Yesterday, attendees to the Star Wars Fan Awards at SDCC were treated to the above sizzle reel of deleted scenes from the upcoming Star Wars Blu-ray releases. Amongst the visual treasures offered up by this (sadly dialogue-free) minute-long trailer are footage of the cut Wampa sequence from The Empire Strikes Back, a few glimpses of the sandstorm scenes from Return of the Jedi and Luke’s original introduction from Star Wars. It’s all fascinating stuff. You’ll notice that there’s a very obvious lack of cut material from the prequels here. That’s not a complaint, but I should remind you that the above treasures will only be included in the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-rays — so you are basically being forced to buy the prequels if you want to legally see the good stuff. Sigh. Still though, lookit R2 speeding away from that Wampa!
Chris Cummins is a pop culture writer and Archie comics historian who has contributed to The Robot's Voice, Den of Geek US, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Uproxx, and Unicorn Booty. He is the co-producer and co-host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, and is regularly involved in producing and hosting New York Super Week events. In 2014, Chris began Sci-Fi Explosion, a mix of live performance, trivia and funny clips celebrating the weirdest in science fiction that regularly travels around the United States. He wrote the introductions to the compilations Archie's Favorite Comics From The Vault and (with Paul Castiglia) Archie's Favorite High School Stories. You can find Chris on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.