a GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC to assist the Jedi...."
  • The bond between Anakin and Obi-Wan is shown as stronger, and their friendship is shown in full detail, since the film is set at the height of their friendship.
  • The pan down from the stars to Coruscant after the crawl goes down instead of up, to maintain consistency with the other movies.
  • Padmé doesn't show much grief over Corde's death, as she had played her role as a decoy perfectly.
  • Count Dooku has a proper introduction. He is introduced in a scene where he interrogates a man associated with the Jedi, and after the interrogation, the man is killed.
  • Like in The Phantom Menace, Anakin's character is overhauled. All of his whining is removed, Hayden Christensen was brought in to redub every scene Anakin was in with Tim Johnson's writing and direction (consideration was briefly given to having Matt Lanter redub Anakin instead before Johnson realized that Christensen’s acting wasn’t entirely his fault more than he saw it as George Lucas' writing and direction), and as a whole, he is rendered much, much more tolerable.
  • The romance between Anakin and Padmé is much more subtle. As a result, the lake scene was removed, and Leland Chee would later declare it non-canon. To this day, many fans lament the loss of the memetic "I don't like sand" line.
  • The Lost Twenty scene was reinstated.
  • Shots showing the reconstruction of Theed are added.
  • The kouhuns sent to kill Padmé don't exist. Instead, Zam Wesell inserts a laser cannon into the ASN courier droid so it would shoot her (inspired by the How It Should Have Ended video "How Star Wars Attack Of The Clones Should Have Ended"), and Obi-Wan and Anakin sense it as it's about to kill Padmé, with the droid's laser cannon sliced off by Obi-Wan.
  • Zam uses her shapeshifting abilities in her attempt to kill Obi-Wan in the bar, as was planned.
  • Anakin leaps out of the window to grab the ASN courier droid, not Obi-Wan, as Anakin is supposed to be the impulsive one. Obi-Wan goes out to get Anakin. Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor were brought in to film this scene.
  • The scenes with Padmé's family were reinstated in lieu of the reviled lake scene. The dinner scene was kept, but instead of cringeworthy romance, the scene is redubbed, and Anakin and Padmé are discussing the Separatists.
  • Obi-Wan now meets Dexter Jettster in a more Star Wars-style saloon instead of a 1950s-style diner. This was accomplished by digitally transplanting them into a new set. The two waitresses (FLO and Hermione Bagwa, the latter having her dress recolored white) were also transplanted into the new setting, along with the extras.
  • C-3PO has his golden panels, as the film takes place ten years later.
  • The Tusken Raider slaughter is shown in full detail.
  • The clone army is explained as having been personally funded by Palpatine.
  • Young Boba Fett remains silent, making him seem angry, cold, and more in keeping with the bounty hunter he grows up to be in The Empire Strikes Back. He has only one line: "Dad! Watch out!" when Jango avoids an asteroid.
  • Qui-Gon's Force ghost makes an appearance, watching in horror as Anakin slaughters the Tusken Raiders and trying to stop Anakin.
  • Jar Jar does not give Palpatine the emergency powers. Rather, a vote occurs to give the powers. In fact, a new scene was made in which Jar Jar voices his objection to giving the powers, before Bail Organa sternly reminds him that it's been almost a thousand years since the Ruusan Reformation, the Republic needed a standing army rather than relying on the Jedi to assist local militias, and merely recruiting men and women or pressing naval servicemembers into planetary combat wouldn't cut it.
  • The clone troopers come from several templates, not just Jango Fett. This allows the clones to be of varying heights so live actors can be used instead of CGI. The clones also have different voice actors besides Temuera Morrison, including Dee Bradley Baker, Jeff Bennett, Roger L. Jackson, Andrew Chaikin, and David Boat; this was done to explain the myriad of different voices the clones had in earlier media before Baker became the official non-movie voice in 2008.
  • The Battle of Geonosis is expanded to feature more clone vs. droid actions, such as remakes of deleted scenes. The stakes are also much higher, and it's made clear that the clones won the battle.
  • The scene where the lights go out and Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Dooku are seen illuminated by the saber glow is removed due to it looking more like them swinging the sabers above their heads than them actually being in battle.
  • The Jedi attack on the droid control ship is reinstated, and edited to replace the CGI with practical effects.
  • Like in The Phantom Menace, Yoda is replaced with the puppet used in The Last Jedi. For his duel with Dooku, though, he is still CGI, with the original model replaced with a new one that looks more accurate to the puppet, with more puppet-like movements and animations.
  • Rune Haako is redubbed by Jerome Blake to sound like he did in The Phantom Menace.
  • Yoda says "Begun the second clone war has" to reconcile Leia's statement in the book Dark Force Rising that Honoghr was devastated in the Clone Wars 44 years before 9 ABY with the Clone Wars shown in the Prequels (which took place between 22-19 ABY).
  • Anakin and Padmé's wedding is shortened significantly to fit a scene in which Count Dooku meets with General Grievous coming after Darth Sidious and the Senate oversee a mass amount of clone troopers walking to the ships. For this scene, an actor with the late Christopher Lee's face CG'd on was used, and dubbed over by Dooku's normal voice actor, Corey Burton.

Clone Wars

  • Several voices were changed to keep the series in-line with the CGI series and Rebels. These included Matt Lanter replacing Mat Lucas as Anakin, Catherine Taber, Nika Futterman, Tasia Valenza, and Angelique Perrin replacing Grey DeLisle as Padmé, Asajj Ventress, Shaak Ti, and Adi Gallia respectively, Dee Bradley Baker and Matthew Wood replacing André Sogliuzzo as the clone troopers and battle droids respectively, Wood also replacing John DiMaggio and Richard McGonagle as General Grievous, Phil LaMarr replacing McGonagle as Kit Fisto, Ian McDiarmid replacing Nick Jameson as Palpatine/Darth Sidious, Olivia d'Abo replacing Cree Summer as Luminara, Meredith Salenger replacing Tatyana Yassukovich as Barriss Offee, Liam Neeson replacing Fred Tatasciore as Qui-Gon Jinn, and Brian George and Blair Bless replaced Daran Norris as Ki-Adi-Mundi and Even Piell.
  • The intro is replaced with an explanatory narration (voiced by Tom Kane) accompanied with clips, again to keep the series in-line with the CGI series. The "inspirational quotes" are also carried over to the series.
  • The entire soundtrack is replaced by a new soundtrack by Kevin Kiner.

The Clone Wars (movie) (re-released October 7, 2016)

The poster for the Ultimate Edition of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • The 20th Century Fox logo and fanfare were added in the opening due to the studio distributing that version.
  • The opening narration was replaced by a crawl that has most of the same text as the narration.
  • The story is adjusted to make it more like a space opera rather than a family film.
  • All unfunny jokes are removed or changed.
  • The runtime is extended to 140 minutes with newly-animated scenes.
  • The existing animation is completely redone from the ground-up to match the quality of later episodes.
  • The four episodes that were edited together for the series ("Castle of Deception," "Castle of Doom", and "Castle of Salvation", as well as a standalone flashback episode, "The New Padawan") are now more connected to each other.
  • The entire soundtrack is replaced by one composed by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra to better fit in with the live-action movies.
  • The tone is much, much darker, to match the live-action films.
  • Much of the dialogue is replaced.
  • The lightsaber duels are redone with motion-capture to be more tense, like in the live-action films.
  • The scene where Anakin and Ahsoka silently smile at each other for an inordinate amount of time aboard the gunship was removed due to Tim Johnson finding it "creepy".
  • A 35mm filter is added to give the impression of being shot on film.
  • Many voice actors are replaced to keep the movie in-line with the live-action movies, though an alternate language track keeps the original voice actors. This includes Hayden Christensen replacing Matt Lanter as Anakin, Ewan McGregor replacing James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Natalie Portman replacing Catherine Taber as Padmé, Frank Oz replacing Tom Kane as Yoda, Ian McDiarmid replacing Ian Abercrombie as Palpatine/Darth Sidious (as in the series), and Temuera Morrison replacing Dee Bradley Baker as the clone troopers. In addition, Rosario Dawson replaces Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka in the 2020 Ultimate Edition set, though Eckstein's audio is kept in a separate track.

