ESB:R Facts


There will be several official versions released:

  • Blu-Ray 720p BD-25
  • 720p MKV
  • Special features DVD-5 (only needed for mkv & DVD version as all these will feature on the Blu-Ray)


  1. Doing a complete colour correction.
  2. Rebuilding the sound mix with new sound FX.
  3. Re-rotoscoping all the lightsabers to fix colour (and other) errors.
  4. Re-rotoscoping all of the laser blasts for consistency.
  5. Attempting to fix spaceship/snowspeeder transparency issues.
  6. TIEs will be blue and ANH:RHD will have blue TIEs also
  7. Replacing/enhancing starfields.
  8. Fixing as many garbage mattes as possible.
  9. Recoloured R2’s black panels to blue


  1. New 20th Century Fox opening (based on the post-Avatar logo)
  2. New recreated opening crawl
  3. Fixed juddering starfield as camera pans as probes fly away from the belly of stardestroyer
  4. Added flames as probe enters atmosphere
  5. Replaced pinks streak with flames for when probe crashes
  6. Removed footprints in snow when probe crashes
  7. Added crater debris when probe emerges to match previous close-up shot
  8. Smoothed Taun-taun stop motion animation.
  9. Flipped shot of probe crashes when Luke see it to match the first time we see the crash
  10. Enhanced binoculars display
  11. New shot of Han on Taun-Taun when he is speaking to Luke
  12. New Wampa
  13. Flipped the Wampa’s arm as it looks like he is back swiping Luke because they used the wrong arm
  14. Removed boom mic reflection in Luke’s goggles
  15. Removed puppeteers’ arm (done before the blu-ray fix)
  16. New matte of rebel hangar entrance
  17. Changed Falcons turret gun in all studio set shots to match the studio model
  18. Swapped hair colour or rebels when Leia is watching Han as he enters command centre to help fix issue with flipped shot
  19. Covering Anthony Daniel’s neck which is visible while Han calls over the Deck Officer.
  20. Re-edited the Wampa cave scene to closer match the original theatrical version, eliminating all SE additions (apart from one shot)
  21. Altered position of lightsaber in the snow so it is more covered to match the way it is buried in other shots
  22. Luke’s legs position changed from open to closed when hanging form ceiling of cave to match their position as he tries to break free
  23. Luke’s sabre now retracts as he runs out of cave
  24. Expanding the size of the hangar interior when seen from outside the hangar doors in the shot where R2 is using his scanner and added more troops/pilots
  25. Altered scenery slightly when Han walks away from Taun Taun
  26. Changed the scenery seen outside of the hangar before they close the doors
  27. Fixed a continuity issue where the door starts to close twice in this scene
  28. Added a “force” glow around Obi-Wan’s ghost
  29. Added motion blur when Taun Taun falls
  30. Flipped 2 shots when Han cuts open Taun Taun to fix continuity issue
  31. Added lightsaber scorch march when Taun Taun is cut open
  32. Added cockpit displays to snowpseeders
  33. Added clouds to background of snowspeeder as it flies around mountain to help fix continuity issues
  34. Eliminated many of the transparent cockpit issues in snowspeeders throughout
  35. Changed colour of chest box decal from green back to the correct blue
  36. New snowspeeder as Han waves and added speeders shadow
  37. You now see 2 speeders entering hangar
  38. Bacta tank colour changed to red (its original colour was supposed to be red but the overhead lighting was too bright and it bleached out the redness of the tank while filming)
  39. New shot of probe leaving the Shield Generator
  40. Fixed the problem of the mound Han is behind during the wipe having the debris from the destroyed probe already covering it.
  41. Probe now continues to move as it fires at Chewie and actually shoots at Chewie instead of firing towards a different area
  42. The two shots we see of the probe now match, where originally the lighting completely changed between shots and had eliminated all detail in the scenery
  43. Added missing blast flashes to all guns throughout movie
  44. all laser bolts changed to match ANH:R and the PT
  45. Fixed “wobbly” panel when Leia presses the console button
  46. Altered path of stardestroyer in first fleet shot so it doesn’t look like it is just dropping down the frame
  47. Altered path of distant stardestroyers to give them a more natural movement
  48. Fixed problem of TIE flying behind the stardestroyer tower causing scaling problems and replaced all TIES in this shot apart from Bomber
  49. Altered the shadow seen on the underbelly of executor in close-up shot to match other shots.
  50. Fixed bluescreen matte problems of rear side of stardestroyer tower on executor underbelly shot
  51. Added missing TIE engines on all shots throughout movie
  52. Replaced the Tie fighter that heads towards Executor taking a strange path and altered position of stardestroyers
  53. Repositioned stardestroyer and added new TIE bombers to close up shot of Vader looking out of window
  54. Altered matte of Executor bridge in all shots
  55. Altered background of Vader to a more correct background when he is talking to Ozzel
  56. New rebel transport hangar matte to correct scaling issues
  57. Fixed the object next to Han that get knocked while he is talking to Luke, yet appear in original position in next shot
  58. Added “Blue” engines to all stardestroyers
  59. Added atmosphere glow around Hoth in all shots it is missing
  60. Enhanced display when Vader chokes Ozzel
  61. Fixed matting issue when Vader chokes Ozzel where you can see Piette’s body through the display surrounding wall
  62. Altered distant view of Hoth battlefield to fix continuity issue as original was heavily mist covered , yet not when we see the At-At’s
  63. Original shield generator mattes replaced with miniature model in all shots
  64. New hangar entrance shot where trooper is viewing battlefield
  65. Enhanced displays in command centre as they prepare to fire Ion Canon
