My five-year-old son noticed something in The Empire Strikes Back: When the Millennium Falcon takes off from Bespin (Cloud City) the light from the engines is red. In all other images it appears blue. Is there an explanation for that?Millennium Falcon taking off from Bespin

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    Bespin/Cloud City gives everything a red tint / glow. :)
    – RedCaio
    Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 1:37
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    I don't know if this is the reason or not, but the remastering of the original Star Wars added a noticeable tint. It shows up in the shots from storm-trooper blasters as well.
    – Cort Ammon
    Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 1:28

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Although it's worth pointing out that the Falcon's engines do show a variety of colours (ranging from light blue through to a vivid white, tinged with pink) depending on their power output. In this particular instance though, then tiny on the engines would appear to be a function of the red-tinted atmosphere of the gas giant. What you're looking at is the usual white engine glow viewed through a red filter.

You can also see the red glow as the ship comes in to land (or whenever it's flying around Bespin).

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