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At Celebration 5, George Lucas, Mark Hamill, and the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart presented this lost ROTJ gem from the upcoming Star Wars Saga blu-ray box set.  There’s a lot of unnecessary chatter about it being completely doctored, but a lot of the various pieces have been known for sometime on places such as T-Bone’s Star Wars web page.  Does it not feel good to hear James Earl Jones speak as vader again?

We dig the scene, but understand that ROTJ works better without it: could it had have been anymore triumphant when R2 shoots out the lightsaber, Luke does the flip, catches the saber, ignites that brilliant green blade, and rescues his friends?  It does fit well into the possibility that exists in Return of the Jedi that Luke’s moral allegiance is a little murky.  He makes his entrance into Jabba’s place by choking guards and then tries to take a cheap shot at Jabba, hardly what Obi-Wan would have done.

We here at Ice cave of the Wampa have been discussing a few other bits of deleted magic that we’d like to see.  Notably, the sandstorm scene of Rerturn of the Jedi and the anchorhead scenes from A New Hope.  We hope that Lucasfilm completes the effects and whatnot so that we can fully enjoy these gems as though they hadn’t been deleted to begin with.

Also, pardon our absence: one of us started some new non-web ventures that have required much of spare time, but have not diminished our Star Wars love.  Another one of us got married.  Such is life.

It’s all over the Star Wars-related websites today, but that doesn’t make it any less notable.  The Empire Strikes Back is thirty and after both trilogies are concluded, many of us believe that Empire is the best of the films.

Of course, we could write volumes on why we think The Empire Strikes Back is the best, but suffice to say, there’s not a moment of the movie we don’t love to death.   The film is an amazing collaboration between all who were involved in the production and the result is of staggering cultural importance.

While we have tried isolate the perfect moment from the film, we believe it’s the moment that Yoda levitates Luke’s X-wing out of the swamp.  It is a sage moment without triumph that represents Luke’s impatience and allows Luke to experience tragedy.  We’ve seen that moment probably hundreds of times and it still gives us goosebumps.  There are many moments in The Empire Strikes Back that still gives us goosebumps, but that one scene in particular makes you feel every bit as Luke must in that moment.

Happy Prequel Appreciation Day!  Say what you will about the prequels; we like ’em!  It’s hard to believe 5 years have passed since ROTS.

We at Ice Cave of the Wampa have more bloggin’ coming.  Keep checkin’ in on us.

While hanging out with a friend, we discussed whether or not the celebrity look alike generators would recognize a photo of a celebrity as that celebrity.  For instance, Harrison Ford should be a 100% match for Harrison Ford.  Last night, while waiting for an overdue pizza to be delivered, I decided to test the MyHeritage.com Celebrity look alike web droid.  Here are the results.  Click to make the images larger:

Some hilarious results.  Han Solo looks like Dakota Fanning, C-3PO and Leslie Nielsen resemble each other?

This got tedious quickly, but then I got the idea to try some vintage Star Wars figures.  I used a few photos of some old favorites from Rebelscum.com.  Things got interesting:

Note that Princess Leia – Tupac Shakur connection.

Boba is back for the attack.Boba Fett is back on the Clone Wars, April 23rd and 30th. Voiced by Daniel Logan, who portrayed Fett in Attack of the Clones.  Remember, if you like Star Wars, you have to like Boba Fett.  Let’s hope he has a glorious final showdown against those Deathwatch cronies and/or that Ahsoka Tano.  We know Fett would win.

A good friend of mine has passed away.  We grew up nerds, and Star Wars being part of the nerd world we so happily ate and breathed together.  We read the Lando Calrissian adventures at the same time.  While we were in and out of touch over the years, we remained friends.  I remember a lot of nerdy conversations, but I for some reason best remember that he casually informed me that he knew that Joh Yowza was the name of Yuzzum added into the Return of the Jedi: Special Edition mere days after it’s theatrical release.

I don’t know what more is appropriate to say other than keep your friends close and your nerd friends closer.

I miss you, old buddy.  See you when I too become one with the force.

Darth Vader is cuddling up with baby lambs in effort to prove to you to help him fight global warming.  It’s part of an effort with the Belgian branch of the WWF to get Belgians to shut the lights off for an hour, I believe on Belgian Earth day.  Which is not to say Belgians live on a different Earth.  It’s a fun video.  We got a kick out of seeing Vader taking laundry off the clothesline.

We also enjoyed getting a glimpse of Vader’s Flemish digs:

So who wants to take a swing at figuring out what level of canon this is?  Buwahaha.  Kidding, kidding. Via.