All six “Star Wars” movies are rendered in high-definition with 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. The sticker price is $140, but Amazon already has the nine-disc Blu-ray set “Star Wars: The Complete Saga” discounted to $90.
The movies are George Lucas’ latest versions, with upgraded effects and some additional changes such as the “Greedo shot first” business. No mention of the original theatrical versions, sorry.
The “Star Wars: Original Trilogy” and “Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy” both street for $70 but the Amazon asking price is $45.
Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment released some key details of the hugely anticipated releases May 4:
Discs 1 through 6 are devoted to the movies. Audio commentaries are ported over from DVD releases. Commenters include George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Irvin Kershner, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Dennis Muren.
Discs 7 is dedicated to the new “Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III.” This includes, “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 8 contains the new “Star Wars Archives: Episodes IV to VI” with “deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; and more.”
Disc 9 rounds up “The Star Wars Documentaries,” at least three of them new to the series’ video collections. They are:
- “Star Warriors” (2007, color, 84 minutes), about the hardcore fans of the series and their love of costuming.
- “A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later” (2010, color, 25 minutes) : George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams look back on “Empire,” considered by many fans and critics to be the finest “Star Wars” film.
- “Star Wars Spoofs” (2011, color, 91 minutes): “The farce is strong” with this docu, Fox promises. Clips from “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons” and “How I Met Your Mother” as well as the Weird Al video spoof of “The Phantom Menace” set to “American Pie.”
- Recycled docus include “The Making of Star Wars,” “Star Wars Tech” and “The Making of Star Wars” (all from 1977) as well as “The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX” (1980).
Unfortunately, looks like we’re missing the outstanding docu about “The Phantom Menace,” “The Beginning: Making Episode I.”