UPDATE: I have received confirmation from a trusted source that this is all TRUE.
UPDATE 2: I have confirmed that a second audio change, embedded below, is also TRUE. Also, I’ve confirmed that the Ewoks now blink in Return of the Jedi.
Some review copies of the Star Wars Blu-rays have gone out to very select outlets (many of your favorite websites have been denied copies of the Blu by Lucasfilm), and a rumor has been tearing up the internet: among the tweaks George Lucas made to the Original Trilogy was adding Vader saying ‘Noooo!’ as the Emperor electrocutes Luke in Return of the Jedi.
It’s hard to believe this because Vader crying ‘Noooo!’ was one of the most widely derided aspects of Revenge of the Sith. It’s easy to believe because Lucas is so out of touch and loves the idea of on the nose symmetry between the two trilogies.
What is purported to be an audio recording of the scene has hit the web, and someone has timed it to the original scene in Jedi so that you can get a sense of how this supposedly works. I’ve embedded that below. It’s actually two ‘No’s, and it doesn’t sound exactly like the one from Sith, but similar.
Again, this could easily be a fake. If anyone reading this has access to the Star Wars Blus and can clear this up, get in contact.
And here is the new Krayt Dragon cry Ben Kenobi makes when scaring off the Sand People in Star Wars: