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DVD Shopping Bag: Star Wars Blu-ray: May the Force Be with Us
May the 4th reveals all
By Robert T. Trate
May 03, 2011
The Empire Strikes Back anniversary poster
© Lucasfilm/Bob Trate
Tomorrow George Lucas will reveal the full details of his Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray. Even now May the 4th be with you is counting down the hours and minutes to the big moment. We here at Mania are big Star Wars fans, huge fans in fact. We put together a small wish list both practical and outlandish of what we want in the set. We already know that some of you feel as if George will be raking us over the coals for the fourth or fifth time. The Blu-rays were inevitable, as are the Indiana Jones Blu-rays. As we sit here counting down the hours here is what we hope to get. Plus what we probably won’t.
Blu-rays have a lot of space on them. To be precise a Blu-ray has 25GB on a single layer disc and 50GB on dual layer disc. This should allow for all of the following:
The Complete Saga:
Each disc should already come with all the special features included in previous releases. For episodes one through three each had a supplemental DVD chocked full of bonus content. Each and everyone one of those special features should be on one Blu-ray, according to their individual film. There should also be a feature enabling you to go into the moment of the scene and have it coordinated with a “Behind the Scenes” special feature. The original commentaries for all six films were incredibly informative. Sadly, only the original trilogy features commentary by one of its stars, Carrie Fisher. Who wouldn’t love to hear stories from Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Ray Park, Ian McDiarmid and Frank Oz?
The DVD release (in 2004) had an entire disc dedicated to the original trilogy. The “Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy” documentary should be included and will be without a doubt. Footage of the following two documentaries was featured in “Empire of Dreams” yet the original documentaries were not present. Both “Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga” (1983) and “The Making of Star Wars'” (1977) provide a time capsule into the world which Star Wars took over. Sure it is ridiculous seeing people doing the robot to Meco’s galactic funk. However, it is still worth it. In all seriousness, these documentaries are insightful and fun capturing a time and place. It is also great to hear George Lucas talk about the limitations of special effects and how they are nothing without the story (“cough”).
The only Easter Egg:
There were several deleted scenes on the 2004 DVD release of the original trilogy. This was a great Easter Egg to be sure. If only it didn’t take a probe droid to locate and watch it. We still have our print out from dvdeastereggs.com to unlock them. So George if you are going to go out there and hide something on these Blu-rays how about a rotten egg? Yes, and by that I mean “The Star Wars Holiday Special” (1978). We know we’ll never sit through the entire thing anyway. However, that cartoon featuring the first appearance of Boba Fett is totally worth it.
Outside of “The Star Wars Holiday Special” everything on here is a reasonable request. Now let us get into a few crazy things shall we?
Release, Re-Release, Special Editions:
There is also plenty of space to include every version of the original Star Wars trilogy. No longer will we argue who shot first Han or Greedo? We can watch the version we want to see. It is true we have as much chance of this happening as Ponda Baba growing another arm but we can hope can’t we?
Many of the Star Wars DVD’s have featured one or two levels of different Star Wars video games. These were merely samples or teasers of soon to be released games. Instead of an advertisement for something new give us something old. Let us play Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995) or Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (2005). It is going into my PS3 anyway so why not some action from that galaxy so far far away?
Back in 1998 when Star Wars fever was starting to really build Lucas Arts released “Star Wars Behind the Magic”. It was a CD-ROM encyclopedia of the original trilogy. It did have some teaser material for episode one but it was nonetheless packed with hours of Star Wars material. The complete script for each film was included as well as whom every character was on screen. Each character also had a bio, behind the scenes facts, and pictures. There was a trivia game too which had a question with almost every entry. Believe it or not the CD-ROM featured expanded universe material as well. George, please include this on our Blu-rays or at least on its own Blu-ray disc.
Cartoons and TV Movies:
This might be more an idea for a definitive edition or perhaps an exclusive to Best Buy or Amazon.com but why not include the original cartoons and TV Movies? The "Ewoks & Droids Adventure Hour" and the two Ewok movies on a single Blu-ray is an incredible incentive for the Star Wars nut. Better yet, Star Wars: the Clone Wars is huge with kids so why not give them even more kid friendly material?
