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George Lucas Shows Return of the Jedi Lost Scene

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Are you going to buy Star Wars on yet another format?

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.

Lost Star Wars Scene

(Source: NYT.)

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    mikeadelic , August 17, 2010 12:44 PM
    killerclickHow about instead of spending time watching the same movies all over again you spend some time with your girlfriends? Oh, right...

    Look who's talking. You troll Tom's so much that there's NO way you can be the high and mighty Don Juan you purport to be.

    /owned
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    wild9 , August 17, 2010 11:43 AM
    killerclickHow about instead of spending time watching the same movies all over again you spend some time with your girlfriends? Oh, right...


    Don't Death Star me, bro.
  • 12 Hide
    wild9 , August 17, 2010 11:39 AM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZgBo_ePreU
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    moomooman , August 17, 2010 11:21 AM
    With all the remakes happening these days, how about remaking episodes 1-3?
  • 3 Hide
    The_King , August 17, 2010 11:23 AM
    The Youtube video is no longer working :(  I would buy this its always nice to watch this Trilogy now and then.
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    slob , August 17, 2010 11:25 AM
    Aaaaand... that "video is no longer available due to copyright claim..."

    Methinks this was just a teaser made by Lucasarts to see what the lost scene was by getting it on blu ray. Thanks.
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    wild9 , August 17, 2010 11:39 AM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZgBo_ePreU
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    welshmousepk , August 17, 2010 11:39 AM
    removed already? jeez, i have to see this clip!

    im sure as hell going to buy this. i'm the biggest star wars geek around here, i can't say no.

    i wonder if the quality will be any good though. not exactly hi-res to start with. the new trilogy might look nice though. Not entirely sure i could bare to sit through attack of the clones again though...
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    wild9 , August 17, 2010 11:43 AM
    killerclickHow about instead of spending time watching the same movies all over again you spend some time with your girlfriends? Oh, right...


    Don't Death Star me, bro.
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    LePhuronn , August 17, 2010 12:17 PM
    welshmousepki wonder if the quality will be any good though. not exactly hi-res to start with.


    35mm film has more than enough fidelity to be used as 4K footage, but in order to do this properly Lucas would need a fresh reprint of the original trilogy final cut and then telecine out to 1080p.

    Will look glorious though, just look at the early Bond movies on Blu-Ray.
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    wotan31 , August 17, 2010 12:31 PM
    moomoomanWith all the remakes happening these days, how about remaking episodes 1-3?

    He just finished making episodes 1-3. Why would he REmake them so soon? Well, they did suck, so perhaps you have a point there.
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    C00lIT , August 17, 2010 12:38 PM
    Yes Re-re-re-release it on Blue-Ray... and he waited....

    So then we can all buy it in "3D" Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
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    C00lIT , August 17, 2010 12:39 PM
    (sry guys, that did come out wrong)
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    mikeadelic , August 17, 2010 12:44 PM
    killerclickHow about instead of spending time watching the same movies all over again you spend some time with your girlfriends? Oh, right...

    Look who's talking. You troll Tom's so much that there's NO way you can be the high and mighty Don Juan you purport to be.

    /owned
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    TwoDigital , August 17, 2010 12:58 PM
    c00litSo then we can all buy it in "3D" Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
    While you probably meant this in jest, it wasn't but a few months ago here on Tom's there was an article saying that Lucas was tinkering with the idea of converting the Starwars movies into the 3D format.
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    jubber , August 17, 2010 1:09 PM
    I can't wait for the prequels in high def - those films are astonishing technical achievements. Especially the bits where Hayden Christiansen is on-screen - can't believe he's actually CGI. Which is your favourite? Episode I:p od Race the Movie, Episode II: Send In The Clowns or Episode III: You're Sithing Me Mr. Lucas
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    moomooman , August 17, 2010 1:17 PM
    I wonder if Lucas had anyone in a position to tell him his prequel scripts were woeful? too many yes men maybe.

    4-6 should be great on bluray, upscaled DVD even looks pretty great, but pity they are not the original versions, warts and all.
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    squidrott , August 17, 2010 1:28 PM
    I guess this means I'll finally be buying a Blue-ray player...
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    omnimodis78 , August 17, 2010 1:31 PM
    I'm surprised he's not releasing the original theatrical versions first, then a few years later (after everybody buys the originals), release the edited trilogy. Seems to be the trend. You know, after all the "licenses" we keep buying to watch the same movie, perhaps this is the only single trilogy that you've already paid for to simply torrent. Think about it...
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    sboults , August 17, 2010 1:34 PM
    wotan31He just finished making episodes 1-3. Why would he REmake them so soon? Well, they did suck, so perhaps you have a point there.


    WOW! Your so smart knowing the order of the episodes!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Pei-chen , August 17, 2010 2:31 PM
    My wait for the 4K version continues.
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