Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray Specs Revealed

Update: Added artwork and trailer.

May the 4th be with you, my friendth… May the 4th be with you. Today, on what has somehow become known as “Star Wars Day”, Lucasfilm has unveiled the full specs for the upcoming Blu-ray release of the Star Wars films. They’ve also set up a special website where images will be unlocked as more and more people share the site with their friends. Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray is coming this September and will be presented in widescreen with 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. It will come as a nine-disc set with over 40 hours of special features. You know you want it.

One of the discs will include a couple of brand new never-before-seen documentaries (sweet), along with a 90-minute collection of Star Wars spoofs (lame). The Original Trilogy and The Prequel Trilogy will also be available on Blu-ray separately, although it sounds like they probably won’t come with all of the extra discs. There’s also no mention of including the non-Special Edition versions of the original three films, but at this point is anyone really surprised? Look for Star Wars on Blu-ray in stores on September 16th; check out the full breakdown of extra features after the jump.

Disc One: Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

  • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires
  • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Disc Two – Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

  • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow
  • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Disc Three – Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

  • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett
  • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Disc Four – Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope

  • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
  • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Disc Five – Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

  • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
  • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Disc Six – Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

  • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
  • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Disc Seven – NEW! Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III

  • Including: 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 Eight – NEW! Star Wars Archives: Episodes IV-VI

  • Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; and more

Disc Nine – The Star Wars Documentaries

  • NEW! Star Warriors (2007, Color, Apx. 84 Minutes) – Some Star Wars fans want to collect action figures…these fans want to be action figures! A tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts, this insightful documentary shows how the super-fan club promotes interest in the films through charity and volunteer work at fundraisers and high-profile special events around the world.
  • NEW! A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (2010, Color, Apx. 25 Minutes) – George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams look back on the making of The Empire Strikes Back in this in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm created to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie. The masters discuss and reminisce about one of the most beloved films of all time.
  • NEW! Star Wars Spoofs (2011, Color, Apx. 91 Minutes) – The farce is strong with this one! Enjoy a hilarious collection of Star Wars spoofs and parodies that have been created over the years, including outrageous clips from Family Guy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother and more — and don’t miss “Weird Al” Yankovic’s one-of-a-kind music video tribute to The Phantom Menace!
  • The Making of Star Wars (1977, Color, Apx. 49 Minutes) – Learn the incredible behind-the-scenes story of how the original Star Wars movie was brought to the big screen in this fascinating documentary hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2. Includes interviews with George Lucas and appearances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
  • The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (1980, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Learn the secrets of making movies in a galaxy far, far away. Hosted by Mark Hamill, this revealing documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the amazing special effects that transformed George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into reality!
  • Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Go behind the scenes — and into the costumes — as production footage from Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilized by George Lucas to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film. Hosted and narrated by Carrie Fisher and Billie Dee Williams.
  • Anatomy of a Dewback (1997, Color, Apx. 26 Minutes) – See how some of the special effects in Star Wars became even more special two decades later! George Lucas explains and demonstrates how his team transformed the original dewback creatures from immovable rubber puppets (in the original 1977 release) to seemingly living, breathing creatures for the Star Wars 1997 Special Edition update.
  • Star Wars Tech (2007, Color, Apx. 46 Minutes) – Exploring the technical aspects of Star Wars vehicles, weapons and gadgetry, Star Wars Tech consults leading scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers, engineering and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars technology based on science as we know it today.

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  • Matt

    This release will be $200+. I guess it’s cool, but I’m not that excited for it.

  • http://www.seandwyer.net Sean

    Pre-order price on Amazon.com is $89.99.

  • Nic Lipelli

    Guess they had been working on the release for a while, as the audio commentary with Mr. Kershner would have to be recorded before his death last november, but likely before he began suffering from lung cancer three years prior. Or was this available in other releases?

  • http://wherethelongtailends.com Hi_Low_James

    It will be nice to see if the entire series will seem more integrated with this release. Even with the effects added to the original films, it still feels like two different trilogies rather than a single series.

  • Khan Farrington, HMV Manager

    I’d rather watch Beauty Day.

    Over and over and over again …..

