Star Wars series to be released on Blu-Ray on September 16 in US

After months of speculation, Lucasfilm has finally announced when the long awaited Blu-Ray disk versions of the Star Wars movie series will be released. Engadget reports that today (which for some reason is an unofficial "Star Wars" day) Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox revealed that the Blu-Ray versions of the beloved sci-fi movie saga will be released on September 16 in North America. The rest of the world will get the Blu-Ray versions a few days earlier on September 12.

The press release reveals some of the details on the whopping nine-disk release which will include all six movies in the Star Wars saga. Each movie will include two audio commentaries. One was made especially for each movie and will feature Star Wars creator George Lucas and other members of the cast and crew. The other commentary track will include older interviews with the cast and crew of each movie.

The other three disks include a massive amount of behind-the-scenes materials. Two of the disks will include extended, alternate and deleted scenes from all six movies along with more interviews and behind the scenes material. The final disk includes a boatload of older documentaries made to promote the original Star Wars trilogy and three all new features. One looks back at The Empire Strikes Back, considered to be the best of the Star Wars movies. Another is called Star Warriors which takes a look at the well known fan run Star Wars group the 501st Legion. Finally there's Star Wars Spoofs, a 91 minute collection of many of the various parodies of the series that have been done by TV shows and others.

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yawn. wake me up when they release the virtual reality version. i want to give princess leia a good rogering on the sand barge. hubba jabba.

What about TV series? Project is dead?

Just finished rewatching Babylon 5 for Nth time. Want more!

Chrono951 said,
No price? Oh boy, its gonna be like $300, isn't it?

Edit: Looks like Amazon has it listed for $89.99

Yeah, i'm paying £72 Inc S&H/P&P

Umm, I've known about this for about 2 months, and preordered it on Amazon UK for £80 back in late March... I know this is still news, but this seriously was confirmed a long time ago

Manish said,
Old news is old. (They've released a little bit more information about the releases though.)
Like the actual release date, seeing as how the previous article had a different one?

My response was directed at chrispinto's post. Hence the use of the reply button. I was letting him/her know that Star Wars coming out on blu-ray is indeed old news. However, if you were to read the part in brackets, I did point out that they've released some new news (yes, I suppose I could've also specifically mentioned that they changed the date slightly too).

Next time, try to read in context. If I'm able to locate a previous Neowin article discussing the same topic, the chances are that I can also differentiate between two dates. But thanks for the concern anyway.

Well they should have been released a long time ago on Blu-Ray... they also are set to release the 3D versions in a few more years but one a year or so which is beyond stupid and I'll never get those. The Blu-Ray's will complete my collection along side Lord of The Rings.

morphen said,
There is a mistake in the article, it says "all six movies".

Yeah, to be really complete, they should have also included the 7th movie, which was actually the first to be released on Blu-Ray.

tyberius7 said,
It's Star Wars day because "May the force be with you" sounds like May 4th!

The really funny thing is that I was already wearing one of my Star Wars t-shirts today before I found out about it being Star Wars day.

roadwarrior said,

The really funny thing is that I was already wearing one of my Star Wars t-shirts today before I found out about it being Star Wars day.

Now I'm kinda freaking out...I also donned my (only) Star Wars t-shirt before realizing the date.

It surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together...

Rooster69 said,
Assuring my Giganews account is fully working as we speak.

I find piracy, especially for things like this, really quite sad. Even if I could download this for free, I wouldn't.. part of the pleasure of owning HD versions of these fantastic movies is to own the disks for yourself and to be able to put them up on your shelves and enjoy for years to come. The magic is lost somewhat when they're just .AVI files in a folder on your PC somewhere.

IMHO of course.

Chicane-UK said,

I find piracy, especially for things like this, really quite sad. Even if I could download this for free, I wouldn't.. part of the pleasure of owning HD versions of these fantastic movies is to own the disks for yourself and to be able to put them up on your shelves and enjoy for years to come. The magic is lost somewhat when they're just .AVI files in a folder on your PC somewhere.

IMHO of course.

If I run into anyone who cares I will let them know your name.

Chicane-UK said,

The magic is lost somewhat when they're just .AVI files in a folder on your PC somewhere.

