On September 12, the original theatrical version of Return of the Jedi
will be available on DVD, bundled as a bonus disc to the 2004 Special Edition of the movie, which will be available for the first time ever as an individual movie DVD. This limited time release will be the only DVD release of the unaltered theatrical films.
Sharp-eyed fans can easily rattle off the most significant changes to the evolving film, but now with the 1983 incarnation preserved on DVD, they'll be able to more easily witness and compare the difference between the earliest and latest editions of the trilogy-capping Episode VI.
To better prepare yourself as the ultimate authority of the changes, starwars.com presents this shot-by-shot guide to the visual differences between the 1983 film and the 2004 DVD. This guide does not address any changes to audio mixes, but it does a pretty thorough sweep of visual updates. Sure, you know about the "Jedi Rocks" musical number and the galaxy-wide celebration at the end, but did you notice the digital eyebrow removal on Anakin Skywalker or the one shot that digitally added wires in order to suspend a falling Han Solo? Test your knowledge and sharp eyes by starting the tour here.
September 12 also marks the release of LucasArts' LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, the video game that combines the magic of Star Wars with the fun of LEGO. Click here for more information. Also, the Star Wars Road Trip is wrapping up this weekend, with Wicket, Darth Vader and Chewbacca hitting the their last stop in almost a dozen cities across the U.S. to celebrate these releases. Is your city on the list? Check out this story here, and find out how you can win a trip to Celebration IV by sending us your photos!