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1.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the original, 26 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Star Wars IV: A New Hope (Limited Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
I wonder if George Lucas could be breaching the trade description act? Here we have a DVD being sold largely on the strength of it being the 'original' theatrical version released in 1977. Yet, for those of us old enough to remember the original, one very special scene from the original has been deleted, the meeting between Han Solo and Jabba the Hut in Mos Eisley, where Jabba is a human, (hence Han Solos comment as he boards the Falcon). It was this scene in particular which for me highlighted one of the huge changes between the original and the later version. So, come on George, why did you delete it? And why did you then have the audacity to market it as the 'original'?

Certainly, I must have a different version of the DVD to B. Abraham as he gives the distinct impression that this scene is in his version of the 'original'. Otherwise it is how I remembered. The one star is for the unacceptable deletion of the Jabba scene, which had it been left in would have been a great piece of nostalgia, and for film enthusiasts would have shown how the franchise developed over the years.
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Initial post: 2 Nov 2007, 22:05:16 GMT
Think you need to re-think that one. You say the scene with the 'human' Jabba would have been nice "for those of us old enough to remember the original", but in fact this scene was never part of the original release. While filmed in 1977, the scene was not included in any format until the Special Edition came out. True, it could be interesting to have included the scene untouched by CGI just for comparison, but the version included on this DVD is 100% the original theatrical version (I own a 1983 VHS recording of the film and can assure you the scene is not on there!).

Posted on 7 Jul 2008, 15:13:39 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 Jul 2008, 15:23:01 BST
Lee Thomas says:
No Ken,

I too can assure you that scene isn't on the original 80's VHS releases as I had them recorded off the TV back then. I also bought the videos just before the special editions came out. Yea I remember the advert well "Last time on video, then they're gone"!!!

George Lucas was a swindler back then too!

I'm pretty certain that the scene with the human Jabba was a behind the scenes out-take, using an actor to stand in as Jabba, before they decided on the look for him.

Take care.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Dec 2008, 17:07:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Dec 2008, 17:09:14 GMT
DP says:
Hi,
just to reassure you this scene was never ever in any release of Star Wars. Some people (including myself) have false memories of it being there because we saw it in documentary snippets from the 1980's.

Interestingly the actor seen in the scene you remember (Declan Mulholland) was never ever intended to appear in the finished cut of the movie. Right from the get-go the idea of the scene was to film it with an actor and then optically print it with an alien (possibly) done with stop motion animation (presumably not an alien with a big tail tho!). When in post-production Lucas realised this method couldn't be achieved satisfactorily he just abandoned the idea altogether and cut the scene.

Lucas drew over Mulholland for the 1997 SE edition of A new Hope to create a result of sorts. Lucas finally got to film a scene this way from start to finish when he made Star Wars Episode II in 2002. In this movie Obi Wan meets a character called Dexter Jettster. The scene was achieved by filming Ewan McGregor with an Australian actor to achieved the feeling of weight and texture and then drawing over the actors performance with CG technology.

Posted on 17 Sep 2010, 12:15:44 BST
Blue_fox says:
Ken, you're a moron :-)

Posted on 29 Sep 2010, 15:23:06 BST
I'll add my voice to the chorus: The scene with Jabba was NOT in the original. I watched the films from a little boy and remember the shock of seeing Jabba appear in the special edition at the cinema in 1997.

Posted on 18 Jul 2011, 10:14:35 BST
Cobaltmotari says:
Oh no! ONE SCENE! You're upset over ONE SCENE! Because of the absence of ONE SCENE, you feel the need to give the DVD one star, essentially calling it the lowest possible quality...all because of ONE...BLOODY...SCENE! It's TOTALLY NOT COMPLETELY IMBICELIC ON THE REVIEWER'S PART!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2011, 01:52:04 BST
ToxieDogg says:
Don't worry too much about his 1 star rating...if you check out the 5 star reviews, I deliberately gave the movie full marks (although I enjoy it anyway) just to help 'restore balance to the Force' as it were, and also to explain why this specific review is complete garbage.

Posted on 18 May 2014, 18:31:17 BST
Alex Lyon says:
I have the distinct impression that the *twuest* Star Wars fan is he that believe that even the first film should never have been made, and that George Lucas should, for preference, never have been born.

Posted on 29 Mar 2016, 23:34:58 BST
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