The original Star Wars trilogy is considered to be one of the greatest film trilogies of all time, consisting of Star Wars (later known as A New Hope), The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, but the later release of the prequels prompted George Lucas to make re-edited versions of the original three films, which resulted in a colossal amount of backlash from fans.

List of changes in Star Wars

"Han shot first"

Greedo shoots first

The infamous "Han shot first" scene.

"Han shot first" is a phrase referring to a controversial change made to a scene in the original Star Wars (1977), in which Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is confronted by the bounty hunter Greedo (Paul Blake) in the Mos Eisley cantina.

Han Solo and Greedo both independently work for Jabba the Hutt, a crime lord based on the desert planet of Tatooine. Before the events of the film, Jabba puts a bounty on Han, a smuggler for Jabba, after Han jettisons some cargo to avoid capture by an Imperial search party. In the Mos Eisley Cantina, Greedo corners Han and forces him at gunpoint to sit down in a booth. Solo tells Greedo that he has the money to compensate Jabba, but Greedo demands the money for himself. Han says he doesn't have the money at the moment, quietly readying his own blaster under the table. Greedo tells him that Jabba has run out of patience with Han and that Greedo has been "waiting for a long time for this", referring to Han's capture. Han replies, "Yes, I'll bet you have." The scene's conclusion varies depending on the version of the film.

In the original 1977 theatrical release, Han pulls out his blaster and shoots Greedo in the chest, killing him instantly. As Han leaves the booth, he tosses a coin to the bartender and says "Sorry about the mess."

However, in the 1997 Special Edition re-release, a few frames were inserted in which Greedo shoots first at Han and misses, before Han returns fire and kills Greedo.

When the Special Edition was released, the Star Wars fandom heavily criticized the revamped scene, considering it to be a total betrayal of Han's original characterization.

Addition of CGI


Han Solo and Jabba the Hutt in the 2004 DVD release of "A New Hope".

Various scenes in the original trilogy were re-made using CGI. A substantial amount of these re-made scenes were heavily criticized by Star Wars fans; most notably the scene where Han Solo meets Jabba the Hutt at Mos Eisley Spaceport (especially the 1997 Special Edition version) in "A New Hope", and the entire "Jedi Rocks" musical sequence at Jabba's Palace in "Return of the Jedi".


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