So then I find out that Lucas decided to add something similar to Return of the Jedi to the scene where the Emperor is thrown over the chasm. I was seriously hoping it was just some people stirring some crap but nope it's there. And the sad part is that Lucas didn't really need to do it.
As it was originally shown, it was almost perfect filmmaking. The dialogue there was needed and there was no extraneous dialogue. The lighting and music was perfect for the scene. I can't really recapture the lighting but I can sort of capture what I liked about the scene.
Maybe I'm crazy but based on the angles of his face and the lighting, Vader's face almost changed expressions. Unfortunately, I didn't quite get the way it was in the movie but here I tried to get where he is looking at Luke. To me it almost looks like sympathy or pity or something as Luke is getting electrocuted by the Emperor. If Vader could cry, you could almost see a tear coming down his face, I think. Especially as you hear Luke pleading for his father to help him.
Then Vader turns to the Emperor, his face almost looks pissed. I think I got that a little more here but unfortunately, the flash doesn't help me. It doesn't need dialogue and nor does it need the dreaded, "Noooo". Vader didn't need to say anything because you could see it.
And just before Vader throws the Emperor down the chasm, he lifts his head up. It's almost as if he's saying, "That's fucking it". Again, he didn't need to say anything and Lucas didn't have to add the "Noooo" because it sounds silly. In a way, it kind of ruined the scene for me but not too much.
While I didn't mind some of the changes that Lucas made when he released the Special Editions, I did mind the scene where he made Greedo shoot first because it changed a fundamental impression of Han Solo. And it was an unnecessary change to boot...It's not like it Han Solo was shooting in cold blood, I mean Greedo had a gun pointed at him. And I get the impression that if you're going to point a gun at Han Solo, you better prepared to use it because he will teach a valuable lesson. So by having Greedo shoot first, it looked more defensive...I guess. But again, he had the gun pointed at Solo, so in the words of Mel, "The best defense is a good offense". The other changes made were okay because they made the universe look more complete. Anyways, I did buy the blurays and will watch them and have enjoyed what I watched so far.
Thank you for reading my rant.