Star Wars on DVD

Something that legions of science fiction fans have long hoped for will become a reality this September: the release of a four-disc set of George Lucas's Star Wars trilogy.

On February 10. Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced what they termed "the most-anticipated DVD release ever." The four-disc collection will be released on September 21 in the US and Canada, with international release dates following closely.

The trilogy "tops the list of most-requested titles never released on the format," according to a May 2003 E! Online report. The three films—Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi—also hold the top three spots on's "most-requested DVDs" list, according to the announcement.

The films have all been remastered by THX for DVD. The fourth disc is a bonus disc with all-new special features, including the most comprehensive feature-length documentary ever produced about the Star Wars saga and never-before-seen footage from the making of all three films.

The Star Wars trilogy will be available exclusively as a collection and will feature Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX. All three films will be closed-captioned and subtitled in English, French, and Spanish in the US. Internationally, sound and subtitling specifications will vary by territory. More than 7000 pages of information about the Star Wars saga can be found here.