George Lucas, director of arguably the greatest science fiction franchise in history, has once again raised the ire of fans for altering Star Wars for no apparent reason other than he can.
Lucas is set to release a Blu-ray box set of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on September 16th. In the set are all six features, and 40 hours of extras that include previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage and three new documentaries. But instead of being content with bestowing a generous helping of unreleased material upon the viewing public, Lucas seems to have used the release as an excuse to once again rewrite our cultural heritage.
Just as he did in 1997 with the re-released theatrical versions of the first trilogy - in which he infamously altered the scene where Han Solo (Harrison Ford) shoots Greedo at the Mos Eisley Cantina - Lucas has decided that the series needed further enhancements.
Some might forgive digitizing puppet Yoda or using CGI to make the Ewoks blink, but there have been catcalls from all corners over Lucas making a once-silent Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi now helplessly cry "No!" when the Emperor zaps Luke Skywalker with lightening, thus turning a pivotal moment into howling camp.
Fans might rant and rave online, but many will no doubt find the unreleased footage too irresistible to avoid, once again proving themselves susceptible to Lucas' Jedi mind tricks.
Darth Vader shouts at the Emperor in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi/20th Century Fox