I managed to get my hands on a preview copy of the Star Wars Blu-Ray box set, and let me tell you, there are some great additions here, but one major setback. Here's a rundown of the changes (unfortunately I couldn't make any screen grabs, so if anyone has any pictures, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org):
- When Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan use force speed, there is a new blurring effect
- The Yoda Puppet has been replaced by CGI
- Jar Jar's CGI has been updated
- A grainy effect has been added to the scenes on Tattoine
- All shots of Natalie Portman and Kiera Knightley have been edited to reduce their breast sizes (It's supposed to be a kids movie, remember)
- Jeff Gordon and the Dupont #24 Chevrolet have been added to the Pod Race
- Several deleted scenes have been restored, mostly involving Padme's family on Naboo.
- The Light Saber battle between Obi-Wan/Anakin and Count Dooku is now longer.
- Yoda's fight with Dooku is also changed. Yoda doesn't leap right into flipping and spinning around like Sonic the Hedgehog, now he uses the force to twirl his light saber in the air while he stays still on the ground.
- Padme's boobs have again been reduced in several scenes.
Revenge of the Sith
- The transition from Padme's ship to Anakin on Mustafar has been changed from a straight cut to a wipe
- Yoda's hut on Kashyyk now has moss
- When Obi-Wan and Yoda return to the Jedi Temple after Order 66, they are met by clonetroopers that are now disguised as Jedi.
- A deleted scene is restored where Mon Mothma and Bail Organa discuss politics for several minutes
- When Obi-Wan defeats Anakin on Mustafar, he takes his light saber (which he later gives to Luke), but now he also takes Anakin's severed limbs with him. He is seen later on the Tantive IV eating Anakin's arm with some blue sauce.
A New Hope
- A deleted scene is restored: As Luke blasts through Anchorhead on his landspeeder, he nearly knocks over an old lady who yells for everyone to slow down.
- The light saber inconsistencies have been fixed and Luke's saber is always blue now.
- Additional deleted scenes with Luke and his friends looking at the space battle in the sky are restored.
- Aunt Beru's blue milk has been given an oily sheen that looks just great on my 72 inch Plasma.
- Once Luke discovers what R2D2 is carrying, he downloads the Death Star plans and spends several minutes reading the diagrams.
- Han and Greedo, the infamous scene, now Han and Greedo shoot at exactly the same time (the DVD release wasn't quite as simultaneous). But now their laser blasts collide in mid-air and phase each other out. Han and Greedo are both stunned by their both almost near deaths and decide to have another drink and become friends. Greedo can comes along with Han and Chewie and becomes an integral part of the rest of the movie.
- When Obi-Wan dies/becomes one with the force, Vader not only steps on the empty cloth left behind, but now he puts it on and wears it for the rest of the film. (Personally I think it adds a lot of depth to his character, and makes the audience wonder if he is mourning for Obi-Wan or just off his rocker.
The Empire Strikes Back
- The entire film has been replaced by a 114-minute long Screen-Crawl. The text tells the story of Empire Strikes back as well as many more details about the rebellion.
- The Ewoks have been given CGI eyelids that blink.
- When R2D2 is shot by a stormtropper, additional CG gadgets fly out of his body.
- Darth Vader now screams "Noooo!" as he throws the emperor into the reactor core. Luke screams "Yipppeee!" at the same time.
- Hayden Christensen now appears inside Darth Vader's suit when he removes his helmet at the end.
- When Darth Vader is burned on a Jedi funeral pyre, his suit makes comical fireworks noises.
- The ending montage showing various locations celebrating has been extended by several minutes to show parties on Utapau, Mustafar, the Gungan city on Naboo, and the remains of Alderaan.
So there you have it. The Blu-Ray Star Wars boxset goes on sale October 5th for $89.99.