"There’s the big one, of course, which is Han not “shooting first…” This change doesn’t actually alter the movies any more than a dozen others, but people like to cling to it because they can say that it’s not just a change to the effects, it’s a change to the character and his story, and this makes it look like their concerns about the changes to the films come from their place as high minded cultural critics with a deep insight into narrative, rather than, say, their desire for the movie to always look like it did when they were six.
The thing with this change is that it’s barely a change at all. Greedo was always ABOUT to shoot Han. It’s there in the dialog. He means to shoot Han and kill him in every version of the scene. Han never has shot Greedo in cold blood. That scene doesn’t exist except in the minds of some particular butthurt man children obsessed with a movie. So if Greedo always meant to shoot Han, the only difference is that in the altered versions he gets a shot off, and Han’s actions and motivations are identical.
So then why change it? It’s just a clarification. The idea that Greedo was about to shoot Han is clear from the dialog, but not as obvious visually, and as always Lucas wants these films to operate on a visual level first. Regardless of that you can say that if, functionally, Han’s motivations in both versions are the same, then the clarification is unnecessary. Which is funny, because that’s where the people complaining about the change prove Lucas’ point for him, since it should have been clear and easy to understand before the change, but it obviously wasn’t since these people, 18 years after the Special Editions came out, are still struggling to wrap their heads around it."
- Rick Worley www.rickworley.com/
The last sentence is priceless.
Firstly if Greedo missed from there then it makes him look stupid and a completely useless bounty hunter. Also it shows how relentless and unredeemable Han is at the start of the trilogy, and as it goes on we see him become more human and not just a criminal smuggler.
And this quote from Lucas: "what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer,"
At 9 years old I knew Solo wasn't a cold blooded killer. A ruthless bounty hunter had the drop on him and had just said lets step outside so I can kill you. Of course Han shot first otherwise he would be dead. If a 9 year old can figure out the morals of the situation I don't think Lucas needs to be so arrogant and dishonest about it. Plus he didn't need to insult the people who made his rich in the first place by saying they wanted Solo to be a "cold blooded killer". Defending yourself from certain death is not cold blooded. But that's modern Hollywood for you.
I read an article that sadly I can not find again that called Star Wars a happy accident - because in the first two shows Lucas was still listening to others. After Lucas got full control we ended up with Ewoks, JarJar and Jake Loyd (who I think suffered from bad directing more than bad acting). Not to mention the Lady Shaver communicator Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon used.
Oh - and BTW - great picture
Now the Blu-Ray changes.....those upset me lol.
I know I'm going to hate the new movie due to the expanded universe retcon but I'm still going to love it because it has lightsabers the force and John Williams writing the soundtrack.
As far as the Special Edition movies go, the only thing that really bothers me about them is Jabba's palace band in Return of the Jedi. The cg just stuck out like a sore thumb and I miss the weird 80s style alien funk, which seemed more fitting than the sounds of a big jazz band.
Also the special editions vary depending on which you get. The alien band's music change was a little weird but it got the point across ether way. Though I do kinda like the added animated members. Made them seem more real, of course though I would really like it if they did a another one with the even better CGI animations. I mean today my dad thought I was watching a LIVE ACTION MOVIE but really I was just playing the new Metal Gear Solid game and was a t a cutscene! HE THOUGHT IT WAS REAL PEOPLE! XD
Really nice piece. I just have a couple little nitpicks about the blaster bolt. First, at first glance it looks like a bit too much like a lightsaber. Second, it's at a slightly different angle than the blaster itself, which isn't a huge deal but it's one of those things you can't un-notice. Oh well. No biggie.
I'm curious: How much did you worry about matching up with the pose in the film? I'd go back and check for myself, but I have the special DVD "Han ducked out of the way" edition. I like the idea here; Han's not only literally shooting from the hip, but the whole pose just makes him look so lazy. It's so smug. "Yeah, I'm gonna kill you now without even bothering to move my arm." Great stuff.