It’s a big day for fans of the original Star Wars trilogy. First, we had the blooper reel from A New Hope, and now we have a newly discovered alternate take of Yoda’s Death Scene from Return of the Jedi!
The footage comes to us through a pretty unusual route.
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.
I would not be surprised if, instead of releasing the rest of it, Disney pays him a lot more than the $699 he shelled out for the disc and it ends up on the next collector’s edition.