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Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)

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Lucasfilm officially announces 6 film Star Wars saga on Blu Ray

No information yet, but let's pray for that original unaltered trilogy!

May 4 2011 Update:

Bring home the adventure and share Star Wars™ with your whole family – when STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment! To be released beginning on September 12 internationally and on September 16 in North America, the nine-disc collection brings the wonder of the entire Saga direct to your living room, where you can revisit all of your favorite Star Wars moments – in gorgeous high definition and with pristine, 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Dive deeper into the universe with an unprecedented 40+ hours of special features, highlighted by never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives.

Special Features:

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY is presented in widescreen with 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Special features include:

DISC ONE – STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC TWO – STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC THREE – STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC FOUR – STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC FIVE – STAR WARS: EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC SIX – STAR WARS: EPISODE VI RETURN OF THE JEDI

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC SEVEN – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES I-III

Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; a flythrough of the Lucasfilm Archives and more

DISC EIGHT – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES IV-VI

Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; and more

DISC NINE – THE STAR WARS DOCUMENTARIES

NEW! Star Warriors (2007, Color, Apx. 84 Minutes) – Some Star Wars fans want to collect action figures...these fans want to be action figures! A tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts, this insightful documentary shows how the super-fan club promotes interest in the films through charity and volunteer work at fundraisers and high-profile special events around the world.

NEW! A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (2010, Color, Apx. 25 Minutes) – George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams look back on the making of The Empire Strikes Back in this in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm created to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie. The masters discuss and reminisce about one of the most beloved films of all time.

NEW! Star Wars Spoofs (2011, Color, Apx. 91 Minutes) – The farce is strong with this one! Enjoy a hilarious collection of Star Wars spoofs and parodies that have been created over the years, including outrageous clips from Family Guy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother and more — and don’t miss “Weird Al” Yankovic’s one-of-a-kind music video tribute to The Phantom Menace!

The Making of Star Wars (1977, Color, Apx. 49 Minutes) – Learn the incredible behind-the-scenes story of how the original Star Wars movie was brought to the big screen in this fascinating documentary hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2. Includes interviews with George Lucas and appearances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (1980, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Learn the secrets of making movies in a galaxy far, far away. Hosted by Mark Hamill, this revealing documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the amazing special effects that transformed George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into reality!

Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Go behind the scenes — and into the costumes — as production footage from Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilized by George Lucas to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film. Hosted and narrated by Carrie Fisher and Billie Dee Williams.

Anatomy of a Dewback (1997, Color, Apx. 26 Minutes) – See how some of the special effects in Star Wars became even more special two decades later! George Lucas explains and demonstrates how his team transformed the original dewback creatures from immovable rubber puppets (in the original 1977 release) to seemingly living, breathing creatures for the Star Wars 1997 Special Edition update.

Star Wars Tech (2007, Color, Apx. 46 Minutes) – Exploring the technical aspects of Star Wars vehicles, weapons and gadgetry, Star Wars Tech consults leading scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers, engineering and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars technology based on science as we know it today.

UPDATE AUGUST 12 2011:

New trailer unveiled. Changes to the transfer have been made since the initial trailer. Thanks to doubleofive and adywan for the comparisons:

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Until they announce the OOT will be remastered and in the BluRay set, this isn't news to me.

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Surprised they didn't wait until the SW Celebration in August to announce this.

I am not getting my hopes up. Not this time...

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Where were you in '77?

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Nobody in here should even blink at this news. Why would Lucas give us the OOT on Blu Ray? This set will probably be more bastardized versions with his latest platter of digital shit added in.

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Eh, nothing new here.

We already new they were working on this, and it was assumed there would be new outtakes and documentaries. There's no real specs and no date. This isn't a big deal, really.

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"When George went back and put new creatures into the original Star Wars, I find that disturbing. It’s a revision of history. That bothers me."

--James Cameron, Entertainment Weekly, April 2010

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TV's Frink said:

Bad news is still news.

;-)

Bad news is still bad.

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At least it's something. They didn't wait till the format was seven years old this time.

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If they use the current transfers, it will give a whole new meaning to the term "Blu"-Ray. ;-)

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TV's Frink said:

Bad news is still news.

;-)

 Actually, I have to take back my statement, it could be worse news meaning more changes to the OT by Lucas. 

-Digital Yoda in ESB and ROTJ

-Hayden Christenson talking to Luke on DSII after Luke removes his mask

-Obiwan has changed dialogue in ANH, "Your father never wanted you to have this lightsaber, as I just picked it up after I chopped off his legs on Mustafar!"

-Luke and Leia new dialogue in ROTJ, "Leia, do you remember your mom, your real mom?"  Leia, "Dude, where you been, she died in childbirth, you were right next to me!"

Ol Georgie can really stir things up with more stupid changes......

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Yeah. Steve Sansweet blurted that out. That they had been working on a six-movie set on DVD and BluRay "for years" ...

But everyone who is a fan has expected that for years now already ...

He said the same thing at Jedi-Con in Germany two weeks ago.

Still no details about the movies.

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Well, here's hoping that Lucasfilm is finally able to rise to the high standards of the blu-ray of Role Models and include both versions of the movie in equal quality.

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Chances of that happening- 1:20 million

However, chances of releasing 04 version/GOUT on Blu-ray- 1:100

Let’s face it, Gary Kurtz was purged

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This is so exciting!

I will give George Lucas a lots of cookies when this comes out!

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Rebel1one1 said:

Nobody in here should even blink at this news. Why would Lucas give us the OOT on Blu Ray? This set will probably be more bastardized versions with his latest platter of digital shit added in.

 AGREED.

Anyone who is expecting the original trilogy without any 1997/2004  CGI additions should bend over and and get ready to be fu**ed in the ass by Luca$ and co.

I can just imagine all that new stuff they are finding comes straight from the prequel trilogy. I will stick with Adywan's avchd of Star Wars , Empire and the future release of Jedi.

BUT i hope im wrong ,very very wrong.

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this is realstupid, liek im supposed to get exited over this.

its probaly gonna have the dnr crap and all the special editon trash

if they have the ot is gonna look like the gout or worse

i wont be gettin this, thats for dam sure

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Me neither, especially when you have to buy the prequels again. The only reason I would buy this if it included the remastered OOT, which I know Fox/Lucasfilm wont do.

Let’s face it, Gary Kurtz was purged

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Even if they are not the originals, won't you guys buy them if they do contain deleted scenes, dailies or other old stuff that they dig up? I think I would, maybe. I just hope they sell them separate from the PT.

And in the time of greatest despair, there shall come a savior, and he shall be known as the Son of the Suns.

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They wont-theyll be pushing it as a saga boxset, Im sure of it. The boxset will not contain the OOT, even of they show all these deleted scenes and other stuff

Let’s face it, Gary Kurtz was purged

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If the bonus features sound interesting enough, I'll probably Netflix the OT discs.  But I won't be buying anything unless it contains a nicely restored OOT.

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There is very very little chance that the theatrical cuts will be included with this release. But if they are, I'm sure they would the crappy laser disc ports we already have on DVD.