April 17, 2010 - Today in the IGN Theater at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet revealed anticipated information about the Star Wars films coming to Blu-ray.
At last, a new media isn't a full accepted media until Star Wars comes out on it in a special edition.
Let's just hope they are smart enough to include the original theatrical releases along with the polished remastered releases of the original trilogy and not "milk the cow" like New Line is trying to do with the Lord of the Rings blu-ray set by just releasing the theatrical cuts first and then the extended versions a year later... :)
This brought a small tear to my eye when I read this. I'm sure there will be an official announcement at the Star Wars Celebration V in August. I expect the 6 movie set to be around $150 on blu-ray. Oh well it's a day one purchase.
As long as I'm not forced to buy Episodes I-III in a SW complete package deal. Just want IV-VI, preferably one before Lucas altered it.
Another reason to splurge on a high-definition TV. Gotta get me one of those...
I want this :o
I've been waiting for this a long time, but hope they saw what happened with the LOTR Blu Ray debacle. Knowing how anal Lucas is though I expect all the specs to be completely up to par. Also like others I'd want both versions of each film, all of the special features from the extra disc in the collection in HD, and new audio commentaries would be nice but I doubt I'll get those.
These will probably be the most impressive Blu-Rays to date. I cannot wait. I would easily pay $200 for some kind of bundle. I. LOVE. STAR WARS.
will always be the laserdisc ones. Full theatrical versions that i grew up with. I liked the special editions but felt he went a bit to far with making special special editions for dvd. I noticed several things that didnt fit on the dvd nor did they fit in with the special edition in theaters. I really hope you get both versions of each movie on blu (original theatrical release and special ed theatrical release). He can keep the crappy special special dvd version enhancements away from my bluray. rant over...may the force be with you...always.
George Lucas founded and owns THX. I have no doubt these will be top quality. Given how long it took for these movies to come to DVD, i am a bit surprised by this, but am REALLY looking forward to it. I, too, would like both versions, but even more than the original version, I would like to have the original theatrical version with remastered 5.1 sound. Ooh, how bit this as a special feature: PiP showing footage before special effects were added. That could be interesting, if the untouched footage still exists.
Han Solo shot first!!!!
I have a friend who has a shirt that says that: "Han shot first." That change is one thing I refuse to accept, along with midichloreans.
As much as I love Star Wars, I'll pass on having to look at Jar Jar in full 1080p HD.
Heck, may as well make a 3D version at this point.
Just like a DVD being upconverted, it doesn't look as good. Replicating a 2D image into 3D will not look as good as a native 3D signal. But I support this move somewhat. They made the DVD version look better than VHS, and I'm sure the Bluray will look good as well.
Hell yes! I was just thinking it would be wonderful to buy the Star Wars movies on Bluray. Cant wait
sweet cant wait to get this when it comes out as i been wondering where the hell was the bluray versions when they did the 1-3 and 4-5 package on dvd
With lucas's track record I'm guessing another 2years before it happens.. Waiting until there is a much bigger install base and more demand....$$$$$$$ Saying there working on it is a.....no duh!!!!
Great news but they better be the original and not the ruined digitally remastered ones.
how about both on each disc? I can see it happening. I wouldn't mind.
They did that for the DVD boxset release so i cant see why not.
I hope for Indiana Jones at some point as well. I am not a huge Star Wars fan I am more of a Star Trek fan. I never got in to it really.
cgoodno - 54 minutes ago PM Track Ignore 1.3 - As long as I'm not forced to buy Episodes I-III in a SW complete package deal. Just want IV-VI, preferably one before Lucas altered it. ------------ i liked episodes I-III, much more action, than the boring long tedious IV-VI. New Hope was just bad, for me. My favorite from the latter episodes was return of the jedi, but my favorite has to be revenge of the sith. The intro was epic, too bad they didn't capitalize on more space battles.
Yeah more action... at the expense of plot, the mythology, heart, and common sense.
