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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Star Wars can be found here.

When the film was originally released in 1977, it was simply referred to as Star Wars, though supposedly, George Lucas had intended to put Episode IV: A New Hope in the opening crawl, but 20th Century Fox didn't want Lucas to do so because they thought it would confuse audiences, since there were never any other episodes released before it. After the commercial success of the original Star Wars, Lucas was able to continue with the multi-film epic he originally envisioned. The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980 and bore the full title of Star Wars, Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back in the title crawl, although it was referred to only as The Empire Strikes Back as the title of its commercial release. It was the "Episode V" appearing in the opening crawl which originally confused those members of the audience who had not been made aware of what Lucas was explaining, that the original "Star Wars" was now intended to be the 4th part of a nine-part series. The original "Star Wars" was re-released in 1981 with a new title: "Star Wars, Episode IV, A New Hope" in the title crawl. This title appeared on all subsequent re-releases and versions from then on (though the original version was released on DVD in 2006, which shows the title crawl in its original form). All subsequent Star Wars films have followed this new naming structure, although "Star Wars" often refers specifically to the 1977 film.

They were supposedly never part of ANY release of the film, having been edited out of the film long before the special effects, sound, and musical score were completed, and long before the first test screening. Though many fans claim to have seen them (as children, or on televised versions), they were never officially available until the CD-ROM "Behind the Magic" was released in the mid Nineties.

Some photos from those scenes did, however, appear in books, such as "The Story of Star Wars", and the Marvel comic book version.

Lucas has said that these scenes were only added after he showed the script to friends, who told him that he waited too long (20 minutes almost) to introduce the main character of Luke Skywalker. Lucas felt it would be best to follow the droids until their story connected with Luke, but he gave in to his friends' criticisms and added these new scenes. Soon after assembling a cut of the film, he realized these new scenes slowed down the pace of the opening section, so he edited them back out again. Also, one member of a private test screening upset Lucas by joking that these scenes made it look like "American Graffiti in Space," and these comparisons were something he was desperate to avoid.

While the film does not specify, the novelization of the film indicates that Luke was referring to the Imperial Academy. A deleted scene wherein Luke talks with his recently graduated friend Biggs indicates that Biggs was planning, along with several friends, to jump ship and seek out the Rebel Alliance after beginning their tours of duty on the vessel Rand Ecliptic. Luke already knows this information when he has the discussion with his uncle, but the text of the missing scene, as well as Luke's later talk with Ben Kenobi, show that Luke was very uncertain of the idea of joining with the Alliance despite his voiced opposition to the Empire, and likely was not desiring to attend the Academy for the same reasons as his friend (though Biggs didn't necessarily go to the Academy with the intention of joining the Alliance and may have heard about it while in school and decided where his true loyalties lay). Luke views the Academy as his likeliest chance to make a life for himself away from home. In the course of the film, it's never specified exactly what is taught at "The Academy", which might simply be a name for a general college. Biggs seems to have trained as a fighter pilot there, suggesting that it's a Military Academy, or something akin to the US Reserve Officers Training Corps. The Empire, like other totalitarian states, seems to have taken over all educational institutions. Both Luke and Biggs probably have no great sympathy for the Empire, but they have no other educational options. Luke's desire to leave his home for school in search of a better future is similar to the themes explored in Lucas's previous film, American Grafitti. Although Luke had no official training as a pilot, he had developed sufficient piloting skills in his spare time on Tattooine (as mentioned by Ben Kenobi). In order to aid the Rebel Alliance as much as possible, he was allowed to join the Rebel assault on the Death Star - despite his lack of formal training. However, his old friend Biggs vouched for him to Red Leader, calling Luke "the best bush pilot in the Outer Rim Territories". As he had never been through any combat training, one can only attribute his abilities in battle to an innate skill, or his sensitivity to the Force, or (as in the case of his father) both.