  66. Enhanced Ion Canon with new background and added troops
  67. Moved “First Catch” Imperial officers to the front window of their Star Destroyer to fix continuity error as they would not see the planet from the side window.
  68. Added more stardestroyers orbiting Hoth
  69. Ion canon blast altered from red to blue
  70. Added the destruction of one of the escort X-Wings before stardestroyer is hit with ion blast.
  71. Added the transport and remaining fighter going into lightspeed.
  72. New background to replace destroyed landscape before a shot is fired as troops rush to trench wall.
  73. New binocular shot at AT-ATs approaching
  74. Removing red AT-AT window as this is the only time we see the cockpit as red
  75. Added missing red marking to on-set Snowspeeders
  76. New shot of snowspeeders approaching battle
  77. Fixed missing or faded blue decals on pilots chest boxes
  78. Added snowspeeder flaps opening and closing to cockpit shots
  79. Removed static AT-AT’s when seen though the front of the cockpits and replaced them with animated ones and the correct number of AT-AT’s in each shot
  80. Removed the two shots we see of the AT-ST’s as they are never seen in any other part of the battle and just disappear
  81. Turret guns barrels now repel when firing instead of being static
  82. Removed the small AT-AT seen through a side view of cockpit because they are still nowhere near the AT-AT’s at this point
  83. Added slight motion blur to AT-AT’s to give them a more realistic movement.
  84. Replaced original shot of Vader’s hologram due to bad matting issues
  85. Added some minor visible damage to AT-AT neck as it falls
  86. Fixed missing frame from “This one goes here, that one goes there” shot.
  87. Removed the traces of the wires used to fly some of the Snowspeeders
  88. Fixed bad composite of Luke leaping as his Snowspeeder is crushed and fixed scaling of AT-AT foot in this shot
  89. Replaced some snowpeeders in background due to bad movement
  90. Removed stick that knocks over the AT-AT Luke blows up and added Luke in background.
  91. Removed blast mark that was already on turret prior to it getting hit
  92. Added cracks to speeder window as Luke crashes to match the following shots
  93. Added missing detail on crashed snowspeeder set
  94. Added missing decals on Luke’s chest plate as he is getting out of speeder
  95. Removed visible studio set walls during close up of AT-AT foot
  96. Replaced some shots of troopers retreating due to blurred blu-ray transfer
  97. New shield generator explosion to fix badly composited original
  98. Some changed backgrounds during battle for better continuity between studio and location shots
  99. When Luke slices open the AT-AT panel, his lightsaber now correctly doesn’t overlap the outer panel of the AT-AT
  100. Fixed the problem with the shorter helmet and missing lights on Vader as they enter the command centre
  101. Added wall just before the explosion as the Imperials enter the commend centre as there was originally already an entrance, so they didn’t need to blow their way in
  102. New hangar miniature set added to replace original matte painting
  103. Removed Chewie going up the ramp when we already see him doing the same thing during the first wide shot
  104. Added motion blur to the falcons gun as it emerges as it was sped up originally and looked fake
  105. Smoothed out jump cut as snowtroopers are blasted
  106. New shot of Falcon leaving the hangar
  107. Fixed transparent cockpit just after “punch it” line
  108. Luke now turns around just as the falcon appears instead of completely out of time
  109. New shots of transports taking off
  110. Replaced X-wings as Luke leaves Hoth due to matting/ lighting issues
  111. Stabilised and changed X-wing display showing readout of what R2 is saying to Luke
  112. New CG falcon & TIEs in many shots to fix scaling/ compositing/ matte box issues
  113. Changed the position of stardestroyers when seen from underneath to fix continuity errors.
  114. Removed the imperial officer that just walks away from window as the stardestroyers collide, while all the others are falling over and added a camera shake
  115. New larger asteroid field
  116. Added blue engine to falcon in all shots
  117. Added blast debris to large asteroid as TIEs shoot and hit it
  118. New asteroid canyon
  119. Added light reflection on tunnel wall as the Falcon enters the cave
  120. Added atmosphere glow to some shots as Luke approaches Dagobah
  121. New shot of X-wing entering atmosphere
  122. Fixed jump cut as the x-wing crashes through the trees
  123. Added camera shake to Luke’s cockpit as it crashes on Dagobah.
  124. New Dagobah matte using miniatures with X-wing in correct position to match the studio version and replaced stop motion bogwings with CG versions
  125. Removed the “glue” from Vader’s helmet as it is placed upon his head in meditation chamber
  126. Fixed the problem with Vader having “no neck” in the helmetless scene in the meditation chamber
  127. Fixed problem of Harrison mouthing Carrie’s lines while inside the asteroid
  128. Enhanced Yoda’s mouth movements and added some blinks
  129. Removed visible head of Frank Oz
  130. Yoda now takes a bit out of the food stick
  131. Fixed the “greeblies” falling off 3PO’s when he interrupts Han and Leia.
  132. Fixed the problem of the Stardestroyer tower just disappearing when hit by an asteroid
  133. New Emperor hologram so he matches closer to his ROTJ  appearance than his ROTS “fatter” version
  134. Removing visible signs of plastic sheeting on floor through mist in asteroid belly
  135. Replaced the tool in Han’s hand with a blaster when he shoots the Mynock.
  136. Enhancing some Executor interiors to provide a more logical layout and reduce positioning errors.
  137. Changed the position of Yoda as Luke puts him down to fix continuity issue with following shots
  138. Enhanced the colour of R2’s “eye” so that is now red/blue instead of pink/purple
