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DVD Shopping Bag: Star Wars on Blu-ray

This will be a day long remembered

By Robert T. Trate     August 17, 2010

The Star Wars Saga arrives on Blu-ray Fall 2011
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I am sure you have heard that this weekend at Star Wars Celebration 5, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced that the complete Star Wars Saga will come to Blu-ray with a release in the fall of 2011. The Star Wars Blu-ray Box Set will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with extensive special features – including documentaries, vintage behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, retrospectives and never-before-seen footage from the Lucasfilm archives. George Lucas spoke about the release and said, “Blu-ray is the absolute best way to experience Star Wars at home – in pristine high definition. The films have never looked or sounded better.”

I for one have been predicting that this year would be the year of Star Wars on Blu-ray. With the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, Celebration 5, the end of Star Tours, the return of The Force Unleashed and… should I really go on? I could you know. There is just way too much Star Wars this year to not have the Blu-rays released.  

This is where the fun starts. What is George going to place on this collection? Anything from the prequels may seem new but nothing that will come as an overwhelming surprise. Will George do some touch ups on some scenes? Then there is of course which, out of the now multiple, versions of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi will we get? I doubt, despite Blu-rays having an incredible amount of space, will we see every incarnation of the films. To watch them side by side and see the difference would be the kind of special feature that I would want. As far as special features go I loved the “Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy” however I’ll take “Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga over it any day. This excellent documentary from 1983 has long been out of circulation. That being said I would like to have The Making of 'Star Wars' (1977) included. It really is a perfect time capsule of the era and the effect Star Wars had on the world. It is probably safe to say the Christmas Special will not be present on these discs, but what about the cartoon featuring Boba Fett’s first appearance?




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Assassin Next Door, The Starring Olga Kurylenko and Ninet Tayeb
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season 2 Starring Aya Hirano
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1001 Classic Commercials - Collectible Tin
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Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.



What I wanted to do this week is to give you Maniacs a forum to let us, George and Twentieth Century Fox know what you want out of this Star Wars Saga Blu-ray set. I will of course be sending this to Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox. Is there some classic documentary that you want to see included? Is it all about which version of the film(s) you get? Perhaps you want the version where Han shoots first? Do you want Hayden Christensen at the end of Return of the Jedi or not? I know that not all of us are going to be happy, obviously. Though until the actual release date and specifics are announced it will be great to enjoy the anticipation of finally seeing Star Wars on Blu-ray.


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jppintar326 8/17/2010 12:30:13 AM

Star Wars coming to Blu Ray is the only news in a somewhat dull week.  Hopefully, they do it right and get as much stuff as possible on there.


StarlightGuard 8/17/2010 6:23:02 AM

Well Blu gives us wonderful opportunities --

1. Include ALL documentaries\footage that was ever included in any release. This may not be completely feasible, but Blu has the extra space. Yeah, the most comprehensive set of documentaries is certainly what I'd like.

2. We could also potentially include ALL variations on the modified scenes, just pick the alternate scene(s) you prefer and go from there. If you want the old special effects version, take it. If you want the new special effects version, here we go. We could keep Hayden or the original actor.

It is possible...or, at least, I don't see why it isn't.


BobaMig 8/17/2010 6:23:09 AM

I hope that Lucas remembers in restoring these films, "Greedo did not shoot first!!!".

Hobbs 8/17/2010 6:25:45 AM

Come on guys, you know damn well Lucas is going to release as little as possible to get the suckers...er...fans to double and triple dip.   I wish he would release the definitive edition but I have a better chance of playing for the Yankees than Lucas does of releasing something like that.

mike10 8/17/2010 7:22:26 AM


 Lucas should release the Star Wars Christmas special, everyone that really wanted to see it has already, why not make some money off of it? Lucas milks everything else for every last cent.

  If George was really smart he would make the next trilogy after Return of the Jedi and jump 20 years later with Luke rebuilding the Jedi since he is not doing the live action TV show. Then years from now we will get another super deluxe movie collection on whatever the state of the art video media is at the time ( Holographic discs?) and we can all pay the Lucas empire all over again.

galaga51 8/17/2010 8:19:58 AM

I want the original, untouched on Blu-Ray; bad effects with the good ones.  Oh yeah, and with Han shooting first.

swisshammer 8/17/2010 3:59:17 PM

I'm glad they finally acknowledged that the Blu-Rays are going to be a fact. That said, I don't anticipate that I'll (or most fans) will get what I want out of the box set. Here's what I'd love:

1. Han shoots first

2. No Hayden Christensen at the end of Return of the Jedi

3. All three originals with the ability to pick and choose certain scenes from the originals or the retooled versions

4. New commentary by Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, Ben Burt, George Lucas, Irving Kershner, Richard Marquand, and Lawrence Kasden

5. New interviews/documentaries

The extras are a nice bonus, but I want the absolute best quality that they can squeeze out of Blu-Ray for the films. It needs to be a completely immersive experience, not just a rehashing of the films on DVD.

And, of course, I don't really see a need to own the box set if the originals are not remastered to 1080p high definition in SAR widescreen format. The DVD releases kind of messed that up. They weren't as "cleaned up" as the retooled versions and the widescreen aspet ratio was distorted.

Wyldstaar 8/17/2010 5:33:54 PM

Initially I was tempted to believe that this bluray release would be toned down in order to double dip a few years later, but then I realized that it won't even be necessary.  With the advent of 3-D movies, it is inevitable that Lucasfilm will convert the entire saga to that format and re-release the films once again, and follow that up with a 3-D bluray box set.

Betenoire 8/17/2010 10:07:46 PM

...I think I may be Star Wars movied out. I waited for years for the original films to be on DVD (didn't get suckered into buying the special edition) and have such a dispassion for the newer trilogy (Hell, the only one I could watch more than once all the way through was Phantom Menace-I guess other than some of the toys (the new AT AT and I'd like the Star Tours shuttle) I just have lost my passion for the celluloid adventures.

But hey, great for those whose passion wasn't damped out. Though like Hobbs I expect it to be a sucker move first time round at least.

Hobbs 8/18/2010 6:20:40 AM

Actually it's Han that shoots only, not first isn't it?  I don't think Greedo got a shot off in the original which is what Lucas had a problem with.  I want the original restored, I mean if they took Luke's screaming as he was falling in Empire back out because they realized it was lame then why not restore the original Han/Greedo scene?

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