Hold onto your butts, because George Lucas may be at it again...
Matt Wood, one of Lucasfilm's top audio Jedi, spilled some tidbits of information while being interviewed on The Forcecast on another possible revamping of the original Star Wars trilogy.
The detail in itself may be small; it is in reference to Obi-Wan Kenobi's screeching noise that scares off Luke's attackers, but here is the direct quote from the podcast:
"And, to be honest, that sound effect has been changed again. So at some point the audiences will be hearing that scene again with the new sound effect."
That particular sound effect is of course from the film that started it all, A New Hope, which means they are working yet again on at least the audio of original trilogy.
Why would Lucasfilm be spending time and resources on the old films again? A long anticipated Blu-ray release seems the most logical answer. Which in itself is amazing news, but if they are changing sound effects what else will change?
The special editions of the three classic Star Wars films that were released several years back were not exactly received well by fans, some of the changes (Han shoots second?!) really were unexpected and only succeeded in getting fanboys angry. And some of the CGI work that was added in already looks dated (Jabba anyone?).
While updating the audio and sound mixing may not be as controversial, and in all honesty even necessary for a quality Blu-ray release, it does Star Wars vulnerable for exploitation all over again.
All that I really have to say is, Mr. Lucas, for the love of all that is good in this universe and those far, far away ... please no 3D. All it took to bring down the Death Star was a exhaust port, how much can you do the original Star Wars trilogy before it also implodes?