“Star Wars” is finally coming to Blu-ray. It was announced at Star Wars Celebration V that Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will bring the complete Star Wars Saga to the Blu-ray format with a worldwide release in Fall 2011.
It’s the first time any of the films have been available in high-definition packaged media. A boxed set containing the Blu-ray versions of the movies, spanning from 1977’s “Star Wars” through the final 2005 prequel, “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” will mark the first time the films have been offered in a high-definition home format, and will include documentary features and previously unseen footage.
In a press release, George Lucas stated: “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.”
With “Star Wars” finally getting the Blu-ray treatment more than five years after the format’s middling debut, there are still a number of other classic titles that are pending.
Perhaps bracing for the reactions of fans who decried some of the changes made to the special-edition films – like, say, an exchange of gunfire between Han Solo and a certain green-skinned bounty hunter – Mr. Lucas said that to release the original versions of these films on Blu-ray was “kind of an oxymoron because the quality of the original is not very good.”
The event is held in Orlando, FL, and this year commemorated the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and the ongoing, weekly adventures of Star Wars : The Clone Wars.