"Star Wars" on Blu-ray: The details. Really!

Hot off the Lucasfilm press. Text of the complete press release follows:

[Press release.]
 
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (May 4, 2011): 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 featureshighlighted by never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives.
 
The comprehensive collection also features numerous deleted, extended, and alternate scenes, new documentaries, and a cross-section of the countless Star Wars spoofs that have appeared in pop culture over the past three decades.
 
Marking the first time ever that the full Saga is available in one complete collection, STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY also features a coveted peek into the making of the Saga with vintage documentaries, audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, prop and costume turnarounds, retrospectives, and more.
 
Episodes I-III and IV-VI will also be available as distinct Blu-ray Trilogy collections.
 
Fans will get an exclusive first look at some of the collection’s extensive special features at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International — which marks Lucasfilm’s 35th anniversary as a Comic-Con presence. In 1976, the fledgling film company was looking for innovative, grass-roots ways to promote its underdog release, a film no one expected to succeed — a space opera known (at the time) only as Star Wars. One of the first film companies to reach out directly to core audiences by way of fan conventions, Lucasfilm will return to the venue to showcase the full evolution of the epic story with a special first look at STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY.
 
 
 
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:  EPISODE I — THE PHANTOM MENACE
  Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren, and Scott Squires
  

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

 

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DISC TWO: EPISODE II — ATTACK OF THE CLONES
  Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll, and Ben Snow
  

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

 

?DISC THREE: EPISODE III — REVENGE OF THE SITH
  Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, and Roger Guyett
  

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

 

?DISC FOUR: EPISODE IV — A NEW HOPE
  Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt, and Dennis Muren
  

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

 

?DISC FIVE: EPISODE V — THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
  Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt, and Dennis Muren
  

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

 

?DISC SIX: EPISODE VI — RETURN OF THE JEDI
  Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt, and Dennis Muren
  

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

 

?DISC SEVEN:  NEW!  STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES I-III
  

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
  

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
 ?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.
 ?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.
 ?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 GuyThe SimpsonsHow 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!
 ?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.
 ?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’s vision for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into reality!
 ?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.
 ?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.
 ?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.
 

Ken Richardson

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