‘Star Wars: The Complete Saga’ Blu-ray Release Date & Full Details

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Despite the possibility that many of us have already purchased the Star Wars saga on at least two home viewing formats, there’s still plenty of excitement surrounding the upcoming release of the Star Wars films on Blu-ray.

As we journey closer to that infamous galaxy Far Far Away, I mean September release date, Lucasfilm has been unveiling a steady stream of information on the upcoming retail offerings – and today, we’re getting a comprehensive set of details explaining just what special features will be included in the Star Wars: The Complete Saga set (you can pre-order it by clicking on that link).

George Lucas has made a career out of tempting fans with an ever-evolving means by which to enjoy the film franchise. First there was the original theater trilogy – followed by the subsequent home video releases on VHS and Beta (starting with a New Hope in September 1982) with LaserDisc, Widescreen, and THX rereleases to follow. Then came the Special Edition rerelease – and subsequent VHS home video release. Next-up the release of the prequel trilogy – starting with a VHS release of Episode 1 and then subsequent DVD releases following each film’s time on the big-screen. In 2004, Lucas released Episodes 4-6 on DVD as well as, for anyone who purchased the box-set, a special-feature bonus disc.

Now, seven years later, the entire saga will be released on Blu-ray. That said, with the impending 3D rerelease of Star Wars: Episode 1 slated for February 2012, it’s probably only a matter of time before LucasFilm releases the 3D film versions as, given their turn-around time on prior releases, a digital download, holo-disc, or whatever fancy new tech we’re using in 2018.

In the meantime, check out the recently unveiled Maythe4th.StarWars.com teaser video:

Admittedly, it’s easy to pick on Lucas for the constant cycle of theater and home video format rereleases but there’s no doubt that the filmmaker takes the evolution of the core film franchise very seriously. Sure, he’s also making a ridiculous amount of money by constantly giving fans a new way to experience the films (for better or worse) but, unlike a lot of directors and producers in Hollywood these days, Lucas does set the bar high for each subsequent theater or home release – taking the necessary time to make sure the experience is worth the studio’s time as well as fan’s hard-earned money.

As long as new formats and film experiences are being developed, there’s no doubt that Lucas will be there to see if it makes sense for the Star Wars saga – especially since fans, in spite of their complaints, always turn out in droves.

Check out the full list of special features for the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-rays below:

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.
– 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.

Feel The Force of the Star Wars Infinite Saga Site!

This September, the Star Wars Saga comes to Blu-ray for the very first time. Now you can be part of this groundbreaking release, through the magic of “infinite zoom” technology. When you share this site with your friends, exclusive imagery from the release will be revealed. And the more the site is shared around the world, the more the world will see. So spread the word today and “zoom” into the the ultimate insider’s view of Star Wars on Blu-ray!

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While the film-disc content is limited to audio commentaries (though there are two tracks per film this time), the “Star Wars Documentaries” disc definitely sounds appealing – especially the “Star Wars Spoofs” feature. Of course the films will also feature HD video and 6.1 DTS Surround Sound, so if you’re still on the fence about which box set you’re going to buy – check out our coverage of the various Star Wars Blu-ray packages.

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick and let us know what you think of Blu-ray’s special feature offerings.

The Star Wars Blu-rays will arrive on September 12 internationally and on September 16 in North America.

Source: Lucasfilm

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  1. They should include RedLetterMedia’s complete autopsy of the prequel trilogy.

    • Yeah red letter really tore the prequels apart. I’m buying the Original Trilogy but not the crap that are the prequels.

  2. Could Lucas spend time converting the prequels to good movies before releases them in HD?

  3. Adywan’s New Hope Revisited is far superior to anything that Lucas has put out at this point in regards to the Original Trilogy, so I almost don’t care about this story at all. That being said, the only news I’m interested in is exactly what we didn’t get. Where’s the cut list? The tweaks? Lucas spouts about this new box set, his website makes a big deal about this info bomb, but there’s no mention of the changes made? Burn.

    • Not sure, but I can honestly tell to now expect to see the original cut of the OT. Lucas wants people to forget those copies exist, but doesn’t realize that what most want.

      • I mentioned Adywan’s New Hope Revisited and if you haven’t seen it, you probably should. It’s the best upkeep I’ve ever seen done on a film from that era and surpasses anything the studio has done on, let’s say, Star Wars or Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

  4. Already pre-ordered!! Blue-ray+Star Wars= awesome can’t wait

  5. The Holiday Special was better than The Phantom Menace

  6. what about the Star Wars Holiday special? Why isn’t that on there? lol

    • As much as Lucas tries to believe that didn’t happen – it did!

      YOU HEAR ME GEORGE!? IT FLIPPIN’ DID!!!!!!

      sob, sob, sob…………..didn’t wanna put that in your “Star Wars universe” did you!? No, just quality acting and scripting like the (cough-$hitty-cough) prequels.

  7. Uhm… AWESOME!!!!

  8. Oh look here Georgie, guess what I have and you are never getting any more of……..thats right, my money. No matter how much you pretty it up this is still a hacked up vesion of the original. If you all want to make Lucas listen to us you need to stop throwing money at the under talented jabba and make him stop pimping flawed products.

