‘Star Wars’ Digital Collection: Walmart’s Vudu Offers an Early Deal

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The digital offering of the full “Star Wars” saga is so new — unveiled Tuesday but not available for download until Friday — that some online retailers have not yet listed the six-episode epic on their websites.

Walmart’s Vudu digital media delivery service, which the superstore launched in 2010, was the only outlet to break slightly from the pack, at least initially. It posted a “limited-time offer” of $89.99 for the six-movie bundle, with individual episodes going for $19.99.

Others that have put the series up for sale are free to cut their own deals with consumers, though most have adopted a fairly uniform pricing structure — just under $100 for all six installments of the space odyssey and just under $20 per “Star Wars” episode.

Xbox Video listed the collection — from “The Phantom Menace” through “Return of the Jedi” — for $99.99 and individual episodes for $19.99 each. M-GO, a joint venture of DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor, sells the same package for slightly less, $89.99, and individual films for pennies less, $19.77 apiece.

Others offering the films include Google Play, Amazon, iTunes,  PlayStation Store and Verizon FiOS. Most of those systems allow consumers to watch the films on their smartphones, tablets, computers and properly-equipped TVs.

Each of the retailers offered additional incentives in attempt to draw customers.  Xbox’s incentives included access to a free-play video pinball “Star Wars” game. M-GO said it would partner with fansite The Star Wars Underworld to conduct a Twitter chat on Wednesday evening linked to the digital release. All of the online packages include video extras — such as deleted scenes and interviews with George Lucas and other franchise creators.

While this week’s release provides another revenue stream for the intergalactic extravaganza, it also gins up excitement for the Christmas Day release of the seventh “Star Wars” installment — “The Force Awakens.”

Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox announced the new digital release on Monday.

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  1. carter says:

    What about Walmart/Vudu disc to Digital? Why can’t the Star Wars movies be converted? Who would buy the digital version if they already own the Blu-ray Star Wars set? Not me!

  2. Harry says:

    I’m not going to purchase these. Not because I’m a purist wanting the original released version. No, I’m not going to purchase this because, simply…. It’s all just old, outdated a boring. Star Wars had its day. It just hasn’t stood the test of time. I need something far more intelligent & entertaining now.

  3. Thomas says:

    If I have all six movies will I be able to convert them from disc to digital on vudu?

  4. No word on which version of Star Wars, SW:TESB and SW:ROTJ will be available. Wondering will it be the original theatrical or the enhanced re-release.

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