‘Star Wars’ Digital Collection Coming to Online Retailers Friday

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The entire “Star Wars” saga will be available for digital download beginning Friday, April 10 — a development sure to excite fans of the films and allow filmmakers to rev up anticipation in advance of the Christmas Day release of the seventh installment, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

All six films in the series and bonus features will be accessible in digital HD for viewing on a variety of devices, according to an announcement by Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox.

Fans will be able to buy the films — beginning with “The Phantom Menace” and continuing through “Return of the Jedi” — either individually or as a set. They will be available through multiple retailers, including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu, Amazon, Xbox Video, PlayStation Store and Verizon Fios.

After purchase, all of the films, except Episode IV, will be available in customers’ accounts at Disney Movies Anywhere. Rights to “A New Hope,” the fourth episode, are controlled by 20th Century Fox.

Among the added features that come with the “Star Wars” package are interviews with the creative team, including creator-director George Lucas, design director Doug Chiang and sound designer Ben Burtt and at least five deleted scenes from each of the six episodes.

“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,” said Alan Bergman, president of the Walt Disney Studios.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said the added features would highlight the groundbreaking technology employed in the films. “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,” Kennedy said.

The digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer. Those outlets will set pricing for the individual episodes and the entire package.

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  1. Steven says:

    No thanks. Tried watching the original movies the other day on DVD. Got bored & fell asleep. It just doesn’t hold up any more.

  2. Brian says:

    I still have both the original trilogy and the Special Edition on VHS. I also have the entire saga on DVD and Blu-ray. I would love to buy the digital copies, but I don’t see why I need to keep forking over $80+ for a new copy each time a new technology (or new cut of the films) come out. Amazon is offering the entire collection for $89.99. In my opinion, that’s very high considering Disney includes a Digital Copy of new releases when you purchase the high-end version of their Blu-rays. They should have some kind of discount for customers who have purchased the movies previously.

    Also, you know they are going to eventually release the original versions (non Special Edition) of the movies some day…. and they aren’t going to be cheap.

  3. Brett says:

    Does nobody even bother to ask anymore if they will release the original, unaltered trilogy? I would be the first in line to buy if they were the original, unaltered films. I’m guessing they are still the terrible special editions. Hopefully they release the unaltered films before my sons gets too old. I will not be showing them the special editions.

  4. No Thanks says:

    “including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu, Amazon, Xbox Video, PlayStation Store and Verizon Fios.”

    Wait, is it also available on Amazon?

  5. TV Watcher says:

    This is great news.

    I love how we’ve retconned ‘Star Wars’ into ‘the fourth episode, A New Hope,’ but I think if you look at release material from 1977, the movie’s title is just ‘Star Wars.’ Some of us still remember that.

  6. IT 2 IT says:

    STILL another round of MEN in plastic —expensively GOING NOWHERE.

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