So George Lucas is coming in for some heavy criticism for altering several scenes in the Blu-ray edition of 'Star Wars: The Complete Saga,' which is scheduled to hit stores on Sept. 16.

At the center of the controversy is the addition of audio to the scene at the end of 'Return of the Jedi,' when Darth Vader throws Emperor Palpatine down a shaft; in the original, Vader was silent, but now he cries out "No!" foreshadowing the end of 'Revenge of the Sith.' There's other changes, too, that are bothering fans, such as CGI versions of Yoda and the Ewoks (their eyes now blink) as well as audio changes for Obi-Wan Kenobi's Krayt Dragon howl when he rescues Luke Skywalker from a Tusken Raider attack.

One of the major beefs has to do with the fact that the original versions of the first three 'Star Wars' have not been released since the days of VHS -- the first DVD versions already had been altered by Lucas, who added scenes and spiffed up some of the special effects. (Most notoriously, he added in Jar Jar Binks and Hayden Christensen prequel references; clearly merchandising efforts for the new films). You would think that -- like other directors who have tinkered with their work with director's cuts -- Lucas would at least include the originals along with his new cuts on DVD? Not so.
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