Star Wars Blu-Ray Set Will Include 40 Hours Of Special Features; Full Details Revealed!

The details of the special features which will feature in the nine disc blu-ray set have been revealed and we have both a new trailer and full list here courtesy of the official press release...

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By Josh Wilding - 5/4/2011


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.
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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.





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siddhant1138 - 5/4/2011, 6:42 AM
Boycotting this as well as the 3D re-releases. If Lucas has the time and money for digitally "enhanced" nonsense, he has the time and money to release the original theatrical versions of the trilogy on Blu-Ray.
PaulRom - 5/4/2011, 6:45 AM
I'm a huge Star Wars fan, but I feel underwhelmed.
Triptheorist - 5/4/2011, 6:52 AM
Only way I'd ever buy another starwars movie, is if they release episodes IV-VI on blu-ray without all the awful changes. I don't understand why they don't see that there's a huge market for that.
FATMANGOBOOM - 5/4/2011, 6:55 AM
I agree with trip...

I am only going to buy this IF the episodes IV-VI do not have the new content... I want the original theatrical release... if not I will hold on to my money...
woodsy100 - 5/4/2011, 7:09 AM
"Complete Saga"? No actually, it isn't. I'm another huge Star Wars fan but I also think Lucas has had enough of my money for the time being. The 3D releases will be next, then hopefully, if George Lucas finally runs out of ideas of how to defile my childhood (or dies) we might - just might - finally get the original versions as part of an "ultimate edition" or something. Here's hoping - until then, I'm out.
JohnnyKrypton - 5/4/2011, 7:10 AM
^^^^Agreed...Han shoots first or NO DEAL!
Fogs - 5/4/2011, 7:13 AM
@Triptheorist and @woodsy100 - The problem is that George Lucas is a Goof. He was a goof already back in the 70's (a genious one), but from the 90's he's been a billionaire high-tech goof. Now he thinks those are the "definitive versions" and nothing will change his mind.

He'll never honor the old fans. We're cursed to see that ridiculous show at the cantina in A New Hope for all eternity.

And since Ep. III was the only really GOOD new one, he'll find a way to pussify that one too. Just wait.
marvel72 - 5/4/2011, 7:22 AM
as long as it got the original star wars trilogy & not just the special editions.

i'll be buying them.
Fogs - 5/4/2011, 7:27 AM
This description sums it all:

"-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. "

MEH!
TheSensationalSpiderman - 5/4/2011, 7:27 AM
I will get this no matter what. George Lucas is the creator. Star Wars is his story his vision. I think he can change whatever he wants.
Fogs - 5/4/2011, 7:41 AM
@TheCapedCrusader - of course he can change it at his pleasure, since he created these movies only to satisfy himself and his ego, right?

It it's that way, then he has even less respect for the billions of fans worldwide than I thought.
topcat10 - 5/4/2011, 7:45 AM
No mention of the The Star Wars Holiday Special I notice!

Doesn't George realise that this is the 'Extras' that all Star Wars fans want!



For those unfamiliar with the The Star Wars Holiday Special, it was a one-off TV special aired only in America in 1978 and featured the main cast from the 1977 film.



In the storyline that ties the special together, Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Kashyyyk, Chewbacca's home world, to celebrate Life Day. Along the way they are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. The special introduces three members of Chewbacca's family: his father Attichitcuk, his wife Mallatobuck, and his son Lumpawarrump.



It also features a cartoon that officially introduces the bounty hunter Boba Fett years before his live appearance in The Empire Strikes Back.


woodsy100 - 5/4/2011, 7:45 AM
@AklashPahk - he is a goof, but I'll go further than that and say he's a sicko. A twisted sicko, who gets off on defiling his own creations. The dirtier it is, the better he likes it. He has always enjoying destroying Star Wars, from the Holiday Special, through to the Ewok movies & now to 3D conversions. Personally I think it stems from a deep-rooted self hatred.
Fogs - 5/4/2011, 7:48 AM
@woodsy100 hahaha, possibly, possibly!
Show4God1 - 5/4/2011, 7:51 AM
Thank you Lucas for trying to find another way to rape me for all the money I have. You know ill buy this only because its on blu-ray. *sigh*
norrinradd85 - 5/4/2011, 7:52 AM
New deleted scenes? That is what I was looking forward to the most but since they won't be one this I'll pass.

