George Lucas announces the Star Wars Blu-ray collection for 2011

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

Speaking at the Celebration V in Orlando today, George Lucas announced that all six STAR WARS films will be available on Blu-ray in 2011 in a giant box set.  The films will be available in the fall, just in time to cash in on the holiday sales.  And before anyone starts clamoring for the “original” versions of the original trilogy on Blu-ray; it ain’t gonna happen.  Lucas clearly stated that the Blu-ray versions will be the “special editions” and that the original cuts of the films were in too poor condition to merit transferring to Blu-ray.

Regardless of how you feel about the new trilogy, getting all six films on Blu-ray is extremely exciting for long time fans of the series.  Lucas has repeatedly said that the films have never looked like he wanted them to on home video and now is his chance to deliver them to the world exactly how he wants them to look.  Although obvious, George Lucas was quick to tout the greatness of Blu-ray when it comes to audio and video quality.

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And if that wasn’t enough for you, he also debuted a deleted scene from RETURN OF THE JEDI (it’s a quick clip of Luke putting his lightsaber together).  Watch the scene here.  Very cool and now we know what we’ll be spending our money on in the fall of 2011.

Source: New York Times

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