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Empire Strikes Back

How many times have I seen this movie in my lifetime? Impossible to say. Yet there it was on HBO and I was watching the carbon freezing scene and I noticed something I never had before.

When Han goes into the carbon freezing chamber, his hands are still cuffed. But when we see him frozen, his hands are free and he seems to be dramatically trying to claw his way out.

How did I never notice this before? Still a great scene, mind you.


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Feb. 20th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
Ha! I'm a little more critical now than I used to be, I guess! I'm sure there's a huge list of nitpicks somewhere on the web.
Feb. 19th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
Don't you just love that scene..and Harrison was so SO right with the "I know"

I think that HBO is having a Star Wars fest, Attack of the Clones and The Phantom Menace are on two different HBO channels right now.
Feb. 20th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Oh, I know! :) I'm so glad Harrison changed that line because it's so much more Han that way. And the love scenes in Empire work for me, but Lucas totally lost the ability to write romantic dialogue later on. "Hold me like you did by the lake on Naboo." GAG!
Feb. 19th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
If you look closely when he thaws out next movie, he's wearing a different shirt, too.

Man, I need to rewatch the original Star Wars movies...
Feb. 20th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
Aha! Well, there three years between them, heh. I need to get the original versions on DVD yet. I never bothered with the "special editions." urgh!
Feb. 19th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
it's true confession time! i'm embarassed to say this, but i'm going to anyway:

i've never seen any of the star wars movies. not even the orginal!
Feb. 20th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
OMGZ!!! The first three are good. Well, actually the first two and about half of the third one. Do NOT bother with the prequels, though. Seriously, just steaming piles of crap. the first three though, are just well, classics! And I think they still totally hold up. But I saw them when I was really young so they're kind of locked into my psyche forever.

Please tell me you've seen Raiders of the Lost Ark!
Feb. 20th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
Please tell me you've seen Raiders of the Lost Ark!

i could tell you i have, but it would be a lie. *sigh* can you believe i've made it to 27 and never seen any? but i just found this princess leia action figure from when i was little - my parents bought it for me so i could play with my brother and his action figures (even though i had no idea what the plot was).

i think i need to do a movie night with my brother - he's been bugging me to see them for years!
Feb. 20th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
Aww. You missed a lot of great movies! That one is fantastic. I'd try to see it on as big a screen as possible. :) That is seriously a movie I've seen so many times I practically have it memorized.

I had the same thing with the Godfather films, I guess. I took forever to see them because I was holding out to see them on the bigscreen. I finally caved in and rented that and a lot of other classic '70s flicks like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Feb. 20th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
the first two 'godfather's are excellent, but i have no love for the third one. i haven't seen 'one flew over the cuckoo's nest' in years, but that is a fabulous film as well.

my boss and i were just talking about 'ordinary people,' which is one of my favorites - mary tyler moore kicks so much ass as the icy mother in that movie! i need to add that to the list too.
Feb. 20th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
How did I never notice this before?

That... is a good question. I blame my all-consuming love for Han Solo that I noticed that years ago. Oh Han. I got the Limited Edition Original Theatrical Release DVDs for Christmas but I haven't watched them yet; I need to get on that.
Feb. 20th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
Heh, I plead overwhelming emotional involvement in that scene!

I got the Limited Edition Original Theatrical Release DVDs for Christmas

I wanted those for Christmas but didn't get them. I totally need to buy them! Fie on the special editions!

Feb. 20th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
Lol. I remember that! I was very Han!Focused back in the day but it took me 7 viewings of Star Wars before I noticed that the smoldering pile outside Luke's house was the burning skeletal remains of Luke's aunt and uncle!!! Oy!
Feb. 20th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Oh, ha! I totally got that. And wow, that was rough, huh?

But even recently, there are some films where I don't catch stuff right away. Like Gladiator - I somehow didn't catch on the first viewing that Maximus was preparing to hoist his spear at the emperor after his triumphant first bout in the colosseum. Oops!
Feb. 20th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
That part makes me cry everytime.

"I love you."
"I know."

Feb. 20th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Me too! No wonder I wasn't noticing little details!
Feb. 20th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)

Would you like the Star Wars fanatic explanation of said inconsistency (My brother, the self professed George Lucas apologist)?

Apparently a lot of people have asked this question. It's addressed in one of the 3000 books he has. According to him - the "Ugnaughts" (which are those pig faced creatures) uncuff him when he descends into the chamber. I think they are around during the scene.

Feb. 20th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
I know who the Ugnaughts are! ;) And that totally makes sense. They also could have had the cuffs programmed to disengage or something, LOL. I also wonder if maybe the artist who did the carbon block Han just took a liberty and they didn't bother to match it up. :) I'm sure there's a huge list of Star Wars bloopers somewhere online.
Feb. 20th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
:) I'm sure. But you would never get my brother to admit it. Everything was brilliant and deliberate to him.

I know who the Ugnaughts are! - Lmao - Hey! I don't like assuming people are as geeky as me. (I'm always glad to know they are though - so thanks!)
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