It would, at first, seem illogical to hide a child with his adoptive parents and give him the same surname as the father from whom they were trying to hide him. However, there are more sides to the story. As seen in Revenge of the Sith, Luke was delivered to Owen and Beru Lars by Obi-Wan Kenobi. We never learned what he has told them about Luke's family history. Owen and Beru already knew that Anakin was a Jedi (having met him themselves); what Obi-Wan probably didn't tell them was that Anakin had fallen to the Dark Side, that Luke could one day destroy the Sith, and should therefore stay hidden from the Emperor (and, as Obi-Wan must have found out later, from Anakin/Darth Vader as well). If they had known, Luke would certainly have been called "Lars", like his adoptive parents (just as Leia got her adoptive parents' name), to hide his ancestry. It may also have caused his uncle and aunt to take more extreme measures to keep Luke hidden, and if the truth about Luke was ever divulged by accident, the wrong people might have found out (since the Empire has spies everywhere). Obi-Wan still needed Luke one day, believing that Luke might be the one to fulfill the Prophecy and bring balance to the Force. So Owen and Beru were probably kept out of the conspiracy; Kenobi stuck around to made sure Luke would be safe, and hear the truth when the time was right.

Obi-Wan probably told them that both Anakin and Padm were killed in the Clone Wars, and that Owen and Beru were now Luke's only family; he may have added that Luke might want to become a Jedi like his father one day, and that he could train with Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan rightly assumed that Tatooine was remote enough from the Empire for him not to be detected accidentally, so there would be no reason to give Luke a different name (the name 'Skywalker' was already known from Luke's grandmother Shmi, and would not have raised questions on Tatooine).

From Obi-Wan's dialogue in Star Wars, it appears that Owen assumed that Anakin died in the line of duty, and did not approve of Anakin's career as a reckless Jedi ("[Your uncle] didn't hold with your father's ideals; he felt he should've stayed here and not gotten involved"). Owen certainly did not want Luke to follow that same path ("Your father wanted you to have [this light saber] when you were old enough, but your uncle wouldn't allow it. He feared you might follow old Obi-Wan on some damn fool idealistic crusade like your father did.") He therefore told Luke that Anakin had been a navigator on a spice freighter, and warned him stay away from Obi-Wan ("That wizard is just a crazy old man").

The opposite is true of Leia: her father is an important figure in the Rebel Alliance. Although Leia was never told about her true heritage, her father knew to keep her hidden from the Empire; he even groomed her for an active role within the Rebel Alliance.

While many fans have criticized Lucas for this apparent plot hole, there are several explanations as to why he did not reconize them.

1. Ben may have simply forgotten the droids--he's lived a pretty full life, and as we saw in the prequel trilogy and parts of the original trilogy, R2 and 3PO have the same default look as all the protocol and astromech droids.

2. Ben may have recognized the droids, but kept that fact to himself to avoid any unnecessary confusion for Luke. He specifically says "I don't seem to remember owning any droids",this would show another example of the slight-of-hand talking that Ben uses several times in the series. Because he never technically owned either of them, he's telling the truth, just like when he told Luke that Anakin was killed by Darth Vader, technically, he was. Ben later revealed that Vader took over, and Anakin was "killed". He revealed the truth that he knew the droids because it wasn't important for anything, and there was simply no reson to.

3. Some fans have pointed out that even if Ben had forgoten about the R2 and 3PO, they would surely remember him, as a droids memory is picure perfect. Well no, we saw in Revenge of the Sith that C-3PO got his memory wiped, so 3PO could never remeber Obi-Wan, even if he could have, Ben looks very different from when he last saw him, R2-D2 on the other hand, could, because he never got his memory wiped. Well, first of all, R2 can't talk, the only one who could understand him was C-3PO, he would have no reason to tell 3PO about Ben or anything else since, after Padme's death and C-3PO's memory wipe, they were involed in other matters un-connected to Obi-Wan. Even though R2 could recognize him, it would be unlikely that he would, considering Ben looks very different from when R2 last saw him. It's possible that R2 did recognize him though, one could read Ben's greeting of R2-D2 with "Hello there!", and their brief exchange afterwards, as being suggestive of their familiarity with each other. It's possible that R2 told C-3PO who Ben was while in his house, or any other time in the series, but 3PO would be unlikely to belive him, as he is very stubborn with R2 sometimes, he would not easily believe that he had his memory wiped and that something like 17 years later they ran into Obi-Wan agian, especially since R2 did not really have any proof of this.