  139. Added extra eyes to lizard in “dark side” cave to give it a more alien look
  140. Added glow reflections from lightsabers on certain shots
  141. You now see Vader’s sabre ignite instead of being fully lit, although we hear it igniting
  142. Fixed Luke’s “bent” sabre blade
  143. Fixed jump cut of Vader’s mask exploding to reveal Luke face and replaced dummies face with Marks.
  144. Added subtle facial movement to Bossk
  145. Removed visible wires from stone during levitation scene
  146. Fixed the ground that bows under Luke as he walks past Yoda saying “You want the impossible.”
  147. New matte as X-wing approaches Luke
  148. Added shot of Yoda climbing up mound to fix continuity error with his position between shots
  149. Replaced Needa’s shuttle with Lambda class version
  150. Removed Needa’s blink as Vader’s cape swipes past him after he dies.
  151. Fixed Anthony Daniels visibly moving while 3PO is turned off.
  152. Slave 1 now flies behind the falcon at a greater distance
  153. Changed certain shots while approaching Cloud City to fix continuity errors with the placement of the sun / clouds
  154. Replaced landing platform matte paintings with version that closer mattes the new buildings seen in the SE and to remove duplicate mattes
  155. Reverted added SE window at the end of the corridor, that suddenly disappears in the next shot, back to the pre-SE version
  156. Re-composited Obi-Wan’s ghost so he no longer looks tiny and enhancing his glow and transparency
  157. New Cloud City mattes throughout
  158. Added missing engine glow to pod as it flies through Bespin city in the SE additional shot
  159. Fixed the open SE window behind Lando while he betrays Han and Leia so it remains open in the following shots.
  160. Added laser bolts deflecting off Vader’s hands and hitting the walls which were missing originally, yet you could see the blast marks on the walls
  161. Used the added “sparks” in junk room added for the Blu-Ray but removed the blanket colour filter badly applied to that shot
  162. Removed crew reflection on 3P0’s head on conveyor belt
  163. Replaced shots of Luke’s approach to Bespin
  164. Added slight heat haze when Han is tortured
  165. Added missing lights from Vader’s chest plate during this scene
  166. Removed Anthony Daniels face visibly covered in gold foil when Chewie is reassembling him
  167. Fixed the problem with Han in carbonite wearing his ANH shirt instead of the ESB version he was frozen in
  168. Fixed the problem with the door that closes behind Luke having a raised section on the floor that R2 couldn’t have possibly have gone through. This section now raises as the door slams shut
  169. Changed Boba platform mattes and added missing cockpit window as it takes off
  170. Fixed transparent shadows in the shot of Lando and company on the SE balcony and raised the balcony. Also replaced R2 in this shot with the pre SE version as the SE one was badly rotoscoped and composited
  171. Removed Vader’s visible sabre blade before it ignites
  172. Fixed problem of Vader’s blade disappearing for a frame
  173. Fixed jump cut as Luke steps out of the tunnel
  174. Added Luke’s sabre switching off as he is sucked out of the window
  175. Enhanced chasm mattes to fix continuity issues
  176. Vader’s sabre can now be seen switching off
  177. Added sabre burn marks to walls
  178. New 3D enhanced vane matte
  179. Removed squib markers on walls and Stormtroopers where lasers will hit but adding them where they are missing
  180. Added smoke to R2 as he tries to open door which is there in the close up shots but not in the wide shots
  181. Added turned off lights in corridor ceilings to fix continuity issues
  182. Removed SE additional shots of Vader walking to shuttle and the shuttle approaching and docking with Executor
  183. Added fleeing ships to skyline after Lando calls for the evacuation.
  184. Fixed the piece of the Falcon Chewie knocks 3PO’s head into so it doesn’t break.
  185. Removed 3po from behind Chewie in cockpit when R2 had already dragged him away
  186. Added missing gun sight from one shot of Leia’s gun
  187. The Falcon now takes off and retreats faster and the landing gears now retract
  188. Added flashing red light on platform floor to fix continuity issues
  189. Changed Luke’s hand getting severed so it doesn’t look like his hand is underneath his sleeve
  190. Added lightsaber burn marks when Vader slices through the poles and removed the silver tape
  191. Altered a shot of Luke where you can see his hand underneath his shirt so it is now less visible
  192. Flipped Luke as he falls as originally it looks like his left hand is severed
  193. Fixed Vader’s wobbly helmet during the gantry scene
  194. Replaced the falcon in the shot where it swoops over the cloud so it now flies into the closest cloud before swooping around the farthest one
  195. Altered space shots of the Falcon leaving Bespin
  196. Altered shot of falcon heading towards Executor being pursued by the TIEs so that the TIEs now fire at the Falcon instead of in a different direction
  197. Added shot of Vader walking towards front bridge windows to fix continuity problem
  198. Fixed 3PO’s leg in his hand so it doesn’t change position between shots.
  199. Changed backgrounds of Vader when he telepathically talks to Luke to fix continuity problem
  200. Added smoke to falcons pit as R2 falls down it
  201. Spinning starfield stays
  202. Fixed continuity errors of Piett changing sides of the bridge.
  203. Added droids to exterior medical frigate window shot as it pans from the Falcon
  204. Replaced Luke’s “fake” arm so it doesn’t look like his arm is a model
  205. 2-1B can now be seen deactivating to fix continuity error
  206. Changed the visibility of the “spinning star” as seen through the window to fix continuity issues
  207. Added new ships to fleet
  208. New falcon as it undocks to fix transparency issues with original and throughout this scene to fix trajectory