The Clone Wars (series)

  • Jar Jar’s characterization is altered to match the redone prequels, and Danny DeVito replaces Ahmed Best and BJ Hughes as Jar Jar. In addition, all scenes that featured the character were reanimated to use the new design.
  • Ian McDiarmid replaces Ian Abercrombie and Tim Curry as Palpatine/Darth Sidious, to keep the series in-line with Star Wars Rebels.

Revenge of the Sith (re-released November 10, 2016)

  • All digital stunt doubles are replaced.
  • The space battle of Coruscant is shown in much more detail, with a massive dogfighting sequence, a Munificent-class frigate being taken out in a kamikaze attack on its bridge by an ARC-170, and several Separatist ships crashing into Coruscant and causing mass destruction.
  • Grievous is redubbed to eliminate his Eastern European accent and maintain consistency with other works.
  • The super battle droids are redubbed to sound like their Clone Wars counterparts.
  • Before Anakin kills Dooku, Palpatine shouts to Anakin that Dooku revealed to him that he paid the Tusken Raiders to kill Shmi (the booklet revealed that Palpatine was lying when he said that; he was the one who paid the Tusken Raiders to do the deed so that Anakin's journey toward the dark side would begin, and that Palpatine framed Dooku, believing that Dooku was no longer of any use to him).
  • Jar Jar's "excuse me" line is removed. He has a brief exchange with Anakin instead; Jar Jar tells Anakin that he's proud of him for his loyal service to the Republic.
  • The reference to the previous film's now-excised lake scene is removed.
  • Instead of complaining about joining the Jedi Council but not becoming a master, Anakin begrudgingly thanks Mace Windu. In the discussion between Anakin and Obi-Wan afterward, Anakin suspects that his failure with Ahsoka may be the reason why he wasn't promoted to master.
  • Yoda is replaced with the puppet used in The Last Jedi, but he is still CG in action sequences.
  • Palpatine tricks Anakin by claiming Kane faked his death in the opera scene.
  • The line about Plagueis influencing midichlorians to prevent people from dying is removed.
  • General Grievous' death is much more graphic, in that instead of shooting Grievous, Obi-Wan instead uses the Force to crumple his cybernetics and crush his organs, before throwing him into a passing Vulture Droid. His line "So uncivilized..." is changed to him remarking that the Jedi could've taken Grievous down a lot earlier if they just used the Force.
  • Mace Windu is the only Jedi to confront Darth Sidious, adding more to his character. Agen Kolar, Saessee Tiin, and Kit Fisto are shown to have survived Order 66 and later joined the Rebel Alliance.
  • Mace Windu's line "The oppression of the Sith will never return! You have LOST." is redubbed with Mace, much angrier, shouting "You and your kind will never threaten galactic stability again!"
  • Instead of merely cutting Mace's hand off, Anakin blocks him from striking down Darth Sidious, leading to a short sequence in which Anakin duels Mace, ultimately prevailing, cutting off his hand and sending him falling. A new scene also shows Mace landing on a parked airspeeder, and contemplating getting back to the Jedi Temple to warn everyone of Palpatine and Anakin's betrayal, only to realize he wouldn't make it in time, so he finds transportation offworld before Order 66 is issued, foreshadowing The Last Jedi.
  • The motive for Anakin turning to the Dark Side is changed back to the idea that Lucas even filmed: a seduction of power.
  • Padmé realizes that Anakin is falling to the Dark Side sooner; once Anakin leaves for Mustafar, Padmé brings in Mon Mothma, Bail Organa, and other senators to plan the birth of the Rebel Alliance, known in its embryonic stage as the "Phoenix Rising Movement", to symbolize the Republic rising from the ashes. She then follows Anakin to Mustafar, carrying a knife, and although they embrace upon meeting, Padmé tries killing him, but can't because she loves him too much. Obi-Wan then shows up, Anakin freaks out and Force-chokes Padmé, and Obi-Wan does battle with Anakin.
  • Aayla Secura survives when Commander Bly refuses to comply with Order 66, helping her fake her death instead. Later films show that Secura and the 327th Star Corps joined the Rebellion. The booklet explained that the bio-chips had been retconned, and that several entire clone units besides the 327th either feigned compliance (such as the 212th, as Cody knew Obi-Wan could survive) or outright refused to comply (several comics and novels have shown such units). All of the dissenting clone units joined the Rebellion as its early main fighting force before their ranks were worn down by casualties, accelerated aging, and lack of any way to make new clones due to Kamino's failed uprising in 17 BBY.
  • Operation: Knightfall is shown in full, from Anakin killing Gate Master Durokk to his duel with Cin Drallig, and everything in between. Him slaughtering younglings is still kept discrete, and when he does kill them, it cuts the clones in the grand hall fighting both Jedi and Temple Security Guards alike.
  • The assassination of the Separatist council is much more graphic, showing Anakin brutally killing each member, ending with him Force-throwing Nute Gunray into the lava.
  • Obi-Wan's line "You have done that yourself!" is changed to "This is your own masterpiece".
  • Obi-Wan's line "Only a Sith deals in absolutes. I will do what I must." is shortened to "I will do what I must".
  • Anakin's line "From my point of view, the Jedi are evil!" is shortened to "The Jedi are evil!", as it was already obvious that this was his point of view.
  • Anakin's line "I HATE YOU!" is deleted. He instead gives a guttural scream.
  • Rather than losing the will to live, Padmé's death is changed to her simply fainting from the physical strain of giving birth to twins. The medical droid's lines about her dying, and Padmé's funeral, are consequently removed, and replaced with a new ending showing Padmé going into exile on Alderaan. This was to keep in-line with Obi-Wan's comment in Return of the Jedi that Padmé died when the Death Star destroyed Alderaan as George Lucas retconned that Obi-Wan lied about Padmé to protect Luke and give him an incentive to fight Darth Vader (the booklet that came with the set elaborated that Vader sensed her presence on the planet, and, realizing that Sidious lied to him, was incredibly angry, taking it out on Obi-Wan and later Tarkin, but kept this revelation hidden from Sidious, and that this event began his four-year journey back to the light). The original scene was the result of poor communication between Sheldon Johnson Jr. (who had written and directed Return of the Jedi).
  • Anakin (in his burnt form) is last seen being led away in the life-support chamber on Coruscant. Before that scene, a new scene was added in which Darth Sidious tells a burnt Anakin about Padmé's supposed death at Anakin's hands while on the ship, with Ian McDiarmid and Hayden Christensen brought in to film this scene. It is also made very clear that Sidious was lying when he said Padmé was dead. In addition, all shots showing Anakin on the operating table are excised.
  • The Darth Vader armor is changed to resemble his armor in Rogue One and A New Hope, though with certain elements and details taken from the early Ralph McQuarrie concepts. This is to show that the armor is an early version with less advanced technology.
  • All dialogue in the Darth Vader scene is removed (with the exception of Sidious' line "Lord Vader, can you hear me?"), and his infamous "Noooooo!" is replaced by an alternate take of Mufasa's death scream from The Lion King.
  • Luke and Leia are not named so as to avoid spoilers. In addition, the scene in which their separation is being discussed was shortened, and Bail Organa was removed.
  • When Yoda tells Obi-Wan about Qui-Gon, the Force Theme is replaced by Qui-Gon's theme.
  • Tarkin's brief cameo is expanded upon, with Darth Vader and him now having an exchange of dialogue regarding Tarkin knowing Vader's true identity. This scene was shot during principal photography for Rogue One, with Guy Henry's face being replaced with a CG version of a younger Peter Cushing.
  • The line about C-3PO having his memory wiped is removed; the booklet explains that the reason he doesn't appear to remember Obi-Wan in A New Hope was to protect Luke.
  • The scene showing Yoda going to exile on Dagobah is reinstated.
  • The ending scene of Obi-Wan handing Luke to Owen and Beru is altered; Obi-Wan's face is never shown, and the scene was redone to look less fake. Luke's closeups were removed, and the eopie is replaced with a combination of go-motion and puppetry.

