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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Missing Return of the Jedi footage
Like many dorks of a certain age, I'm an unapologetic fan of the original Star Wars trilogy. One of my first memories is of my father taking me to see The Return of the Jedi at the Washington Square Cinemas and pestering him to read Jabba the Hutt's subtitles aloud. Along with everyone else, I lament everything George Lucas has done with the franchise post 1983. After years of watching him completely botch the new films and add distracting CGI additions to the originals, he's finally done something right. For an upcoming release of the films on Blueray, he'll be adding a long lost scene to Jedi.
It's a brief, 50-second bit that begins at the 2:00 mark of the video above. A fan at an annual Star Wars festival in Disney World filmed it during a presentation. In it, Darth Vader shoots Luke a message via The Force as he tinkers with a lightsaber. It's not much but it has me geeking out like those fans of Metropolis who go nuts every time someone finds an old print with additional footage tucked away somewhere in Argentina.