One could conclude that perhaps Anakin had at some time spoken of having a child and wanting that child to follow in his footsteps, but given the strict Jedi Code which forbade this (as revealed in the prequels), that would seem an unlikely desire/admission. Perhaps the best way to summarise what Obi-Wan really meant would be to say that Obi-Wan knew that Luke would be the only hope of destroying the Emperor, and he himself wanted Luke to one day have the weapon and become a Jedi. But by telling Luke this was his father's wish and not his own, he knew Luke would be more drawn to taking the weapon. Or it could be that Obi-Wan honestly felt that this is what Anakin would have wanted. A central feature of both confrontations between Luke and Vader is Obi-Wan's trustworthiness, first about what really happened to Luke's father, then about having hidden Leia. Here Obi-Wan is again acting in the name of Anakin's good side. Alternately, he might simply wish to keep the truth of Luke's parentage secret for the time being, preferring for Luke to have fond feelings toward his father, the man Obi-Wan knew before Anakin's fall to the dark side. It could be assumed that based on their close friendship, Obi-Wan was projecting what he believed his friend Anakin WOULD have wanted prior to turning to the dark side. Obi-Wan speaks of Anakin and Vader as if they are two completely seperate people. He may truly feel that what he is telling Luke is the truth... "from a certain point of view."

As we could see in Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan is still referred to as Obi-Wan by Yoda, even after Luke's birth; no one ever called him 'Ben' before that time. So it may be puzzling to hear him say otherwise in Star Wars. But there are several explanations for this.

The most logical would be that the chronology of the Star Wars saga was far from established at the time when the first movie was made. George Lucas didn't fully know how his saga would evolve, and even less about the events that preceded the first movie. So he had no firmly established ideas about Obi-Wan Kenobi's back story yet (in certain story drafts, Obi-Wan was even Owen Lars' brother). Kenobi's history gradually became more fleshed out during the production of the next 5 movies, and Lucas may have made changes along the way that sometimes deviated from what had been established earlier. So this discrepancy may simply reflect the improvisational nature of the writing process.

As an in-story explanation, one could argue that Kenobi has been on Tatooine for 19 years, assuming the name of 'Ben' for a long time already; he may simply have forgotten when he exactly stopped using the name 'Obi-Wan'. He could also mean it in a symbolic way: Obi-Wan was his name by which his fellow Jedi used to call him. In the years where he had served in the Clone Wars before Luke was born, he was adressed as 'Master Kenobi' or 'General Kenobi' more often. He may have meant to say that he has been more of a soldier and a simple hermit than a Jedi for the last decades.

There is another important reason, which may tie in to the questions why Kenobi lies about Luke's father, the light sabre, and possibly also about not recognizing R2-D2 and C-3PO (see other FAQs). Kenobi could tell Luke the truth, that he stopped using the name Obi-Wan just after Luke's birth; but such a coincidence would only increase Luke's curiosity. It would raise many questions from Luke, forcing Obi-Wan to admit he was present at Luke's birth, how he brought Luke to his uncle and aunt, and what really happened to his father; all information he is not ready to reveal yet. So Kenobi stays vague about this, acknowledging that he knew Anakin, but remaining silent about Anakin's fate, and his own part in this.

