Star Wars

Corrected entry: Not a mistake, just an obvious 'fix' to the film: When Threepio is searching the Death-Star's database for the location to the controls to the tractor beam, one of his lines is a 'looped'(dubbed) bit of dialogue intended to cover some expository explanations. The line is: "The tractor beam is hooked into the main reactor in seven places. Deactivating any one of those locations will permit the ship to leave." The 'quality' of the sound is markedly different from all of his other lines in the same scene, and his entire bit of dialogue is covered showing reaction shots and insert shots. Probably took the place of a long, needless scene.

Correction: Still NOT a mistake.

Corrected entry: This mistake is for all the original trilogy. The Millenium Falcon has its cockpit on the side and not in front of the ship, so you should be able to see the side of the ship from within, but you can only ever see space.

Dr Wilson

Correction: The front bulkheads of the Falcon angle away from the cockpit enough to be out of the forward field of view. It wouldn't be a very good design if the body of the ship obstructed its own pilot's visibility.


Corrected entry: As Han jumps through the blast door, he fires his gun one last time as seen by a puff of white smoke but there is no laser blast from it.

Correction: Han uses an old blaster. It simply misfired. Not a mistake.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Han fires his blaster at the hatch of the trash compactor in an attempt to open it, the blast creates burn marks on the left side of the hatch. If you watch it in slow motion, the burn marks are there before the laserbolt hits the hatch. Then, when the laserbolt ricochets around the room, and in the rest of the scene, the burn marks disappear, reappear and change shape and position.

Correction: Per site guidelines mistakes that require stop or slow motion to view are not considered valid mistakes.


Corrected entry: Watch in slow-motion when Alderaan explodes: it looks as if it's an explosion superimposed over a planet image. There's also a strange thing moving on the upper left corner. It looks like a reflection of the explosion on something.

Dr Wilson

Correction: Per site guidelines mistakes that require stop or slow motion to view are not considered valid mistakes.


Corrected entry: If you look carefully during the prison escape you can see a few pieces of brass shell casings falling from the "blaster" rifles. Depending on how well your tape heads work in your VCR, you may be able to hit the pause/slow button and see the breach open on Han's gun as well, but if it hasn't been cleaned the sides of the guns are too blurred to see the bolt coming back.

Correction: Per site guidelines mistakes that require stop or slow motion to view are not considered valid mistakes.


Corrected entry: When Darth Vader and Obi-Wan are duelling, in the shot before Vader says, "Your powers are weak, old man", if you play it in slow motion, you can see that the sides of Obi-Wan's lightsabre stop lighting up for a moment. Only the top is lit.

Correction: The requirement to use slow motion invalidates this posting.

Corrected entry: You'll have to use frame by frame on this one, and jog it back and forth to see it. When Luke and Han are first arguing about whether or not the Force exists, Luke turns off his light saber. In the frame just before he turns off his light saber, his hands are in very different positions from the frame after he turns it off. Also, an item on the table to his right disappears, and the little sphere that's been firing at him rotates ever so slightly.


Correction: The requirement to use freeze frame and 'jogging back and forth' invalidates this mistake.

Corrected entry: Special Edition DVD. When Luke gets pulled over by stormtroopers in Mos Eisley, ILM has added a small hovering droid behind one of the stormtroopers who is interrogating Luke. However, there is no way that droid could cast a shadow on a part of the wall facing the street, considering that the sun is shining behind the stormtrooper and right into Obi-Wan's face. (00:41:50)

Correction: This planet has two suns, remember?

Corrected entry: After Luke, Han and the others make it into the communications center on the Death Star, R2-D2 says he found the princess. Luke immediately says she's the one in the message, and have to rescue her. When Luke saw the holographic message on Tatooine, C-3PO only said she was a passenger of importance. Never does he say she's the princess.


Correction: True, but a lot of time has passed since - plenty of opportunity for C-3PO to give Luke more information.

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Other mistake: When the stormtroopers break into the control room, the stormtrooper on the right of the screen hits his head on the door frame. On the DVD release they've added a thump when he hits it. (01:18:55)

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