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Darth Vader himself took to the stage at CES this week to announce the most anticipated Blu-ray Disc release in the galaxy‚Ä¶ the Star Wars saga.
September 2011 will see three long-awaited box-sets hit shelves: the original trilogy (Episodes IV-V), the prequel trilogy (Episodes I-III) and a mammoth nine-disc set with the entire saga. The full set will contain over 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes.
A trailer for the Blu-ray release of Star Wars can be seen here. The full press release from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is pasted below. Expect to hear many more details later in the year – but if you really can’t wait, pre-orders are already being taken.
THE MOST ANTICIPATED BLU-RAY RELEASE IN THE GALAXY
IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WORLDWIDE PRE-ORDER STARTING TODAY
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 6, 2011) – The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever – the Star Wars‚Ñ¢ Saga – emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas’epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:
– Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)
– Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)
– Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)
STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN. Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.
Flanked by a legion of his finest Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vader himself joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to announce the release, vowing The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor.”
The Star Wars Saga is the most anticipated Blu-ray collection since the launch of the high-def format, Dunn said. The epic franchise pioneered sound and visual presentation in theaters and is perfectly suited to do it again in the home, with a viewing experience only possible with Blu-ray.
With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this is a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete Saga from start to finish, said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible.
The Star Wars franchise has been one of the most anticipated Blu-ray releases by Amazon’s customers, said Bill Carr, Vice President of Music and Video at Amazon. We think that Star Wars will be incredibly popular with our customers, and we expect pre-orders to be very strong.