It depends on which version you're watching. In the original release, Han shot first before Greedo ever even pressed the trigger of his blaster, so Greedo never even got the chance to shoot. In the special edition, Greedo's actions were retro-connected in that laser bolts were added as he raised his blaster. The shot missed, which was then followed by Han's original deadly shot, which still "fried poor Greedo." The DVD release saw an additional tweak to the scene, wherein Greedo and Han fire at virtually the same moment, Han's shot coming a mere few frames after Greedo's. This may have been an attempt at a compromise between the two versions, as the altered scene caused much discontent among fans of the film when the Special Editions debuted in 1997.

In another interesting factoid about the scene, George Lucas explained in the ANH DVD commentary why the original change to the Han and Greedo shooting sequence was made in the first place. After having viewed the original ANH, he felt that Greedo getting shot by Han before having time to so much as pull the trigger on his blaster made Han look too much like a cold-blooded killer....not exactly the image of Captain Solo that he wanted portrayed to viewers (after all, Han may be a scoundrel, but a cold-blooded killer he's not!)! He also felt, understandably, that a scene portraying a "good guy" as a cold-blood killer wasn't exactly an appropriate image to be showing to children (after all, as much as the Star Wars films are loved by adults, they are, with the exception of the PG-13 rated ROTS, intended to be films for young children to enjoy, too). So, when it came to do the Special Edition, he edited the scene so that Greedo at least got in a shot (albiet one that completely missed) before he was fried, and thus it seemed more like Han was killing him in self-defense rather than in cold-blood. Though most fans argue this reasoning as well because Greedo said on two occasions during the conversation that he was planning on killing Han anyways. First when Greedo said "You can tell that to Jabba, he may only take your ship." to which Han replies "Over my dead body." then Greedo retorts "That's the idea." then at the very end of the conversation Greedo says "I've been looking forward to this for a long time." obviously implying he was about to shoot Han. But Han got the drop on him, either way killing Greedo in self-defense.

The scene with Greedo in the original shoot was much shorter and did not contain the dialogue revolving around Han's dumping of stolen goods meant for Jabba. When the decision was made to cut the Jabba scene out, owing to the time and funds needed to add the desired stop-motion creature, a new version of the Greedo scene was filmed, this time using a female performer in the costume, which added the needed exposition that would have otherwise been lost (during the interim, a method was found for articulating the snout of the Greedo mask by having the performer hold a clothespin in her mouth; one may notice that the shot wherein Greedo first confronts Han and forces him to sit does not feature the alien's mouth moving during its dialogue). In the original 1976 shoot, Jabba was actually played by a short, rotund man (Declan Mulholland), with the intention of changing the character (either through stop-motion or more traditional animation) into an alien. When the Special Edition was being compiled in 1995, ILM artists realised that Han walks around Jabba when talking, and decided to fix this potential problem by making Han step on Jabba's tail. Harrison Ford was lifted digitally, resulting in a somewhat jarring motion. Another clue as to Jabba's original form is when Han says "Jabba, you're a wonderful human being." With Jabba now being an alien, the line becomes a wry joke on Han's behalf. Some of the original footage from this scene can be found in the television special From Star Wars To Jedi and the Star Wars: Special Edition VHS version. When the decision was made to restore the Jabba scene, too many years had passed to have Harrison Ford record new lines; therefore, the scene appears as it was originally scripted, redundant dialogue and all. However, it is possible that while Jabba knew that Han had shot Greedo in the cantina, he wasn't aware of the details of the conversation Han had with him. Also, it adds a bit more humour where Han uses the exact same excuse word-for-word with Jabba that he did with Greedo. "Even I get boarded sometimes. Do you think I had a choice?" showing what a smooth-talker Han is.

