“A Long Time Ago” a film saga was released that revolutionized science fiction cinema with its enthralling action and storytelling and state-of-the-art special effects (at the time). The saga was Star Wars and despite its numerous revisions and re-re-re-releases on everything from VHS to Laserdisc to DVD and Blu-Ray it’s never been released in a fully digital format. Until now.
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From this Friday (April 10th) the Star Wars saga’s owner Disney (in care of Lucasfilm) will put all six episodes up for grabs as digital download with high definition viewing available on many smart devices including computers, tablets, consoles and other eligible gadgets. Relive epic scenes like the Death Star trench run from A New Hope, the Battle for Endor from Return of the Jedi, and if you’re so inclined to indulge a guilty pleasure – even the Pod Race from The Phantom Menace can be watch over and over – on the move and at any earthly or otherworldy location!
As well as Star Wars Episodes I to VI downloaders can enjoy bonus behind-the-scenes features, commentaries and conversations and never before seen “Legacy content”.
All movies (thus far) will be available to download as a complete set or individually, and we’re suspecting it might be the Blu-Ray editions that we’ll be getting which are already primed for high definition. Major digital retailers such as Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Google Play and Xbox Video will stock from April 10 and here’s the full rundown of what you can expect from Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection according to StarWars.com:
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 Back1979”; 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.