First the Greedo-shot-first controversy, now this.
George Lucas has reportedly made some additional tweaks to the original “Star Wars” trilogy, which is making its much-hyped Blu-ray debut in September (along with those other three chapters in the Jedi story) via the release of “Star Wars: The Complete Saga.”
According to a post on the blog Badass Digest — found via Vulture — Darth Vader now dramatically screams the word “Noooo” twice during the climactic “Return of the Jedi” scene in which he takes down the Luke-electrocuting Emperor.
The addition of a second “Noooo!,” which now synchs up with a much-derided Darth-screamed “Nooo” from “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” has hard-core fans of the greatest space epic of all time flailing their light sabers in furious anger. (Some clever person has supposedly laid the revised audio track over the original “Jedi” scene via the YouTube video above, which is only adding fuel to the fire and will likely be removed swiftly from the Internet by Fox.)
“It’s true?! Noooooooooo!!!!!,” wailed one commenter on Badass Digest.
“I don’t have a Blu-ray so I was never going to buy this,” adds another, “but now I wonder if there is a way to ANTI-buy something.”
And those aren’t the only alleged changes. (Using the word alleged here because I don’t have my copy of “Star Wars: The Original Trilogy” yet and cannot independently verify what the Digest blogger says he has confirmed.)
In addition to the Vader tweak, Obi Wan Kenobi supposedly makes a new dragon call noise in “Star Wars” when he scares away the Sand People on Tatooine. And in “Jedi,” apparently the Ewoks now blink, but no one seems particularly upset about that because most people never gave a Wicket about the Ewoks.
Of course, all of this fury overshadows the pre-existing fury about the fact that Lucas still refuses to issue the non-special-edition versions of the film on Blu-ray. But maybe Skywalker loyalists are so accustomed to their anger over that abomination that they’ve reached the acceptance stage and moved on.
(Just kidding. They totally haven’t.)