STAR WARS Saga on Blu-ray Celebrates Nearly 35 Years of Milking It

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Star Wars The Complete Saga on Blu-RayWith 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.

Star Wars Original Trilogy on Blu-RayIt’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.)

Star Wars Prequel Trilogy on Blu-RayI’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.

Check out the official story from Lucasfilm themselves at starwars.com.

Order Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray from Amazon.com

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