The hours are ticking down to the big reveal. More importantly the days are counting down to September 16th. The day we will finally have the whole saga on Blu-ray.
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
1. From Dusk Till Dawn [Blu-ray]
2. What Dreams May Come [Blu-ray]
3. Taps [Blu-ray]
4. Smiles of a Summer Night: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray]
5. Twelve O'Clock High [Blu-ray]
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
A Somewhat Gentle Man Starring Stellan Skarsgard, Bjorn Floberg, Gard B. Eidsvold
Crow 2, The: City of Angels [Blu-ray] Starring Vincent Perez, Mia Kirshner, Iggy Pop and Thomas Jane
The Encounter Starring Steve Sting Borden, Bruce Marchiano and Jaci Velasquez
The Green Hornet (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD) Starring Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz
The Green Hornet [Blu-ray]
The Green Hornet
Kung Fu Dunk [Blu-ray] Starring Jay Chou, Eric Tsang and Gang Wang
The Lookout Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels and Isla Fisher
The Malta Story Starring Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel
Megan Is Missing Starring Amber Perkins and Rachel Quinn
Proof Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anthony Hopkins
Sea Of Sand AKA: Desert Patrol Starring Richard Attenborough, Michael Craig, John Gregson
Supercop Starring Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh
Tennessee's Partner Widescreen Edition Starring John Payne, Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming and Coleen Gray
The Yards [Blu-ray] Starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron
Ghost Sweeper Mikami Collection 4
Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys
Pokemon Jirachi: Wish Maker
Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Power Struggle
PJ's: Season 1 Starring Eddie Murphy, Loretta Devine, James Black
The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest For The Infinity Sword Volume Four Starring Tom Kenny, Stan Lee and Steve Blum
Valley of the Dinosaurs
Houdini & Those Daring Young Men and Thier Jaunty Jalopies [Blu-ray] Starring Tony Curtis (Houdini), Janet Leigh (Houdini)
Twelve O'Clock High [Blu-ray] Starring Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe and Gary Merrill
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
Upstairs and Downstairs Starring Michael Craig, Anne Heywood
Fat Girl: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray] Starring Anais Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero de Rienzo
Smiles of a Summer Night: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray] Starring Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson
Bound By Blood: Wendigo Starring Brian Anthony, Brian Arrington, Sara Brooks
From Dusk Till Dawn [Blu-ray] Starring George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later [Blu-ray] Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, LL Cool J
The Man Who Could Cheat Death / The Skull [Blu-ray] Starring Peter Cushing
Ritual (Tales From the Crypt) Starring Jennifer Grey, Craig Sheffer, Tim Curry and Daniel Lapaine
Sinister Starring Lucien Eisenach, Donny Versiga, Donna Hamblin
Student Bodies and Jekyll & Hyde Together Again [Blu-ray] Starring Kristen Riter
Wes Craven Presents: They Starring Laura Regan, Marc Blucas, Ethan Embry and Jon Abrahams
MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY
All the Right Moves [Blu-ray] Starring Tom Cruise and Craig T. Nelson
Taps [Blu-ray] Starring George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton and Ronny Cox
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
X-Men [Blu-ray] Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen
X-2: X-Men United [Blu-ray] Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen
X-3: X-Men - The Last Stand [Blu-ray] Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen
X-Men Origins: Wolverine [Blu-ray] Starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber and Danny Huston
What Dreams May Come [Blu-ray] Starring Robin Williams and Cuba Jr. Gooding
According to Jim: The Complete Third Season Starring James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith
Being Human: Season 3 Starring Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow, Aidan Turner
Being Human: Season Three [Blu-ray]
Boy Meets World: The Complete Fifth Season Starring Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel and Will Friedle
Identity Starring Aiden Gillen
Melrose Place: Sixth Season V.1 Starring Thomas Calabro, Andrew Shue, Heather Locklear
Murdoch Mysteries Season 3 Starring Yannick Bisson and Thomas Craig
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 3 [Blu-ray] Starring Peter Outerbridge, Flora Montgomery