For nearly twenty years, angry Star Wars fans have screamed at the top of their lungs how George Lucas raped their childhood by making changing who shot first in the Cantina in A New Hope. “Han Shot First” became a rallying cry for these people, expressing their rage at a change to the first Star Wars movie.
With the Digital HD release of the entire saga arriving tomorrow, fans have wondered what may change. It sounds like Han Solo may again shoot first in the digital release of Star Wars: A New Hope.
Badass Digest claims their sources say the Han/Greedo moment will be reverted to Han shooting first:
“If my sources are correct – and we’ll know in about 24 hours – Han will now shoot first in this edition of Star Wars. It’s probably one of the most egregious changes made to the Original Trilogy (and a lot of those changes were egregious) and now, almost two decades after it was included in the Special Edition, it will be gone.”
We won’t know for sure if this is true until the Star Wars digital release goes live tomorrow, but it’ll definitely be the first thing we’ll be checking out.
Honestly that change was always the clunkiest. It was strange they made Han’s head move in the 1997 Special Edition, it was even worse in the 2004 DVD release, but then was somewhat fixed in the Blu-Ray cut. Reverting it back to Han shooting first will eliminate one of the most jarring effects from the Special Edition.
UPDATE: Australian website Dark Horizons downloaded the digital copy of A New Hope (as it’s already available there) and confirmed there is no change:
It seems like a non-story really, but there’s a surprisingly large amount of discussion about this online today. So much so I had to check it out myself. It’s very early morning Friday here in Australia and the film series just became available on digital services a few hours ago. Picking up a copy of ‘A New Hope’ on iTunes, I jumped ahead to the scene and sadly there’s been no change. The Digital HD versions are the same as the Blu-rays, and Greedo still shoots first.