Reliance Media scanned the film in 4K in preparation for the cancelled 3D releases of the Saga.
Due to it being a different scan from the HD Branch, frames are cropped differently. It is now presented at the 2.39:1 aspect ratio to match the Disney-era films.
We shared our rough research on the changes/fixes with The Digital Bits:
We have started our full study on the changes between the original and this latest version, which you’ll find here.
- A fourth take of Greedo Shoots First.
- A new Echo Base shield generator explosion.
- In redoing 2004 lightsabers, errors introduced at that time were avoided.
- The afterimage of Luke walking around the Lars homestead (introduced in 1997) was removed, along with the fly on the lens in the next shot.
- A black spot in the matte of Vader exiting his shuttle on Endor was filled.
- Multiple shots have been modified to ease the 3D conversion or add a sense of movement.
- Streaming (Disney+)
- Digital Copy (replacing the copies of “15SE“)
- Ultra High Definition Disc
- Blu-ray Disc (in sets that include UHD)