Two Palmpix photos from the parking lot at the Fry’s grocery next door at about 6am a few mornings ago (yes I was bored). My favorite time to be driving around doing errands is the hour or so before the sun rises (my parents and sisters are probably spitting up their last meal right about now – my younger days started at noon as often as possible).
We’ve been watching the DVD release of the original Star Wars trilogy (well, the third original version, that is). Last night was Empire Strikes Back.
In the scene where Darth Vader is kneeling before a holographic image of the Emperor, the image has been replaced with the actor that played the Emperor in Return of the Jedi, Episode I and II. Also, the voice of Boba Fett has been replaced with the voice of the actor playing Jenga Fett from Episode I. We noticed the credits were not updated with the actor playing the new Emperor. I thought that, in the original-original version, Alec Guinnis played the Emperor, or at least provided the voice. Turns out I was wrong (I should never doubt my room mate about anything regarding TV or movies).
The DVD also included all of the original trailers, including the first version of the Return of the Jedi (originally released with the title “Revenge of the Jedi”). My God how cheesy trailers must have been back then! I just don’t remember them being that cheesy, but, of course, times were different then.
Also, on the DVD, there was a segment on the upcoming Episode III. This is the episode where Skywalker turns into Vader. When I first saw Hayden Christensen as Anikan Skywalker, I didn’t find him very believable. He seemed more likely to be in an episode of Dawson’s Creek than playing the soon-to-be uber-villain of our time. My main complaint is that, if you look at the body type of Christensen vs. the actor eventually unmasked as Vader, they just didn’t match. Christensen seemed too ectomorphic compared to the barrel-chested endomorph we see at the end of Return of the Jedi. However, just looking at the scenes in the DVD, he seems more believable now. I don’t know if he really is beefier, or if his costuming is fleshing him out more. I hear that, in the last scene of Return of the Jedi, where you see the luminescent beings (using Yoda’s words) of the three dead Jedi, they have replaced the older Skywalker version with the much younger version of the first three episodes. Oh-so-very-George-Lucas, I admit, but how come the image of McGregor/Kenobi wasn’t substituted for Guinnis/Kenobi? Or, for that matter, young-Yoda vs. old-Yoda? I just find it weird that Skywalker gets to be a rejuvenated luminescent being, but the other two live out their post-death existence as old guys...