In a galaxy, far far away, it seems that the past has finally caught up with the digital age and has merged to become a truly desired affect. Yes friends, the time has come for the Star Wars collection, the entire collection that is, to finally feel the power of digital media. And on April 10, 2015, the entire Star Wars collection will be available on Digital HD.
And this is going to be available everywhere. No, I’m not exaggerating either as it will be on a number of digital distribution networks, such as; Amazon Instant Video, Xbox Live, Disney Movies Anywhere, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, Barnes and Nobles Nook Store, MGO and Cineplex. And while that list seems a bit small, those represent a huge portion of digital services, either to rent or to own and I fully expect more to carry the titles at a later date.
“Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time.”
“We’re thrilled that fans will be able to enjoy the Star Wars saga on their digital devices wherever they go,” commented Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “These films broke new ground in technology, design, sound, and visual effects, and we’ve created some very special bonus material which delves into the saga’s rich history, including new and never-before-released conversations between legendary Star Wars artists — the masters who helped George bring his iconic universe to life.”
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big… scratch that, a immensely huge release for the classic series, most people grew up on the original Star War flicks or have been exposed to the sci-fi saga in one way or other. This is fantastic news and I’m glad to see that Star Wars is getting the legit digital business. History in the making folks, history in the making.
But there’s more! Not only are we getting the movies on digital but we’re also getting a ton of new features that have never been seen before, such as the Star Wars: Discoveries from Inside and insightful Conversations between key contributors from across this celebrated film franchise, plus a curated collection of classic Star Wars extras from each film.
The following films will be included in the collection and available on April 10:
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Conversations: Doug Chiang Looks Back
- Discoveries From Inside: Models & Miniatures
- Legacy content includes “The Beginning”; The Podrace: Theatrical Edit; plus eight deleted scenes.
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Conversations: Sounds In Space
- Discoveries From Inside: Costumes Revealed
- Legacy content includes “From Puppets To Pixels: Digital Characters In Episode II”; State Of The Art: The Previsualization Of Episode II; and “Films Are Not Released, They Escape”; plus Episode II Visual Effects Breakdown Montage and six deleted scenes.
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Conversations: The Star Wars That Almost Was
- Discoveries From Inside: Hologram & Bloopers
- Legacy content includes documentaries “Within A Minute: The Making Of Episode III”; The Journey Part 1; and The Journey Part 2; plus six deleted scenes.
Star Wars: Episode IV c (20th Century Fox)
- Conversations: Creating A Universe
- Discoveries From Inside: Weapons & The First Lightsaber
- Legacy content includes “Anatomy Of A Dewback”; Star Wars Launch Trailer; plus eight deleted scenes.
Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- Conversations: The Lost Interviews
- Discoveries From Inside: Matte Paintings Unveiled
- Legacy content includes “A Conversation With The Masters” (2010); “Dennis Muren: How Walkers Walk”; “George Lucas On Editing The Empire Strikes Back1979”; and “George Lucas On The Force: 2010”; plus six deleted scenes.
Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Conversations: The Effects
- Discoveries From Inside: The Sounds Of Ben Burtt
- Legacy content includes “Classic Creatures: Return Of The Jedi”; “Revenge Of The Jedi Teaser Trailer”; Return Of The Jedi Launch Trailer; “It Began TV Spot”; “Climactic Chapter TV Spot”; plus five deleted scenes.
Each movie is available for preorder now and the prices are varied from one digital store front to the next, but expect to pay at least $20 per film, give or take a few dollars.
For more information on the Star Wars digital collection and everything else Star Wars related, be sure to check out http://www.starwars.com/.