Special Features Announced for STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA Blu-ray – UPDATED With Cover Art

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If the upcoming Star Wars Blu-ray set included the original theatrical editions of the original trilogy, I would care what special features are on the Blu-ray.  Unfortunately, we’re being stuck with the special editions, complete with Han shooting first, awful Jabba the Hutt special effect, and cringeworthy musical number in Jabba’s palace.  For some people, these added flaws won’t detract from the promise of seeing the beloved trilogy in high-definition.

Lucasfilm has now announced the full list of special features that will be included in the 9-disc set.  While you can buy the original trilogy separate from the prequel trilogy, you’ll have to buy all six films in the “Complete Saga” box-set to get the three additional discs of bonus material.  So if you want the sweet new special features, you’ll have to suffer the indignity of buying the prequels.  Hit the jump for the list of special features and decide if it’s worth it.  Star Wars: The Complete Saga hits stores on September 16th for an SRP of $139.99.  If you’re interested, you can pre-order Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray via this link to Amazon.  In case you only want to partake in either the Original Blu-ray Trilogy or the Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy, you can click here or here respectively.  [Disclaimer: we get a small percentage of from the sale of items purchased through our Amazon links, but if you were going to buy it anyway, why not throw a few credits our way?]

UPDATED: With cover art

Star Wars Blu-ray cover art completeHere’s the press release, which includes a listing of the special features included on Star Wars: The Complete Saga:

Bring home the adventure and share Star Wars™ with your whole family – when STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment! To be released beginning on September 12 internationally and on September 16 in North America, the nine-disc collection brings the wonder of the entire Saga direct to your living room, where you can revisit all of your favorite Star Wars moments – in gorgeous high definition and with pristine, 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Dive deeper into the universe with an unprecedented 40+ hours of special features, highlighted by never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives.

Special Features:

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY is presented in widescreen with 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Special features include:

* DISC ONE – STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE
o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires
o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

* DISC TWO – STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES
o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow
o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

* DISC THREE – STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH
o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett
o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Star Wars Blu-ray cover art episodes 4-6* DISC FOUR – STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE
o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

* DISC FIVE – STAR WARS: EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

* DISC SIX – STAR WARS: EPISODE VI RETURN OF THE JEDI
o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

* DISC SEVEN – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES I-III
o Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; a flythrough of the Lucasfilm Archives and more

* DISC EIGHT – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES IV-VI
o Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; and more.

* DISC NINE – THE STAR WARS DOCUMENTARIES
o NEW! Star Warriors (2007, Color, Apx. 84 Minutes) – Some Star Wars fans want to collect action figures…these fans want to be action figures! A tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts, this insightful documentary shows how the super-fan club promotes interest in the films through charity and volunteer work at fundraisers and high-profile special events around the world.

Star Wars Blu-ray cover art prequelso NEW! A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (2010, Color, Apx. 25 Minutes) – George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams look back on the making of The Empire Strikes Back in this in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm created to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie. The masters discuss and reminisce about one of the most beloved films of all time.

o NEW! Star Wars Spoofs (2011, Color, Apx. 91 Minutes) – The farce is strong with this one! Enjoy a hilarious collection of Star Wars spoofs and parodies that have been created over the years, including outrageous clips from Family Guy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother and more — and don’t miss “Weird Al” Yankovic’s one-of-a-kind music video tribute to The Phantom Menace!

o The Making of Star Wars (1977, Color, Apx. 49 Minutes) – Learn the incredible behind-the-scenes story of how the original Star Wars movie was brought to the big screen in this fascinating documentary hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2. Includes interviews with George Lucas and appearances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

o The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (1980, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Learn the secrets of making movies in a galaxy far, far away. Hosted by Mark Hamill, this revealing documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the amazing special effects that transformed George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into reality!

lukes_destiny_mondo_star_wars_postero Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Go behind the scenes — and into the costumes — as production footage from Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilized by George Lucas to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film. Hosted and narrated by Carrie Fisher and Billie Dee Williams.

o Anatomy of a Dewback (1997, Color, Apx. 26 Minutes) – See how some of the special effects in Star Wars became even more special two decades later! George Lucas explains and demonstrates how his team transformed the original dewback creatures from immovable rubber puppets (in the original 1977 release) to seemingly living, breathing creatures for the Star Wars 1997 Special Edition update.

o Star Wars Tech (2007, Color, Apx. 46 Minutes) – Exploring the technical aspects of Star Wars vehicles, weapons and gadgetry, Star Wars Tech consults leading scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers, engineering and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars technology based on science as we know it today.




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  • Shane from Grayson

    Greedo shot first in the special edition.

  • RickC

    Thanks Shane…I had to read the post twice to see if Goldberg had actually made that mistake.

    Why do they keep putting out these god-awful Special editions? Why does George Lucas hate all the people that made him?

    He is truly the devil.

  • Jason

    In the latest DVDs, they both shoot at pretty much the same time. And Jabba’s effects have been improved significantly. I wouldn’t write off these films for things as minor as that! The Janna scene is a bonus, and it makes more sense for Han to react to Greedo’s threat anyway. Either way, not a big deal.
    Although the CGI musicians are pretty annoying. Small price to pay for the set to look this good. Plus, on second viewing, the new trilogy isn’t as bad as everyone Esau’s. It never would have.lived up to the hype. The original trilogy is pretty flawed too, but most people remember them as part of their childhood and see the through rose-coloured glasses.
    Anyway, with these new bonus features, and amazing picture and sound, I’m looking forward to this.

