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Phil’s Top 5… Changes George Lucas Made To The Original Star Wars Trilogy

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: we take a look at the BEST changes George Lucas Made To The Original Star Wars Trilogy.  Yes there were some!


Close but no cigar: Storm Trooper Bumping His Head (Added Sound FX), Jabba The Hutt’s Door (MUCH Bigger), Biggs (an actual character this time)


5 – Cloud City – Empire Strikes Back
In the enhanced editions, Cloud City looks like a city with enhanced backgrounds, digital mattes and more.


4 – Lightsabers – A New Hope
Subtle changes yes but this gave the lighsabers more heft and brought them inline with the latter films.3 – The Galaxy celebrates – Return Of The Jedi


3 – The Galaxy celebrates – Return Of The Jedi
Whilst I always loved THAT song, the scene felt a little low key for what was the end of the Empire.  The new scenes give a much bigger feel of scope.


2 – Ian McDiarmid as The Emperor – Empire Strikes Back
The original Emperor looked less than impressive and using McDiarmid ties Empire in with the prequels and Return Of The Jedi.


1 – FX Enhancements
See the Jawa’s sand crawler in A New Hope, the removed Matt lines in Empire Strikes Back, the X-Wings in A New Hope… these subtle changes show us the BEST of the technology on offer and how it can help to improve older films.



About Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden
Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years and now writes and edits for his own site Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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