A New Hope (re-released January 10, 2017)

  • A subwoofer channel was added to the lightsaber audio to give extra depth.
  • R2-D2’s lights change color (red/blue, yellow/green) when they flash to match the rest of the saga.
  • Blinking red lights were added to Darth Vader’s chestplate to match the rest of the saga.
  • The scenes of Luke on Tatooine (including those set on Tosche Station) were restored and reincorporated into the film, with a new backdrop for the scene where Luke looks at the ships fighting, and the original shot of the ships was replaced with a new shot featuring more detailed ships, and macrobinocular graphics are added to the shot. New shots of Luke driving his landspeeder to Tosche Station are added, using a body double with Mark Hamill's face digitally added, and the woman shouting, "I've told you kids to slow down!" is now voiced by Tress MacNeille. The scene of Luke getting out of his speeder is preceded by a shot of Tosche Station (namely, the original background for the scene in which the speeder travels to Mos Eisley), with Luke and the speeder composited in (the body double and the speeder are in front of a green screen). Here is an idea of what the first part looks like.
  • An extra audio layer to Vader’s voice was added, one with a robotic-type filter, given a one-frame delay and the pitch was lowered very slightly. This extra layer mixed with the original gave Vader’s voice a very subtle difference to match it closer to the Empire Strikes Back voice.
  • David Prowse's eyes behind Darth Vader's mask were digitally erased.
  • A blue glow was added to the Falcon’s engines where missing (or wrong color), as was a pink glow to Rebel fighter engines where missing.
  • The 1954 recording of the 20th Century Fox fanfare was replaced with the John Williams-composed rendition from The Empire Strikes Back, so as to fit in with the rest of the saga which uses a Williams-composed fanfare as well.
  • The Star Wars logo was slowed down to match the speed in the rest of the saga.
  • The crawl was re-colored.
  • The third moon of Tatooine was added to match the number seen in Attack of the Clones.
  • The pan down was retimed so Tatooine appears at the correct musical cue.
  • The Tatooine matte rotates slightly as the ships fly overhead.
  • The flight path of Tantive IV was changed so it can be seen the whole time the Star Destroyer is coming overhead.
  • The blue hazing as the Star Destroyer’s engines come into view is removed.
  • The laser bolt that hits Tantive IV was re-positioned so it hits the spot that explodes.
  • The explosion as the Tantive IV is hit is changed to remove a lot of the smoke.
  • Tantive IV reacts to the hit and has its engines fail.
  • The starfield is sped up as Tantive is hit to match the speed it had been going in previous shots.
  • The announcement to Tantive interior from the radio drama is added.
  • The original klaxon only heard in the original 1977 mono mix is restored.
  • The Tantive IV is deeper in the docking bay and is being grasped by the pinchers.
  • The Imperial breaching scene is re-edited, partially to remove continuity errors where troops can be seen dying more than once and to eliminate flip shots.
  • The full-screen pink flashes when blasters are fired are removed.
  • Lasers were added to blasters that were fired with no bolt.
  • A laser that came from the sight of one of the blasters is removed.
  • The jump cut after the droids cross the hallway in the middle of the fight is fixed.
  • The dead Stormtrooper’s head that hit the floor as Vader enters is sped up.
  • Laser blasts were added to the hallway behind 3PO as he’s looking for R2 so that a trooper doesn’t just trip and fall.
  • The jump cut when R2 extends his third leg after Leia leaves her message is smoothed.
  • A bit of the set was shortened so it doesn’t look like R2 is going to hit the wall after heading towards 3PO.
  • The jump cut when R2 starts to roll forward after 3PO worries about the Spice Mines is smoothed.
  • A continuity error with the Stormtrooper’s legs standing behind Vader as he tortures Captain Antilles is fixed.
  • All of Leia’s dress now glows when she is hit by the stun blast.
  • The closeup of R2 opening the escape pod door is extended so his attachment retracts.
  • The escape pod interior is re-colored blue in some shots to fix continuity errors.
  • Some rotation was added to the escape pod as it blasts off.
  • The trajectory was changed so that the escape pod heads downward as the Star Destroyer gunners watch it.
  • The view outside the escape pod window was replaced so that the Star Destroyer has the Tantive IV in its underbelly and recedes at a different rate than the stars.
  • The twin suns were added to the shot of the escape pod heading towards Tatooine and the pod enters the atmosphere at the end.
  • The blue color from the pod hatch on the ground in all shots showing it is removed.
  • The sky is changed in several shots to match the other shots.
  • The appearance of matte lines on sand dunes is reduced.
  • The sandcrawler shot removed from the Special Edition is added to replace the light reflection in the distance when 3PO thinks he is rescued.
  • New sky for when R2 travels through the rocky part of the desert, as well as the first long shot of the Sandcrawler.
  • The restraining bolt mark on R2 was removed before he gets it attached.
  • The restraining bolt was moved to correct position immediately after it is attached.
  • R2’s eyepiece was darkened so you can no longer see what looked like Kenny Baker showing through.
  • Elements were added from previous shots to the Gonk droid shot due to bad levels on the 2004 DVD.
  • 3PO’s eye lights that flash off as he stands to greet R2 were removed.
  • The skyline and rocks from the dark shot of the Sandcrawler were enhanced to closer match how it appeared pre-Special Edition.
  • The CGI dewbacks were replaced with go-motion versions.
  • More sandtroopers and dewbacks were added to the search. A shot of sandtroopers looking inside the escape pod is added, though the bolt isn't revealed until the line "Look, sir, droids".
  • The sky in the SE shots of the Sandtroopers and Sandcrawler were re-colored so the color the sky is less saturated and closer matches the sky we see at the homestead.
  • The bushes were removed from the shot looking up at Luke from the pit to match the shot without bushes looking from the top.
  • Beru’s voice was changed to Shelagh Fraser's original voice taken from the 1977 mono mix, instead of the one used on every home video version.
  • The SE moisture vaporators that were added to the long shot of the homestead but missing as Luke headed towards the droid lineup are added.
  • The wire seen coming from 3PO’s neck is removed.
  • The word "R2" in Luke's line "This R2 unit's got a bad motivator!" is replaced with "R5" from the Radio Drama.
  • A new shot of R2 after R5-D4 explodes was added to eliminate the reused shot of R2 with R5 next to him.
  • The ILM crew member disguised as a Jawa was removed from the shot of R2 heading to meet up with 3PO.
  • The spot of pink sky as 3PO wonders why he sticks his neck out for R2 is removed.
  • Leia’s “Help me” lines loop through the scene and are synced with the holo image.
  • All missing glows to R2's holoprojector were added.
  • The shot of Leia’s hologram from behind was removed.
  • 3PO coming out of the garage behind Luke was added so he no longer appears next to him a few seconds later.
  • The macrobinocular shot was redone to match the set around Luke, ending with a closeup of 3PO’s face to match where Luke is looking when he puts them down.
  • The light-droid’s tracks from a previous take were removed.
  • The treadwell droid was removed as Owen shouts for Luke to match where it was in the shot from above.
  • A fly on the lens of the camera in the same scene was removed.
  • The scene where Luke and C-3PO look for R2 on the speeder was reinserted, though the scene was enhanced due to being shot on a rear-projection screen originally. Anthony Daniels was called in to dub over his dialogue.
  • The Special Edition landspeeder the Sandpeople are watching as it sped up towards the end of the shot is slowed down.
  • The music as the Sandpeople mount their Banthas is remixed to fix the horrible cut in the original.
  • The macrobinocular graphics were redone as Luke watches the Banthas.
  • The rock covering the wheels on the landspeeder prop is removed.
  • The rock R2 is hiding behind, added in the 2011 Blu-ray release, is removed.
  • The original Krayt Dragon call Ben does to scare off the Sandpeople is restored.
  • The color of the sky behind Ben is changed in some shots to match others.
  • A new matte for Ben’s hut replaces the original and 1997 versions.
  • The scene at Ben's hut was rearranged back to how it was in the Lost Cut.
  • The extra ornament to Ben’s table that Leia’s holo is being played on that is visible in all the other shots is added.
  • The cloak behind Luke as his ignites his father’s lightsaber for the first time that is present in all the other shots is added.
  • The jump cut as Luke activates the lightsaber is smoothed.
  • The reveal of the Death Star takes place at Scarif in the aftermath of the battle depicted in the climax of Rogue One. A new shot of the Profundity’s remains is added.
  • The music now continues into the Death Star conference scene, which contains the Emperor’s Theme.
  • The conference scene now begins with General Hurst Romodi and Colonel Wulff Yularen arguing over whether or not Tarkin was right to fire on Scarif, with Yularen believing Tarkin just wanted Krennic out of the way in an act of wanton egotism. New dialogue from Cassio Tagge (voiced by an impersonator) helps to segue into the original scene (Tagge states that Tarkin will be the Empire's undoing). For this scene, Andy de la Tour was joined by a group of studio extras during principal photography for Rogue One; Yularen was dubbed over by his voice actor, Tom Kane, in post-production.