The first lightsaber effects were created using wooden dowel rods wrapped in Scotchlite (a reflective white material used for lettering on road signs for night visibility) which were attached to the saber hilts. The hilts contained small motors which would spin the rod, which would reflect a front-projected light source, causing a shimmering effect. The activation and deactivation of the lightsabers were accomplished by simply stopping the camera with the actor (usually) standing still and attaching or removing the rod before restarting the camera, resulting in a slight jump in the image. This approach was not entirely successful for a number of reasons. It was hoped that the reflective surface would cast ambient light on the saber's immediate surroundings, but this was rarely if ever noticeable. The brightness of the saber could vary drastically depending upon its angle relative to the front-projected light, and additionally, the wooden blades were very fragile and tended to break during the dueling scenes. A few of these in-camera effects found their way into the first teaser trailer for Star Wars. The in-camera approach not culminating in satisfactory results, ILM added an animated glow to the blades in post-production, now differentiating the color of the individual sabers, which had all previously been white. For unknown reasons, two separate shots (one of Obi-wan's saber and one of Vader's) did not have this effect applied, and the shots appeared in the finished film with the characters holding plain white sticks; this discrepancy was finally addressed in the DVD release of the film. Two shots appearing in the film differed from this approach. The first scene of Luke training aboard the Millennium Falcon featured a completely animated blade. Without a practical blade attached to the hilt for reference, the saber beam appears slightly unsteady in this shot. The shot in which Obi-wan activates his saber as he prepares to confront Vader, the only instance in the original film wherein the saber is seen to slowly extend from the hilt as it would in all subsequent films, was achieved by attaching a glass rod to the hilt, initially pointed directly at the camera. Alec Guiness turned his hand slightly in the course of the shot, causing reflected light to travel along the length of the tube and give the effect of of an extruding blade. Again, a rotoscoped glow was eventually added for a more dynamic visual effect. All subsequent films in the series dispensed with the Scotchlite approach completely, and the sabers were equipped with sturdier metal rods for both dueling and as guides for the animated blades.

This back story is only hinted at in the films, though the Revenge of the Sith novelisation and the uncut screenplay make it clearer. After his death in The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon Jinn gained the ability to live on and observe events from within the Force (which is why you can hear him crying out after the sand people are slaughtered in Attack of the Clones). Yoda is actually communicating with him as Obi-Wan returns with the dying Padme in Revenge of the Sith (Qui-Gon's voice was reportedly recorded but ultimately deleted). In this missing scene, Qui-Gon states that "The ability to defy oblivion can be achieved, but only for oneself. It was accomplished by a Shaman of the Whills. It is a state acquired through compassion, not greed;" hence, when Obi-Wan tells Vader that if struck down, he "will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine," he refers to the fact that he can achieve what Anakin gave up his good side in search of. During their exile periods on Dagobah and Tatooine respectively, Yoda and Obi-Wan communicate with Qui-Gon and learn the ability to be absorbed into the Force at the time of their deaths, living on as shadowy blue ghosts. It doesn't seem to be essential, however; both Anakin and Qui-Gon live on through the force without being absorbed, though arguably Qui-Gon's ghost never appears and Anakin's never speaks (to be fair, in the only scene in which Anakin's ghost appears, nobody else, including Obi-Wan and Yoda, speaks either) so their influence could be weaker. [According to the missing scene, Yoda likely sees Qui-Gon as they communicate; it is only the audience who cannot see him. Similarly, at the rebels' party at the end of Episode VI, Luke can see the three ghosts, though Leia (not to mention everybody else) cannot. In Yoda's hut (in Epiosode V), Luke (and we) overhear Obi-Wan talking to Yoda. Quite possibly, Yoda can see him, but Luke (and we) cannot.]

