The Star Wars Blu-ray release date is now September 16, 2011. [Link]
We’ve been doing some investigating this evening, with the help of our friends over at LightSaber Rattling (via @terrysstarwars), regarding an interview that appeared on our radar. During a recent interview with Release a Norwegian home cinema publication, Vincent Marcais, Senior Vice President Marketing at Twentieth Century Fox International in Europe answered questions about the upcoming Star Wars Blu-Ray releases, in addition to other titles.
Star Wars: Original Trilogy and Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy will consist of four discs each – one for each movie and one bonus disc. Star Wars: The Complete Saga will have an additional special features disc, for a total of nine.
The remastering of the movies has been performed by Lucasfilm and will offer “the most recently updated versions of the movies,” with “even more enhancements to the picture quality.” When asked about Fox’s answer to the fans that want to see the three original versions released, Marcais replied: “The versions that are being released are closest to George Lucas’ vision. Other than that, no comment.”
There is currently no date for a Blu-ray release of the six Star Wars movies separately.
Sales expectations are very high. For reference, the Avatar Blu-ray sold 5 million copies in the US and 4 million in the rest of the world. That’s the “ceiling” on what sales to expect from a major Blu-ray release, and Star Wars is expected to raise that ceiling.
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Today, some major details regarding the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray were revealed at the International Consumer Electronics Show and Starwars.com. We will see the release in September of this year, and we’re promised a set packed full of extras.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:
* Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)
* Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)
* Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)
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.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN. Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.
You can pre-order the Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets at Amazon.com now. Head on over to Starwars.com for full details and to watch a new trailer for the Saga on Blu-ray.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) [Blu-ray]
Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I – III) [Blu-ray]
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV – VI) [Blu-ray]