1. only a moron would download a Blu-Ray rip in .avi format (any good rip is going to be .mkv)
2. any decent new Blu-Ray player will play .mkv files from disc, so it is quite easy to have a copy put aside for later playback
3. assuming the person who did the rip didn't **** it up, you would never know the difference between the original disc and the .mkv version on disc, and you get the added benefit of not having to deal with all of the unskippable BS that gets tacked on to the "original" disc.

roadwarrior said,

1. only a moron would download a Blu-Ray rip in .avi format (any good rip is going to be .mkv)
2. any decent new Blu-Ray player will play .mkv files from disc, so it is quite easy to have a copy put aside for later playback
3. assuming the person who did the rip didn't **** it up, you would never know the difference between the original disc and the .mkv version on disc, and you get the added benefit of not having to deal with all of the unskippable BS that gets tacked on to the "original" disc.

This +1

Rooster69 said,

If I run into anyone who cares I will let them know your name.

It's always nice when you try and make your point, by sitting and thinking about what you write only to have an some nimrod dismiss you with an insulting, half-assed one liner. People like you are ruining Neowin frankly.

And I think you'll find plenty of people who care. I think they won't struggle to sell copies of Star Wars on Blu Ray because there are plenty of people who feel the same as I do.

Roadwarrior said,

only a moron would download a Blu-Ray rip in .avi format (any good rip is going to be .mkv)

Not entirely bothered about the specifics - was just using it as an example. I got disinterested in downloading movie rips some time ago.. back then it was just DivX stuff. Prefer to buy and own my movies these days.

The justification for piracy always used to be studios not doing enough for the fans and the high prices.. but the effort that goes into some of the sets you can buy, and the more decent / realistic pricing of movies once they're even a month or two old means there is just no justification for piracy any more. Some people are just cheap and, essentially, thieves - they just like to hide behind supposed "morals" that justify their behaviour. Sad really.

ahhell said,
I wonder how much dicking around Lucas will do on these versions.

Changelog:
The sand people were considered too frightening, replaced by Ewoks.
In the cantina sequence, Han's gun is replaced by bottled water, putting an end to the "Han fired first" myth.
Jar Jar Binks makes random appearances throughout the original trilogy, fans felt he needed more screen time.
The scene where Lea kisses Luke is removed entirely.
A CGI generated sequence showing Obi Wan testing Luke for midichlorians has been added for consistency.

Max Norris said,

Changelog:
The sand people were considered too frightening, replaced by Ewoks.

"The sand people frighten easily but they'll be back and in greater numbers."
"That's great it'll give us a richer harmony"
"Oh yeah, it's going to sound fantastic"

Kirkburn said,
Tbh, I find this whining over the changes mostly silly.

Some of us just like the original versions of things before people go f'ing with it and changing things or making it cute. Ranks up there with colorizing old movies.. no thanks.

Kirkburn said,
Tbh, I find this whining over the changes mostly silly. A lot of it made big improvements to the feel and quality of the production. Looking down the list on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...es_in_Star_Wars_re-releases (and reading the in-depth media guides that have also been written), a huge amount is uncontroversial and trivialises nothing.

I fully support quality of production changes, but out and out adding in, swapping or removing characters is simply not right.

I for one love the fact that in the newer versions the snowspeeder struts are not see through in ESB. However young Anakin versus old Anakin at the end of ROTJ is stupid.

schubb2003 said,
I fully support quality of production changes, but out and out adding in, swapping or removing characters is simply not right.

I for one love the fact that in the newer versions the snowspeeder struts are not see through in ESB. However young Anakin versus old Anakin at the end of ROTJ is stupid.

I agree, they did go over the top with some changes (like that one). I guess I'm just more okay with them than others.

and then the 'Special Edition' will be out 6 months later, and then the 'Re-Mastered' in 6 months, and then the 3D in 6 months........

Buttus said,
and then the 'Special Edition' will be out 6 months later, and then the 'Re-Mastered' in 6 months,...
What are you talking about? We have the special edition VHS in 1997, then the remastered DVDs in 2004. Wow, so many, so close together! </sarcasm>

Buttus said,
and then the 'Special Edition' will be out 6 months later, and then the 'Re-Mastered' in 6 months, and then the 3D in 6 months........

Like the lord of the rings trilogy, although im not moaning, i don't care about the extra's so i got a good price on the standard LOTR on BluRay

Here's what I could find about The Chronicles of the Original Trilogy Releases.

1. 1989. Laserdisc - Star Wars Trilogy - Special Widescreen Edition.
2. 1993. Laserdisc - Star Wars Trilogy - The Definitive Collection. 80 minutes bonus material.
3. 1995. VHS - Star Wars Trilogy. THX-mastered.
4. 1997. VHS/Laserdisc - Episode IV, V and VI - Special Edition. Remastered. Numerous changes.
5. 2000. VHS/VCD - Episode IV, V and VI. VHS re-release without the Special Edition subtitle. Behind the scenes material from Episode II.
6. 2004. DVD - Star Wars Trilogy. Numerous changes. Bonus disc.
7. 2005. DVD - Star Wars Trilogy. Same as 2004 release, but without bonus disc.
8. 2006. DVD - Star Wars Trilogy. Episodes sold separately. Includes original version, remastered.
9. 2011. Blu-ray - Star Wars Trilogy.

