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Star Wars to be re-released on Blu-ray plus amazing new Battlefront 3 clip

08.05.2015

With STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS a mere 4 months away (is this real life???), you can bet that Lucasfilm is gearing to ramp up the hype machine like you wouldn't believe! Yesterday it was announced that Toys"R"Us would be hosting a midnight event in September to launch all new action figures, and now we have word that the STAR WARS saga will be re-released on Blu-ray this Fall. Before you get too excited about owning the original trilogy, these are the special editions that hit Blu-ray back in 2011 - NOT THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL PRESENTATIONS - so act accordingly!

Pictured above is the look for the new box set which will hit shelves on October 13th. The Complete Saga includes all six feature films on Blu-ray, along with three additional discs containing more than 40 hours of previously-released special features (carried over from the previous Saga box set). Now, for those of you who are very much into steelbooks, Lucasfilm has you covered! On November 10th, commemorative Blu-ray steelbooks will be available FOR A LIMITED TIME featuring Darth Maul for The Phantom Menace, Yoda for Attack of the Clones, General Grievous for Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader for A New Hope, an Imperial stormtrooper for The Empire Strikes Back, and Emperor Palpatine for Return of the Jedi. Note that each Blu-ray disc will feature existing audio commentary with George Lucas and the film crew as well as audio commentary from archival interviews with the cast and crew. If you're looking to own the 3 discs of special features, you have to stick with the Saga box set.

For you gamers who have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Star Wars: Battlefront 3 on November 17th, EA has just released some new footage showcasing Fighter Squadron mode. This will allow up to 20 players to take to the skies (no ground units) in ships of their choosing (plus another 20 AI fighters) in order to blast your way to victory. As you'll see from the clip below, Battlefront 3 promises to deliver the amazing visuals and sound we've come to expect from STAR WARS, plus a few ships from the classic trilogy!

Okay, so the Blu-ray re-release is not the original theatrical cuts, as some of us thought Disney might pull out before THE FORCE AWAKENS hits theaters, but at least there's some steelbooks for those who enjoy shiny metal on their shelves. I still believe that Disney is working towards remastering the original films, but that's just a hunch. While I wait to be proven right or wrong, at least Battlefront 3 will occupy my time. Now where's my Star Wars-themed Pepsi drinks?!?

The new STAR WARS Blu-rays will be available for pre-order on August 7, but you can pre-order your copy Star Wars: Battlefront 3 here!

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5:51PM on 08/07/2015
They know what we want, they choose not to give it to us. That's really it.
They know what we want, they choose not to give it to us. That's really it.
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8:32AM on 08/06/2015
They could even stick the original cut on the same disc or as a bonus and people would want it.
Does anyone know if the original theatrical cuts have ever been cleaned up to Blu-Ray or 4K standard, or just the Special Editions? You'd assume even if they had no immediate plans to re-release it they'd probably have made the effort to preserve the films at contemporary visual standards.
To be honest I could see them holding out on this until 2017 if it's ever going to happen - 40th anniversary
They could even stick the original cut on the same disc or as a bonus and people would want it.
Does anyone know if the original theatrical cuts have ever been cleaned up to Blu-Ray or 4K standard, or just the Special Editions? You'd assume even if they had no immediate plans to re-release it they'd probably have made the effort to preserve the films at contemporary visual standards.
To be honest I could see them holding out on this until 2017 if it's ever going to happen - 40th anniversary and all.
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6:28AM on 08/06/2015
Like many before me. No original. No buyee. Give me Bobafetts original voice and bring back the true anakin ghost. Plus get rid of the awful bar scene in ROTJ which completely altered the tone of Jabbas palace.
Like many before me. No original. No buyee. Give me Bobafetts original voice and bring back the true anakin ghost. Plus get rid of the awful bar scene in ROTJ which completely altered the tone of Jabbas palace.
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6:11AM on 08/06/2015
You would have thought with all the good will from fans that Abrams and co. are trying so hard to foster, that Disney would be using this moment as a opportunity to give the fans the one thing they've been waiting so long for... this is an odd, greedy move.
You would have thought with all the good will from fans that Abrams and co. are trying so hard to foster, that Disney would be using this moment as a opportunity to give the fans the one thing they've been waiting so long for... this is an odd, greedy move.
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9:34PM on 08/05/2015
No original edition, no purchase. Come on, guys. Come on. Guys.