  • A line from the Radio Drama was added to an Admiral whose mouth moved but nothing was heard.
  • The planet Scarif and a Star Destroyer in orbit were added before the shot of Vader entering Leia’s cell.
  • The writing on the torture droid’s needle was erased.
  • The first shot of Mos Eisley as the landspeeder goes into the city is replaced with a new one, as the original reused a shot of Tosche Station.
  • The Special Edition Scurriers are removed.
  • Some changes to the Special Edition Mos Eisley content were made.
  • A new shot is added to get rid of the Special Edition droid slapstick while being able to keep the music cues.
  • The sandtroopers on the left side of the screen (which are a flipped shot of those on the right) are replaced.
  • The Special Edition shot of the Ronto being buzzed by the swoop bike knocking off its Jawa riders is replaced with an enhanced and extended version of the original shot, though the new buildings are kept, as well as the landspeeder (though the latter is a model instead of CGI).
  • The Special Edition Ronto that walked in front of the Stormtroopers as they approach the landspeeder is removed.
  • The rock that moves on its own as Obi-Wan persuades the Stormtroopers is fixed.
  • The SE floating droid that flew behind the interviewing Stormtrooper is removed, and the shot is zoomed in closer on him.
  • The badly-composited Special Edition Ronto that wasn’t there in earlier shots as the landspeeder is moved along is removed.
  • A Special Edition ship is moved so that it flies behind a moisture vaporator instead of in front of it.
  • The Special Edition patrons that enter the Cantina are removed, though they were moved to the shot that once featured the Ronto.
  • The original "Wolfman" creature is reinstated.
  • The bloody furry arm that Obi-Wan cuts off is replaced with a cauterized human arm (Dr. Evazan's).
  • The tiny alien no longer misses its mouth with the cup as the Stormtroopers are pointed to Obi-Wan.
  • Greedo’s “Going somewhere Solo?” subtitle appears as he’s saying it instead of it being there as the scene starts.
  • The look of the burned-in subtitles on the original film is recreated.
  • All closeups of Greedo are refilmed to match the Greedo costume that Paul Blake wore on-set during principal photography (the original closeups were shot during reshoots, using a different-looking Greedo costume).
  • The poor dummy shot of Greedo about to explode was removed.
  • HAN SHOOTS FIRST. End of story.
  • The planet Scarif was added to the Death Star establishing shot, along with a Star Destroyer leaving the system as the Death Star is now operational and no longer needs an escort.
  • The stormtrooper dialog as they search for the droids door-to-door is replaced with the dialog from the 1977 mono mix.
  • The Special Edition Jabba scene is changed, removing the CG Jabba in favor of Declan Mulholland as Heater, one of Jabba's agents; Han still refers to him as "Jabba" once as a crack at his weight, according to the booklet that came with the Ultimate Edition set. Dialogue repeated from the Greedo scene is replaced, with Harrison Ford and Maurice LaMarche dubbing in new lines, explaining that Jabba gave Han the Falcon as a reward for his efficient smuggling, and that if Han disappoints him, Jabba will take back the Falcon and sell it for scrap, on top of putting a price on his head. Boba Fett is retained, though he no longer looks at the camera.
  • The R2 unit next to 3PO is recolored to red as they approach Docking Bay 94, and a glimpse of R2 in front of the party is added to correct a continuity error.
  • A line from 3PO about R2 being careful is added.
  • The fade to inside the docking bay that was missing from the SE is added.
  • The Falcon’s dish is added in the docking bay shot, and the docking bay is expanded.
  • The docking bay shootout is re-edited to fix some continuity errors.
  • The issues with Han's “wobbly” wrist as he fires is fixed.
  • The missing middle strut is added to all the Falcon's cockpit window scenes.
  • What looked like Obi-Wan ducking down the hallway behind Han as he pilots the Falcon is removed.
  • The SE shot of the Falcon lifting off from Docking Bay 94 is redone to use models and mattes instead of CGI.
  • The Falcon escaping Tatooine was enhanced to be more visually dynamic.
  • A Star Destroyer was added for the Falcon to dodge.
  • The additional Star Destroyers were replaced with better-looking ones.
  • The Falcon actually does “a few maneuvers” after Han claims to be able to lose them, rather than just list lazily to the left.
  • The random flashes outside the cockpit are replaced with laser blasts.
  • The stars no longer spin as the Falcon goes to lightspeed.
  • The Death Star interiors are changed to a colorless grey to have a warship feel and better match with the grey interiors of the Death Star II and Death Star III in Return of the Jedi.
  • Alderaan is moved to come into the long shot of the Death Star approaching later and further away.
  • The rear-projected image of Alderaan in the Death Star control room is replaced with a moving image of the planet that grows closer in each shot.
  • The Death Star cannon shot is altered to look like it does in Rogue One.
  • The explosion of Alderaan is replaced to be larger and more realistic.
  • The wobbly blade on Luke’s lightsaber as he is training is fixed, and the retracting effect as he turns it off is added.
  • The holotable game pieces are enhanced to look more like the other holograms in the saga, and a reflection is added on the table.
  • The reused closeup of R2 in the Death Star is replaced with a new background of the Falcon interior.
  • The jump cut as Luke turns off his saber for the second time is fixed, and the retracting effect is added.
  • The color was added to the remote’s laser in close up; this was missing from the 2004 and 2011 Special Editions.
  • Vader’s line "I told you she would never consciously betray the rebellion" has the second part restored: "unless she thought she could destroy us in the process". This was to make Vader's empty gesture in all prior releases make more sense.
  • A new scene in which Vader confers with Sidious on Alderaan's destruction is added, in which the latter voices his fury that Tarkin chose Alderaan, of all planets, rather than an uninhabited planet like Shola. He also tells Vader he has his permission to kill Tarkin if he makes one more mistake, adding that Alderaan's destruction is an event they cannot hope to spin in a positive manner, and that it will be a major propaganda victory for the Rebellion. Sidious is only seen from the side or from behind to give mystery to the character. Sidious' hologram was shot immediately after the new ROTS scene with Sidious and Anakin, while Darth Vader's shots were filmed during principal photography for Rogue One.
  • The misaligned engine glow while the Falcon is in hyperspace is fixed.
  • More asteroids and the beginning of a belt when they reach where Alderaan was is added.
  • The random flashes as the TIE flies past the cockpit are replaced with laser blasts.
  • A tiny Death Star is added to the shot where our heroes first notice it, replacing the point of light.
  • The exterior docking bay mattes are replaced with ones that match the interior matte.
  • The matte of the Falcon entering the docking bay is enhanced to match the rest of the shots, though the crane is kept.
  • The height of the docking bay entrance in the long shot is changed after the Falcon lands. The crane is also added to the matte.
  • A glow around the docking bay entrance is added in all shots.
  • A moving starfield outside the docking bay entrance is added in all shots.
  • Vader’s lines about returning the stolen plans to the princess is moved a few frames earlier to match his head gesture.
  • The display graphics in the small control room the heroes take over is re-colored.
  • The sound of blasters being fired at the Stormtroopers whose armor the heroes steal is replaced with Wookiee yells and punches to explain the lack of burn marks on the armor.
  • All of the SE-censored blaster impacts are un-censored.
  • An Imperial officer’s uniform as the heroes wait for the elevator is darkened to match the color in the next closer shot.
  • The guard who runs down the cell block hallway is actually shot instead of just falling over as the scenery next to him explodes.
  • The armor pieces falling off of Mark Hamill are fixed.
  • The obvious cover up of the hole the Stormtroopers blast through to get into the cell block is removed.
  • The gun from the rack that the heroes took as they left is removed to fix a continuity error.
  • The matte of the tractor beam control is enhanced with Stormtroopers and a retracting bridge.
  • Han’s shot into the garbage masher is realigned so it hits its target.
  • An audio error as Luke and Leia split up from Han and Chewbacca that sounded like someone spitting is fixed.
  • The Special Edition shot of the many Stormtroopers as Han chases them is re-composited to look more natural.
  • An extra laser bolt is added when Han’s gun fires but no laser was seen.
  • The sound of a laser blast when no Stormtrooper has fired at Luke and Leia as they reach the chasm is removed.
  • An impact blast is added to the Stormtrooper across the chasm who falls over when the scenery next to him explodes.
  • The wide shot of Luke and Leia swinging across the chasm is enhanced to give the impression that they are higher up.
  • Vader's badly-brightened chestplate is darkened again.
  • The lightsaber duel is reshot to make it faster-paced. Obi-Wan is depicted using a stuntman with Alec Guinness' face digitally added. This scene was shot during principal photography for Rogue One. Here is an idea of what it looks like.
  • The shadows of Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as they wait for their cue to meet up with Han and Chewbacca are removed.
  • Vader’s long saber is shortened in some shots.
  • R2’s leg support is removed as he heads towards the Falcon.
  • The blue haze is removed from around the edge of the hanger bay entrance.