Only including full trilogy releases, and from the original trilogy.

Here's more interesting info:
http://www.ugo.com/the-goods/m...of-star-wars-video-releases

Edited by Northgrove, May 4 2011, 3:39pm :

Looks like a pretty reasonable list of releases there. Basically updates for new storage tech, and separate updated/theatrical editions.

Jen Smith said,
Give me the original trilogy, the pre-butchering versions. George can keep the rest of it thanks.

Yup, original 3...didnt care for the other 3.

Jen Smith said,
Give me the original trilogy, the pre-butchering versions. George can keep the rest of it thanks.

You know that won't happen, so why keep writing that?

max84 said,
You know that won't happen, so why keep writing that?

.. what? Posted it once, just a few spots above. I'm more curious now as to what you're talking about.

Jen Smith said,

.. what? Posted it once, just a few spots above. I'm more curious now as to what you're talking about.

lol...yeah, i know you wrote it just once. I was referring too all those fans, whining about getting the unaltered OT. Don't get it. Not going to happen anyway.

max84 said,
lol...yeah, i know you wrote it just once. I was referring too all those fans, whining about getting the unaltered OT. Don't get it. Not going to happen anyway.

Ahh my bad then. Yea, I agree, probably never happen, but those of us who saw the originals in the theaters can hope

They released the original theatrical editions on DVD. What else do you want? You're not going to get them on blu-ray, because that would be pointless, and likely look rubbish.

Max Norris said,
They've been remastering them for BR for the special editions, why would theatricals looks different?

There seem to be a lot of people here who stupidly think that the original film is somehow of lower quality than a 1080p Blu-Ray. No matter how many times people point this out, there is always going to be a group of ignorant posters who somehow think that movies have only been shot in "HD" for the last few years.

Here it is for those that don't know: even movies shot on the crap film they used in the 1950s are at least 4x the resolution of Blu-Ray.

max84 said,
You know that won't happen, so why keep writing that?

We also knew that it wouldn't happen for DVD. Lucas himself promised, so I felt some relief that at least I still had the Definitive Collection.

We all know how that promise panned out. Once sales slow down, how do you think the current promise will pan out?

Don't worry, you'll get the original, pre-butchered versions...it's just gonna be about three more years, and released just in time for the Christmas rush.

roadwarrior said,
There seem to be a lot of people here who stupidly think that the original film is somehow of lower quality than a 1080p Blu-Ray
I'd just like to point out that I know films are shot in very high resolution (or such similar measurement, since they're weren't digital). However, the films themselves are not of the same quality as when they were shot, and have not have the effort to improve them that the updated editions have.

Honestly, I think the old version of Star Wars, while good for the time ... looks pretty shoddy in parts now. Seeing that in higher and higher resolution isn't going to help. Just rewatching some TV series in HD (even DVDs) has certainly contributed to the 'studio' feel of them (rather than looking more realistic).

roadwarrior said,
There seem to be a lot of people here who stupidly think that the original film is somehow of lower quality than a 1080p Blu-Ray.

While I do agree loosely to your statement, there's a significant difference between resolution and quality when it comes to HD.
A lot of older films and some modern ones are still fairly grainy and old fashoned. Modern HD films are a lot smoother. Whether this has to do with the quality of effects or not, I don't know, but I'd still say modern equipment (IE cameras) out-perform the older versions by a long way, despite them being in HD.

And then to enhance his bank account, he will release special downloadable content only viewable on a PC or Mac.

Tablet only content will be in 2012.

Smartphone content in 2014?

error404ts said,
He's kidding.
I know he's kidding, but jokes normally have some kind of reason why they're funny I don't recall such previous form for Star Wars.

Kirkburn said,
I know he's kidding, but jokes normally have some kind of reason why they're funny I don't recall such previous form for Star Wars.

If you read all of the other comments below, you would understand where I am coming from: Lucas padding his pockets by re-packaging Star Wars and sucking it as dry as possible, because he can't seem to do anything else except hang off the balls of something that started great and he turned into a mess.

There's a difference between re-releasing the films with changes, and that rubbish you made up above. If people didn't want to buy the new releases, they wouldn't make them.