Darth Vader to Scream "Nooooo!" in 'Return of the Jedi' Blu-ray

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 16:25 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Darth Vader to Scream "Nooooo!" in 'Return of the Jedi' Blu-ray

Last week we found out that the forthcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of all six films comprising the Star Wars saga would feature some of the alterations for which George Lucas has become known since the Original Trilogy's theatrical Special Edition re-release led many a fan to declare, with no shortage of hyperbole, that Lucas had irreparably desecrated their childhoods. 

News of these new tweaks was received with a generally positive collective shrug, and I can see why, since that report included audio and visual improvements, as well as a CGI replacement for that stoned-looking Yoda puppet in The Phantom Menace.  That news implicitly promised more irksome changes, however, and today we may very well have found out about one.

Copies of the Star Wars discs have gone out to various outlets so that they may be reviewed in a timely fashion, and we'll surely be seeing more alterations both major and minor in the coming days, but for now, let's focus on this one, brought to our attention by Devin at Badass Digest.  Apparently, at the crucial moment during the climax of Return of the Jedi in which that malignant bastard Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is torturing Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) with lightning bolts, Darth Vader will now shout "No!"  He will do so not once, but twice, with the second one shouted emphatically.

Badass Digest has apparently had this addition confirmed by at least one source who has seen the new edition of Return of the Jedi.

This new bit is of particular interest principally because the previous instance of Vader shouting, "Noooooooo!" at the close of prequel Revenge of the Sith has been consistently and widely mocked for going on six years now.  Lucas, who likes a bit synchronicity between the two trilogies, presumably wished to increase the rhyming between the two final installments. 

The conclusion of Jedi previously caused a Vader-related ruckus in 2004, when the DVD release including a spectral Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, replacing Sebastian Shaw, who plays the unmasked Sith Lord.

To illustrate the change, an industrious soul out there prepared this, which syncs existing video with what is allegedly leaked audio of these new additions.

It's certainly not as showstopping melodramatic as the lurching, "Noooooo!" in Revenge of the Sith, but it certainly doesn't seem necessary, since Vader's internal struggle and subsequent choice are both conveyed clearly without a shout or two.  Whatever your thoughts, the new Blu-rays will be available starting September 16th; if you're pissed by this sort of thing, then you can avoid them, and if not, well then there you go.

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