Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader and his troopers have unleashed the official announcement from Lucasfilm at CES, revealing that the STAR WARS Saga will debut on high-definition Blu-ray discs in three box set options:
- The complete six-film STAR WARS Saga combined in one 9-disc box set with over 30 hours of extensive bonus features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes
- The STAR WARS: Prequel Trilogy (3-disc set including THE PHANTOM MENACE, ATTACK OF THE CLONES and REVENGE OF THE SITH)
- The STAR WARS: Original Trilogy (3-disc set including A NEW HOPE, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI)
All three Blu-ray sets are now available for pre-order via Amazon at these links: Complete STAR WARS Saga ($89.99), Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I-III) and Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) at $44.99 each. Note that Amazon’s pre-order pricing offer deep discounts on the suggested retail pricing, which Lucasfilm states as $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN for the six-film Complete Saga and $69.99 US/$89.99 CAN for each trilogy, so please feel free to use the links above provided by FilmEdge to pre-order your preferred Blu-ray sets to guarantee these low prices (check item page for Amazon’s price guarantee details).
While we now know that Lucasfilm gives fans some options for buying the STAR WARS films on Blu-ray, their official press release (below) gives us no specifics about the 30 hours of bonus features in the Complete Saga box set, or if any of them would be included on the individual discs for each film in either or both disc collections. FilmEdge is certainly pleased at the sheer amount of bonus feature material in terms of running time alone (over twice the length of all six films run-time in total), though just how much of these extra features are new and exclusive to this Blu-ray release is unknown.
The announcement and press release seems to confirm something we already knew: no HD editions of the Original Trilogy theatrical cuts are included in this Blu-ray presentation, and only the Special Editions of Episodes IV-VI will be available in this Blu-ray set.
FilmEdge will have more details on the Complete STAR WARS Saga on Blu-ray as more details are released, including an announcement video coming soon (once LFL’s server catches up with demand to download it). Meanwhile, the complete press release from CES is below the official preview trailer of STAR WARS on Blu-ray:
THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE
THE MOST ANTICIPATED BLU-RAY RELEASE IN THE GALAXY
IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WORLDWIDE PRE-ORDER STARTING TODAY
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.”