I'm content with all the dvds I have.
BackwardGalaxy - 5/4/2011, 7:53 AM
The best part of this is that I can ignore it. I can continue to ignore Star Wars in an effort to forget the travesty that is the prequels. By the time George or (when he dies) Fox gets around to releasing the original versions, I might have forgotten enough to actually get excited again.
TheSensationalSpiderman - 5/4/2011, 8:04 AM
I don't understand why so many people hate the prequels? I thought Episode 3 was good.
JWStubner - 5/4/2011, 8:08 AM
Do I pity the person who actually sits and watches all 40 hours of said bonus footage?

Either way this is cool. I just got a Blu-Ray player and have yet to actually buy any blu-rays. These may be my first.
1Rocketeer - 5/4/2011, 8:28 AM
Was really hoping for some Star Wars Battlefront 3 news here.
CasualFanatic - 5/4/2011, 8:33 AM
Theatrical versions of IV-VI on Blu-Ray should have been included. They DO exist on DVD, in the last box set they released. I was holding out for the Blu-Ray, but now they disappoint, yet again (even though I'm the only 30something who is only ambivalent about Jar-Jar Binks).
GUNSMITH - 5/4/2011, 8:36 AM
I LOVED ALL OF IT OLDSCHOOL AND NEW, ITS A STORY.
hunterelf - 5/4/2011, 8:37 AM
no to the prequels
Fogs - 5/4/2011, 8:51 AM
@WittySupername - Blu-ray is great. The discussion turnet to what gorgie's done to the films.
buckjoe - 5/4/2011, 9:04 AM
I would buy it if he includes RedLetterMedia's movie reviews.



TyrannicalOverlord - 5/4/2011, 9:27 AM
@JohnnyKrypton- HELL YEAH! HAN SHOT FIRST BEEYATCHES! He waxed Greedo before that green bug could blink his huge friggin eyes. HAN is and should reman the bad ass bad boy he was meant to be not some softened up for kids viewing pussy.
Joe6Pack74 - 5/4/2011, 9:38 AM
Maia87 - 5/4/2011, 9:55 AM
So all the fans will pay for the Blu-Ray and Lucas will re-release Episode I 3D in theaters, 5 month later? Bullshit.
level1paladin - 5/4/2011, 9:58 AM
@TopCat I don't think you'll ever see the Holiday Special released. The legend is they trashed any originals of the specials.

If you really want to see it, go to www.demonoid.com, sign up and find a torrent.
topcat10 - 5/4/2011, 10:33 AM
Blu-Ray is the format that the Star Wars saga was created for. I've been waiting years for this, watching all kinds of pointless films being released on Blu-Ray that will not benefit from the format. I can wait 6 months more though after the box set is released and get it for about half price!
naterator - 5/4/2011, 10:51 AM
UMMMMM so i guess Hammill and Ford werent available to do the commentary? Interesting.
prototype87 - 5/4/2011, 11:30 AM
fullmetal - 5/4/2011, 12:01 PM
DELETED SCENES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST GIVE ME DISC 7! say what you want about episode 1 and 2...REVENGE OF THE SITH WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!! WORTH BEING PLACED NEXT TO THE OT...F UCK ALL YOU HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!
GrayFox1025 - 5/4/2011, 12:10 PM
ARRRHHHHGGHHHHHHHH I cant [frick]ing wait!
AC1 - 5/4/2011, 12:57 PM
I'm getting this for my 18th, I can't wait!
@fullmetal agree about ROTS, best of the prequels and not really that bad. Actually, none of the prequels were too bad, Episode I was annoying cos of jar-jar, and episode ii seemed to drag on a bit. Episode iii was ok though, maybe a bit ott at times.
Can't beat the original trilogy though.
I hope they replace crappy Episode I puppet Yoda with a CGI one though, I don't get how a puppet from 20 odd years before could be miles better than an updated one.
LancerEvo - 5/4/2011, 5:53 PM
There's actually live-action versions of Chewbacca's family? I did NOT know that! Awesome!

Hey, does anyone remember those 2 Ewok movies that came out too? I remember seeing them both when I was much younger; I remember one being about a little girl trying to find her family and running into Wicket, and another one was the Ewoks fighting with Humans against some weird pale-faced alien things... I think the first one was called Caravan of Courage, and the second one was The Ewoks: Battle of Endor.

Surprisingly, I just found out those are pretty well connected with Extended Universe canon; they've established since the Ewok movies that the little girl Cindel is a journalist/reporter in the New Republic, and the sorceress Charal (thought she was just a sorceress back in the 70s/80s when the movie came out) was actually a Nightsister from Dathomir. Neat stuff!
VictorHugo - 5/6/2011, 5:43 AM
Slayer420, please, don´t get enthusiastic about it, i have seen it on a teather, in a SW convention, and it´s *horrendous*. I mean, it´s 1970´s bad TV at its worst.
It´s worst than 1970´s bad porn.

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