Vintage bloopers from the original “Star Wars” film found their way online over the weekend, and so have deleted scenes from “Return of the Jedi.”
The various clips — raw footage featuring Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) saying farewell to a dying Yoda (Frank Oz) on Dagobah — come from a rare LaserDisc Facebook user “rotjeditdroid” bought on eBay $699.
The disc was once used to demonstrate Lucasfilm’s EditDroid station. The editing system, which was an early attempt to transition from analog to digital editing, debuted in 1984 at the National Association of Broadcaster 62nd Annual meeting in Las Vegas.
If EditDroid doesn’t sound familiar, that’s because it never became a commercial success. The software for the computerized analog non-linear editing system was eventually sold to Avid Technologies.
The compilation of clips (above) the anonymous fan released so far starts off with footage of R2-D2 repairing Luke’s X-Wing on Yoda’s swampy planet. And be patient, the audio doesn’t kick in until a dying Yoda hobbles into frame.