  • projectgenesis

    Jesus, I will have to hold on to my VCR forever to properly watch Star Wars.

  • http://www.catharticentertainment.com/ rus in chicago

    ha ha, the last line of the trailer is Vader, “there is no escape” nice, as in “there is no escape from you giving us $$ every couple of years” Well played kind sir, well played.

  • Matt

    Wow Sean that’s not a bad price! Well for $90, it’s pretty tempting.

  • fatbologna

    Maybe with this release he’ll remove the Greedo tragedy like he removed the gay scream with the DVD release.

    It would be awesome if over the next ten years he slowly removed all of the ‘Special Edition’ content with each consecutive re-release until in 2020 the movies are back to the way they were originally. Then he can go about removing and adding things to the new trilogy when he releases his third trilogy and maybe by 2077 after 2500 different releases on the 100th anniversary of the original film the saga will finally be where the fans want it to be.

  • Jonny Ashley

    The special edition on the original trilogy is a dealbreaker

  • Brendan

    @fatbologna: I, too, was wondering if these versions will have more “tweaking” by Lucas. I assume they will, but I was hoping they would’ve mentioned it in today’s info.

    There was some speculation a while ago that the hideous puppet Yoda from Phantom Menace would be replaced with a CG one like the other two prequels had. I wouldn’t mind if that’s the case.

  • Paul Andrews

    I’d want the Pinkett Reviews of episodes 1,2 & 3 – now that WOULD be good.

  • Bas

    Funny, I was just watching Plinkett’s reviews and (though I could do without the “funny” abduction skits) have to agree with most of his critique.

    I assume this is the definitive BR version of these movies and I have bought them twice on VHS but skipped everything since for a package like this. The prequels are shit but have their moments, the classics are no less classic, so I will certainly buy this set.

  • djangoscud

    All I ever wanted was to see the cut scenes of Biggs, Wampas attacking, and the sandstorm. The original scene of the fat British guy playing Jabba as well.

    All the digitally added shit I could care less about. For commentaries I really want to watch Empire but I do NOT want to listen to Lucas. The making of shorts are ok but why a parody? Will it include the fan made shorts for Atom Films or the short Young George Lucas in Love?
    Where is the great HBO doc From Star Wars to Jedi?

    Too much Lucas and not enough Star Wars.

  • Mykaelj

    I swear people are funny. Let us not forget that these are George Lucas’s babies. He should have the right to raise them as he pleases. Think of it like this. These movies are like Charlie Scheen. When he was younger he was pretty cool doing movies like Platoon, Young Guns and Major League. Then he started adding little things to his life, like coke and goddesses, and Now he is what he is. A joke, but still fun to watch. That’s what the Star Wars Saga is. Cool in the beginning, then a few things were added, (the special additions and the first trilogy) and now it is what it is… A joke but still fun to watch. So if you don’t like them then don’t buy them. And NO George Lucas isnt ruining your childhood memories, you still have those. He just doesn’t give a crap about a 40 somethings expectations. Nor did he care what a 40 something thought about his KID movies 35 years ago. So if you wanna have some fun, sit down with a 10 year old and watch these movies. Ask them how the special editions are and re-live your childhood memories through them.

  • Jonny Ashley

    @Mykaelj
    George Lucas didn’t personally handcraft the puppets and practical special effects that he smeared over with CG in the Special Editions. I don’t think he deserves complete authorship, nor do I agree that the original Special Editions are ‘fun to watch’. He’s in his legal right to do what he wants, but I think fans are in their own right to petition for a superior cut of the movies.

  • patrik

    what sucks is that I want the cover from the Original trilogy, but I´m going to buy the Complete box set or I probably won´t get the new extra material.. I want that cover though

  • Duke Togo

    it seems 30 of the 40 hours of ‘extra’ content is commentaries, most of which where in the prior DVD releases. This leave 10 hours of extra content, most of which can be found on youtube, or will be on youtube after the release.

    Spot on with the comment how the sfx and puppeteers of the original movies are having their work sullied with the new cgi shots, sure GL is technically the director, but he is messing with the historical record. Old newspapers aren’t re-edited for modern audiences, it’s ok to mess with old movies as long as the original version is still available for comparison.

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