Back in August, George Lucas revealed that the "Star Wars" saga would finally be released on Blu-ray. And earlier today at the CES, the first details were unveiled.
Representatives of Lucasfilms and Fox have announced that all six "Star Wars" films will be released in three different Blu-ray box sets. The Prequel and Original "Star Wars" trilogies will each get their own three disc set, while "Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray" will be available on a 9 disc set, with the three additional discs containing over 30 hours of special features, including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, as well as "an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives."
“The ‘Star Wars’ Saga is the most anticipated Blu-ray collection since the launch of the high-def format,” said Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn. “The epic franchise pioneered sound and visual presentation in theaters and is perfectly suited to do it again in the home, with a viewing experience only possible with Blu-ray.”
All three box sets are now available for preorder. "Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray" will be $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN, while the separate trilogy box sets will be $69.99 US/89.99 CAN each.
The deleted scenes from the original "Star Wars" trilogy may spark the most interest from long-time fans. During last summer’s Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Lucas debuted a short scene from "Return of the Jedi" in which Darth Vader attempted to make contact with Luke, while the younger Skywalker finished and activated his lightsaber on Tatooine… which sent the live crowd into a frenzy.
"Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray" and the individual trilogy sets will be released this September.