Lost Footage from RETURN OF THE JEDI Laserdisc Reveals Alternate Takes and Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Yoda’s Death Scene

     October 28, 2013


For all of the special features that came loaded on to the Blu-ray release for Star Wars, it wasn’t everything.  For those of you not old to remember Laserdiscs, they were pretty much gigantic CDs, and they never really took off due to how expensive they and the players were.  But they still remain among collectors, and they’re surprisingly durable.  Star Wars fan “rotjeditdroid” picked up a Laserdisc created by Lucasfilm to show off their EditDroid station, a digital editing station created almost 30 years ago.  This Laserdisc was loaded with Star Wars clips, and rotjeditdroid shelled out $699 on eBay for the item.  He/she is now uploading the clips from Return of the Jedi piecemeal to his/her Facebook page, and they reveal an interesting alternate takes and behind-the-scenes footage from Yoda’s death scene.  More footage is supposedly on the way, and rotjeditdroid is claiming the posts are protected by Fair Use, but Fair Use is very hazy, and Lucasfilm could still take this down.

Hit the jump to check out the clips while you can, and click here for some previously unseen bloopers from Star Wars: A New Hope.

Via The Verge and rotjeditdroid.


  • jk

    Very interesting, however, I like the cut that appears in the film. Frank Oz’s performing/acting Yoda seemed a little rushed in some of the delivery of the lines. Obviously it was very labor intensive to perform Yoda.

    • Grayden

      Likely it was just to capture the performance of the puppet and Hamill. since they ADR almost everything else later in post, Oz’s actual delivery of lines isn’t really important.

  • MCP

    Awesome, I still got my Pioneer laserdisc player and all 3 original Star Wars movies. Along with Jurassic Park. Anyone interested….? Ehhe…..

    • mbmarquis69

      My THX version of Jurassic Park on Laserdisc was spread out over 6 discs. That’s not 6 discs of supplemental material.. that was the entire freaking movie. No wonder it went extinct.

      • MCP

        Yea, I got the same version, only 3 discs though (6 sides). That’s only 3 times to get up and change that big ol Frisbee!
        Though, it was nice to have a Laserdisc player that had the auto flip function, so that you didn’t have to flip the disc as well!!

        Still, nice to have the THX unaltered versions of the original Star Wars, just 2 discs (3 sides)!

      • mbmarquis69

        Oh yeah… I forgot they were 2-sided. I didn’t have the player that would flip, so I had to get up and change it 6 times, so that’s where that number came from.

        I didn’t care. I felt like I had state of the art… and for that time, we did!

  • Dmula

    Sure wish they made movies like this and very little cgi

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  • rish398

    This lost footage of Return Of The Jedi (though I doubt it was lost) is 100% better than anything that the hack jj abrams will shit out. GO AWAY JJ!KEEP JJ AWAY FROM STAR WARS!!!!!!

    • MEY

      The 79th nickname…

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    How for God’s sake George has gone from this credible universe to the awful CGI game quality in the prequels ?…

  • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

    Actually Laserdiscs were pretty huge, maybe not in the states, but the Asian markets in particular – they had little to no idea what VHS tapes were – they only ever had Laserdiscs. Incidentally the first Laserdisc release under the banner name of “Discovision” was Jaws in 1978

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