In preparation for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens later this year, Disney, LucasFilm, and 20th Century Fox have announced Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection. For the first time ever, Star Wars fans will be able to legally purchase all six films in the Star Wars saga in a digital format, complete with bonus features and in full HD.
Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman had this to say as part of a press release issued by the three companies and posted on starwars.com late Monday night.
Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation. It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time.
LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy shares Bergman’s (and our!) excitement.
We’re thrilled that fans will be able to enjoy the Star Wars saga on their digital devices wherever they go. These films broke new ground in technology, design, sound, and visual effects, and we’ve created some very special bonus material which delves into the saga’s rich history, including new and never-before-released conversations between legendary Star Wars artists — the masters who helped George bring his iconic universe to life.
Digital bonuses vary depending on which retailer you use to purchase the collection, but they include the following:
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Conversations: Doug Chiang Looks Back
- Discoveries From Inside: Models & Miniatures
- Legacy content includes “The Beginning”; The Podrace: Theatrical Edit; plus eight deleted scenes.
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Conversations: Sounds In Space
- Discoveries From Inside: Costumes Revealed
- Legacy content includes “From Puppets To Pixels: Digital Characters In Episode II”; State Of The Art: The Previsualization Of Episode II; and “Films Are Not Released, They Escape”; plus Episode II Visual Effects Breakdown Montage and six deleted scenes.
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Conversations: The Star Wars That Almost Was
- Discoveries From Inside: Hologram & Bloopers
- Legacy content includes documentaries “Within A Minute: The Making Of Episode III”; The Journey Part 1; and The Journey Part 2; plus six deleted scenes.
Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (20th Century Fox)
- Conversations: Creating A Universe
- Discoveries From Inside: Weapons & The First Lightsaber
- Legacy content includes “Anatomy Of A Dewback”; Star Wars Launch Trailer; plus eight deleted scenes.
Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- Conversations: The Lost Interviews
- Discoveries From Inside: Matte Paintings Unveiled
- Legacy content includes “A Conversation With The Masters” (2010); “Dennis Muren: How Walkers Walk”; “George Lucas On Editing The Empire Strikes Back 1979”; and “George Lucas On The Force: 2010”; plus six deleted scenes.
Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Conversations: The Effects
- Discoveries From Inside: The Sounds Of Ben Burtt
- Legacy content includes “Classic Creatures: Return Of The Jedi”; “Revenge Of The Jedi Teaser Trailer”; Return Of The Jedi Launch Trailer; “It Began TV Spot”; “Climactic Chapter TV Spot”; plus five deleted scenes.
Word of the much maligned George Lucas edits is not specifically mentioned in the official press release, but comicbook.com has noted that this announcement falls in line with previous reports that indicate a Blu-ray version of the films would be coming sometime this year, sans Lucas edits.
The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection will be available on April 10 on Google Play, Vudu, Amazon, Verizon FiOS, Xbox Video, iTunes, PlayStation Store and Disney’s own Disney Anywhere app. Purchasing the collection through Google Play, VUDU, or Amazon will also instantly make it available to you in the Disney Anywhere app, as with other Disney-owned digital films.
Currently the collection is available for pre-order on Google Play for $89.99.Source: Star Wars