Star Wars Coming To Blu-ray; Greedo Still Shoots First

Fans who’ve been waiting 12 parsecs and more to watch Star Wars in HD video can finally cut their thrusters. All six movies — the three real ones, and the three that kids under 12 refer to as Parts 1-3 — will be available on Blu-ray in September. Pricing for the sets, which were introduced by Darth Vader at the Consumer Electronics Show, will be priced at $139.99 for the six-disc set, and $69.99 for the each three-disc set.

According to Lucasfilm, the sets will include “three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.” Whether that means viewers will finally get digitally unaltered versions of the films remains to be seen. At CES, Vader vowed that “the forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor,” which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in a resurgence of Jedi purity.

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  1. danmac says:

    If Greedo still shoots first, I’m totally not buying.

    • dolemite says:

      Same here!

      Also, if things blow up in rings (for some reason).

    • Cosmo_Kramer says:

      Now hang on, George only changed things to the way he WOULD have made the movies if technology had allowed it. It simply wasn’t possible for both of them to shoot with 1970s technology.

      • DidIDoThat says:

        I got that reference. Good stuff, also, have you checked-out plinkeet’s review on the 2nd trilogy? if not it’s 3 hours of laughter, highly recommended.

    • Ebriosa says:

      I just watched “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” and it changed my perspective on that scene. Sounds like he HAD to change it to get the PG rating. Because shooting first means kids can’t watch a film millions grew up watching obsessively.

  2. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Wow, saving a whole penny by buying the 6-disc set!

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Holy mathmatical hell, I pay one penny MORE for buying the 6-disc set? Pftt.

    • Cosmo_Kramer says:

      Try that math again

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Actually, Consumerist is wrong. The whole set has nine discs. Six for the films and three additional discs of special features.

    • jesusofcool says:

      Seriously, these are wicked expensive. The original Star Wars trilogy may be my favorite movies of all time but even I’m a little irritated by all the different ways Lucasfilm has found to suck money out of the franchise.

      • wrjohnston91283 says:

        They’re Blu-Ray, which is almost always more expensive than DVD. It works out to about $23 per movie. $139.99 is also the list price; Amazon is pre-selling at $89.99, which is about $15 per movie. Amazon’s currently selling the 6 movies in two DVD box sets totaling $53. In 2004 when the original trilogy came out on DVD it was something like $70 for the three movies. Give it 6-12 months, and we’ll see the price come down on the Blu-Ray.

      • Griking says:

        Are they? It comes out to $23 per DVD which is really only $3 more each than normal prices. IMO that’s not all that unreasonable for 30 hours of extras

    • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

      You’ve probably already been told this, but you actually lose a penny buying all 6 disks at once rather than buying them in 2 sets of 3 (thus you can keep the first 3 for yourself, yknow, episodes 4-6, and gift the other box set to your worst enemy. Double points if you can make it so Phantom Menace gets jammed in his blu-ray player, and is permanently stuck playing any part that includes Jar-Jar.)

  3. Power Imbalance says:

    Parsec is a unit of length not time…

    • pop top says:

      Yes, but it’s a reference to the movie.

    • Brunette Bookworm says:

      Yes, and for an explanation of it regarding the Kessel Run, one can look here.

      • Power Imbalance says:

        So Lucas fubbed and the nerds came out with a total BS way of trying to cover for Lucas’ constant foul-ups… LOL

        • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

          Retcon at it’s finest.

        • Brunette Bookworm says:

          Pretty much. The internet wasn’t around then so he couldn’t just chek wikipedia…or wookiepedia. :) Though I get the confusion since second is a measure of time so people automatically think time when they hear parsec.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      A parsec is also a word used in a fictional world, which while containing similarly-looking bipedal lifeforms, contain no humans, no earth, and no english language. Therefore, a parsec can be whatever the fuck it damn wells pleases to be.

      • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

        And my name is Smith, pronounced Throat-warbeler-mangrove. Or whateverthefuck I decide it to be.

        (And a parsec by any other name is still 1 parallax-second)

        • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

          Clearly the word was mistranslated when Lucas found the original ancient texts and turned them into a multi-million dollar script.

        • partofme says:

          (so long as your base is the 1AU radius of the earth-sun system… which probably doesn’t apply in star wars universe)

      • GenXCub says:

        The way it was explained by George Lucas (and he may have just been rewriting history so that he didn’t sound dumb) was this:

        Hyperspace travel was done by Navicomputers so that you don’t fly into an asteroid or bounce off a star. It projected the fastest way to get from point a to point b.

        Lucas said that The Kessel Run in 12 Parsecs meant that the Falcon’s Navicomputer was so savvy that a trip computed by other computers would be farther than 12 parsecs, yet the falcon’s trip would be shorter because it traveled a shorter distance.

        • Taddare says:

          Actually the Kessel Run is done in less distance because the Falcon is so fast it can pass closer to the black hole that is along the route. Most other smuggler vessels must take a more circular route, thus making it longer in both time and distance.

      • El_Fez says:

        On the other hand, it could be a cocky as hell pilot bigging himself up to a senile old man and a wet behind the ears greenhorn by throwing out some nonsense buzzwords. Look at the “uh-huh” look that Kenobi throws back at Solo in response.

      • Moniker says:

        The thing to keep in mind about Solo’s claim of doing the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs is that the Kessel Run is through the Maw. Event Horizons around black holes are dependent on the speed at which you are traveling. A standard ship has to do the run in 18 parsecs because to cut the route any closer, the ship would get sucked in. The Falcon, however, is fast enough to straighten the route and cut over 6 parsecs off the distance traveled. This makes sense, since the Falcon’s hyperdrive is often rated as a x0.5 faster than a x1 standard (i.e. hyperspeed x1.5), potentially making it 50% faster than standard ships. While this argument may all be after-the-fact justification for an actual scriptwriting error, the logic does hold, although Solo could have just been boasting to his potential clients.

