I’m surprised that there were club and dance and versions of the original Jabba’s Palace song from Return of the Jedi (isn’t ’83 a bit late for disco?) Not shocking at all is that someone on Youtube has edited the Special Edition version of the scene to the original music.
David Prowse can sometimes be a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to Lucasfilm, so I’m not sure if it’s worth taking this report – that he got no money for the Return of the Jedi Special Edition because it didn’t make a profit – entirely seriously. In any case, Lucasfilm disagrees, and says that Prowse’s claim is “not accurate.” (Thanks to Diane – and her father – for the tip!)
Den of Geek’s top fifty movie special effects shots is a hell of a list. It willingly embraces all eras, movies that you might not expect (Hitchcock?!?) and hell, I think I learned a thing or two. (And all the scenes have a video. That’s some serious dedication.) It probably goes without saying that A New Hope and Return of the Jedi get entries.
Plus I’ll take any excuse to lead off with Harryhausen.
Drew Struzan’s greatest hits, with commentary from the artist himself (including the Special Editions, above) in Time:
While they fit together perfectly in a triptych, they were never painted side by side. I basically had a week to finish each. I put a black border around each one and had everything breaking out of the frame to make it look grander than it actually was. George liked it so much that he wanted the rest of the Star Wars posters to match that. So, on Episode I, and II, and III, I repeated that concept. George has a wonderful screening room at Skywalker Ranch, and there’s this big wall with all six paintings lined up in order. It’s one big movie.