‘Star Wars’ Was Edited Again for Disney+

Well Disney+ has been live for officially one day and there is already drama on the internet. Sure, not everything is on there for launch. We knew that based on the 3 hour launch video put out a few weeks ago. But that doesn’t stop people from complaining on the internet. Our own Sailor Monsoon is annoyed that they won’t release Song of the South on the streaming service. Even if they are adding censor warnings to other old films like Dumbo, Fantasia and Lady & The Tramp. Although it’s been years since I’ve seen those so I don’t even remember why they would need a censor warning. But anyway …

The real big thing I’ve been reading about is how there have been MORE changes to Star Wars or A New Hope or Star Wars Episode I: A New Hope, or what ever you crazy kids want to call it (it will always be Star Wars to me). This time around there have been additional changes to the “Han shot first” scene once again. Here’s the original change from the 1997 Special Edition for a refresher.

And here’s a comparison of the scene from 1977 and 2004.

Disney has reportedly confirmed that the change was made at the request of George Lucas, as part of an agreement being made before Disney acquired the franchise.

This time around the 4K transfer has new dialogue added right before Greedo is killed. And you know what he said? Maclunkey. Yeah that’s right, maclunkey. What the fuck does that even mean?!?!?!

Well apparently it’s not the first time this word has been uttered in the films and it supposedly translates to “it will be the end of you”.

Who knew?! Either way, it’s still dumb. But I guess it just another way for Lucas to justify Han shooting first. Not that I ever needed a reason, even as a kid it was always obvious why he did it.

I’m sick and tired of all the changes being made to these movies. But I at least have copies of the Despecialized Versions so I can’t really complain. But at least the Fox fanfare is there in these new 4k releases, so that’s a plus, right?

What do you think about all this hooplah? How’s your Disney+ experience going so far?

Author: K. Alvarez

A king without a throne.