If you’re as old as I am then you’ve seen and most likely bought copies of the Star Wars movies in Betamax, VHS, Laser Disc, DVD, and Blu-Ray. Did I miss any old tech? As technology improved it became a ritual or right of passage for the new tech to get a Star Wars release, usually with some extras thrown in. Now Disney, LucasFilm, and Fox are taking the Star Wars franchise into the Downloadable Age announcing that this Friday, April 10th, each movie in the Star Wars franchise will be available for HD Digital download individually or as a set. How do you get yours and what extras might come with it?
Well don’t get your hopes up for the Star Wars Christmas Special, that mythical beast is still on the no release list and most likely will only be available under the table or at your local convention on the *COUGH COUGH DVD tables. Those are all totally legit, just look at those photocopied DVD covers, that is professional work I tell ya. Or you could buy the specially crafted DVD cover on Etsy and get a copy of the Christmas Special for free, don’t you just love skirting copyright law? It’s also on Youtube if you just want to torture yourself, although that Bea Arthur is one sexy space lady. I’ll be in my bunk.
It won’t be that hard to find the rest of the movies though, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon, Verizon FiOS, Xbox Video, and Disney Movies Anywhere will be happy to sell and download them to you.
Here’s the television spot you might see in the next couple of days:
Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm released this statement:
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.
By now a lot of you are wondering just what exactly you’re going to get for your hard-earned dollar. One word of caution though, apparently these extras may vary between which retailer you use. It might be worth your time to shop around and find out which has the bonus material you are really interested in before buying.
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
- 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.
Are you going to be making the Star Wars HD Download plunge?