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   Basically, what ended up hapenning is ILM grabbed all of the old

vintage VistaVision camera's, made Star Wars, and resurrected the format. Soon after Star Wars was released Camera's which ILM had bought for pennies and dimes before were being valued as royal crown jewels by camera shops.

        There are several Scenes when we can see people's clothing
        change from scene to scene. 
  Han is Frozen
              The scenes where Han is frozen in carbonite, and those
              when he is later unfrozen in Jabba's Palace contain many
              Before Han is lowered into the carbonite, he has shackles
              around the upper part of his arms, which holds them to
              his body. However, when he is unfrozen, he no longer has
              them on his arms. 
              Althought it would seem Han looses the shackles about his
              hands (as he is bound before, but when Boushh thaws him
              out they are up about shoulder level, a few feet apart)
              they were actually removed before he was frozen. 
              Han is not wearing his vest through several scenes. You
              see his torso as completely white (his shirt is white).
              Those are the medium close up shots of Han. When the
              camera cuts to long shots, Han is wearing his vest. 
              There is a strap across Han's shoulder which is not
              around afterwards. 
              It was also noted that Han's shirt is un-tucked when he
              gets frozen, but tucked-in when he is thawed out.
              Furthermore, upon closer inspection we find that Han is
              wearing a double-breasted shirt upon getting thawed, but
              when he is frozen it is a tunic-style shirt. 
  Han's Gunbelt
              Paul Joseph Mitchell <mav+@CMU.EDU> writes: 
              When Han and Lando are talking in the rebel hanger right
              before the strike team departs in the stolen Imperial
              shuttle. Watch Lando, the gun belt strap across his chest
              changes sides between different cuts during the same
              In the scene where Darth Vader asks, "Did your men
              disable the Millenium Falcon's hyperdrive?", (just
              before R2D2 fixes the hyperdrive) Piett's rank insignia
              switches from the left side to the right side. 
              After Piette is promoted from Captain to Admiral in The
              Empire Strikes back, his rank insignia is upgraded (from
              3 or 4 red and blue bars to six bars), and remains
              consistent throughout the rest of the film. However,
              throughout Return of the Jedi, his insignia is three red
              and blue bars, even though he is still an Admiral. 
  Boba Fett
              When Boba Fett nods to Boussh (Leia) in Jabba's Palace. 
              Fett's costume appears reversed. His cape, which normally
              hangs off his left shoulder, is hanging off his right
              shoulder. More noticeable is the fact that his helmet
              sensor antenna, which is supposed to be on the right side
              of his helmet, is moved to the left side of his helmet. 
  Darth Vader's cape
              Brian Sebby <> writes: 
              In Return of the Jedi, before Darth Vader and Luke have
              their lightsaber battle in the Emperor's throne room.
              If you look carefully at Vader's costume right before the
              battle, you will see that his cape is draped behind his
              right shoulder...yet, a few minutes into the battle, the
              cape has been draped over the you think
              Vader would take the time in the middle of a battle to
              adjust his cape? 
        Some time on Cloud City when Chewie is running away from the
        camera (specific scene unknown) the angle is such that you see
        the bottoms of Chewie's feet, and the heel of the boots that
        make up the feet of Peter Mayhew's costume. 
        When the trash compactor walls are closing in on our heroes
        aboard the Deathstar, watch Chewie. His position changes in
        three cuts. First he is holding the wall, next he is putting up
        his crossbow, then he is again holding the wall. 
        In the base on Hoth, at the scene where a rebel soldier (Major
        Derlin) tells Leia the doors must close for the evening,
        despite Luke not having returned yet. He says, "Your Highness,
        there is nothing more we can do tonight. The shield doors must
        be closed." 
        The actor is none other than Cliff Claven from TV's Cheers
        (real name of: John Ratzenberger). 
        When Gold Five is going down on during the fight on the
        Deathstar. He calls out, "Gold Five to Red Leader." Red
        Leader's response is "I copy, Gold Leader." 
        Note: Not only was he referring to the wrong person, but I
        believe Gold Leader was dead at this point. As a side note, Red
        Leader's microphone attached to the helmet also switches from
        side to side. 
        There are a few scenes througout the first film where David
        Prowse's face can be seen through the Vader mask. 
