Today is a big day for Disney. Not only does it mark the Netflix debut of the hotly anticipated Marvel series Daredevil, but a certain space opera franchise is now available online for the first time ever.
We already knew that Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection would hit online retailers everywhere this week – and that the latest in the ever-increasing line of home video releases for George Lucas’ saga would include some new special features this time around. Among these are “Star Wars: Discoveries from the Inside” and “Star Wars: Conversations” featurettes, which include fresh content from the franchise’s history.
Now, Lucasfilm has released sneak peeks at what fans can expect from the bonus content. Both titles look like they will offer fans an in-depth glimpse at the creation of the iconic “galaxy far, far away,” focusing on production topics like sound design, costumes, and art direction. Interviews from Star Wars contributors like sound designer Ben Burtt and visual effects master Phil Tippett are among those included in the collection.
As if that isn’t enough to excite Star Wars fans, Jason Ward of MakingStarWars.net took to Twitter to share the new fanfare that opens each film in the new collection, which you can see below.
Here's the new fanfare that replaces the 20th Century Fox jazz. pic.twitter.com/xz7dt16Kfy— Jason Ward (@MakingStarWars) April 10, 2015
Of course, this new opening will replace the traditional 20th Century Fox fanfare that previously opened each film, due to Disney’s 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm. This version will undoubtedly take some getting used to, as the Fox fanfare has become closely associated to Star Wars by longtime fans. It’s still unclear if J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will use this same opening when it hits theaters later this year – or if this fanfare is exclusive to these digital versions.
In the meantime, Star Wars fans finally have the chance to pick up digital copies of the Skywalker saga. At this point, Disney/Lucasfilm have yet to announce a physical re-release for the films, but we’ll keep you updated on any news on that front as the December release of Episode VII approaches.
Will you be picking up Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection – or are you saving your excitement for the upcoming release of the new Episode VII trailer?
Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection is now available online. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015.
Source: Lucasfilm, Jason Ward