The 5 Worst Changes Made to 'Star Wars: A New Hope'

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George Lucas changed the world with his 1977 classic Star Wars, since redubbed Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Long after it became a worldwide phenomenon, though, the director couldn’t help but keep tweaking his trendsetter as film technology advanced. In 1997, the director released the “Special Edition” versions of his original trilogy, which offered not only spiffed-up imagery and sound but also a host of CGI enhancements. At least when it comes to A New Hope, not all those tweaks — from Mos Eisley’s makeover to an early appearance by Jabba the Hutt to Han Solo’s infamous blaster shot — actually improved the material. Or at least, that’s what we argue in our latest Superfan video, which details the five worst changes made to Lucas’s enduring blockbuster.

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