Come on.
No original edition, no purchase. Come on, guys. Come on. Guys.

Come on.
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7:53PM on 08/05/2015
Despecialized is the only edition I need. And if you grew up on the altered editions, get the Despecialized and see what the fuss is about.
Despecialized is the only edition I need. And if you grew up on the altered editions, get the Despecialized and see what the fuss is about.
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10:19AM on 08/06/2015
Is there an easy way to obtain those Despecialized editions?
Is there an easy way to obtain those Despecialized editions?
6:55PM on 08/05/2015
I really don't have a problem with the first Special Editions for the most part, when they don't screw with plot or character.

The only problems I have are Greedo shooting first, Luke's effeminate scream on Bespin when he falls, and Vader's "Noooooooooooo!" in Jedi. A young Anakin ghost is a bit weird too.

Other than that, when the changes are just visual candy I'm perfectly fine with them, and actually even prefer them.
I really don't have a problem with the first Special Editions for the most part, when they don't screw with plot or character.

The only problems I have are Greedo shooting first, Luke's effeminate scream on Bespin when he falls, and Vader's "Noooooooooooo!" in Jedi. A young Anakin ghost is a bit weird too.

Other than that, when the changes are just visual candy I'm perfectly fine with them, and actually even prefer them.
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6:36PM on 08/05/2015
Not surprising. It's become the norm these days for a series to get a new repackage release before a new film hits theaters. Bond, Fast & Furious, Die Hard, X-men, etc.
Odd that they still call it "the complete saga" though, with the new film just months away.
Not surprising. It's become the norm these days for a series to get a new repackage release before a new film hits theaters. Bond, Fast & Furious, Die Hard, X-men, etc.
Odd that they still call it "the complete saga" though, with the new film just months away.
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3:34PM on 08/05/2015
I became a fan of Star Wars when it was released for the first time on DVD so the theatrical versions really wouldn't enhance my enjoyment I would say but it seems very strange that with such a high demand for the theatrical cuts, it hasn't been done yet or even announced. What I also really don't understand is releasing another box set of the same versions that already came out in another box set. I think it is time for Disney to do the right thing and just give the fans what they want. Who
I became a fan of Star Wars when it was released for the first time on DVD so the theatrical versions really wouldn't enhance my enjoyment I would say but it seems very strange that with such a high demand for the theatrical cuts, it hasn't been done yet or even announced. What I also really don't understand is releasing another box set of the same versions that already came out in another box set. I think it is time for Disney to do the right thing and just give the fans what they want. Who knows though? Maybe they are working on it right now.
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3:29PM on 08/05/2015
Fox solely owns Star Wars forever, while the rights for Empire, Jedi and the prequels lapse in 2020. That's the earliest chance of ever seeing the original untouched trilogy, but all depends how much Fox wants to be a dick about New Hope.....
Fox solely owns Star Wars forever, while the rights for Empire, Jedi and the prequels lapse in 2020. That's the earliest chance of ever seeing the original untouched trilogy, but all depends how much Fox wants to be a dick about New Hope.....
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2:40PM on 08/05/2015
Don't care about the prequels
Only want the unaltered original trilogy
This is a waste of time
Don't care about the prequels
Only want the unaltered original trilogy
This is a waste of time
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2:02PM on 08/05/2015
Useless. And why do they have keep making new and ugly meaningless box art?! Star Wars has some of the most iconic and beautiful posters ever made, why can't they see that. Use the damn posters you retards!
Useless. And why do they have keep making new and ugly meaningless box art?! Star Wars has some of the most iconic and beautiful posters ever made, why can't they see that. Use the damn posters you retards!
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1:43PM on 08/05/2015
Well, damn. Guess I'll just stick with the Despecialized Edition...
Well, damn. Guess I'll just stick with the Despecialized Edition...
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1:42PM on 08/05/2015
Why? It's already been released on Blu-Ray. This is greedy
Why? It's already been released on Blu-Ray. This is greedy
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1:23PM on 08/05/2015
Since Lucas is no longer in control what's the holdup in getting the original theatrical versions released? Is Kathleen Kennedy a proponent of the special editions? Maybe once the NEW trilogy is complete they'll finally see a release.
Since Lucas is no longer in control what's the holdup in getting the original theatrical versions released? Is Kathleen Kennedy a proponent of the special editions? Maybe once the NEW trilogy is complete they'll finally see a release.
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1:32PM on 08/05/2015
I do know there's a rights issue with Episode 4. Also, my gut tells me that since Kathleen Kennedy worked with Lucas for so long she probably has a loyalty to him and knows a release would upset him. It's admirable but I just don't see any harm in releasing the originals. It's the only way I watch them. The 2006 re-release of the Special Editions on DVD contained bonus discs with the unaltered original trilogy.
I do know there's a rights issue with Episode 4. Also, my gut tells me that since Kathleen Kennedy worked with Lucas for so long she probably has a loyalty to him and knows a release would upset him. It's admirable but I just don't see any harm in releasing the originals. It's the only way I watch them. The 2006 re-release of the Special Editions on DVD contained bonus discs with the unaltered original trilogy.
3:27PM on 08/05/2015
It's all rights. 20th Century Fox out right owns Star Wars forever while they have the distribution rights for the rest of the movies, which I think lapse in May 2020. Given how Fox is desperately clutching onto their Marvel properties, they'll make Disney cough up some serious coin for Star Wars.
It's all rights. 20th Century Fox out right owns Star Wars forever while they have the distribution rights for the rest of the movies, which I think lapse in May 2020. Given how Fox is desperately clutching onto their Marvel properties, they'll make Disney cough up some serious coin for Star Wars.
7:02AM on 08/06/2015
Thats true thunderdome, But did they not enhance the sound so it was only released for stereo speakers. There was literally no clean up and were released as they had been at the time on VHS.
Thats true thunderdome, But did they not enhance the sound so it was only released for stereo speakers. There was literally no clean up and were released as they had been at the time on VHS.
12:59PM on 08/05/2015

