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For reasons that may never be fully understood, a gentleman named Harry Betts arranged a suite of music from Star Wars for one hundred trombones and a swinging-as-fuck rhythm section. Here’s the Japanese Trombone Association performing it in Tokyo in 1997, with Betts himself conducting and Lloyd Ulyate and George Roberts soloing.

Check out how happy to be alive that drummer is at 1:40.

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How Disney Bought Lucasfilm—and Its Plans for 'Star Wars'

Wide-ranging feature from Devin Leonard in BusinessWeek. Covers a lot of ground. Leonard profiles both Lucas — including Lucas’s initial decision to retire, how he went about selling Lucasfilm, the pre-acquisition development of Episode VII — and Disney CEO Bob Iger. Really, really great stuff — read it all.

(But what’s up with those weirdo pull quotes? Why are they in Arial? Why are the W, D and sometimes O glyphs replaced with ones from the Walt Disney logo mark? Why are the baselines all jacked up? Just another unsolved mystery…)

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YouTube user bashthemonkey:

Our 4 year old, Faris, watched the Empire Strikes Back for the first time and this was his reaction to Luke finding out that Vader is his father….

I love it. You can see his mind warping.

(Via Anne K. Halsall.)

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The Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray box set was released today. Like a lot of Star Wars re-releases, this one also contains some new modifications from the previous versions. Here’s one of them.

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'Empire Strikes Back' deleted scene

Christian Blauvelt, EW.com:

”I’d just as soon kiss a Wookiee”/”I can arrange that… You could use a good kiss!” wasn’t the original parting-shot in Han and Leia’s Echo Base lovers’ quarrel. In an early cut of the film, their squabble lasted much longer, and while that never-before-glimpsed deleted scene will be included on the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray (out Sept. 16), EW’s got it for you first.

The video is an exclusive so you’ll have to click through and watch it there. I’ll just say that the final version is a vast improvement.