        Note: Lucas wanted to make it completely dark, but could not do
        it in the first show. This problem was fixed in the later
        Robert Alan Danforth <> writes: 
   There is a scene where Darth and Tarkin are talking about Obi-wan.
   During part of the dialog, Darth stops talking, but keeps
   gesticulating as though he is saying something. Tarkin doesn't
   respond to his comment until after he stops gesticulating.
   Obviously, they had some difficulty timing the voice over with Darth
   Vader's movements in this scene. 
        There are several scenes where Vader's Light saber is
        performing at less than `peak' quality... 
              Just after Darth Vader Kills Obi-Wan Kenobi, onboard the
              Death Star. His light sabre is white, instead of red.
              This is because the coloring was added after the film was
              made, and the optical effects crews forgot to add color
              to this one scene. The white is the actual color of the
              This is the same as above, except for in a different
              scene. Before Vader ignites his saber for the first time
              in Cloud City, you can clearly see the actual uncolored
              rod. However, it isn't white like in the first film but
              dark gray which blends in against Vader's costume. The
              best way to see it is to wait until he ignites his saber,
              then rewind the film with your eye on where the
              lightsaber was and you can see it. 
              You can see a shadow of the light saber, just after Luke
              knocks Vader down the stairs and Vader gets up. Vader's
              lightsabre is casting a shadow on the ground. 
              Note: These mis-cuts also demonstrate the effect of the
              actor tilting the lightsaber away from himself to
              simulate extension. 
        Jeffrey Gold <> writes: 
        In Star Wars ANH, watch the stage panels (in the background,
        behind Grand Moff Tarkin, and Darth Vader). They are constanly
        swinging to and fro. Remember, the Death Star was designed by
        committe, and funded by a government... 
        The Dewbak appears in two places on Tatooine. First: The scene
        where the Stormtroopers discover the escape pod used by C-3P0
        and R2-D2. At the beginning of this scene, you can see it with
        stormtroopers, in the distance. 
        The second time you see it, is the scene when Luke and Ben have
        reached the city, and are parking the Landspeeder. It is rather
        hard to find, as it is in the background. But, if you look
        closely, you can see it next to [need more info] 
        Note: The Dewbak is a Giant Green lizard used for
        David Kember (Gallandro) <>
        If you read his (George Lucas's) biography Skywalking, it talks
        about how his secretaries would type his notes, and he would
        have the same name spelled different ways at different places
        in the manuscript. The secretaries just used their own
        consistent spellings which they then checked with George. 
        However, it is an acknowledged error that Wookiee is spelled
        with one E in the original novel. TIE is generally capitalized
        because it is an acronym; my assumption is that Foster (who
        ghost-wrote the novel) didn't know this and spelled in a way
        that appeared to him to be more logical. 
        Also of possible interest is the fact that at least one
        spelling changed over the course of the troligy. In any
        reference printed before 1983, Jabba the Hutt is spelled with
        one T. With the premeire of Jedi, for some reason, the
        "official" spelling changed to include 2 T's, perhaps to more
        clearly indicate that it was Jabba's race (avoiding confusion
        with the English word "hut")--but that is pure speculation on
        my part. 
        In the scene when Artoo first gets put into the Jawa's
        sandcrawler. As he looks around at the creatures, you seen
        R5-D4, followed by more creatures, and then a second shot at
        After the second shot, when the camera turns back to R2-D2, R2
        turns his head, revealing the face for the pupetteer driving R2
        through the bubble on R2-D2's head. 
        While the Emperor is walking down the ramp of the Imperial
        Shuttle Craft, onboard the Death Star, his head somehow manages
        to go through the front of the Shuttle Craft. 
        It has also been noted that Darth Vader does the same thing,
        when his shuttle lands on Endor (while he is waiting for Luke).
        Does this actually occur twice, or is one of the above
        These can be seen is a few scenes, however the most prominent
        is when Luke is watching the Rebel fleet being led into a trap.
        During this time small black spots are seen on the emporers
        head, primarily on the left side. These are known as the
        "Emperor's slugs", due to their sluglike appearance. Daniel
        Goldman <dgoldman@Xenon.Stanford.EDU> makes an educated guess
        as to the reason of their existence: 
   You will notice that the Emperor's eyes are lit by a soft

sickly-green spotlight in that scene. The problem with normal spots, is that when you try to get them that tight, there is always a little spillover, which gets even worse if the subject is moving. Probably, the green light was lighting things that should not have been lit, like the back of the hood, or a part of his fact that had not been made up (ears or hair, perhaps). The optics crew then manually blacked out the `overflowing' area's.

        Robert Alan Danforth << writes: 
        In the asteriod battle scene, there is a part where the camera
        angle cuts to a wide shot of all the asteriods. Something
        clearly explodes on one of the asteroids (it even makes a
        sound), but nothing actually hits the asteroid. (There are two
        tie's chasing the falcon at this point, but both are visible
        during this part, and neither of them is the cause of the
        My guess is that there was originally more to this scene, and
        the real cause of the explosion ended up sharing the same fate
        as Biggs (being left on the cutting room floor). Perhaps we are
        supposed to believe these small asteriods are volcanic? Or that
        some asteroid, too small to be percieved by the viewer collides
        very forcibly with the larger asteriod just at that point in
        the movie? 
        Note: this could be a place where a TIE Fighter was supposed to
        crash, but which either was lost during editing, or in the
        conversion to video. 
        Aaron Romanowsky <> writes: 
        when the droids first enter Jabba's throne room, you hear a lot
        of alien voices murmuring... if you listen closely, one of them
        is Greedo's voice speaking the exact same dialogue he said to
        Han in Star Wars. 
        Watch when Leia is shot on Endor, Han grabs her and pulls her
        back to safety. Keep an eye on his hand... 
        When Luke, Han, and the others were to be thrown into the sand
        creature on Tatooine. Han and Lando are standing on the
        levitating platform and one of Jabba's men fires a shot,
        hitting the vehicle, causing it to tilt at a precarious angle. 
        As everybody scrambles to balance themselves, you see Han grab
        the edge of the ship with his hands, and is hanging over the
        edge. But, a few seconds later, they show him hanging by his
        Mark Swartz <> follows up: 
   It says that Han falls of the skiff and grabs on by his hands, but
   later he is hanging by his feet. If you watch carefully, when he
   goes out of view, you can see his shadow, and he pulls himself up,
   and flips around to hang by his feet! 
        Just after the Death Star is destroyed, as Luke is getting out
        of his X-Wing, Leia comes running up to him as he descends the
        ladder from his X-Wing. He calls out "Carrie!", rather than
        "Leia". Carrie Fisher is the actor who played Princess Leia. 
        Note: This has been verified by Lucas. 
        At the beginning part of the sequence where Luke is eathing
        with Owen and Beru, his cup is in his left hand. Later on, it
        magically appears in his right hand. 
        Note: This happens twice, and is most likely a result of the
        film being reversed, which happens several times throughout the
        In the scenes when Luke and Vader are fighting on Cloud City.
        As Vader is mentally hurling boxes and objects at Luke, who is
        deflecting them with his light saber (and his head). 
        After one of the pieces breaks the window into the huge shaft,
        and Luke is sucked through. We see him hanging from a catwalk
        with both hands. He should have lost his lightsaber, while
        hanging on for dear life. However, in the next scene, he's
        holding his saber in his hand again! Did Luke take the time to
        put his saber back into his belt as he was being sucked into a
        void? Or was their a friendly stage hand available to give him
        a new one? 
        Note: This is actually a result of the conversion from film to
        video, where the sides are chopped. In the letterboxed version
        the saber is near the edge of the screen, lying on the catwalk.
        Neil <> writes: 
        After you here the roar of the Dia naga Luke turns his head and
        moves his mouth, but nothing comes out. You do not have to be a
        professional lip-reader to know he says, "What's that?". A
        moment later you see him do it again but you can only catch the
        end of what he said and therefore cannot decipher it. This is
        definately in the VHS version, but I am not sure about any
        When Luke is tumbling in the air shaft near the end of the
        film, there is a very short scene (before he gets dropped out
        the bottom of Bespin) where you can see what appears to be his
        right hand. 
        There are quite a few scenes which includes poor mattes, and
        bad editing for the ships (primarily the multitudes of TIE
        fighters). I will try to cover of them. 
        Note: Often times the conversion to video looses a bit of
        quality. Floating mattes show up quite well due to this. 
  Bad Matte's
              Right after the rebels arrive at the Death Star, and they
              figure out that the shields are still up, after Admiral
              Akbar says It's a Trap!" followed by Lando saying, "Enemy
              fighters coming in". As the Millenium Falcon fly's