  • The continuity error when the door Vader is standing in is removed; the door could be seen closing twice.
  • The Falcon escaping the docking bay is enhanced by making it accelerate faster.
  • The holotable that wobbles when Luke pushes against it is fixed.
  • A faster moving starfield is added to each gun port window and Falcon cockpit shots.
  • New Falcon targeting displays with TIE graphics instead of just arrows were created.
  • The motion blur is removed from the shots of Luke & Han in the gun port as the TIEs approach.
  • The scene is re-edited slightly to accommodate longer exterior shots.
  • The incorrect X-Wing sounds heard during the battle are replaced with the correct TIE sounds.
  • Some new exterior shots of the Falcon getting chased by the TIEs are added.
  • Laser blasts are added coming from the Falcon so that it is firing at a consistent rate and not only when it’s an interior shot.
  • The Falcon now gets hit by a laser blast that knocks 3PO over.
  • The background behind R2 after the battle is replaced, the original shot having been reused from the Death Star control room.
  • A new shot of the Falcon in the hyperspace tunnel is added.
  • A blue tint is added to the conversation between Han and Leia in the cockpit to show the lighting from the hyperspace tunnel.
  • Views of the interior of the hyperspace tunnel to the Falcon cockpit windows are added.
  • The shots of the Falcon entering the Yavin system are re-arranged, and the first shot is enhanced so the Falcon is shown coming out of hyperspace.
  • The Falcon now heads towards the surface of Yavin IV faster.
  • The sky when the Falcon is heading over the trees is replaced to better match the following shots.
  • A shadow from the Falcon is added on the trees it flies over.
  • The shots of Leia and co. meeting up with the Rebel leaders are flipped to correct numerous errors (Han’s blaster on the wrong side, backwards R2, etc.).
  • The hanger bay is expanded and the cardboard cutout Rebel fighters are replaced with models.
  • Several characters from Star Wars: Rebels are added with speaking parts, including Hera Syndulla, Alexsandr Kallus, Garazeb Orrelios, and Chopper. Hera, Kallus, and Zeb are portrayed by uncredited extras, and dubbed over by Vanessa Marshall, David Oyelowo, and Steve Blum, respectively, while Chopper is portrayed using the same prop from Rogue One and "voiced" by Dave Filoni.
  • The display in the Rebel briefing room is enhanced with new CGI fading into the original vector graphics.
  • The lights in the Rebel briefing room are turned down and brought back up when the meeting is over.
  • Col Takbight (a.k.a. Fake Wedge)'s voice is dubbed over by voice actor Troy Baker, though David Ankrum's voice work as Wedge is retained. This is due to Takbight being played by a different actor (Colin Higgins), who was the original actor for Wedge before leaving the production. Higgins is also added to the credits.
  • All blue Rebel insignias on helmets are re-colored to red.
  • The graphics of the Death Star destruction in the briefing is made more in line with the one in Return of the Jedi.
  • The shot of Yavin and the Death Star is replaced so that Yavin matches the SE Yavin.
  • The graphics for the Death Star viewscreen are replaced with new graphics resembling the Death Star schematics in Attack of the Clones, and the rear projected shots are re-composited.
  • The countdown clock to when the Death Star will be in range matches the time stated by the voiceover.
  • The missing engine is added to the Y-Wing that Han is stacking boxes near.
  • The wide shot of the Rebel hangar bay's interior is flipped.
  • Garvin Dreis' line about having met Luke's father as a boy is restored, serving as foreshadowing that Anakin and Darth Vader are the same person.
  • An extra stripe is added to one of the high view X-Wing shots to remove the repeated “Red Leader” X-Wing shots.
  • Luke’s X-Wing heads towards the camera and retracts its landing gears.
  • The background of the temple recedes as Luke leaves the hanger.
  • The first shot of the stormtroopers running down the hallways in Return of the Jedi (which is unused footage from this film) is added. New shots of troops running down the corridors to their guns were also added, to show that they're preparing for the battle.
  • All Rebel command center shots are re-edited to fix issues where the image has been flipped (3PO's dent on his head keeps swapping sides and Leia keeps changing position), though 3PO's reaction to R2 getting hit is kept.
  • Hologram schematics are added to all shots of the tactical table in the middle of the command center.
  • Most SE shots are replaced with new shots created at Industrial Light & Magic, while remaining SE shots are replaced with the originals.
  • Yavin is added to the background of several shots to give the viewer a point of reference.
  • More Rebel fighters are added to the background of several shots.
  • Starfields are added to shots that had none.
  • Several blank backgrounds seen out of the cockpit windows are replaced.
  • Various flip shots of the pilots in their cockpits are replaced.
  • Red Leader’s microphone is moved to the correct side in at least one shot.
  • Red 4 (John D. Branon) and Red 12 (Puck Naeco) have slightly bigger roles, using previously unused footage from the film.
  • The Blue and Green Squadrons are added, including two R-22 Spearhead A-Wing fighters.
  • The Death Star surface is added to several shots.
  • R2 is recolored blue in shots where he was still black.
  • The blue lights that flash when the Death Star turrets are firing are re-colored to match the green they actually fire.
  • Numerous alternate and new shots created during principal photography of the Death Star attack sequence in Episode 18 of Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Space War are added to add more motion to originally sterile backgrounds. In several shots, one of the fighters is clearly being flown by Nepgear, an editing mistake that was corrected in the 2019 reissue of the Ultimate Edition.
  • A shot of Porkins getting hit is added.
  • The "we'll have to destroy them ship-to-ship" scene is moved to the Death Star's bridge, and is slightly extended with a brief argument taking place between Vader and Tarkin over scrambling the TIEs, eventually leading Vader to impale Tarkin with his lightsaber, declare that he is permanently relieved of command, and orders all TIE Fighters scrambled. This scene was made during principal photography of Rogue One. All shots of Tarkin after that are removed, with a scene featuring Chief Moradmin Bast communicating with an officer about whether the officer should have Bast's ship standing by and one last shot of Bast instead of the Bast/Tarkin scene and the final shot of Tarkin, respectively (Bast was played by an uncredited actor with Leslie Schofield's face CG'd on, and Schofield dubbed his voice in post).
  • The second shot of the Imperial troops running down the corridor in Return of the Jedi, along with two new shots, were added.
  • Instead of six TIE Fighters, the station's entire complement of TIE Fighters is scrambled. These shots are stock footage from Episode 18 of Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Space War.
  • A shot from behind a TIE pilot is added.
  • A shot of a TIE pilot exploding in the cockpit is added, again using unused footage.
  • Fighters chasing each other are added in the cockpit backgrounds.
  • Luke’s line “Blast it, Biggs, where are you?” is replaced with “Blast it, Wedge, where are you?” from the mono mix.
  • The X-Wing targeting display is replaced to match the display in the MS-DOS game Star Wars: X-Wing.
  • The shot of Vader's TIE and wingmen taking off is replaced by a new shot made for Episode 18 of Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Space War.
  • A new matte for the trench approach is created to lessen the change between the 2D image and the model shot.
  • The colors of the X-Wing displays are enhanced.
  • Ships are added in the trench when they should be seen.
  • An alternate shot of a TIE pilot is used so that the shot of the wrong pilot dying could be replaced with a new shot of the correct pilot.
  • Tiree now cries out in pain and is visibly electrocuted. Tim considered having his eyes pop out and blood splatter on the screen, but realized this would be too much. This idea was used in Episode 18 of Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Space War.
  • Red Leader’s X-Wing is now seen hitting the surface.
  • A new scene with the Blue and Green Squadrons attacking the superlaser is added.
  • The window behind Vader’s head in his TIE is blacked out.
  • Dialogue is added from the radio drama of Luke yelling for Biggs after he dies.
  • R2’s explosion as he gets hit is enhanced, and the explosion still going on in the next cockpit shot.
  • The damage seen as they remove R2 from the fighter is added to R2 in the next shot of him.
  • The TIE next to Vader’s that explodes a few frames after its hit is fixed so that it explodes as its hit.
  • A lens flare is added to the Falcon’s dramatic entrance.
  • The shots of the Death Star gunners commencing primary ignition are replaced with previously-unused takes of the same shots.
  • New shots of the remaining fighters flying away from the Death Star are added, and the shots of them preparing to fire are rearranged.
  • Vader’s TIE now gets darker as it flies away from camera.
  • R2’s damaged dome is recolored to blue.
  • A lens flare is added to the skylight behind Leia.
  • Cameos from George Lucas as he appeared in 1976, Tim and Chloe Johnson, Sheldon Johnson, Jr., and Gareth Edwards are added to the Rebel soldiers lined up.
  • The background in the following shots was altered to match the shot of the heroes walking down the stairs.
  • Using alternate shots, Leia manages to find time to give Chewbacca a medal.
  • Chewbacca has a medal in all following shots.
  • Drewe Henley and Denis Lawson's names in the credits were corrected.