  1. Fixing the issue where Luke called Wedge “Rogue 2” instead of “Rogue 3”
  2. Restoring the line “You’re lucky you don’t taste very good”
  3. Restoring Boba Fett’s original voice
  4. Restoring the “bring my shuttle” line


  1. Not adding landing crafts to deploy AT-ATs.
  2. Not making the AT-AT lasers green.
  3. Not making it so the fleet jumps to lightspeed just before the credits.
  4. Not adding Mon Cal ships to the Rebel Fleet at the end.
  5. Not adding music from the prequels or music that wasn’t originally in the movie.
  6. Not adding Luke’s vision so it can be seen like Anakin’s in ROTS.
  7. Not adding anything just because its in the Expanded Universe.  The EU doesn’t exist for the purposes of this edit.
  8. Not adding AT-ST’s to the battle (misdirection)

Video Samples (all videos were works in progress and the colors are off on YouTube):

The First 16 Minutes
Final Trailer
(Photo Comparison)
Yoda Tweaked
Bespin Approach

Bespin Escape

Bespin Escape Video Comparison
Luke’s Rescue
(Photo Comparison)
Luke’s Rescue Video Comparison
Raising X-wing (Photo Comparison)
Emperor Revisited (Photo Comparison)
Emperor Revisited Video Comparison
Final Trailer EXTENDED
Final Trailer EXTENDED Video Comparison
Lightsabers Video Comparison
Hoth Escape & Asteroid Chase
Yoda Training Video Comparison
The Trap (Small Pledge Drive Video)
The Trap Video Comparison
Cloud City Rescue (Donation Drive Video)
Imperial Fleet & Ion Cannon (Photo Comparison)
Luke Confronts Vader (10k Facebook Likes Video)
Battle of Hoth (with AT-STs!) Video Comparison (Photo Comparison)
Escape from Bespin Video Comparison (Photo Comparison)