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Star Wars’ Han vs Greedo scene changed again for Disney+

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Who shot first? Han or Greedo? If you answer Han, you are correct and a true hero. If you answered the latter though, you are clearly the expelled detritus from a hive of scum and villainy. Or George Lucas.

When the Star Wars creator re-released the Special Editions of his original trilogy into cinemas in 1997, he infamously edited an early scene between Harrison Ford’s Han Solo and the alien Greedo in A New Hope. In the original, Greedo confronts Han to collect a debt for Jabba the Hut. When Greedo threatens Han that he’s going to kill him as a result of Han not being able to pay, Han beats him to the punch and shoots him down. In the Special Edition though, Lucas edited it so that Greedo shoots first (somehow missing a stationary Han at point-blank range) and Han’s shot is retaliatory.

Fans widely hated the edit as they felt it changed this earlier version of Han from the scoundrel smuggler who would do whatever it takes to a much softer heroic character who only killed in self-defence. Lucas tried to defend his choice several times over the years, and with the 2004 DVD release of the trilogy, he changed it again. This time around, an additional wide shot was added that now made it look like Han just barely fired ahead of Greedo. With blaster fire, lots of smoke, and choppy editing though, the added scene actually just makes it harder to make out what’s going on.

Well, get ready for even more confusion around this scene though now that Disney+ has launched. All Star Wars movies were added to Disney’s new streaming service yesterday, all remastered in 4K with Dolby Atmos sound – the very first time this premium format has been available for home consumption. But on top of these fantastic changes, the Han/Greedo scene had been edited as well… And it makes no damn sense!

Yes, Greedo now shots out the word “Maclunkey” before being shot (which, in case you haven’t noticed, has also been tweaked so that it looks like Han and Greedo shoot at the same time). So what the hell does it mean, why is it in here and who put it there? Well, the “what” and “who” can be answered. Kind of.

While, inconveniently, there are no subtitles for this word, as writer Bruan Young and CNET’s Sean Buckley point out, “Maclunkey” sounds a lot like something said in The Phantom Menace, which translates in Huttese (that’s the language of the Hutts) to “This’ll be the end of you”.

As for the who, it’s been revealed by Lucasfilm Story Group lead Pablo Hidalgo that George Lucas himself had made the edit. Before the filmmaker sold Lucasfilm to Disney back in 2012, he had been working on 4K and 3D remasters that were never released, but which have now been used Disney+ and that’s where this came from.

Firstly, I can’t believe that Hidalgo doesn’t have Disney+. What?! Secondly, just why Lucas decided this was necessary though… well, that’s a very silly mystery that I have no answer for. What I do know is that it’s already inspired some great jokes, and that may just have made this ridiculousness worth it.

And, of course, I had to add my own creation to this:

Last Updated: November 13, 2019

18 Comments

  1. Hammersteyn

    November 13, 2019 at 10:29

  2. BradeLunner

    November 13, 2019 at 11:31

    New comers to the saga are going to love this, it’s such a fun word to say

    Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    November 13, 2019 at 10:28

  4. Hammersteyn

    November 13, 2019 at 10:28

    • Admiral Chief

      November 13, 2019 at 11:31

      DED

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      November 13, 2019 at 11:31

      DED

      Reply

  5. Hammersteyn

    November 13, 2019 at 10:29

  6. BradeLunner

    November 13, 2019 at 11:31

    New comers to the saga are going to love this, it’s such a fun word to say

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      November 14, 2019 at 15:17

      So what noise did the car make?

      Reply

      • BradeLunner

        November 14, 2019 at 15:31

        “Nevermind the noise dad, just tell me how fast it’ll do the kessel run”

        Oh man I’d be so proud

        Reply

  7. Admiral Chief

    November 13, 2019 at 12:09

    I was hoping for more comments and memes, honestly.

    It seems the SW fans are few and far in between 🙁

    Reply

    • Raptor Rants

      November 13, 2019 at 15:32

      Few and Far Far Away

      Reply

    • Son of Banana Jim

      November 13, 2019 at 13:10

      They’re all dead, Jim. Last Jedi killed the last of the real ones. All that’s left are husks and thralls, like the creatures in Daybreak.

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      November 14, 2019 at 15:17

      My 1st one got marked as spam 🙁

      Reply

  8. Son of Banana Jim

    November 13, 2019 at 13:10

    Disney is like that rich kid, who managed to get his hands on a really expensive toy set, and instead of cherishing it, sharing it or treating it with respect, he hits it with a hammer, breaks it, and then wonders why everyone in the classroom hates his guts.

    Reply

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