In his Star Wars Celebration V interview with Jon Stewart Saturday, George Lucas announced that all six Star Wars films will finally make it to Blu-ray in Fall 2011. Not many details have been released just yet, but there will be documentaries and deleted scenes, including a long rumored sequence from Return of the Jedi where Luke makes his green lightsaber. (Update: We now have footage of this deleted scene that they played at the event after the jump.)
It was confirmed that the original trilogy Blu-rays will use the Special Edition remasters from 2004. Lucas said that releasing the original versions on Blu-ray is “kind of an oxymoron because the quality of the original is not very good.” He elaborated,
“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.”
Whatever you say, George. Hit the jump for some more details.
In the extended interview with Stewart (which the Star Wars Twitter feed did a great job of chronicling), Lucas saved this big announcement for the end. He didn’t say much… other than bring Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher out to talk about it — they also showed the lightsaber deleted scene. Speaking with The New York Times, he said the reason why it has taken so long for Lucasfilm to commit to Blu-ray is they wanted to make sure people embraced the medium:
“We’ve been wanting to do it as soon as we possibly could, but we just wanted to do it when enough people would be able to buy it and see it.”
He also said that the reason we have to wait over a year for the discs is the continued work on special features and other films that come first:
“We’ve been working on them for quite a while, but still, there are pipelines. Unfortunately, the recent releases get priority over what we call the classic versions of things.”
Are you going to buy these discs? I have to say that as much as I don’t want to, as much as I have three versions on VHS and two versions on DVD, I will probably pony up. And maybe this means we’ll start to see some Steven Spielberg films on Blu-ray too.