              directly at the audience, and leaves the screen (upper
              right), pause the picture. You will see 2 little white
              "H" shapes on the Falcon's underside, where space was
              reserved for 2 TIE fighters. 
              As Doug Tooley points out, the tie fighters actually are
              in the scene. They were intended to be hidden behind the
              Falcon (which is why they are so small). You can see them
              before they cross the Falcon. It is simply a perspective
              problem which was messed up (understandable given the
              compexity of the scene). 
  TIE Fighters
              Jeffrey Gold << writes: 
              In the scene where the streams of TIE fighters are
              girdling the Death Star, three enter from the right of
              the screen to join the group girdling the Death Star,
              except for they disappear before the scene is finished. 
        Lukas Kendall <> writes: 
        There is an inconsistency in the number of "window frames" in
        the Millenium Falcon's cockpit. The cockpit features a single
        circular window facing front, with a rim of windows immediately
        arround that, surrounded by more windows. It is the first rim
        of windows that has the inconsistency in A New Hope--when we
        see from inside the cockpit, there are only three windows, with
        window frames as so: 
        However, when we see an exterior shot of the Falcon, this rim is
        divided into quarters, as so: 
        In the Empire Strikes Back, the interior of the Falcon is
        corrected to match with the outside (with the rim divided into
        four windows). 
        In the first scene of the Millenium Falcon's cockpit. Behind
        Han and Chewie, there is a person standing. A few seconds later
        they move out of the shot. 
        Note: This may just be in the Letterbox version. 
        Rajiv Udani <> writes: 
        When Chewie runs to the cockpit to fly the Falcon out of Mos
        Eisley, his head hits 2 small objects that look very much like
        small dice. 
        Lucas used several linguists to create languages for the
        aliens. The one which Nein Numb speaks is based off a Kenyan
        dialect. By accident or design, one of his lines ends up
        sounding like an actual sentence in this language. The actual
        sentence which can be heard is a matter of debate, with some
        believing he says, "One thousand herds of elephants are
        standing on my foot", and others believe it is, "Hey, you,
        look over here." 
        Note: I have not heard any official information either way. 
        Oola, the green dancing girl in Jabba's palace accidentally
        "falls out of her costume" when Jabba is trying to drag her
        towards him. Her breast can be seen for 1 or 2 frames. 
        When the heroes recieve their medallions at the end of Star
        Wars IV, "A New Hope", most of the crowd is composed of
        cardboard cut-outs. 
        At the beginning of the movie onboard the rebel corvette, which
        is currently attempting to escape an Imperial Star Destroyer.
        As Leia is giving a message to R2-D2, R2 starts to roll away.
        If the scene would have continued on, he would have rolled into
        the wall. 
        Bryan Carolan Dunne << writes: 
        When R5-D4's head pops open during the scene where Uncle Owen
        in buying him, they cut to a shot of R2 with R5 next to him.
        Then they cut to the Jawas dragging R5 away from Luke, who is
        nowhere near R2. 
        Star Wars VI, Return of the Jedi was originally scripted as
        Revenge of the Jedi. 
        There are a several locations where film is reversed. This
        details some of the scenes which include C-3PO. 
        [IV] Aaron Romanowsky <> writes: 
        C-3PO gets a dent on the right side of his head when he falls
        and breaks off his arm; he still has this dent throughout the
        movie, but in one shot at the end, when he's next to Leia in
        the Rebel Control Room, the film has been reversed -- the dent
        is on his left side, and Leia is now on the right of him. 
        [IV] Dan Uslan <> writes: 
        When C-3PO and R2-D2 crash-land on Tattooine, C-3PO has a large
        grease stain down the left side of his chest. A few minutes later
        this stain is on the right side. 
        These are noticable in virtually any battle, the most
        noticeable is the battle with stormtroopers immediately after
        Leia has been pulled out of her cell (before she blows a hole
        in the wall) 
        The laser rifles are actually modified Sterling 9mm submachine
        guns, and when filming the shoot-outs they used blank bullets
        (so they would know when they were fired, and they would
        simulate "kick-back") which eject spent cases as if they were
        real bullets. 
        Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie are inside the trash compacter on
        the Deathstar. After the compactor has started up and Luke is
        yelling into the comlink. The camera cuts to C-3PO's comlink
        sitting on the table, then to the security door. 
        The door opens and Storm Troopers walk in. The trooper behind
        and on the right of the lead trooper hits his head. 
        Note: There has been a hot debate about whether this was
        supposed to happen, or was an accident, Ed Hirsh
        <> writes: 

