In 1977's Star Wars, audiences were introduced to Han Solo in a badass way. He is confronted by Greedo, a bounty hunter, in Mos Eisley cantina. Greedo wants to collect the bounty on Han, which was set by Jabba the Hutt. As the scene plays out we see Han very slyly reach for his gun and in a casual manner fires it, killing Greedo.
Then Lucas decided to alter the scene for the 1997 Special Edition re-release. Instead of having Han fire first, he had Greedo take a shot a Han. This destroyed a key component of Han's character development. We ended up with a generic self-defense scene.
Lucas went on the defensive and made claims that Greedo originally shot first, but there is no mention of it in the script and the footage from the original doesn't back up his claims. Lucas continued to tinker with the scene, altering it for the 2004 DVD release and the 2011 Blu-ray release. For 2004, he edited it so that it appears that Han and Greedo shoot at the same time.
Just downloaded "Star Wars: A New Hope" HD on Australian iTunes. No change from the Blu-ray - Greedo still shoots first god damn it.— Garth Franklin (@darkhorizons) April 9, 2015
The Star Wars saga will be available for the first time ever on Digital HD this Friday.