Perhaps Qui-Gon was only able to manifest his voice into the minds of fellow Jedis after his death. [Obi Wan does exactly the same thing in Episode IV; he does not appear visually to Luke until Episode V. This may reflect the evolution of the story in Lucas' mind, or perhaps Luke's developing perception of the force -- Luke's first vision comes only in a delirious, semi-conscious state, but later he is able to see Obi-Wan clearly, and even to carry on detailed arguments with him. Anakin, when he first experiences Qui-Gon's voice is (like Luke when he first experiences Obi Wan's voice), not a fully trained Jedi. Also, he (and later Luke) is in the heat of battle; they don't have the inner calm necessary for good communication.] Appearing as a Jedi spirit may have required training during life which he had never received. But he was able to pass on this knowledge, so Yoda and Obi-Wan could have maximum benefit from it. Anakin/Darth Vader witnessed Obi-Wan disappearing upon death, which may have prompted him to seek out this ability for himself during the times he was meditating inside his regeneration hub (seen in The Empire Strikes Back). With Anakin being the most powerful Jedi, it is not unthinkable that he could master the ability himself, perhaps even communicated with Qui-Gon's spirit (although this is pure speculation). However, he could only ever use it after turning back to the Light Side of the Force. After Anakin's death, it took a while for him to be completely back to the Light Side, and perhaps his body disappeared during his cremation (or after). If this is also true for Qui-Gon, that means his ashy remains would have finally disappeared years after his death. [From the Original Trilogy, it seems that Anakin was taught by Yoda and Obi Wan, just as Qui-Gon was taught after death.]

An understandable confusion, as it's never explained in the movies: In Episodes 2-3 the troops are clone troopers, cloned from the DNA of Jango Fett (played by Temuera Morrison). Boba Fett is also an unaltered clone of Jango, raised as his son. In the DVD edition of The Empire Strikes Back, Temuera Morrison dubbed over the voice of Boba Fett to help tie in the original trilogy to the new one. In episodes 4-6 there are also Galactic Imperial troopers (now known as Stormtroopers). The reason that Temuera Morrison doesn't provide the voice is because, as the years went on, the Emperor disbanded Clone squads and started accepting and drafting regular human recruits. While there are still some clone units scattered throughout the galaxy, they are mostly obsolete. However, Lucas has since gone on record saying that the Stormtroopers that board Leia's ship in this film are actually the clone troopers Anakin led in the assault on the Jedi Temple in Revenge of the Sith, So make of that what you will. Another explaination is given in the vieogame, Star Wars: Battlefront 2. The game follows the story of the 501st legion of Clone Troopers, later becoming 'Vader's Fist', Darth Vader's personal unit of Stormtroopers. It is revealed in the game that they were, in fact the same troops that assaulted the Jedi Temple. It is also explained in the game that after clones are created by the Rebel Alliance using Jango Fett's DNA, the Empire decided to clone from a variety of sources, hence the differing voices, while the 501st leigion remained 'pure'.

Yes. During the scene where our heroes are caught in the trash compactor and are being aided by the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO via comlink, a group of stormtoopers manage to break into the control room where the droids are stationed. If you look at the stormtooper on the right as he's rushing the door with the other troopers his height is to tall for the door frame so unfortunately he hits his head and it snaps back but like a trained trooper he recovers quickly and finishes the break in with the rest of the troopers. The Stormtrooper hitting his head was actually a blooper and when Star Wars was released on DVD a thumping sound effect, which was not in the original release, was added as the trooper hits his head. A link to the famous trooper blooper here.

We see the beginning of the Death Star's construction at the end of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. As Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope officially takes place 19 years later, we may wonder why it took the Empire so long to get it built. It is especially confusing in the light of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, where a second, fully operational (though incomplete), Death Star was shown, no more than four years having passed since the destruction of the first. The obvious source for the answer would be creator George Lucas. During the commentary track on the DVD of Attack of the Clones, he shortly addresses the matter, and suggests that the Empire may have had problems with contractors and construction workers who were hired to build the first Death Star (who were mostly Geonosians, since they designed the station in the first place). It should be noted that he may be referring in a tongue-in-cheek way to the famous dialogue from the movie Clerks, where the characters discussed the issue of contractors and workers being involved in the construction of both Death Stars, and dying in the destructions. Joke or not, this could of course be a good reason why the construction of the first Death Star slowed down. Remember that it was still a prototype; perhaps there were problems with the supply of materials, difficulties in implementing the new technology, lack of engineers, inexperience, growing pains in the mechanisms, attacks by rebels, etc.

