With May 4, 2011 being semi-unofficial “Star Wars Day” — yes, May the 4th Be With You, very clever — we get a release date (9.16.11 in North America) and a gargantuan multitude of details for the anticipated 9-disc Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga, also known as All Things Star Wars Forever (okay, we made that part up).
In celebration of this decades-long Star Wars cultural tornado, and the re-re-release of two superb films, two good ones, one fair one, and one shoddy, overdone waste, comes a level of “bonus disc” fandom that proves the obvious: Lucasfilm, and Lucas himself, are superior marketers, embracing just about everything that potentially touches this crazy franchise.
It’s the successful marriage of two impenetrable elements: Everything the Star Wars fan could ever want, and nearly everything Lucasfilm has ever exhaustively done with these six films. To wit, here are the extras for the Blu-ray series, direct from the droid’s mouth.
–Two discs of Star Wars archives: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; a flythrough of the Lucasfilm Archives and more
–A disc of Star Wars documentaries, a total of eight films from 1977 to 2011. Making-of features, fan profiles, and behind-the-scenes looks at costumes, effects, technology and craft services. (Okay, we made that last one up too.)
I’m sure the most insane of the diehard Star Wars fans will know they haven’t included the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, a look at the deluge of tie-in toys, or a myriad of lost and near-forgotten goodies. But hey, this Blu-ray saga seems like more than enough. A lot more.