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Holiday Special (aired November 17, 2016)

EVERYTHING. These are just some of the examples:

  • Malla's full name is now Maltabuk, Itchy's full name is now Ichitux, and Lumpy's full name is Lumpawaroo (his nickname is also changed to Waroo), all of which are given in the credits.
  • The special is condensed to 45 minutes.
  • All padding is removed.
  • Many of Waroo's closeups are removed. The few that remain are edited to look less creepy.
  • The score is completely replaced with one composed by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Scenes featuring the Jefferson Starship and Diahann Carroll are cut.
  • Luke's face is greatly altered to remove Mark Hamill's makeup and replace his hairstyle, and some of his lines are replaced with new lines dubbed by Matthew Mercer (Luke's voice actor in the 2017 version of Star Wars Battlefront II).
  • Every song is removed from the special.
  • Most of Harvey Korman’s scenes are removed, with the exception of Krelman.
  • All stock footage from A New Hope is replaced with either new shots or stock footage from Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Space War.
  • Opening logos are added.
  • The "A long time ago..." card is added.
  • An opening crawl is added, reading: "After the destruction of the Death Star, the entire galaxy is celebrating. An old holiday tradition, known as LIFE DAY, is being held for the first time in decades. However, the GALACTIC EMPIRE is issuing a curfew across the galaxy, in search of the smuggler Han Solo and his faithful copilot Chewbacca, who assisted in the Battle of Yavin. Unaware of this, the duo decides to return to the desert planet of TATOOINE, so that Han can hook up with an old friend...."
  • The order of scenes is changed, with the special starting on Tatooine. Bea Arthur is kept, though.
  • All onscreen English text (with the exception of the opening and closing) is replaced with Aurebesh, the alphabet used in the saga.
  • The special is given a film grain effect.
  • A brief shot of Han and Jenny (a deleted shot from ANH) is added. Han's remark when he hears the Empire place a curfew, "Some troops have nothing better to do with their time" is an alternate take of Han's "What is it, some kind of local trouble?" from the original film, dubbed over by Harrison Ford.
  • The cockpit of the Millennium Falcon is replaced with the more realistic one from the movies. Han and Chewie are digitally transplanted into the new cockpit.
  • The scene with Darth Vader and Chief Bast (which was a deleted scene from A New Hope) is replaced with Vader in a conference room with several other officers discussing on whether the curfew should be held or not, with Vader expressing concern that the curfew could be another propaganda victory for the Rebellion following the destruction of Alderaan. This scene was done during principal photography for Rogue One. Darth Vader's role is also expanded upon.
  • The matte painting of Chewie's home is replaced with a model shot.
  • All scenes with Chewie’s family are significantly shortened.
  • C-3PO explains that the Rebels moved their base to the planet of Kijimi, and that Leia's mannerisms are the result of her getting caught in the Life Day spirit (this is used to explain Leia's mannerisms in the special).
  • The Imperial commander who holds a search in the Wookiee home is referred to as Commander Rader (a reference to his actor, Jack Rader).
  • The officer in the wallscreen declaring that the Empire is placing a curfew on the "Kazook" planet is redubbed so he says "Kashyyyk".
  • The Empire is depicted as having a motive for the trashing of Lumpy's room; they did this out of paranoia that his room could have Rebel data hidden, and a new scene shown towards the end has Vader Force-choking Commander Rader for his failure.
  • A rather large-scale action sequence is added in which the curfew proves to be the last straw for the Wookiees who, with the assistance of the Ghost crew and Bly's clone troopers, revolt against Imperial rule on Kashyyyk and engage in a massive firefight on the beaches of Kachirho City as in Revenge of the Sith. This climax was made to fill the time from the removal of the Nelvana-animated cartoon.
  • The Wookiees no longer wear red robes on Life Day.

The Empire Strikes Back (re-released February 14, 2017)