The scene where the stormtrooper hits his head as he enters the communications room is not in the script. Here is the scene as it is written by George Lucas (Reprinted w/o permission):

———[ begin Star Wars Script:


A soft buzzer and the muted voice of Luke calling out for See-Threepio can be heard on Threepio's hand comlink, which is sitting on the deserted computer console. Artoo and Threepio are nowhere in sight. Suddenly there is a great explosion and the door of the control tower flies across the floor. Four armed stormtroopers enter the chamber.

FIRST TROOPER: Take over! (pointing to the dead officer)

      See to him!  Look there!

———-[ end Star Wars Script

So the First Trooper was supposed to say "See to him!" But it was directed toward the previously killed officer!!

        Ryan Smith <> writes: 
        A friend of mine told me about reading a story on the special
        effects in the Star Wars movies just after Return of the Jedi
        came out. In the story, the special effects guy talked about
        them creating a scene in the Empire Strikes Back where a TIE
        Fighter pilot is visible in a ball of flame after his ship is
        blown up. After watching all the movies on his wide-screen
        laser disk version, we found it. 
        In the Empire Strikes Back, side 2, frames 23967-23983. It is
        the scene where the Falcon first enters the asteroid field. The
        first TIE Fighter to get hit by an asteroid explodes. In the
        center of the explosion you can see the pilot (on fire)
        spinning from the center of the screen to the lower left. I
        checked it out on my letterboxed VHS version (from the
        beginning of the tape (not the beginning of the movie) it is 39
        min. and 40 sec. (to 39 min. and 41 sec.)) it is visible but I
        only have a 3 head VCR and the freeze frame sucks. But it's
        there... honest. 
        When Luke is fighting Vader, after he knocks Vader off the edge
        and jumps down behind him. 
        If you look and listen closely, you will hear Luke bounce on a
        trampoline-like device. Then, his head magically reappears at
        the bottom of the screen, for a short moment. 
        Geoff <> writes: 
        In the Emperor's Throne Room during the duel between Luke and
        Vader, there is a scene where luke does a sumersault jump to a
        floor above where he originally was. If you look at the hair of
        Luke jumping, you will notice that the stunt double's hair is
        much more blonde than Mark Hamill's 
        There are three scenes where a white protocol droid can be seen
        (rather than the more common silver or gold colors). The first
        is in the command post on Hoth. The white driod is standing to
        the left behind one of the glass monitors. It is in the
        shadows, so it could easilly be mistaken for C-3PO. 
        The second time is in the scene that starts with the line, "We
        can't protect two transports at the same time". At the end of
        the scene the driod is standing to the right, in the background
        between two people. It is definitely not C-3PO, as he is
        standing in the foreground at the same time. 
        Later, the droid is seen sitting in one of the chairs to the
        left of the command post, obviously non-functional at this
        Lucas was concerned about preventing leaks with the Empire
        Strikes Back. Because of this, he had an elaborate security
        system set up which included logs of reports about leaks from
        actors. Lucas had special concern over the catwalk scene where
        Vader tells Luke he is his father. The lines Prowse actually
        spoke were "Obi Wan Kenobi is your father" not, "I am your
        father". The lines in the released film were added later, with
        the rest of Darth Vader's dialogue. 
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I would like to give thanks to everybody who helped me compile the Bad

 Guide to Starwars (whether they know it or not). I tried to give them
 credit when I used direct information from them, or I could find who
 they were, otherwise they are all listed here (alphabetic by first
 name, sorry): 
Name                               E-mail Address

Aaron Romanowsky         
Andy Hofle               
Bryan Carolan Dunne      
Cleavy McKnight                    cleavy@pangea.Stanford.EDU
Dan Uslan                
Daniel Goldman                     dgoldman@Xenon.Stanford.EDU
Daniel S. Highlands      
Darryll Hobson           
David Kember (Gallandro) 
Dax Shifrel               
Doug Brod                
Doug Tooley              
Ed Hirsh                 
Geoff (The Doctor)       
Jason Walsh              
Jeff baker               
Jefferey Gold            
John Hagerman            
Kevin Lauderdale         
Kevin Mitchell                     kam@genesis.MCS.COM
Klaus Gassner            
Mark Swartz              
Michael Clark            
Michael Palencar                   redfive@ucscb.UCSC.EDU
Mike (Starman)           
Murray Chapman           
Nathan Hill              
Neil                               NWA101@PSUVM.PSU.EDU
Norm Yamane                        nyamane@nyx.UUCP
Paul Joseph Mitchell               mav+@CMU.EDU
Rajiv Udani              
Rob Johnson              
Robert Alan Danforth     
Ryan Smith               
Scott B. Casteel                   sbc@po.CWRU.Edu
Todd Chambers            
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