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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Finally, a digital release of all Star Wars Films

All six Star Wars films are finally being
released digitally, with new features!
For the first time ever on Digital HD, experience the most iconic movie collection of all time, with new bonus extras.
 
[Source: blastr.com] It’s taken way longer than anyone ever could’ve thought, but all six Star Wars films are finally coming to digital download services — and they’re even bringing along some nifty new special features.

Disney has announced the release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection, which will bring all six original films together for the first time in a high-def digital release package. The films will roll out on iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, Amazon, Xbox Video, Playstation Store and Verizon Fios on Friday, April 10. This will definitely help us bide our time while we wait for The Force Awakens this December.

The elephant in the room: Will these be the original cuts of the original trilogy, or the tinkered-with, updated cuts that have been peddled by Lucas over the past several years? The announcement isn’t specific, which we assume means these will almost certainly be the same updated versions of the original trilogy currently available on Blu-ray. So, yeah, keep holding out hope Disney will cut that deal down the line — but it’s apparently not happening yet.

But that doesn’t mean this isn’t awesome news. For one, obviously, we’ll finally be able to legally snag both trilogies digitally to watch them wherever and whenever we want. Two: They’ll be tossing in some brand-new special features for each film, including new interviews with the crew behind the films and footage about how the movies were assembled.

Check out a trailer for the digital release below:

If you’re interested in the special features, check out a full breakdown of all the goodies below via Star Wars:
  • 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.

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