It does look odd. For so many years we've been conditioned by release after release of Hoth Han with a blue coat. I saw The Empire Strikes Back at the cinema last week and whenever Han appeared on Hoth I could only see the coat as brown. I have finally unlearned what I had learned. I'm excited to see a brown coat release, even if it does look odd.I still can't get on board with the brown coat. I mean, I know that the actual costume Harrison Ford wore was brown in real life. But on film, it appeared blue.
And yet no one complains that Leia's snowsuit should be baby blue and Chewie's fur more of a slate grey...I still can't get on board with the brown coat. I mean, I know that the actual costume Harrison Ford wore was brown in real life. But on film, it appeared blue.
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I remember a time, with my old VHS copy, where I believed it was blackThis is the original “the dress” debate!
Ive only ever seen Han’s coat as brown but I think it depends on the home media format you watch it on. I think in earlier VHS copies it looked blue.
Love the blue/brown coat easteregg in TFAIt’s funny but I never had an opinion on coat color throughout the 80s and early 90s, and I immediately accepted the POTF2 version being brown as the correct color (and just looked “right” somehow). From that point on, it’s never been an issue for me!
I can think of 2 reasons for that.
I always knew it was brown but then I only saw the 90s figs as a kid and the tint may have been fixed for the SE.I can think of 2 reasons for that.
First, Liea's outfit and Chewbacca's fur have a slight blueish tint to them, but not to the point wear the original color is drowned out. Leia's outfit still looks like a white outfit in blue lighting. The grayish parts of Chewbacca's fur may look slightly blueish but the lighter brown parts of his fur still clearly look brown. And to use an example you didn't mention, even C3P-O still looks gold. The blue tint didn't make him green. But the brown of Han's coat is completely drowned out. There is no hint that his outfit is brown except for a few brief moments that he walks past some people welding and the flicker of light reveals a hint of brown for a split second. The blue filter they put on the Hoth scenes drowned out the original color of his outfit more than anyone else's.
Second, Han's coat is only seen in the Hoth scenes with the blue filter. The only time it is ever seen, it is seen with a blue filter that drowns out the brown more than the blue filter drowned out the colors of the other examples you mentioned. Leia and Chewbacca are also seen in other scenes with better lighting so there's no mistaking the color of their outfits/costumes.
It was only blue on vhs though. So that’s not how it appears for 80% of versions.I agree it should be blue, as it appeared on screen, even if the prop was actually brown. I mean, we know that Yoda was just a puppet in reality, but nobody’s clamoring for a Yoda figure with Frank Oz’s hand up his ass.
And, given that the Bespin Han jacket was deliberately made in stone grey so that it would appear blue on screen, we have to assume that the filmmakers actually knew what they were doing, and intended the Hoth parka to appear blue too.