I seem to be one of the few who actually likes ALL Star Wars movies and The Clone Wars series. I grew up with the original movies (A New Hope was the first movie my parents brought me to when I was 3. Yeah, I'm old), so I love them, but I also like the new ones. Better action and special effects, but the main thing I like about them is they are a good look at how a good person can turn to evil. Edit @ below: Well, there's more to it than that, but i will agree that it could have been done much better. His actual "turning" was unfeasably quick, but the whole trilogy does lead up to it. It is rare for a movie to explore that though, and I think for a movie to take the most iconic evil character in movie history and say "Look, he's actually kind of pathetic because he's so misguided" is pretty good, i think. Actually after watching the originals with the commentary tracks, I see Darth Vader in a whole new way. He really was a pathetic character who was feared, but not respected by even his underlings. Watch the way that he is treated by The Emperor and Imperial officers. Sorry, that was a bit of a digression.
I respectfully disagree. His turn to evil was so poorly handled, forced, and underdeveloped. It was literally hey, serve me, I'm evil! Okay! They had THREE movies to develop his fall, and they do it in under 30 seconds? Disappointing.
I think it neutered a great character, someone who was reportedly a good man at his core who redeemed himself in the end. Instead, frankly, they make him into a whiny little b1tch instead of a good man, and totally mishandle the fear angle as his driving force. Misguided I can handle, but being a puss then going instant evil just killed it for me.
The Digital Bits, quoting industry sources, says that Lucasfilm "tentatively plans the official Blu-ray release to happen in October 2011." Obviously, with the Alien Anthology coming later this year, a 2010 release of Star Wars can be safely ruled out, and considering that A New Hope opened theatrically in May 1977, late 2011 would be a natural choice for a 35th Anniversary Edition Anthology. http://www.blu-ray.com/news... Can't wait!!!!!!!!!
finally i thought this would never come
Still waiting for Aliens. Umpteen versions of all the Terminator movies, even in HD-DVD, but the Alien series is only DVD.
i cant wait but they need to make a new movie already, no not a starwars something that will cause an impact like it for the loyal lucas art fan they deserve it the supported these guys for the longest. who agree? cause what are they are they doing beside remaster or re-releasing their movies? i just saying i try to speak up 4 others.
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been waitin a fair ol' while for this announcement, as i had been for lotr til my dreams were crushed by the theatrical releases being brought out instead of the extended editions
Star Wars The most overrated film franchise in history.
Only since the prequels...
Nope, Twilight series doesn't even deserve to be viewed by me.
I have no doubt these will be reference quality Blu-ray. Hopefully, they use the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition as the basis for the original trilogy, just because it's mostly cosmetic changes and doesn't have that dude from the first three at the end of Jedi.
We won't be that lucky. Word has it even Yoda is getting revamped in Episode 1 to be CG.
I don't see what was so bad about the 2004 version of the original trilogy, I see them as an improvement. I can't wait to see episode 2 and 3 in HD though, seeing as how they were filmed in HD, they'll look spectacular. I just don't want to wait until 2011...well, we've waited this long...
Awesome about time.
And i beleive it will be a purchase ive still got to buy LOTR boxset.
Let's get on with it Lucas Film. I have an empty spot in my Blue Ray collection still waiting to fill with these movies.
I'll get this on HD-DVD
...And we can expect a newer version every year for the foreseeable future.
I will buy this. I don't think there's much chance of getting unaltered versions of the original trilogy. Lucas has said many times that what matters most is his vision, not the fans' desires.
meaning all the extra stuff they're apparently finding might never make into the blu-ray version.
I can't wait for them to be released, but given how they've milked the franchise I can see waiting may be a good option. First they'll release the 6 movie box-set with the original cuts of the last 3. Then they'll release a "Special Edition" with the rehashed cuts of the last 3. Then they'll release a "Super Special Edition" with original and rehashed cuts. With comments like - "I won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff" and "We're finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before" I'm sure we may see one final "Ultimate Edition" at some point.
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