Two weeks ago, Lucasfilm detailed the Star Wars hexalogy Blu-ray offering, providing an unspecific ETA for when fans will see the discs on retail shelves: "The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever – the Star Wars Saga – emerges from light speed this September 2011."
Four months ago, at Star Wars Celebration V, George Lucas announced that Star Wars would (once again) get an updated release - this time on Blu-ray. Ever since the film sets were first made available for pre-order, two weeks ago, the 9 disc "Complete Saga" has steadily climbed to #4 on Amazon's Movie & TV Top 100.
While rabid Jedis and Sith Lords around the world were probably hoping that a release date of "September 2011" would eventually turn into 12:01 am September 6th (or, using their collective powers of persuasion, January 11th), if Amazon is correct, the Blu-rays will land at local retailers in the last week of September.
That said, it wouldn't be the first time that Amazon has picked an arbitrary placeholder release date for a product's pre-order page - since an actual release date certainly looks more legitimate than "September 2011" for less-informed customers. For example, inFamous 2 (a game we're covering on the Game Rant side) will, according to Amazon, be available on December 31, 2011 - despite industry estimates placing the game as a midsummer release (six or so months earlier).
After all, if the online seller were to select a placeholder date for the Star Wars Blu-rays (or any other pre-order), it would need to be toward the end of the proposed release period rather than earlier. Lucas promised the Blu-ray sets would arrive in September 2011 and September 27th would be the last possible release date within that month. If Lucasfilm were to announce the official release date as September 6th, 13th, or 20th, Amazon pre-order customers would simply get their order sooner. No harm, no foul.
We're certainly not saying the Blu-rays won't be released on the 27th of September; however, at this point, it seems just as likely that Amazon's date is nothing more than a placeholder - waiting, just like the rest of us, for an official announcement from Lucasfilm.
The Star Wars Blu-ray sets will be released sometime in September 2011.