Drew Stewart received the call at 2am: They broke up the universe again, you should check it.
Stewart has done something he has done countless times before. he has no idea how many. He revolved around Star Wars . But this time it was literally different. The galaxy had changed, like a mistake in the matrix (if you allow a mixed cinematic metaphor). And it was not the first time.
As the person behind a Twitter account called Star Wars Visual Comparison Stewart is a kind of unofficial guardian of the Apocrypha, who sometimes makes subtle, sometimes extraordinary changes to her creators in three Star Wars A New Hope The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi . These changes to the canon are the stuff of many nerd debates, and Stewart has followed them closely. That's why he re-watched A New Hope on the day at Disney + with the entire Star Wars catalog in 4K resolution (pretty!) At 2:50 am , What he found was another crease: a all-new, completely different shooting between Han Solo and the lizard bounty hunter Greedo.
I've just spent a week with the changes to this scene since 1977 – when Han originally killed Greedo in cold blood in the Mos Eisley Cantina – Stewart knew he saw something out of the ordinary. He went with his findings to Twitter and one hears the existential desperation in his voice: "Oh my god. This is not a joke. Well, the first Star Wars movie came out in 1977. In 1981, Lucasfilm added the title "A New Hope" to the opening crawl, indicating that Star Wars is a genus rather than a species, and the restoration of this crawl required a new starfield behind it, so the huge spaceship you see in the opening scene had to be reassembled OKAY Then, in 1997, the "Special Editions" with all sorts of new visual effects – new X-Wings and a digital Jabba the Hutt in A New Hope And, perhaps most controversially, Greedo gets a shot in front of Han. "It takes about 20 pictures or so Greedo shoots and Han just sits there and finally shoots back in. Twice he shoots twice I do not know how they animated that and got through quality control, "says Stewart.
"Then we released the DVD version that came out in 2004 and there was a lot of change," says Stewart – including a re-planning of the shootout. "And then the Blu-rays came out in 2011, and there were more things." For example, they have shortened the break overall.
And the version that is now running on Disney +? "It's a whole new thing, I just do not get it," says Stewart. "Greedo's deployment This is just the shot of Greedo a few seconds ago, but badly zoomed in. Then he says a nonsense and then shoot And it explodes. "This nonsensical word is not even translated in the subtitles. It is something like "maklunky" and it has brought Memes to life as it is now.
As a nerd, I take the liberty that in a way this looks like a little beer. Star Wars Creator George Lucas spent decades tinkering with his belongings before Disney bought his company and nominally closed the prints. Another change should not come as a big surprise, especially since Lucas, as a Lucasfilm spokesman confirmed, made the changes in the han / greedo scene after the release of Blu-ray in 2011 and before the acquisition of Disney in 2012 itself , For fans It is, however, something that takes the film one step further from what appeared in cinemas 42 years ago.