Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Disney Plus Changes The Star Wars 'Who Shot First?' Scene Again

Disney Plus Changes The Star Wars 'Who Shot First?' Scene Again

Because there apparently hasn't been enough controversy in Star Wars the last few years, Disney chose to ramp it up with the launch of its streaming service, Disney+. The scene that has been changed countless times with every remaster and re-release - maybe Han shot first, maybe Greedo, maybe both - and it received another tweak with the Disney+ 4k remaster. Lucas tried to defend his choice several times over the years, and with the 2004 DVD release of the trilogy, he changed it again.

A Disney representative said in a statement that the change was "made by George [Lucas] made prior to the Disney acquisition", per The Verge.

People on social media had a blast with this new rendition that generated a lot of buzz on the internet after Disney+'s release yesterday.

The infamous debacle is even referenced in 2018's "Solo: A Star Wars Story", wherein Han shoots Tobias Beckett without even a second's hesitation.

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After scouring the Complete Wermos Guide to Huttese , I suspect its actually supposed to be ma klounkee, a phrase used in The Phantom Menace: Sebulba tells Anakin Neek me chawa, wermo, mo killee ma klounkee, which is translated in the subtitles as Next time we race, boy, it will be the end of you. Greedo then falls to the table and never fires a shot. In the new edit, Greedo has captions for everything he says, except for "maclunkey", adding to the confusion. It is the scene that makes changes from the original one from 1997. The verbal threat let Han know that Greedo wanted to kill him, which is why he made a decision to fire - he knew only one of them was going to get out alive.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019. As you can see from the comparison video below, Greedo still shoots first but Han's shot comes even sooner after the original attempt to kill him.

Now, the newly-discovered edit seems to have shifted the focus from the age-old "Who shot first?" debate to speculation surrounding what exactly "Maclunkey" might mean. Or did Greedo shoot first? And additional to their original, The Mandalorian, all of the Star Wars movies are available to stream.

In any case, it is not like you may put up Star Wars: A New Hope on-line with out enhancing a really particular scene. Fun fact: George Lucas made sure the opening Star Wars crawl music was in the same key as the Fox fanfare so that the two would seamlessly blend into each other.

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