Star Wars Digital Collection FINALLY Announced

I’m watching the NCAA Championships right now (go Wisconsin) and a few minutes ago they aired a commercial announcing the digital collection, available on a crapload of platforms April 10. From star wars.com:

With Star Wars: Episodes I-VI available for purchase as a complete digital movie collection and individually, viewers will have the Rebel forces at their beck and call across their favorite devices anywhere — sunbathing at the beach, relaxing in their living room with friends, or waiting to board a flight to Endor (or elsewhere).

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20 Responses to “Star Wars Digital Collection FINALLY Announced”

  1. Hunk a Junk Says:

    And when haters find out they are the blu-ray versions, we’ll suffering through round MMMMMMMMMCMXCIX of “I want the originals, the prequels suck” whining.

    • PrinceOfNaboo Says:

      Those creatures shouldn’t even care because this release is digital and digital is baaaaaaaaad 🙂

    • Nick Skywalker Says:

      Made the mistake of scrolling through the Yahoo comments sections on the article about it…it’s already started. And it wouldn’t be complete without a hint of prequel bashing in some comments as well

  2. Jim Raynor Says:

    Yeah, I am DEFINITELY buying this!

    Just had a chuckle while looking over a list of the bonus features included in this package. Some of the extras for the Prequels, which focus on models and miniatures, seem almost designed to counter the criticisms from the anti-CGI crowd.

    Sad that it even has to be said, but good to see that the word’s getting out again on a much bigger platform!

    And of course there will be more whining about the Special Editions (as if mostly Original-Original Trilogy fan edits aren’t already available online for the ultra hardcore who say they need it). Watch the fanboys and the geek media complaining about what an injustice it is, all while this Digital Collection sets all kinds of sales records…just like the Blu-Ray set did a few short years ago.

  3. BansheeGun Says:

    Disney AND 20th Century Fox are working together to release these. I wonder if that gives any hope for future 3D releases?

    • Hunk a Junk Says:

      This. I’m happy for the fans who are going to see AOTC3D and ROTS3D next week at Celebration, but I want to see them, dammit!

    • Chris N. Says:

      Fox is only there because of A New Hope. It’s the only one they own the distribution rights of.

      • Stefan Kraft Says:

        I think Fox also owns the (cinematic?) distribution rights for the other movies until 2020 so that a release of the 3D versions is probably not happening for a couple of years.

      • lazypadawan Says:

        Fox owns ANH in perpetuity, i.e. forever. Fox has distribution rights to TESB, ROTJ, TPM, AOTC, and ROTS.

  4. Eduardo Jencarelli Says:

    Terrific news for people who tend to watch these anywhere they go.

    In other news, Simpsons writer Michael Price (who wrote the Lego Star Wars specials) retweeted an interesting defense of Hayden in Return of the Jedi’s ending:

    http://www.starwarsreport.com/2014/07/07/why-hayden-christensen-should-be-in-rotj/?utm_content=bufferb6f63&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    • Jim Raynor Says:

      Good find, Eduardo. It’s good to see another professional in the entertainment industry identifying as a prequel fan.

      Besides the thematic and story reasons he explained, there are also basic issues with Sebastian Shaw’s age and how it fits into the timeline. Shaw was nearly 80 years old at the time, much too old for Anakin. That’s older than Alec Guiness (and presumably Obi-Wan), which clashes with the “old man” insult thst Vader threw out in ANH.

      Also, Anakin never made it very far into adult age before his disfigurement. Why would his ghost take on a fake appearance that never existed?

      People who complain about Shaw’s removal as Anakin’s ghost do so out of an inability to accept sensible change. The fact was that he was miscast, even before any retcons from the prequels.

      • Tarrlok Says:

        Also from ANH: “A young Jedi named Darth Vader…”

        Sebastian Shaw’s most important scene in ROTJ – the Death of Anakin – is still fully preserved. That’s some of the best acting in the saga, which is why I don’t have much sympathy for those who claim that putting Hayden’s face on the Anakin ghost was disrespectful to Shaw.

        I’d say he was well cast for that scene. The Dark Side, the mutilation/cybernetics, and the Force lightning ravaged Vader’s appearance. It actually makes some sense for Anakin, on the verge of death, to be played by a very old man. Less so for Anakin as a ghost.

        An advantage of Hayden being the Force ghost Anakin is that he can still return for the Sequels if necessary.

      • Bob Clark Says:

        I absolutely love Shaw’s performance as the unmasked Vader. I wouldn’t want to see him replaced with Hayden in that scene for all the tea in China. I also think putting Hayden in as the force ghost of Anakin is a brilliant move.

  5. Keith Palmer Says:

    I usually pace myself to one “saga viewing” a year, so I don’t think I really need this “see it anywhere!” release; still, I wouldn’t deny it to anyone who wants it.

    I do have to admit I’m amused to see one bit of “original theatrical” content included in the first cut of the podrace from TPM, although at times I do think it would be interesting to have one mighty set of all the theatrical audio mixes and the 1997 Special Editions and the 2004 DVD versions… for so much money, of course, that it wouldn’t be the sort of thing anyone could bring themselves to buy just for one preferred version.

    • BansheeGun Says:

      I didn’t even know there were separate cuts of the Podrace scene…

      • Eduardo Jencarelli Says:

        The Podrace was more truncated back then. Both the theatrical release and the first VHS release had that particular cut (including the special limited widescreen VHS set that had original negatives included with the tape)..

        It wasn’t until the first DVD release that they recut the Podrace, inserting a lot of previously unused footage, particularly the pre-race warmup and the second lap scenes.

  6. discoewok Says:

    Holy Smokes I can’t believe no one has commented on the trailer featuring the whole saga! AMAZING!!!
    http://www.starwars.com/the-star-wars-digital-movie-collection

  7. madmediaman Says:

    Ok guys, I need opinions.

    So a number of outlets have been hosting snippets from the new bonus features, and they are VERY tempting. But details about the bonus features are vague… are they good in depth docs, or quick little 5 minute BTS docs?

    To be clear the ONLY reason I would be picking up this set is the bonus features since I’ve already ripped my blu-rays for purposes of watching the films on my devices.

    But I’m curious about some of these bonus features… For example Phantom Menace has Deleted scenes (which were previously available), but are they the lousy deleted scenes on the Blu Ray, or are they the completed scenes from the DVD release, and more importantly are they 1080p? If they are the completed scenes in 1080p then… SOLD!!!! If not I’m not sure.

    I don’t want to dump $89 bucks on what amounts to 15-20 minutes of new bonus content because let’s be honest… they will make their way on the interwebs somewhere.

    So help me out everyone… do I succumb to the temptation or wait… BTW I will be buying on XBox Video which does have an incentive of getting Star Wars Pinball for free, but seeing as I already have Star Wars Pinball it’s kind of a wash…

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