Who shot first? Han? Greedo? Who cares. MACLUNKEY!
Disney + hit the market this morning. This is one of the most discussed scenes of the cinema, the encounter between Han and Greedo in the Mos Eisley Cantina, for the most part inexplicable. For reasons that nobody but George Lucas knows at the moment, Greedo has in a super short but newly inserted clip "MACLUNKEY!" Announced before he made his failed reception in Han.
The change was first noted by ] StarWarsVisComp a wonderful Twitter account that tears apart the myriad of different editions of Star Wars and highlights their endless (and sometimes very subtle!) Differences.
To change things: Apparently this cut came from George Lucas – the undisputed champion of cinematic change after its release – which was supposedly inserted years ago during a 4K restoration that included the Light did not see the day until now.
Comparison clips have already begun to reach YouTube:
And yes, for the curious: the "Maclunkey" line is really [1 9459013] in the Disney + version. If you have Disney +, you will find it in "A New Hope" at 50:52.
So, what is a Maclunkey? Nobody knows. As Uproxx points out, the rest of the conversation is subtitled throughout the conversation. But Maclunkey? This is left to the interpretation of the viewer.
Until we get further explanations, I think it's the Rodian / Huttese equivalent of "Uh, fuck it". Did you find a stain on your shirt 10 minutes after work? Maclunkey. Want to make a cheap shot at the nastiest smuggler in the galaxy without bothering to aim? Maclunkey. Have you added a new foreign dialogue to your classic movie, but forgot to write a translation before sending it? Maclunkey!