  • The words "Luke Skywalker", "Hoth", and "Darth Vader" are capitalized, to match other crawls in the rest of the saga.
  • Spaceship/snowspeeder transparency issues were fixed.
  • Starfields were replaced or enhanced.
  • As many garbage mattes were fixed as possible.
  • R2’s black panels were recolored to blue
  • The opening crawl was recreated
  • The juddering starfield as camera pans as probes fly away from the belly of the Star Destroyer was fixed.
  • Flames now envelop the probe as it enters the atmosphere
  • The pink streak when the probe crashes wa
  • Footprints visible in the snow when the probe crashes are removed.
  • Crater debris was added when probe emerges to match previous close-up shot
  • The Taun-taun's stop motion animation is smoothed.
  • The shot of the probe crash when Luke sees it is flipped to match the first time it is seen.
  • The binoculars display is enhanced.
  • A new shot of Han on his Taun-Taun when he is speaking to Luke is added.
  • Apart from one shot, all SE additions of the Wampa are removed so as to reinstate the creature’s “scare factor”.
  • A new Wampa puppet is used for the shot where it's about to grab Luke.
  • The Wampa’s arm is flipped as it looks like he is back swiping Luke; this was due to the wrong arm being used during filming.
  • A boom mic reflection in Luke’s goggles was removed
  • A new matte of the rebel hangar entrance was created.
  • The Falcon's turret gun in all studio set shots were changed to match the studio model
  • The hair color on the rebels when Leia is watching Han as he enters command center are swapped to help fix an issue with a flipped shot
  • Anthony Daniels' neck, which is visible while Han calls over the Deck Officer, is covered up.
  • The position of the lightsaber in the snow is altered so it is more covered to match the way it is buried in other shots
  • Luke’s legs position is changed from open to closed when hanging form ceiling of cave to match their position as he tries to break free
  • Luke’s saber now retracts as he runs out of cave
  • The size of the hangar interior when seen from outside the hangar doors is expanded in the shot where R2 is using his scanner, and more troops/pilots were added
  • The scenery when Han walks away from his Taun Taun is altered slightly
  • The scenery seen outside of the hangar before they close the doors is changed
  • A continuity issue where the door starts to close twice in this scene is fixed
  • A “force” glow is added around Obi-Wan’s ghost
  • A motion blur is added when the Taun Taun falls
  • Two shots when Han cuts open the Taun Taun are flipped to fix a continuity issue
  • Lightsaber scorch marks are added when the Taun Taun is cut open
  • The original music cue for the snowspeeder search scene, previously only heard on the soundtrack, is restored in lieu of the music from the Bespin escape at the end of the film
  • Cockpit displays are added to snowpseeders
  • Clouds are added to the background of the snowspeeder as it flies around a mountain to help fix continuity issues
  • Many of the transparent cockpit issues in snowspeeders were eliminated throughout
  • The color of chest box decal is changed from green back to the correct blue
  • A new snowspeeder as Han waves and the speeder's shadow are added
  • Two speeders are now seen entering the hangar
  • The Bacta tank color is changed to red (its original color was supposed to be red but the overhead lighting was too bright and it bleached out the redness of the tank while filming)
  • A new shot of the probe leaving the Shield Generator is added
  • The problem of the mound Han is behind during the wipe having the debris from the destroyed probe already covering it is fixed.
  • The probe now continues to move as it fires at Chewie and actually shoots at Chewie instead of firing towards a different area
  • The two shots we see of the probe now match, where originally the lighting completely changed between shots and had eliminated all detail in the scenery
  • Missing blast flashes are added to all guns throughout movie
  • The “wobbly” panel when Leia presses the console button is fixed
  • The path of the Star Destroyer in first fleet shot is altered so it doesn’t look like it is just dropping down the frame
  • The path of distant Star Destroyers is altered to give them a more natural movement
  • The problem of TIE flying behind the Star Destroyer tower causing scaling problems is fixed, and all TIEs aside from a Bomber are replaced
  • The shadow seen on the underbelly of the Executor in the close-up shot is altered to match other shots.
  • The blue screen matte problems of the rear side of the Star Destroyer tower on the Executor underbelly shot is fixed
  • Missing TIE engines are added on all shots throughout movie
  • The TIE Fighter that heads towards the Executor taking a strange path is fixed, and the positions of the Star Destroyers are altered
  • A Star Destroyer is repositioned and new TIE Bombers are added to the close up shot of Vader looking out the window
  • The matte of the Executor's bridge is altered in all shots
  • The background of Vader is altered to a more correct background when he is talking to Ozzel
  • A new Rebel transport hangar matte is added to correct scaling issues
  • The object next to Han that gets knocked while he is talking to Luke, yet appear in original position in next shot, is fixed
  • “Blue” engines are added to all Star Destroyers
  • An atmosphere glow is added around Hoth in all shots it is missing
  • The display when Vader chokes Ozzel is enhanced
  • A matting issue when Vader chokes Ozzel where Piett’s body can be seen through the display surrounding wall is fixed
  • The distant view of Hoth battlefield is altered to fix continuity issue as original was heavily mist covered, yet not when we see the At-At’s
  • The original shield generator mattes are replaced with a miniature model in all shots
  • A new hangar entrance shot is added where a trooper is viewing the battlefield
  • The displays in command centre as they prepare to fire Ion Canon are enhanced
  • The Ion Canon is enhanced with a new background and added troops
  • The “First Catch” Imperial officers are moved to the front window of their Star Destroyer to fix a continuity error as they would not see the planet from the side window.
  • More Star Destroyers are seen orbiting Hoth
  • The ion cannon blast is altered from red to blue
  • The Star Destroyer Tyrant now has escort from three Tartan-class patrol cruisers, one of which manages to destroy one of the X-Wings before Tyrant is disabled by the ion cannon and the Tartans destroyed by a pair of Assault Frigates
  • The transport and remaining fighter now go into lightspeed.
  • A new background is added to replace the destroyed landscape before a shot is fired as troops rush to the trench wall.
  • A new binocular shot at AT-ATs approaching is added
  • The red AT-AT window is removed as this is the only time we see the cockpit as red
  • Missing red markings are added to on-set Snowspeeders
  • A new shot of snowspeeders approaching battle is added
  • Missing or faded blue decals on the pilots' chest boxes are fixed
  • Snowspeeder flaps opening and closing are added to cockpit shots
  • The static AT-ATs when seen through the front of the cockpits are removed and replaced with animated ones and the correct number of AT-ATs in each shot
  • The Battle of Hoth is greatly expanded, now showing snowspeeders destroying AT-STs, Rebel PLEX Soldiers engaging AT-ATs, Rebel soldiers and snowtroopers clashing, and Y-Wing Bombers obliterating several infantry companies and an AT-AT before being shot down by TIE Fighters
  • A new shot of Aayla Secura carving her way through snowtroopers is added
  • A new scene in which the Ghost crew assists in evacuating the base is added, as is a shot of the Ghost destroying an AT-ST
  • The turret gun's barrels now repel when firing instead of being static
  • The small AT-AT seen through a side view of cockpit is removed because they are still nowhere near the AT-ATs at this point
  • A slight motion blur is added to AT-ATs to give them a more realistic movement.
  • The original shot of Vader’s hologram is replaced due to bad matting issues
  • Some minor visible damage to AT-AT neck as it falls is added
  • A missing frame from the “This one goes here, that one goes there” shot is added.
  • All traces of the wires used to fly some of the Snowspeeders are removed
  • A bad composite of Luke leaping as his Snowspeeder is crushed is fixed, as is the scaling of the AT-AT foot in this shot
  • Some of snowpeeders in background are replaced due to bad movement
  • The stick that knocks over the AT-AT Luke blows up is removed, and Luke can now be seen in background.
  • An AT-ST now gets crushed by the falling AT-AT when it blunders underneath.
  • A blast mark that was already on turret prior to it getting hit is removed
  • Cracks are added to the speeder window as Luke crashes to match the following shots
  • Missing detail on the crashed snowspeeder set is added.
  • The missing decals on Luke’s chest plate as he is getting out of the speeder is added
  • The visible studio set walls during close up of the AT-AT foot is removed
  • Some shots of troopers retreating are replaced due to a blurred Blu-Ray transfer
  • The shield generator explosion is now depicted using a model
  • Some backgrounds are changed during battle for better continuity between studio and location shots
  • When Luke slices open the AT-AT panel, his lightsaber now correctly doesn’t overlap the outer panel of the AT-AT
    • As a joke, a scene was shot where the grenade Luke tosses in lands in a lavatory, where a snowtrooper is sitting on the toilet reading a porn magazine called Naboobies; this shot wasn't in the final movie, but was available as an easter egg on the home video release as well as part of a blooper reel for the new scenes made for the Ultimate Edition released on YouTube; the scene is a recreation of the first sketch in the first Star Wars Robot Chicken special
  • The problem with the shorter helmet and missing lights on Vader as they enter the command centre is fixed
  • A wall just before the explosion as the Imperials enter the commend centre is added as there was originally already an entrance, so they didn’t need to blow their way in
  • New shots of Vader slicing his way through rebel soldiers are added.
  • A new hangar miniature set is added to replace the original matte painting
  • Chewie going up the ramp when we already see him doing the same thing during the first wide shot was removed.
  • Motion blur is added to the Falcon's gun as it emerges as it was sped up originally and looked fake
  • A jump cut as the snowtroopers are blasted is smoothed
  • A new shot of the Falcon leaving the hangar
  • The transparent cockpit just after “punch it” line was fixed
  • Luke now turns around just as the Falcon appears instead of completely out of time
  • New shots of transports taking off are added
  • The X-Wings that appear as Luke leaves Hoth are replaced due to matting/ lighting issues
  • The X-wing display showing readout of what R2 is saying to Luke was stabilized and changed
  • New model Falcon and TIEs are added in many shots to fix scaling/compositing/matte box issues
  • The position of the Star Destroyers when seen from underneath is changed to fix continuity errors.
  • The Imperial Officer that walks away from window as the Star Destroyers collide, while all the others are falling over, is removed, and a camera shake is added
  • New larger asteroid field
  • The blue engine to the Falcon in all shots is added
  • Blast debris to large asteroid as TIEs shoot and hit it was added
  • New asteroid canyon created on Soundstage 12
  • Light reflection on tunnel wall as the Falcon enters the cave was added
  • Atmosphere glow to some shots as Luke approaches Dagobah was added
  • New shot of X-wing entering atmosphere
  • Jump cut as the x-wing crashes through the trees was fixed
  • Added camera shake to Luke’s cockpit as it crashes on Dagobah.
  • New Dagobah matte using miniatures with X-wing in correct position to match the studio version and replaced stop motion bogwings with CG versions
  • Luke's "you're lucky you don't taste very good" line is reinstated.
  • The “glue” from Vader’s helmet as it is placed upon his head in meditation chamber was removed
  • The problem with Vader having “no neck” in the helmetless scene in the meditation chamber was fixed
  • The problem of Harrison mouthing Carrie’s lines while inside the asteroid was fixed
  • The visible head of Frank Oz was removed
  • Yoda now takes a bite out of the food stick
  • The “greeblies” falling off 3PO’s when he interrupts Han and Leia were fixed.
  • The problem of the Star Destroyer tower just disappearing when hit by an asteroid was fixed
  • The Emperor hologram is reshot with Ian McDiarmid so he matches closer to his ROTJ appearance than his ROTS “fatter” version; aside from that, the original 1980 dialogue exchange is reinstated, though it is still McDiarmid's voice instead of Clive Revill's.
  • Visible signs of plastic sheeting on floor through mist in asteroid belly were fixed
  • The tool in Han’s hand with a blaster when he shoots the Mynock was fixed.
  • Some Executor interiors were enhanced to provide a more logical layout and reduce positioning errors.
  • The position of Yoda as Luke puts him down is changed to fix continuity issue with following shots
  • The color of R2’s “eye” is enhanced so that is now red/blue instead of pink/purple
  • Extra eyes were added to the lizard in “dark side” cave to give it a more alien look
  • Glow reflections from lightsabers on certain shots were fixed
  • You now see Vader’s saber ignite instead of being fully lit, although we hear it igniting
  • Luke’s “bent” saber blade was fixed
  • The jump cut of Vader’s mask exploding to reveal Luke's face was fixed, and the dummy head was replaced with Mark Hamill's.
  • Subtle facial movement to Bossk were added
  • Jason Wingreen's voice is reinstated for Boba Fett; the booklet explains that Boba installed a voice changer in his helmet to hide his parentage from the clones serving in the Rebellion, as well as prevent the Rebels from trying to capture him to harvest genetic material.
  • Visible wires were removed from stone during levitation scene
  • The ground that bows under Luke as he walks past Yoda saying “You want the impossible” is fixed
  • New matte as X-wing approaches Luke
  • Shot of Yoda climbing up the mound is added to fix continuity error with his position between shots
  • Needa’s shuttle was replaced with Lambda class version
  • Needa’s blink as Vader’s cape swipes past him after he dies is removed.
  • Anthony Daniels visibly moving while 3PO is turned off is fixed.
  • Slave 1 now flies behind the Falcon at a greater distance
  • Certain shots while approaching Cloud City were changed to fix continuity errors with the placement of the sun/clouds
  • Landing platform matte paintings were replaced with a version that closer mattes the new buildings seen in the SE and to remove duplicate mattes
  • The added SE window at the end of the corridor, that suddenly disappears in the next shot, was reverted back to the pre-SE version
  • Obi-Wan’s ghost was recomposited so he no longer looks tiny and enhancing his glow and transparency
  • New Cloud City mattes throughout
  • The missing engine glow to pod as it flies through Bespin city in the SE additional shot is added
  • The open SE window behind Lando while he betrays Han and Leia is fixed so it remains open in the following shots.
  • Laser bolts deflecting off Vader’s hands and hitting the walls which were missing originally, yet you could see the blast marks on the walls, were added
  • The added “sparks” in junk room added for the Blu-Ray were used but the blanket color filter that badly applied to that shot was removed
  • The crew reflection on 3P0’s head on conveyor belt was removed
  • The shots of Luke approaching Bespin were replaced
  • A slight heat haze when Han is tortured was added
  • The missing lights from Vader’s chest plate during this scene were added
  • Anthony Daniels' face visibly covered in gold foil when Chewie is reassembling him was removed
  • The problem with Han in carbonite wearing his ANH shirt instead of the ESB version he was frozen in was fixed with a new prop
  • The problem with the door that closes behind Luke having a raised section on the floor that R2 couldn’t have possibly have gone through was fixed. This section now raises as the door slams shut
  • The Boba platform mattes were changed and the missing cockpit window as it takes off was added
  • The transparent shadows in the shot of Lando and company on the SE balcony were fixed and the balcony was raised. Also, R2 in this shot was replaced with the pre SE version as the SE one was badly rotoscoped and composited
  • Vader's visible saber blade as it ignites was removed.
  • The problem of Vader’s blade disappearing for a frame was fixed
  • The jump cut as Luke steps out of the tunnel was fixed
  • Luke’s saber switching off as he is sucked out of the window is fixed
  • Enhanced chasm mattes to fix continuity issues
  • Vader’s saber can now be seen switching off
  • Saber burn marks to walls were added
  • New 3D enhanced vane matte
  • Squib markers on walls and Stormtroopers where lasers will hit were removed but they were added when missing
  • Smoke to R2 as he tries to open door was added in the wide shots
  • Turned off lights in corridor ceilings to fix continuity issues were added
  • Vader's original line "Bring my shuttle!" is restored to reinforce that he has absolutely no time for any nonsense after having such a traumatic experience with his own son.
  • SE additional shots of Vader walking to shuttle and the shuttle approaching and docking with Executor were added.
  • Fleeing ships to skyline after Lando calls for the evacuation were added
  • The piece of the Falcon Chewie knocks 3PO’s head into was fixed so it doesn’t break.
  • 3PO was removed from behind Chewie in the cockpit when R2 had already dragged him away
  • The missing gun sight from one shot of Leia’s gun was added
  • The Falcon now takes off and retreats faster and the landing gears now retract
  • A flashing red light on platform floor was added to fix continuity issues
  • Luke’s hand getting severed was changed so it doesn’t look like his hand is underneath his sleeve
  • Lightsaber burn marks were changed when Vader slices through the poles and removed the silver tape
  • A shot of Luke where you can see his hand underneath his shirt is altered so it is now less visible
  • Luke falling was flipped as originally it looked like his left hand is severed
  • Vader’s wobbly helmet during the gantry scene is fixed
  • The Falcon in the shot where it swoops over the cloud was replacedso it now flies into the closest cloud before swooping around the farthest one
  • Space shots of the Falcon leaving Bespin were altered
  • The shot of the Falcon heading towards the Executor being pursued by the TIEs was altered so that the TIEs now fire at the Falcon instead of in a different direction
  • A shot of Vader walking towards the front bridge windows was added to fix continuity problem
  • 3PO’s leg in his hand was fixedso it doesn’t change position between shots.
  • The backgrounds of Vader when he telepathically talks to Luke were fixed to remove a continuity problem
  • Smoke to Falcon's pit as R2 falls down it was added
  • The continuity error of Piett changing sides of the bridge was fixed.
  • Droids were added to exterior medical frigate window shot as it pans from the Falcon
  • Luke’s “fake” arm was replaced so it doesn’t look like his arm is a model
  • 2-1B can now be seen deactivating to fix continuity error
  • The visibility of the “spinning star” as seen through the window was changed to fix continuity issues
  • New ships were added to the fleet, including A-Wings, B-Wings, an Assault Frigate, and two Venator-class Star Destroyers
  • New Falcon as it undocks to fix transparency issues with original and throughout this scene to fix trajectory
  • Clive Revill's name in the credits is replaced with Ian McDiarmid's as the Emperor.

Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (aired November 25, 2016)

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (aired November 25, 2016)

Return of the Jedi (re-released March 26, 2017)

Almost all of the edits made in the 1997, 2004 and 2011 Special Editions were reverted, as Tim saw them as disrespectful to his father Sheldon's work (a 70mm print was used for reverting the edits). The one change that wasn't reverted was the Praxis effect on the destructions of the Death Star II and the Death Star III, which even Sheldon stated was the one change he approved of. Tim did oversee several new changes, though, including those listed under "General" (all with Sheldon's approval):

  • The lower quality matte paintings were replaced with miniatures or digitally enhanced versions.
  • The puppetry for the Max Rebo Band was improved further.
  • Shots of Han in carbonite were altered so he is wearing the shirt he was frozen in.
  • Leia’s "I’m here" line in Jabba’s palace was fixed, as it was pitched way too high and sounded nothing like her.
  • The Boba Fett flipped shots in the palace were fixed.
  • The actors' eyes seen behind the Ewoks' eyes, as well as the eyes and necks seen behind the Scout Troopers' helmets, are digitally erased.
  • The Battle of Endor was expanded with newly-filmed scenes at the Chetham Grove section of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park (where some of the original scenes were filmed), as well as the addition of several more new pilots (human, alien, and Wookiee), several of whom were cut from the original film. New special effects shots filmed at Industrial Light & Magic were added.
  • Vader's arm stump was shortened.
  • The two shots of the Imperial troops and soldiers running down the Death Star III (which was unused footage from A New Hope) were replaced with new shots. The original shots were used in the Ultimate Edition of A New Hope.
  • The shot of the throne on Coruscant exploding in a kamakaze attack was enhanced.
  • Luke's obvious painted hand as the camera pans up to the fireworks is fixed.
  • The songs "Yub Nub" and "Victory Celebration" were replaced with a new song composed by John Williams.

Bonus Features

  • Deleted scenes for each film

2020 bonus features

Reception

Upon release, the Ultimate Editions were critically acclaimed.