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Watch The Battle Of Endor From Return Of The Jedi Without Those Ewoks

There aren’t many things in the Star Wars universe quite as divisive as the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi. Jar Jar Binks is more or less universally reviled, but those furry little buggers from Endor create conflicts that threaten to tear families apart. A lot of people who saw the original trilogy at a young age didn’t have an issue with them early on, but have grown increasingly irritated with them over the years. This video that has been making the rounds shows what that epic space battle at the end of Jedi would look like without constantly cutting away to the action back on the forest moon.

This HD video from Prometheus4vids is indeed rather awesome, but if you’re thinking to yourself that the action will be a little awkward and bumpy without any of the scenes from Endor, you’re definitely right. Not only are many of the jumps where there is originally a cutaway to Han, Leia, and the crew on the surface clunky and awkward with no transition, but there are big narrative leaps as well, like the force field is magically down for no real reason.

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Return Of The Jedi Production Images Get Us Stoked For Ep’s VII Practical Effects

JediFeatOne of the things that has us most excited about the new Star Wars movies is Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams‘ commitment to using practical effects, sets, and costumes where appropriate. Sure, you can do some amazing things with CGI these days, but when you can pretty much put digital versions of anything you can imagine up on screen, there’s just something satisfying knowing that there are full-scale X-wings and Millennium Falcons lying around the Episode VII shooting areas. While the success or failure of the revived Star Wars franchise remains to be seen, there’s something about the leaked set photos we’ve seen that just feels more authentically Star Wars than much of the shiny, polished, too-perfect world of the prequel films.

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Disney May Release Unmodifed Star Wars Trilogy On Blu-ray, But Probably Not

star warsThere are so many rumors swirling around involving J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII that someone will probably need to build a second Internet to contain them all. And while we ponder who the Inquisitors are and what Han Solo is going to look like, an old chestnut of a rumor has resurfaced to provoke a new hope in everyone. According to sources close to ComicBook.com, Disney/Lucasfilm is finally planning on officially trotting out the original, untouched Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Are you cheering? Jeering? Or maybe wisely laughing at the computer screen in jest?

To anyone who’s paid any attention to rumors of this sort in the past know that there is one hulking obstacle standing in the way of Disney’s Star Wars Blu-ray legitimacy: Disney doesn’t own the distribution rights to the original Star Wars trilogy. (Or the prequel trilogy for that matter, but absolutely no one is worried about getting those re-released.) 20th Century Fox currently holds the rights to all the films, and ComicBook.com makes no mention of them being involved. Now, Fox will eventually have to give up the rights to the prequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in May 2020, so it’s technically feasible that Disney/Lucasfilm is planning to put the second two Star Wars films on Blu-ray in June 2020. But Fox will forever retain the rights to George Lucas’ first film, which means no Star Wars Blu-ray, original cut or otherwise, will ever come out without their say so.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy, Star Wars, And E.T. Get Gorgeous Top-Down Poster Art

GuardiansOne of the things I love most about GFR is discovering new artists or filmmakers or writers who weren’t previously on my radar and then diving into their work headfirst. Today’s particular rabbit hole (and mixed metaphors) are brought to you by artist Andy Fairhurst, who has put a new spin on beloved science fiction properties simply by approach them from a different angle: from the top down.

That Guardians of the Galaxy picture up top is one of my favorite things he’s done, just because it emphasizes something that some animator or comics artist once said, but I can’t for the life of me remember who: that a recognizable silhouette is key in creating a new costumed character. There are thousands of superheroes and villains who’ve been dreamt up over the decades, but the most iconic, the most legendary, almost all of those are instantly recognizable just from their silhouette. Or their shadow, as the case may be.

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David Lynch’s Return Of The Jedi Mash-Up Is A Pitch Perfect Nightmare

It’s hard to believe that in all of the strange and neurotic fiction that director David Lynch has put out into the world, he hasn’t dipped more than a toe or two into science fiction since his 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, a production that was also larger than anything else he’s worked on since. So it’s with great relish that we watch this video, which imagines one of sci-fi’s greatest “what if” projects: David Lynch’s Return of the Jedi. Just saying those words makes the hairs rise up on the back of my Wookie’s neck.

Let’s not beat around the bush here. I realize that granting the label “Greatest Mash-Up Video I’ve Ever Seen” to this clip may seem rash, since I’ve probably said that already about a half-dozen others, but these are truly some of my favorite things. Watching Pacific Rim and Godzilla trailers get slapped together is neat, sure, but everything about the above video is delivered perfectly, with the disparate universes melded together into an abundantly disconcerting whole. I mean, it’s already obvious that Richard Marquand’s Return of the Jedi is a pretty weird movie when things are taken out of context, but adding Lynch’s signature weirdness draws out the eccentricities even more.

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Leonard Nimoy Hosts A 1983 Return Of The Jedi Documentary


Return of the Jedi celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, and considering that the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII is a direct sequel to the 1983 film, it’s a perfect time to look back at where it left off as the franchise moves into the future. So settle in for a seven-minute documentary from 1983, hosted by Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy.

The making-of documentary above was part of Nickelodeon’s Standby: Lights! Camera! Action!, a show that gave young viewers some insight into how movies are made. It’s strange to see Leonard Nimoy jumping universes to talk about Star Wars, but I guess he needed something to do in between The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock. So why not host a behind-the-scenes featurette for Return of the Jedi?

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