  9. Han shoots first!

  10. Do I have to buy the horsesh&t prequels?

  11. Here we go again. Buy these and you’ll only have to buy them again in 3D when Lucas eventually releases that too. Then they’ll bring out Holographic movies, then he’ll bring them out again. He won’t stop until we all pay for a live play version to be performed in our own own front rooms by dwarfs.

  12. I think George Lucas sucks at directing. I think he should just write and produce. New hope is the only thing he directed that I liked. American Graffiti isn’t bad either.

  13. I have the original trilogy on VHS and I bought the box set on DVD. I have the prequels on DVD, although I will probably never watch them again. There is no flippin’ way I am going to spend $100+ on yet another format. DVD upconverted to HD is good enough for me.

  14. “Lucas does set the bar high for each subsequent theater or home release”

    Yeah, that’s why Darth Vader has a pink lightsaber in the 04 dvd release, Hoth has deep blue snow, Phantom Menace has a pink tint over the whole film and the back left and right audio channels in A New Hope were reversed. Whoever Lucas hired to do the color correction for the dvds did a horrible, horrible job. I don’t even mind that they’re the inferior special editions (as long as, please, please Lucas, change the ROTJ ghost back to Sebastian Shaw), just please make sure the color correction is done right.

    Someone else mentioned Adywan’s fan edit. While I hate some of the liberties he took, he did a fantastic job making the colors pop. He even re-rotoscoped all the laser blasts and saber blades to make them look more like the prequel trilogy. He’s one guy, Lucas! I know your team can do it better, so do it better!

  15. I see Gary Kurtz was unable to contibute to the special editions.
    The only reason I would buy this is if it had the original Trilogy uncut and without altered special effects which probably won’t happen thanks to Lucas.
    I can’t see buying three prequels that were horendously bad. I have no desire to revisit those. Neither do my Kids.

  16. where are the specs on the single blu ray releases? are they going to be bare bones? i have 5 versions of the movies.(original trilogy)….

    are there any bets going on as to what he will change in these movies? he may cgi out some cantina aliens and replace with gungans…. i wouldn’t pre-order until i see the reviews… this may be the worse set yet.

    obi wan really showed them , when he trained an all too old luke to be a jedi in a very short time and several years of training an infant anakin couldn’t keep him from turning evil. you’re never too old to become jedi.

  17. While I’m glad that some of the vintage documentaries have made it to this release, it is still missing some of them.

    Also, the original AWARD-WINNING 1977, 1980, and 1983 versions need to be released. Spielberg and Scott did it with their iconic films, SO CAN YOU, GEORGE. And don’t give us any crap about it costing too much, which we all know is yet another pile of lies spewing from your mouth. You have even said that the travesty 3-D conversion has cost a LOT more than predicted. A restoration could have been done in time for the release.

    Take Criterion up on their offer and properly restore the films that made you the jerk you are!

    This release sounds like just another “stepping stone” to something “better” (meaning more expensive) coming later.

    I am a Star Wars fan. I am NOT a fan of what Star Wars has become.

  18. I hope they allow people to trade in any VHS and DVD versions they have toward the purchase of yet another Star Wars package. I have a friend who gets taken in every time they release these on some new format, Lucas needs to find him a new job for all his loyalty to keeping Skywalker Ranch as rich as the Vatican.

  19. No original theatrical cut, No purchase,

    • I agree!

  20. Had mine pre ordered for months. I do find it odd that there are extensive documentaries on the original trilogy but not the prequels, maybe I won’t give the DVDs away just yet.

    And by god stop moaning about the prequels, seriously, it’s been twelve years, accept it. No amount of inane ranting is going to cause a hole in space time that allows you to go back and stop them being made. Give it a rest, broken record much?

    • Ironic coming from someone who continuously complains about Zack Snyder’s Superman. It’s called Screen RANT for a reason bro.

      • Yes but complaining about something for a few months isn’t quite the same as going on about the same stuff for decades, which is what Star Wars has become for people. Something to moan about.
        If I’m still complaining about The Man Of Steel in fifteen years, you have permission to slap me round the head.

        • But your “complaining” still has no control over the film, which makes anyone on this site stating their opinion completely pointless. You’re just upset b/c you like the prequels (nothing wrong with that).

  21. It’s incredible how every single one of you spit on George Lucas when he’s the brains behind Star Wars. It’s his movies, his vision. Go and cry somewhere else.

    • Go and cry somewhere else? You mean we can’t do that on a site called ScreenRANT(key word)? It’s called an opinion bro. It doesn’t matter if it’s his work, we can still criticize it if we see fit.

    • His ‘sole’ vision was episodes I, II, III and VI. In Episodes IV and V he was assisted and advised by other people, though he didn’t particularly like it. If he’d had sole responisbility for Episodes VI and V as well, the franchise would not be what it is today.

  22. Will E I finally have the CGI Yoda?

  23. I hope so. I cannot believe they didn’t use the CGI Yoda to begin with in Episode 1. Someone should have been fired for that genius idea..

  24. I think it’s great that it’s all re-done with the new yoda and all, but I really want to have the versions un edited also!

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