George Lucas is at it again!
With the Star Wars franchise getting set to hit Blu-Ray later this year, Lucas is taking the opportunity to “tweak” the films yet again. Some of the tweaks are to address technical issues with the DVD releases of the films, including cleaned up images, a better transfer, addressing color timing in the light saber battles and removing obvious puppeteer hands in certain shots.
But Lucas wouldn’t be Lucas if he weren’t also doing a few other tweaks and surprises to all the films.
“Once again, George has apparently added a few new “surprises” into these films. I don’t know what they are and didn’t get to see any of them on Friday, but I was assured that there will be “new things to notice” when we watch the films. I think we can safely assume that one of them will be the new all-digital Yoda in Episode I,” says Digital Bit. “Way back when Episode III was released on DVD, ILM digital effects supervisor Pablo Helman confirmed to me that the puppet Yoda in Episode I was replaced with a digital version to better match his appearance in Episodes II and III. In fact, the Episode III DVD extras includes a clip of the Episode I digital Yoda. However, this Blu-ray set is really the first opportunity we’ll have to see it in full. What the other changes to these films may be, I have no idea, but I suspect there will be no lack of blog posts on this very subject within hours of the first discs becoming available to fans.”