The video game Star Wars Battlefront II features a story mode that contains a mission of sabotage toward the first Death Star before the events of Episode IV, though this is obviously an after-the-fact rationalization not originally considered when Lucas was writing the story. This may go some way towards explaining why the second Death Star was constructed much faster: it was no longer a prototype, and although production of a Death Star does not seem exactly like assembly work, previous experience may have significantly sped up construction. And although operational, it was still far from completed. Another consideration is that it is not literally stated that the construction of Death Star 2 was started after the destruction of the first; perhaps they had already started building a second one while the first one was being finished. They must have considerably reworked the original plans, because the design flaw in the first Death Star (that it can be destroyed by firing a simple torpedo in the exhaust port) was eliminated in the second one. It is possible that the end of Episode III, where Vader and the Emperor are looking on the construction of the Death Star, took place some time after the other events shown in the end. There is, however, nothing in the scene to suggest this, nor any precedent for scenes in a Star Wars film being presented as flash-forwards or flashbacks.

A more factual line of logic would be that it should be no surprise that when it takes years to build an aircraft carrier, it should take a little longer to build something the size of a moon, especially since it was supposed to be a secret construction project (hard to hide a new moon, or the sudden disappearance of a million zero-g construction workers). As for why the second was built so much faster, just like in the movie Contact, why build just one when you can build two almost as easily? The hard parts were fabrication of new dies and tech. Once you can make it once, you just have to put a nominal cost into making a duplicate of all the new parts. Ultimately, having several Death Stars throughout the galaxy could only aid the Empire in achieving it's goal of dominating the entire galaxy thru intimidation.

Although Palpatine was not featured in this film, it is mentioned by Grand Moff Tarkin that the Emperor has dissolved the Imperial Senate permanently and the Regional Governors will now have direct control over their territories, and fear of the Death Star will keep the local systems in line. This means that during the first nineteen years of his reign, Palpatine kept the Senate intact in order to keep the appearance that the people still had a certain amount of power (a ploy also used by Roman emperors); however in reality, the Senate probably had increasingly less to say, up to the point where the Emperor had so much military power that he could dismiss the Senate without much resistance. For the next steps see Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

In 1997, George Lucas re-released the (then) complete "Star Wars" saga. All three movies of the original trilogy were not only reissued on video, but were also released in theaters worldwide, due to the 20th anniversary of the first movie. These versions contain the most drastic changes the saga has seen yet. Particularly in the case of the first movie, complete scenes received new animations, new scenes were added or were enhanced by numerous new characters. It was shown in cinemas, released on video twice and broadcast on TV countless times. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

Despite immense efforts to present the original trilogy in the best way possible, not all fans were happy with the 2004 DVD release. The DVD edition is primarily the Special Edition, which was released in theaters and on video in 1997, and has been the cause of much debate among fans ever since. Only after massive protests by die-hard Star Wars fans and two years after the first remastered trilogy did Lucasfilm decide to also release the original trilogy as they were originally released in the 1970s and 80s (i.e. without digital effects) in 2006. This is the only time that the original versions of the original Star Wars Trilogy have ever been released on DVD. However, besides smaller changes, the second release is not anamorphically enhanced but is presented in 4:3 letterboxed format. In order to use the full frame of a 16:9 TV-set, the picture thus has to be zoomed in, which lowers the picture quality significantly. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

George Lucas has stated that the more recent versions of the original trilogy are the "definitive" versions. He quoted a statement among moviemakers, "movies are not finished, they are abandonned", and added that he himself decided not to abandon his movies, but properly finish them. The reason for this is because at the time the original films were made, 1977, 1980, and 1983; the technology to bring George Lucas' true vision to the screen simply did not exist and the cost to realize it would have been astronomical. So with the technology available in the late 90's through the 2000's; George Lucas was able to touch-up, re-invision or create from scratch scenes from his original trilogy. On the flip-side, many die-hard Star Wars fans disagree with many of the changes or additions that George Lucas made to his original trilogy (most infamous is Greedo shooting first) and consider the original theatrical releases of the films the definitive "perfect" versions of the movies. As the technology is still a product of its time, the films themselves are still timeless. Also, the graphics are still considered fairly good even when compared to newer films. Bottom line: it depends on what side of the fence you land on. It's your own personal opinion what version you consider "definitive" but to ask the creator himself; the newer "special editions" are his preferred visions.

