Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – A Visual Guide to Changes, Fixes, and Tweaks in the Disney+ 4K Version

January 29, 2020 - 3:00 pm   |   by
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When Naboo was added to the ending celebrations, the Mos Eisley tower that wiped to Coruscant was cut out to make a wipe to Naboo. This was redone in 4K (note the wider pole on the top left and how the cutout is different on the main section.

When Naboo was added to the ending celebrations, the Mos Eisley tower that wiped to Coruscant was cut out to make a wipe to Naboo. This was redone in 4K (note the wider pole on the top left and how the cutout is different on the main section.

 

Naboo was added to the ending celebrations in 2004, and the same shot was added to the 4K. Note that this is a mirrored shot of the Trade Federation invading in The Phantom Menace.

Naboo was added to the ending celebrations in 2004, and the same shot was added to the 4K. Note that this is a mirrored shot of the Trade Federation invading in The Phantom Menace.

 

When Naboo was added to the ending celebrations, the Mos Eisley tower that wiped to Coruscant was cut out to make a wipe to Naboo. A new wipe was created to move from Naboo to Coruscant, which was recreated in 4K.

When Naboo was added to the ending celebrations, the Mos Eisley tower that wiped to Coruscant was cut out to make a wipe to Naboo. A new wipe was created to move from Naboo to Coruscant, which was recreated in 4K.

 

The 1997 version of Coruscant added to the ending celebrations had random buildings in the background. These buildings were replaced with the Senate building from the prequels for the DVD, which had to be redone in 4K. The matte lines on the foreground building to the left are different and a ghost of the left part of the original background building can be seen.

The 1997 version of Coruscant added to the ending celebrations had random buildings in the background. These buildings were replaced with the Senate building from the prequels for the DVD, which had to be redone in 4K. The matte lines on the foreground building to the left are different and a ghost of the left part of the original background building can be seen.

 

The 1997 version of Coruscant added to the ending celebrations had random buildings in the background. These buildings were replaced with the Jedi Temple from the prequels for the DVD, which had to be redone in 4K. The original shot of the X-wings shooting off fireworks was completely replaced.

The 1997 version of Coruscant added to the ending celebrations had random buildings in the background. These buildings were replaced with the Jedi Temple from the prequels for the DVD, which had to be redone in 4K. The original shot of the X-wings shooting off fireworks was completely replaced.

 

Sebastian Shaw’s head was replaced by Hayden Christensen for the DVD. This was redone in 4K, but it is now more apparent where the head was added.

Sebastian Shaw’s head was replaced by Hayden Christensen for the DVD. This was redone in 4K, but it is now more apparent where the head was added.

 

Sebastian Shaw’s head was replaced by Hayden Christensen for the DVD. This was redone in 4K, but it is now more apparent where the head was added.

Sebastian Shaw’s head was replaced by Hayden Christensen for the DVD. This was redone in 4K, but it is now more apparent where the head was added.

 

The final wipe was recreated in 1997, and it looks to have been done again in the 4K.

The final wipe was recreated in 1997, and it looks to have been done again in the 4K.

 

So those are all the changes, fixes, and tweaks spotted so far. If Drew finds more, we’ll add them here.

Meanwhile, our thanks to Drew Stewart for all his hard work! And be sure to check out our similar guides for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back here on The Digital Bits as well.

You can find Drew online on his Star Wars Revisited and Star Wars Visual Comparisons sites, and also here and here on Twitter.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the guide to Return of the Jedi 4K!

As always, stay tuned....

- Bill Hunt

(You can follow Bill on social media at these links: Twitter and Facebook)

 

 

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