Lost scene from Return of the Jedi revealed

I know this is an old news story, but after discussing it with a few friends and acquaintances who should already know about any breaking Star Wars news and don’t, I decided to draft a quick piece.

Star Wars fans are a patient lot, content to watch their favorite films adjusted, re-edited and re-released in various formats ( I kid). Ever since the original trilogy was released with added special effects and material to update its look and match the prequels, it seems that George Lucas may never be satisfied with the work done on the classic Star Wars movies.  A missing scene from 1983’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi was revealed at Celebration V   this past August to a roaring audience.

Via CinemaBlend:

The big news that came out of Celebration V today was that there are official plans to release the entire Star Wars saga, meaning episodes one through six, in a comprehensive Blu-ray package. While Lucas would not say which version of the original trilogy would be released, be it the original or the special editions, he did promise that they would include a long-lost deleted scene in which we finally see Luke building his lightsaber in Return of the Jedi. Said clip was shown during the announcement, and, lucky us, someone taped it.

TheForcenet on YouTube has uploaded the short clip, which clocks in at less than a minute, but is certainly a piece of history. In it, Darth Vader is sending a message to Luke about his destiny, before we see young Skywalker, concealed by a hood, building his lightsaber in a cave on Tattooine. You can almost hear the ground shake when he activates his lightsaber for the first time and it is guaranteed to send chills down the spine of every Star Wars fan.

TheForcenet on YouTube has uploaded the short clip, which clocks in at less than a minute, but is certainly a piece of history. In it, Darth Vader is sending a message to Luke about his destiny, before we see young Skywalker, concealed by a hood, building his lightsaber in a cave on Tattooine. You can almost hear the ground shake when he activates his lightsaber for the first time and it is guaranteed to send chills down the spine of every Star Wars fan.

There is a LOT of confusion surrounding the legitimacy of this ‘missing scene’ as Mark Hammill has stated in 2009 that he has no memory of filming the scene but this past Summer proudly introduced what was referred to as his first scene in the final film, intended to open the movie (CinemaBlend has done an incredible job of accumulating all the contrary evidence here).

We may never know the true story, but I for one am excited about added material being edited into Return of the Jedi that actually matches the original movie (even if it was created in an editing lab using CGi models).

Of course that statement may sour after the release of the Super-Duper-Special-Edition Hologram Box Set is released in 2020.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s