Rumors were swirling yesterday of a big Star Wars
announcement to be made today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and sure enough, here it is: Star Wars
is coming to Blu-ray in September 2011. That's a month earlier than we thought yesterday, so that's a nice little ribbon on top.
Even better, those of us who like to pretend the prequels never happened will have the option of picking up just the original trilogy and keeping our shelves entirely free of Gungans and emo Vaders. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the saga as three different sets:
- Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc set includes all six films)
- Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)
- Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)
Each of the trilogy sets will list for $69.99, whereas you can pick up the whole shebang for an MSRP of $139.99.
We don't have any specifics as far as bonus features, but the press release says they will include "three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars
archives, and much more." We'll keep you updated as more info becomes available, but in the meantime you can now place your pre-orders with various online retailers. Now let's check out a trailer, shall we?