Over the weekend, George Lucas confirmed that the full Star Wars movie saga will be headed to Blu-ray Disc as a box set in fall 2011. This means that you'll have another full year with your most-recent DVD sets until it's time to buy the same movies all over again.
I'm sure that I'm not the only one who has Star Wars on more than one format (yes, I even own some of the Laserdiscs), but the ones on Blu-ray will packed the digitally cleaned up and remastered versions – the same ones that are on DVD, but with six times the resolution.
Lucas said that he was waiting for Blu-ray to emerge the HD winner and gain enough popularity before it was worth it to release the movies again.
“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,” Lucas said at the Star Wars Celebration V convention.
“We came out with ‘Star Wars’ right at the beginning of VHS,” he said, “and we sold 300,000 copies.”
Years later, he added, when VHS took off, “They were selling 1 million, 2 million, 10 million. So we learned from that experience that if you’re too early in the marketplace, there’s just not enough demand for it.”
Of course, there will be just a few more goodies packed into the upcoming box set to coax those who aren't swayed by just the 1080p upgrade.
For example, there will be a few surprises, such as recently uncovered lost scenes – like this one from Return of the Jedi.