What are you talking about ? Of course the movies have been modified several times.
But the lift off scene does seem to be unmodified, the compositing is so crappy there is no doubt it's original.
What am I talking about? Not the changes that were made when the flicks went digital. I am talking about the changes that were made between the time ESB left the screen the first time and then released the first time to VHS or laserdisc as Jaitea points out…oh, and the versions released to TV before the VHS versions came out.
So, when you say “Of course…”, do you mean that even these early changes are common knowledge? ’Cause I didn’t think they were common knowledge, which is why I mentioned them. If I am mistaken in this, then my apologies.
Now as far as the lift off scene being unmodified, I would say that you, Jaitea, and Junk Pilot are probably right, though I am still not 100% convinced because I had very extensive notes and screen caps on it at one time that would even today call it into question. Also, the screen caps I had were not the digital ones we all have access to these days. And they were extremely early. Of course you didn’t know any of this because I said nothing of it before. My bad. But since I no longer have access to this information, I didn’t see the point in bringing it up. And since I can no longer back up my position with this info, then perhaps I should have said nothing at all. Again, my bad. I suppose I was hoping to see some of my old evidence reappear. I am, however, grateful for the digging and analysis done here. Although it has not helped me much, I am sure others will benefit.
Anyone else want to beat up on the old guy? Seems to be open season.