Boy, the Force is strong with us today. After finally being confirmed by the bearded one himself, George Lucas, over the summer, we now have a month to pin our hopes and dreams of a hi-def Star Wars future to: September 2011. A Lucasfilm press release confirmed today that the highly anticipated Blu-ray release of Star Wars -- comprising all six films in the series -- will exit hyperspace sometime in September. There's no specific date... BUT WHO CARES?! Star Wars! September! It's real! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!
The release will come in three flavors, which you can probably puzzle out for yourselves. The youngest fans will probably be most interested in grabbing the three disc Prequel Trilogy. Salty veterans who hate Jar-Jar and adore Mr. Plinkett will likely be overjoyed at having the Original Trilogy available as a separate option. For the super-fans who want the whole megillah, there's a nine disc box coming with all six movies and more bonus features than could fit inside a fully armed and operational battle station.
Here's the official blurb for the big set:
"Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more."
Thirty hours -- more than a day's worth of content to watch that isn't the movies. It's been said before, and it surely isn't true this time either, but by all appearances this can be considered the definitive Star Wars home video release. Especially since we'll likely never see the non-special edition version of the Original Trilogy again. And honestly, down the road... we all know there's a 3-D edition coming. And a holographic edition. And a beamed-into-your-mind's-eye-with-the-power-of-puppies edition. But let's just have fun and call this "definitive," mkay?
Each trilogy will run you $69.99 separately, or you can pay $139.99 for the full set.