For the recently released Blu-rays George Lucas altered some shots and dialogues of the Star Wars movies again. In the first movie mostly very small changes can be found like modified colors, e.g. the hatch of the escape capsule or a digital rock was added to the movie in the scene where R2-D2 is hiding from the sand people. Additionally tiny sound alterations are audible as well and last but not least the Han Solo-Greedo-scene was edited too: the gap between the shots was reduced again. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

No, not all of them. In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, it is revealed that the Stormtroopers originated as the Clone Army from the planet Kamino. In Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Army is reorganized into the Stormtrooper Crops and Palpatine shuts down the cloning operation on Kamino, now allowing any human male in the Empire to join the ranks. There still are clones among the stormtroopers, but a lot of them are normal humans, especially after The Death Star blows up, most, if not all, stormtroopers were killed when that happened, leaving very little possibility for any of the stormtroopers in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi to be clones.

In the expanded universe mythos, any Sith immediately outranks any member of the Imperials. However, that was back before the "rule of two" was instated. It's possible that Palpatine was impressed with Tarkin's ruthlessness and ability to command the Imperial forces and so he is considered an equal to Vader, or simply the supreme commander of the Imperial forces, whereas Vader technically has no military rank (yet), just Lord and special servant to the Emperor (like Darth Maul was to Dart Sidious in Episode I). Tarkin never really gives Vader orders, he simply tells him to release General Motti from his force-choke and to terminate Leia. Vader and Tarkin obviously have a long history together, so Vader respects Tarkin enough to honour his requests. Any other scenes with Vader and Tarkin, they converse as if equals and Tarkin even refers to Vader as "my friend'.

It is also possible that Vader has temporarily fallen out of favor with the Emperor, which is bound to happen, as Anakin/Darth Vader expresses his intention to overthrow the Emperor several times in the saga (hence the reason why there are never more than two Siths; they always scheme to kill and overthrow each other). This may be why Tarkin is in control of the Death Star, and Vader is there merely as the Emperor's representative. Leia also mentions that Tarkin is "holding Vader's leash", and George Lucas mentions on the audio commentary that he perceives Vader as a servant who is frustrated by the bureaucratic powers around him. In the video game Force Unleashed, which takes places shortly before Episode IV, Vader indeed has a plan to seize control from the Emperor which he is forced to abandon when the Emperor finds out. It may be that Vader is significantly demoted at the start of Episode IV as punishment, but still holds Tarkin's respect. Whatever is the case, there is little doubt that from Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back on, with Tarkin gone, Vader is in full executive power, and all Imperial officers answer to him.

You can view the Star Wars Enhanced Script Presentation, with highlighted dialogue, over 900 screenshots appropriately placed, and soundtrack/audio effects highlights.

Originally the plan was the release each star wars movie, post-converted to 3D every February, starting with The Phantom Menace in 2012. Though many fans complained about having to invest 6 years into getting to see each Star Wars film in 3D. In late 2012, it was announced that both Episode II and Episode III would be released back-to-back in late 2013.

However, once Disney acquired Lucasfilm and the production of Star Wars Episode VII was announced. Disney eventually declared that they were postponing the conversion to 3D and release of any more of the previous films in order to focus on Episode VII. They also added that after production wraps on Episode VII they may continue to release the previous films in 3D.

Some fans theorize that they may actually be converting the films already and plan to release them shortly prior to the release of Episode VII as a way to boost interest in the new film. As the 1997 special editions of the original trilogy were released back-to-back from January 31st to March 7th.

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