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That Laserdisc is Our Last Hope: Edit Disc of 'Return of the Jedi' Hits Internet

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | October 28, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | October 28, 2013 |

Ooh, laserdiscs! Those were like DVDs except the size of records, and cost about the GDP of the Bronx. Of course the engineer in me hates them just for their name, I mean come on, all optical discs whether DVD or CD are literally laserdiscs. They’re discs read by laser. To think, so many years ago we had a perfectly spectacular term like “laserdisc” and said no, no, even though the word “laser”, like “space”, makes everything cooler, we’ll just go ahead and switch over to some random acronyms. How soulless.

Anyway, an old laserdisc was found in someone’s attic and happened to be 30 minutes of edit footage from Return of the Jedi. Different shots of the same scene, slightly differently scripted. They’re gradually getting put up on their own Facebook page, because that made sense to no ever. I can’t post embeds of them because they don’t seem to work right when I do, and even when they do work they have a wall of copyright infringement text stapled onto the top, and therefore Facebook is fascist. But do click on that link if you’d like to login and see the fuzzy glory of Yoda’s three different death scenes.

Myself, I’m still waiting for the alternate scene when it is revealed that in fact Han was Luke’s sister instead of Leia. So many things would make so much make sense. Especially these feelings I have about Indiana Jones.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.