Both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi have also seen lots of changes over the years. Empire is the most pristine, though the inclusion of a scream to Luke’s final fall is largely frowned upon (tweaks to the Wampa battle and Cloud City are among the most accepted). Jedi not only added the truly embarrassing “Jedi Rocks” sequence to Jabba’s Palace, but Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker to the film’s final moment and more. There are lots of others too, which you can see here.

And while it’s entertaining/infuriating to see the changes in the films presented in this manner, most of it is very well-known. Some of the more surprising additions are the subtle changes made to the 2011 Blu-ray release in terms of color and clarity. Nevertheless it feels like the original films, as they were first released, are forever lost to history. Maybe one day Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox and Disney will figure something out. Until then, videos like this are some of the best preservations of the history of Star Wars.

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[Marcelo Zuniga, H/T Collider]

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