What's the point?

They're just double dipping again. What's the point? Throwing the theatrical cuts on Blu-Ray would be an obvious win for Disney -- not only would loyal fans re-buy it (on top of already owning the blu-ray release), but the rest of us who avoided the last Blu-Ray release would finally get on board and buy it too!

the one thing I hoped from the Disney takeover was to see those Theatrical cuts in glorious HD... Alas.
The Steelbook choices are disappointing as well. They should put more
They're just double dipping again. What's the point? Throwing the theatrical cuts on Blu-Ray would be an obvious win for Disney -- not only would loyal fans re-buy it (on top of already owning the blu-ray release), but the rest of us who avoided the last Blu-Ray release would finally get on board and buy it too!

the one thing I hoped from the Disney takeover was to see those Theatrical cuts in glorious HD... Alas.
The Steelbook choices are disappointing as well. They should put more thought into what each film is about.
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1:19PM on 08/05/2015
Exactly! They need to lose Grievous, have Jango Fett (with helmet on) for Clones, Sidious should be on Revenge of the Sith and Yoda should be moved to Return of the Jedi. That would also make the original trilogy steelbook covers similar to the covers for the final VHS release of the unaltered original trilogy from back in 1996.
Exactly! They need to lose Grievous, have Jango Fett (with helmet on) for Clones, Sidious should be on Revenge of the Sith and Yoda should be moved to Return of the Jedi. That would also make the original trilogy steelbook covers similar to the covers for the final VHS release of the unaltered original trilogy from back in 1996.
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12:40PM on 08/05/2015

"NOT THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL PRESENTATIONS"

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1:16PM on 08/05/2015
Agreed 100%
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