    • J.R.

      The original Trilogy is the best specially Empire Strikes Back which for me is the one the greatest movies of all time! and about the flaws yep the OT have a lot of flaws but yo can ignore it and move on, but with the prequels the simply SUCK big time!! i will buy this box because of the HD upgrade and of course the 3 extra discs, but if i didn’t care i would probably buy the the box with the originals only!

    • Jesus

      Except the reason Han Solo shooting first is important is because it solidifies as character as a badass. He’s not reactive – he’s what people react to. Or he’s what people die from.

      He isn’t legion. He is Solo.

    • Joe

      “Plus, on second viewing, the new trilogy isn’t as bad as everyone Esau’s. It never would have.lived up to the hype. The original trilogy is pretty flawed too, but most people remember them as part of their childhood and see the through rose-coloured glasses.”

      http://youtu.be/FxKtZmQgxrI

      That review explains in complete detail why the original trilogy is far superior to the new trilogy. He basically explains how George Lucas royally screws up traditional story telling techniques and abandons depth for flashy visuals. It’s not just roe-colored glasses. Whatever minor flaws there might be in the original trilogy are irrelevant. The new films are just bad movies.

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  • ringbearer1420

    This sounds amazing, but we all know it completely falls on it’s face because of three historical omissions it makes.

  • jcooley

    They may not be as good of films as the OT, but the prequels are the films that will REALLY benefit from the conversion to blu ray.

    The Pod Race on Tatooine? The Battle of Geonosis? The Attack on Coruscant? IN 1080P? It’s gonna be glorious.

    BTW, the Special Edition ending of Return of the Jedi was a huge improvement. The SE’s aren’t bad at all, stop whining.

    • Michael

      Not everyone feels the same way you do, nor do they have to.

      Nor do they have to stop expressing their opinion just because you disagree with them and don’t want to “hear” it.

      • jcooley

        All I said was ‘stop whining’. That’s a pretty harmless comment, and I’m not forcing anyone to stop voicing there opinion, nor do I expect them to.

        Regardless, I’m excited for this. I love all 6 movies, warts and all, and I can’t wait to see them in HD.

  • Michael

    I’ve given it thought, but, sorry, if there’s no re-mastered version of the original trilogy as they existed before Lucas started adding and altering content in the 1990s, then I can’t bring myself to buy it.

    If I get this, I would be paying for enhanced visuals and some rather lackluster-sounding special features, many of which smell like recycled bits.

    I have bought enough copies of it over time, and there’s really nothing new here under the sun.

    • KratosRevenge

      Yeah, except for a little thing called HD. Sorry, I just can’t even bring myself to watch dvd’s anymore. Blu-ray please.

  • Ollie

    Still have the original 3 on VHS, seems like that’ll be the only way I can watch Star Wars without old George Lucas F’n up the vision of young George Lucas.

  • Dogg

    Star Wars franchise was over the minute those stupid space bears showed up. From then on it was just an excuse for Lucas to play with visual fx.

  • Grimcicle

    “Unfortunately, we’re being stuck with the special editions, complete with Han shooting first”

    So do you ACTUALLY hate the special editions? Or are you simply acting like you do to maintain your geek-cred?

    That’s what I thought.

    Other than the god-awful “Jedi Rocks” musical number, the special editions are pretty rad.

  • Patrick

    I want the original cuts damnit! Why won’t Lucas release these in good quality? Seriously.

  • Johnny D

    I seldom comment on threads like this but I need to share my thoughts in some kind of a new hope that they may be heard.

    Lucas’ empire strikes back once again dealing another blow to fans of his “original” franchise.

    My last-time-ever-released-original-widescreen-remastered-VHS versions get to shine for another decade by the looks of things. Hopefully by then it will finally and truly be the return of the Jedi!

  • Migz13

    I love the cover art for both the prequels and the original trilogy.
    It gives it some balance I guess.
    Anyway.. I’m not an ABSOLUTE prequel hater, so I know I’m gonna enjoy this a lot:D

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  • Wladi

    Want the original trilogy untouched NAO…

  • colin

    please won’t they PLEASE release the original trilogy unaltered? With all of the space on BluRay Disks, couldn’t they fit the Special Edition and the Original on one disk? It really blows my mind that no one inside of Lucasfilm is pushing for this with enough verve to make it happen. Lucas himself must just no want those films to ever be rereleased. Maybe he feels that it would devalue the Special Editions place in history by releasing the originals, but it is the ORIGINALS which have such a great place in history! it doesn’t make sense to me. I really hope they reconsider this one day, and i will be first in line to pick up that HI-Def collection.

    Please George, please people at Lucasfilm / 20th Centruy fox, WHOEVER. Please make this happen for us. This isn’t an isolated faction of people who want this….it has to be millions of not tens of millions of people who would love to have the original collection the way they were painstakingly created in their day. They are a part of film history!

    The only other way i could get excited about new special edition releases would be if they retouched up all of the effects to bring them up to the modern standard again. Then a lot of the digital creature effects might work better. Also, the Jabbas palace song number has go to go. Keep everything else if you must….greedo shooting first, new death star explosions…..hayden christianson’s ghost [cringe]………..but please take out that scene from return of the jedi. it’s the worst.

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