March 19, 2017 – Finding deleted scenes from any Star Wars movie is like finding buried treasure. The reason some scenes are cut may seem obvious to most viewers: uneven pacing, length of film, or the scene unnecessarily distracting from the main plot. The loss of other scenes, however – such as Luke Skywalker constructing his lightsaber – leaves us wondering what might have been had the scene remained in the final version.
The following video shows the deleted scenes, which are also included on the Blu-ray disc of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
The major deleted scenes include:
● Vader telepathically reaching out to Luke (00:58)
● Luke constructing his lightsaber (01:25)
● C-3PO and R2-D2 begin their journey to Jabba’s Palace (01:50)
● Tatooine Sandstorm following the defeat of Jabba the Hutt (03:09)
● Rebel raid on the bunker (extended version, 05:27)
● Commander Jerjerrod’s conflict (07:06)
Scenes of Luke constructing and activating his lightsaber for the first time, and the extended Rebels’ raid on the bunker, either add some storytelling depth (Luke) or visual goodies (the bunker) that we wish had made the final cut.
The deletion of the other scenes makes far more sense: Who wants to watch Luke kiss his sister a second time while shouting over the wind (Tatooine Sandstorm)? Commander Jerjerrod’s conflict is humanizing and somewhat interesting, but really is a distraction from the underlying plot. And Vader’s reaching out to Luke, and the two droids’ journey to Jabba’s Palace, were both effectively shown in other ways in the final cut.