My wife and I started watching the blu-rays last night. Started with Episode IV (we were tired, so we watched about half; the other half will be tonight, I suspect).
A few quick thoughts:
-It looks pretty!
-Did they re-touch the background during the initial space battle between the Rebel Blockade Runner and the Star Destroyer? I don't remember Tatooine's moons.
-I like the new background for the Lars Family Garage, with Luke's broken T-16 in the back.
-Jabba looks cool. A lot more detailed.
-The rock in front of Artoo and Obi-Wan's new Krayt cry (that sounds more like a person) didn't mother me at all.
-Greedo still shoots first, but it looks much closer to being simultaneous. To me, that adds some bad-a**ery back to Han. He didn't necessarily shoot first, but he couldn't have been able to predict that he'd be shot. He shot without knowing that he'd be shot at.
-Has anyone else noticed any issues with the sound? Specifically, I feel that the volumes of the sound effects, music, and dialogue are a little bit off. Like, some scenes the music drowns out the FX, or the FX drowns out dialogue. Maybe it's me though.
I'm impressed with everything.
Oh! And my favourite Easter Egg is still there! Let me explain:
You have to be aware of this to see it, cause it's so subtle, but in the Death Star control room, when Obi-Wan ventures off to take care of the Tractor Beam, he says something like "Luke, you have to protect the droids, or other worlds will suffer the same fate as Alderaan." And he pushes the button to open the door.
When they filmed that, George would say "freeze!" and Alec Guiness would stand perfectly still while they slowly opened the door. In post-production, they'd remove every other frame, and so it would look like the door is opening really fast.
Alec Guiness did very well and stayed perfectly still. Except for one thing: he blinked. And when you blink, your eyes go from a tired-looking state to a more alert-looking state.
So all of a sudden, if you look really close, you see his eyes dart open during the shot.
And it's still in there!!!!
I was told about that little gaff at a Sci-Fi convention by Anthony Daniels. He was telling fun Star Wars stories and that was one of his favourites.
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
-Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear