Several deleted scenes have entered Star Wars lore, little holy grails of flickering light that the fans have been waiting to see for decades. A few crept out along the way, on DVD supplements, in TV specials, in illicit midnight screenings in Washington DC parking garages (well, maybe) but we're about to hit the mother lode with the new Blu-rays.
You'll have to get the big Star Wars: The Complete Saga set to get your hands on all of these, but here we go with the BBFC's data on what Lucas has finally allowed out of the vault – and how long each scene lasts in minutes, seconds and frames:
00:00:25:05 (TRASH TALKING DROID)
00:00:18:10 (THE BATTLE IS OVER)
00:00:15:23 (ANAKIN'S RETURN)
00:00:17:15 (BATTLE ON THE BOARDING RAMP)
00:01:21:19 (EXTENDED POD RACE WAGER)
00:00:17:02 (BAIL ORGANA OF ALDERAAN)
00:00:57:15 (EXTENDED SPEEDER CHASE)
00:00:53:09 (THE LOST TWENTY)
00:00:55:00 (ANAKIN'S NIGHTMARE)
00:00:41:24 (ANAKIN AND RUWEE)
00:03:42:17 (RAID ON THE DROID CONTROL SHIP AND EXTENDED ARENA FIGHT)
00:01:25:21 (ELEVATOR ANTICS)
00:02:22:23 (ESCAPE THROUGH THE HANGER)
00:01:49:12 (CHANGES TO CONSTITUTION)
00:08:03:10 (UTAPAU CHASE ANIMATICS)
00:03:19:04 (MUSTAFAR DUEL ANIMATICS)
00:03:31:08 (MUSTAFAR DUEL / LAVA RIVER ANIMATICS)
00:06:20:14 (KAHYYYK AND ORDER 66 ANIMATIC)
00:00:36:00 (JEDI IMPOSTERS AT THE TEMPLE)
00:05:10:17 (SENATE DUEL ANIMATIC)
00:00:48:10 (YODA COMMUNES WITH QUI-GON)
00:00:26:08 (ANAKIN KILLS SHAAK TI)
00:04:58:24 (TOSCHE STATION)
00:00:31:13 (THE SEARCH FOR R2-D2)
00:00:42:12 (STORMTROOPER SEARCH)
00:00:24:17 (DARTH VADER WIDENS THE SEARCH)
00:00:24:20 (ALTERNATE BIGGS AND LUKE REUNION)
00:01:29:05 (HAN AND LEIA: EXTENDED ECHO BASE ARGUMENT)
00:01:59:17 (LUKE & LEIA: MEDICAL CENTRE)
00:02:27:03 (DELETED WAMPA SCENES)
00:00:20:08 (THE FATE OF GENERAL VEERS)
00:01:03:16 (LUKE'S RECOVERY)
00:01:08:04 (YODA'S TEST)
00:00:53:15 (HIDING IN THE ASTEROID)
00:00:51:12 (LEIA TENDS TO LUKE)
00:02:33:19 (VADER'S ARRIVAL AND REACHING OUT TO LUKE)
00:01:59:19 (TATOOINE SANDSTORM)
00:02:07:02 (REBEL RAID ON BUNKER)
00:00:22:00 (JERJERROD'S CONFLICT)
00:06:50:07 (CANTINA ROUGH CUT)
00:00:20:10 (AUNT BERU'S BLUE MILK)
00:00:13:11 (OLD WOMAN ON TATOOINE)
00:01:45:05 (ALTERNATE HAN AND LEIA KISS)
00:00:45:02 (LOBOT'S CAPTURE)
00:09:06:20 (BATTLE OF ENDOR: THE LOST REBELS)
…of which Elevator Antics sounds like the big cult hit in the making. Wacky.
Could Luke & Leia: Medical Centre refer to this near kiss, later retconned into taboosville?
That would be something.
So, there's lots of new material and there may even be more to come. I'll keep my eyes peeled to see what else, if anything, follows along through the BBFC sausage machine.
All of these deleted and extended scenes, and the movies that they belong to, will be on UK shelves next Monday, 12 September. Stay tuned for a deep look inside the set.
And thanks to Little Bleeder Joe Soap who was also rooting around in the BBFC records and dropped us a line.