STAR WARS Blu Ray Release Date And Specs Announced

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STAR WARS Blu Ray Release Date And Specs Announced
Yep, Star Wars is coming to Blu Ray and those who pony up to buy the box set of all six films will apparently be treated to an additional three discs containing thirty hours of bonus materials. Which is rather a lot, I'd say. Will that be enough to get me to pony up once again? I don't know ... I've got my DVDs of the films I like and a hefty case of George Lucas fatigue. I've got until September to work it out, though.




LAS VEGAS (Jan. 6, 2011) - The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever - the Star Wars™ Saga - emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas' epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)
Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)
Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN. Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.

Flanked by a legion of his finest Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vader himself joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to announce the release, vowing "The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor.''

"The Star Wars Saga is the most anticipated Blu-ray collection since the launch of the high-def format," Dunn said. "The epic franchise pioneered sound and visual presentation in theaters and is perfectly suited to do it again in the home, with a viewing experience only possible with Blu-ray."

"With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this is a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete Saga from start to finish," said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. "And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible."

"The Star Wars franchise has been one of the most anticipated Blu-ray releases by Amazon's customers," said Bill Carr, Vice President of Music and Video at Amazon. "We think that Star Wars will be incredibly popular with our customers, and we expect pre-orders to be very strong."

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impossiblefunkyJanuary 6, 2011 5:07 PM

All right, suckers, prepare to be butt-f*cked again by Uncle George!

Line up to line his pockets and then bitch about how badly these suck... I dare ya. ;)

Rhythm-XJanuary 6, 2011 5:15 PM

LOL Star Wars.

J HurtadoJanuary 6, 2011 5:58 PM

It wouldn't be a DVD announcement thread without Rhythm-X crapping. Anyway, I pre-ordered it from Amazon (I'll add links when I get a chance), that gives plenty of time to read reviews and such before it releases and I can always cancel.

Rhythm-XJanuary 6, 2011 7:06 PM

I'm not the one talking about getting buttfucked by Uncle George, but somehow I'm crapping here. I'm merely chuckling at the nerdy shitstorm that a SW Blu-ray announcement will inevitably spawn. I honestly couldn't care less about STAR WARS, but the fans are frequently amusing.

Ard VijnJanuary 6, 2011 8:35 PM

I won't buy it for that price, THAT's for sure.

Peter K.January 7, 2011 12:29 AM

I wonder if they'll be fixing all the ridiculous color and sound issues the other purported definitive editions had. (And I'm serious... the 2004 DVDs were incredibly poor remasters, full of embarrassing technical mistakes along side the embarrassing "digital enhancements".)

Ard VijnJanuary 7, 2011 7:11 AM

The soundtrack on the 2004 "A New Hope" disc even switched the left and right back speakers for a while, and on top of that loses part of the music during the attack on the Death Star. An astonishing gaff from the studio with possibly the best sound technicians in the world, and even more so since the music is correct and intact in the other languages...

I'd love to have the original trilogy on BluRay but only if it includes the original original original versions as well. Sort of what Warners did with "Blade Runner" a few years back.

Ard VijnJanuary 7, 2011 7:15 AM

That poster at the top of the article here is my favorite though. Looking at it makes me so damn nostalgic, decades dropping away in a blink...

J HurtadoJanuary 7, 2011 11:06 AM

Lucas has stated in no uncertain terms that those won't be coming to blu-ray. Some bullshit about the elements not existing in HD quality. Hell, even when he released them a few years back (which I have), he crippled them by not making that cut anamorphic. I'm not holding out hope for those versions in HD, but after watching Star Wars (I refuse to call it "A New Hope") in HD on cable a week or so ago, I'm itching to get these discs!

Kurt HalfyardJanuary 7, 2011 3:30 PM

Rhythm-X certainly has a point, and isn't trolling, I find the nitpicky nature of any uberfandom inherently amusing, and starwars is one of the biggies. The films still hit my nostalgia bone, but I'm also dead to the universe as any sort of ownership or creativity or interest at this point, beyond, as said, the wafts of negative vibe within the community everytime lucasfilm makes any sort of announcement. What equally saddens me is that this has spread to the Indiana Jones franchise too.

anie.wiederJanuary 9, 2011 6:59 PM

Does Greedo shoot first..?