Sunday, August 15, 2010

There goes another chunk of money: Star Wars Saga Goes Blu-ray in 2011

George Lucas annnounced Star Wars on Blu-Ray at Celebration V yesterday.

The Star Wars saga will at long last be released in a high-definition home video format as all six movies come to Blu-Ray in a Box Set in Fall 2011, as announced by George Lucas this morning at Celebration V. At the fan convention's Main Event, thousands of Star Wars fans braved the muggy heat of an Orlando morning to queue for a one-time only stage session between George Lucas and The Daily Show's Jon Stewart. Stewart asked Lucas questions submitted from the fan community, and one of the most frequently asked questions submitted online prior to the Main Event was about the saga's release on Blu-Ray.
"I wish I could say it was coming out this year," said Lucas, "but it will come out next year."

The set will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films, with the highest picture and audio quality, along with extensive special features.

I have not switched to Blu-ray yet and Star Wars together with The Ultimate Matrix Collection and The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy should make that pretty much a no-brainer. It is funny how the LOTR Blu-ray got horrible reviews because these are not the extended editions you are looking for but the regular editions, and of course they will come out with the extended editions sooner or later so people will have to buy both sets. SO yes, maybe once the LOTR EE comes out I will switch to Blu-ray, for now I am fine with my plain vanilla DVD collection. Also be aware that you won't see the original trilogy theatrical versions because necessary restoration would cost too much. These are the Special Edition remastered version of the original trilogy that were released on DVD.

Below is the long-lost deleted scene from Return of the Jedi.