#29–TPM was the first Star Wars film released on DVD
Remember when fanboy nation had its undies in a twist over when the Star Wars movies would be released on DVD? Remember the angry rants, the petitions, the threats, the denunciations? First we were told it wouldn’t be until after Episode III came out. Then we were told it would be sooner, but it would be bare bones, i.e. just the movie on disc.
Then we were told since TPM was already in the can, it would be first.
The DVD was released on October 16, 2001 and it racked up $45 million in sales within a week. The DVD’s crowning glories are its blooper reel, its additional scenes, and the magnificent “The Beginning” documentary. It set the pace for future DVD and Blu-Ray releases.