I’ve got a running joke with my friends that George Lucas (now just Lucasfilm) can simply raid my wallet by releasing the Star Wars films in new formats every few years. I used my allowance money to buy the Special Edition VHS tapes and have pretty much purchased every release since. Last purchase? The Blu-Ray pack from a few years back. I figured that would do it for a long while, up until yesterday.
Turns out both trilogies are being released as Blu-Ray/DVD combo sets.
Coming this fall, the power of the Force comes home when the original and prequel Star Wars trilogies are released in the US in Blu-ray/DVD combo packs on October 8, 2013.
The prequel trilogy (including Blu-ray and DVD versions of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) and original trilogy (including Blu-ray and DVD versions of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) collections will feature brand new cover artwork created exclusively for this release.
Internationally, DVD-only trilogies will be available.
New cover art? Shiny. The big selling point is an updated set of DVDs. Since Blu Ray discs won’t work everywhere, a refreshed set of DVDs that will work in just about any device will be great to have.
So congratulations, Lucasfilm. You got my money. Again.