For the first time ever, all six Star Wars movies will be released for digital download with brand new features accompanying each film…
With Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens still months away from release (December 18 to be exact), Lucasfilm and Disney have decided to join the digital age with the previous six movies in the Star Wars canon.
For the first time ever, Star Wars I-VI from ‘The Phantom Menace’ all the way to ‘Return of the Jedi’ will be released digitally for download from services such as iTunes and Amazon.
To entice buyers to check out this new collection — not to mention being able to add it to their iTunes library or take it on the road via any number of digital devices — the Star Wars digital HD films will also come with extra features including commentary, Q&A and other special interviews to bulk up the series with never-before-seen footage.
Check out a trailer for the new Star Wars digital HD collection below ahead of the April 10 release (that’s this Friday!)
The features for the films are as follows (courtesy of EW)
• STAR WARS – EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE
Conversations: Doug Chiang Looks Back. The design director showcases his Star Wars conceptual drawings and models and discusses his collaboration with George Lucas.
Discoveries From Inside: Models & Miniatures
Previously released bonuses: “The Beginning”; The Podrace: Theatrical Edit; plus eight deleted scenes.
• STAR WARS – EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES
Conversations: Sounds In Space. Original Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt and his “apprentice,” Matthew Wood, who worked with him on the prequels, discuss how they built the distinctive sound effects of the galaxy.
Discoveries From Inside: Costumes Revealed
Previously released bonuses: “From Puppets To Pixels: Digital Characters In Episode II”; State Of The Art: The Previsualization Of Episode II; and “Films Are Not Released, They Escape”; plus Visual Effects Breakdown Montage and six deleted scenes.
• STAR WARS – EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH
Conversations: The Star Wars That Almost Was. Jonathan Rinzler and Pablo Hidalgo, historians for the Star Wars universe, reveal how the stories we know almost went in very different directions.
Discoveries From Inside: Hologram & Bloopers
Previously released bonuses: Documentaries “Within A Minute: The Making Of Episode III”; The Journey Part 1; and The Journey Part 2; plus six deleted scenes.
• STAR WARS – EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE
Conversations: Creating A Universe. Production designer Roger Christian and concept artist (turned director) Joe Johnston discuss building the Millennium Falcon and other iconic pieces of the Star Wars universe.
Discoveries From Inside: Weapons & The First Lightsaber
Previously released bonuses: “Anatomy Of A Dewback”; Star Wars Launch Trailer; plus eight deleted scenes.
• STAR WARS – EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Conversations: The Lost Interviews. Never-before-heard interviews with Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and others from the making of the original Star Wars.
Discoveries From Inside: Matte Paintings Unveiled
Previously released bonuses: “A Conversation With The Masters” (2010); “Dennis Muren: How Walkers Walk”; “George Lucas On Editing The Empire Strikes Back 1979”; and “George Lucas On The Force: 2010”; plus six deleted scenes.
• STAR WARS – EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI
Conversations: The Effects. Visual effects artists dive into the groundbreaking technological advances that Star Wars made possible, including “accidents” that paved the way for innovation.
Discoveries From Inside: The Sounds Of Ben Burtt
Previously released bonuses: “Classic Creatures: Return Of The Jedi”; “Revenge Of The Jedi Teaser Trailer”; Return Of The Jedi Launch Trailer; “It Began TV Spot”; “Climactic Chapter TV Spot”; plus five deleted scenes.
Star Wars: The Digital Collection will be available for download beginning Friday, April 10.