Star Wars to Blu-ray disc this September

Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Blu-ray box

Star Wars is to be released on Blu-ray, and will be in stores on September 14. For the first time, in Star Wars: The Complete Saga, you’ll be able to buy all six movies in the one collection, accompanied by three discs of bonus material. You’ll also be able to buy the two trilogies on Blu-ray separately.

The movies are presented in widescreen format, in high definition and 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. All up there are over 40 hours of bonus features.

Star Wars on Blu-ray - boxes for Episodes 1 - III and IV - VI

Special features

Here’s a list of the special features on each of the discs. Sadly, unless it’s a disc Easter Egg, the awful Star Wars Christmas Special is nowhere to be found. Neither is there a script doctor feature for Episodes I to III.

Disc 1 – 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 2– 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 3 – 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 4– 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 5 – 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 6 – 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 7 – NEW! Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III

Includes:

  • Deleted, extended and alternate scenes
  • Prop, maquette and costume turnarounds
  • Matte paintings and concept art
  • Supplementary interviews with cast and crew
  • A fly-through of the Lucasfilm Archives

Disc 8– NEW! Star Wars Archives: Episode IV-VI

Includes:

  • Deleted, extended and alternate scenes
  • Prop, maquette and costume turnarounds
  • Matte paintings and concept art
  • Supplementary interviews with cast and crew

Disc 9 – The Star Wars Documentaries

  • NEW! Star Warriors (2007, colour, approx. 84 minutes) – A tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organisation 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, colour, approx. 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.
  • NEW! Star Wars Spoofs (2011, colour, approx. 91 minutes) – A collection of Star Wars spoofs and parodies that have been created over the years, including clips from Family Guy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s music video tribute to The Phantom Menace! and more.
  • The Making of Star Wars (1977, colour, approx. 49 minutes) – Behind-the-scenes story of how the original Star Wars movie was brought to the big screen. Hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2, and includes interviews with George Lucas and appearances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
  • The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (1980, colour, Apx. 48 minutes) – Hosted by Mark Hamill, this documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the special effects of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983, colour, approx. 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 utilised 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, colour, approx. 26 minutes) – 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, colour, approx. 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.