Lucas announces Star Wars for Blu-ray

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lucas in 2009.
Image: Nicolas Genin.

After years of rumours George Lucas personally announced at Star Wars "Celebration V" Convention in Orlando the worldwide release of the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray in autumn 2011. All six films will be released as a box-set with high video- and audio-quality and containing additional features.

Specific details have not been mentioned, but a "deleted scene" was shown at the convention, where Luke Skywalker assembles a lightsabre. "Blu-ray is the absolute best way to experience Star Wars at home – in pristine high definition,” said George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars Saga. “The films have never looked or sounded better."

According to The New York Times, George Lucas said that they wanted to wait with the Blu-ray Disc release until market penetration was high enough, because they learned from the 1980s VHS release that an early release on a new home-video system can negatively influence sale figures.

Wikinews learned yesterday that Lucasfilm have issued copyright claims to YouTube regarding videos related to the convention and the deleted scene that is now slated for release. As a result, YouTube has removed at least two videos showing this content.


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