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“Star Wars” Blu-rays feature new digital alterations

“Star Wars” Blu-rays feature new digital alterations (photo)

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Here we see George Lucas, on the set of 1983’s “Return of the Jedi” inspecting one of the film’s Ewoks and probably saying something along the lines of “These puppets stink. Can’t wait until I can make them digitally blink.”

That’s right “Star Wars” purists: your sacred text is being futzed with once again by its creator. Gird thy outrage, nerds! As Badass Digest first noted and Moviefone confirmed, Lucasfilm has made some minor (but apparently hugely important) changes to the original “Star Wars” trilogy for their Blu-ray release on September 16. The Ewoks now blink. Darth Vader now bellows a “NOOOOO!” to echo his similar howl at the end of “Revenge of the Sith.” And Obi-Wan now makes a different noise or something in one scene of “Star Wars.” And it’s a huge deal.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. That’s not just a truism of life, it’s a truism of “Star Wars” — Episodes IV through VI are littered with echoes of themes, scenes, and motifs from Episodes I through III. Anyone who hasn’t learned by now that George Lucas will continue to tweak “Star Wars” until the day he dies deserves all the sleepless nights they suffer as a result. True, a few of the changes Lucas made to the original trilogy when he released the Special Editions of “Star Wars” in the 1990s had a big impact on those films — Han shooting Greedo first does arguably change the way we see that character and his arc. But Obi-Wan emulating a fictional dragon with a new voice? Seriously: what’s the difference? Unless he’s naked when he does it, I don’t see how this changes my enjoyment of “Star Wars.”

I guess Vader letting out a big ol’ “NOOOO!” right at the climactic moment of “Jedi” could affect the way that film’s read (it could also make it kind of silly — as the “NOOOO!” in “Revenge of the Sith” did to that film). This fan mockup of what this scene could potentially look and sound like, though, is no big whoop.

If you want to make the argument that these changes are all about money, you definitely can. Completists who buy every version of “Star Wars” just so they can compare them all will buy the new Blu-rays and obsess over them like the Shroud of Turin. And casual fans will buy the Blu-rays because they want them in that new format and not even notice the difference. Either way, Lucas profits. But the outrage, at this point, is ludicrous. It’s not shocking; it’s the norm. If Lucas didn’t change anything for once, that would be surprising.

Will Lucas’ changes to the “Star Wars” Blu-rays affect whether or not you buy them? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…