Disney have now announced the release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection, the two movie trilogies in Digital HD. These are the latest special editions of the movies from the recent BluRay - from The Phantom Menace all the way through to Return of the Jedi - including any controversial edits or changes to the original trilogy such as Darth Vader's 'Nooo!' added to Return of the Jedi.
“Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time.”
Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, in describing the digital extras that will be available for each of the releases, commented: "These films broke new ground in technology, design, sound, and visual effects, and we’ve created some very special bonus material which delves into the saga’s rich history, including new and never-before-released conversations between legendary Star Wars artists — the masters who helped George bring his iconic universe to life."
On paper, it didn't sound like much: The tale of a small farm boy from a remote planet who dreams of adventure beyond his dusty home and accidentally gets drawn into an intergalactic civil war when his uncle buys two droids to help out on the farm.
Several studios turned down the idea when it was offered to them. Even 20th Century Fox weren't quite sure what they had signed, other than a visionary director with a story that needed some work.
The studio lacked so much faith in it that they allowed director, George Lucas, to hold on to merchandising and sequel rights. Lucas himself fearing that the movie might flop at the box office went on vacation for the opening weekend, or so the story goes.
From that moment in cinema history an entire industry has flourished with merchandising of every sort known to man: T-Shirts, Books, Video Games, Breakfast Cereals, School Bags, Toys, Bed linen and much, much more.
Five further sequels were released and made available in every format possible and in various editions, remasters and special editions
The Star Wars Empire was sold to Disney for over $4 billion and the first film in the new trilogy, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, will be released in December this year.
Star Wars: The Digital Collection will be available on all major digital services Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Xbox, PlayStation and Vudu from Friday, 10. April, although preorders can be placed now. Digital bonuses may also differ between locations, with Microsoft offering a free R2-D2 Avatar item.
Prices may vary slightly between sites, but the average price appears to be about €20 per movie or €100 for the entire collection.