Star Wars: The Digital Collection is coming soon to leading digital stores including Xbox Video, iTunes, Google Play, VUDU and Amazon, and is also available for pre-order on Xbox Video right now. The iconic six-film saga will be released for the first time in Digital HD on Friday 10 April.
While the six movies can be bought separately for $19.99 each, customers will be able to save money by purchasing the entire digital collection for $99.99 on Xbox Video or for $89.99 on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon and VUDU. Other digital stores are yet to announce a price.
All six movies in the collection are "Special Edition" instead of the regular ones and include deleted scenes, special features and exclusive behind-the-scenes extras. The Digital Collection includes:
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 A New Hope (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 Back 1979”; 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.
Moreover, Microsoft is also offering incentives for buying the collection which includes a free R2-D2 Xbox Live avatar along with the Star Wars Pinball theme pack for the Pinball FX2 game on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, developed by Zen Studios. Disney is offering a Star Wars featurette video exclusively for Xbox customers.
Regarding the collection, Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios, says:
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, 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.
You can pre-order Star Wars: The Digital Collection for $99.99 from Xbox Video here, purchasing the collection on one of Microsoft's devices also means that you can watch it any time not only on your Xbox but also on Windows and Windows Phone devices, provided that they are connected via the same Microsoft account. Other customers can pre-purchase it for $89.99 on Google Play, Amazon or iTunes and watch it once it becomes available this Friday.