Hey gang! George Lucas has finally announced that the Star Wars movie will be coming to Blu-ray Fall of 2011! It's about freakin' time! Lucas told a packed audience at the Main Event of the Star Wars Celebration V today,
I wish I could say it's coming out this year, but it's coming out next year.
As for what will be included in the Blu-ray he said,
They'll be different kinds of additional material. I think you've seen enough behind the scenes [material] for a lifetime. There's some really good material that will be included in there, [including] more deleted scenes that you haven't seen yet.
Awesome! As a fan of Star Wars I can't help but get excited over what these blu-rays are going to include! The blu-ray set will feature “all six live-action Star Wars feature films, with the highest picture and audio quality,” along with extensive extras like “documentaries, vintage behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, retrospectives and never-before-seen footage from the Lucasfilm archives.”
Mark Hamill then joined Lucas on stage to introduce one of the deleted scenes which will be included in the new blu-ray release. This scene is the original entrance or Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi which involved Skywalker assembling his new lightsaber prior to taking on Jabba the Hutt’s palace, and stashing it in R2-D2’s head. The visual effects and music in the scene are all completed, due to the fact that it was cut right before the final edit of the film was made during post production. Check out a video of the scene that was shown below!
Now why in the hell did they cut that! Fans would have gone nuts over it at the time. I guess we can all go nuts over it now. Lucas also went on to explain that the original trilogy films included on the Blu-Ray release will be the remastered special editions.
Releasing the originals is kind of an oxymoron because the quality of the original is not very good. You have to go through and do a whole restoration on it, and you have to do that digitally. It’s a very, very expensive process to do it. So when we did the transfer to digital, we only transferred really the upgraded version.
So there it is! The Star Wars Blu-Ray's are finally coming! Share your thoughts with us about it in the Rant Back section below!