        On the other hand, a parsec is a very small unit in astronomical terms, only 3.26 light years. Elementary arithmetic shows that if the Galaxy is the same size as the Milky Way, roughly 30,000 parsecs across, any ship capable of traveling across the galaxy in only a few weeks would travel six parsecs in less than ten minutes– hardly a significant difference.

    • T Daniels says:

      I’ve only waited 17 miles

    • partofme says:

      And ever since Einstein (over 100 years, people, get with relativity!) we’ve known about the equivalence between space and time. Simple example that doesn’t capture the full beauty of the topic: a meter is defined as the distance light travels in 1/c seconds. So you can easily talk about “meters of time”. The full general relativistic description of how this could be sensible would take me more meters than consumerist comments allow.

      • SonicPhoenix says:

        No, they’re still different units. One is distance, the other is speed (distance)/(time). You can define one in relation to the other but they’re still different units of measure. So if you define a unit of distance by saying that it’s the amount covered by something traveling x speed over a time of y, you’re multiplying the units of measure as well. x (distance)/(time) times y (time) yields a number with unit of (distance).

        A parsec is a unit of distance, not time or speed.

    • Greg Ohio says:

      I’ve been waiting 30 light years for someone to point that out.

  4. danmac says:

    The truth is far worse: in buying the six-disc set, you’re getting the most recent movies for only a penny less than the originals. Shenanigans!

    • danmac says:

      Er…a penny more…thanks for the lazy math, Loias…um…yeah


    • adamstew says:

      Except… you’re wrong. The $140 set includes the 6 disks for the movies, plus 3 extra disks of bonus content. The $70 sets only include the 3 disks for their respective movies. That extra penny gets you 3 more disks of content vs. paying for them separately.

  5. polishhillbilly says:

    still too expensive
    $50 for the entire set is my price point, or i’ll just wait for Netflix to stream it

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Other blu-ray collections are going for about the same price, so the price is very competitive. I’ll probably only pick up the original trilogy since I really didn’t care for the prequels. If you wait around Christmas, the price will drop a little more, but won’t be under $50.

    • PunditGuy says:

      There’s no way in hell I would subject myself to the prequels again willingly. I’d do $50 for just the original trilogy.

    • nocturnaljames says:

      Why wait for netflix to stream it, since you would only be getting standard definition you can watch that right now…

  6. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    I can’t wait to get the new Star Wars in HD on Demonoi… er, buy it at a fully legit store, yea, that’s the ticket…

  7. theblackdog says:

    Unless it’s the original 3 without all the extra scenes and retakes added into it, no dice.

  8. user765 says:

    You can save $25 if you pre-order 4-6 on Amazon.

    Probably the same savings for 1-3 but I don’t care about that.

  9. Not Given says:

    Han shot first, damn it!
    Whose stupid idea was it to change that?

    • Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

      George Lucas – No man will Ever love a woman as much as this man’s fanbase hates him.

    • teke367 says:

      It didn’t make sense to me either, its like they thought “hey, we can’t let the kids think Hans Solo is some jerk, so we have to make him shoot Greedo in self defense,” and then they add the scene where Hans just walks over Jabba’s “tail” like a sociopath.

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  11. stock2mal says:

    And in the Super Ultra Mega Fan Blu-Ray Edition, to be released 1.5 years after this, all blasters will be replaced with walkie talkies, and lightsabers will be replaced with LED bananas.

  12. Mac says:

    The parsec use is a play on the error in the movie where Solo says something to the effect of
    making a trip in “Less” than some amount of parsecs (Distance – not time).

    • drizzt380 says:

      Hey, I have digitally unaltered versions of the films.

      They came on a bonus disc with the altered ones.

      I did have to rebuy the entire series after already owning it on DVD, but it was worth it.

  13. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    I am your father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate.

  14. cmdr.sass says:

    If you haven’t seen them, you owe it to yourself to watch the hilarious and insightful reviews of episodes 1-3 by redlettermedua. Geez that sounds like an ad, but really watch them:

    Phantom Menace:

    Attack of the Clones:

    Revenge of the Sith:

    • Muddie says:

      They *finally* did Revenge of the Sith? Nice. I know what I’m doing this weekend. Those videos are fantastic.

    • danmac says:

      Holy crap…my wife is going to be so annoyed when I watch these, one after the other.

    • Gruppa says:

      Plinkett doesn’t just point out the plot holes in EP3, he absolutely destroys it. It’s worth the 90 min to watch all 3 parts.

  15. eccsame says:

    They’re still too violent for my tastes. They should digitally replace all of the guns with walkie talkies or tasty sausages.

  16. Primarylupine says:

    No thanks. I’ll stick to my non-special edition LaserDisc versions. Lucas can suck it.

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  18. The cake is a lie! says:

    Thank god for the asian bootleg market. i’ll pick the set up on my next trip to Hong Kong for $5 bucks. lol

    • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

      I won’t have to go to Hong Kong to get them for $5. There are 3 Chinatowns in Toronto with many a merchant selling many “legitimate” copies of these disks. What, you think these plastic sleeves they come in aren’t the real thing? Pshaw!

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  20. Erich says:

    Download (it’s free and legal) “Star Wars Revisited”.

    It’s a fan edit that improves a LOT of the effects, takes out a lot of the useless shit from the special editions, incorporates sounds and line from the original mono release of the movie AND the radio drama, AND Han shoots first!!!

    • Billy says:

      That edit is great. The subtitle track that details the changes is the way to go. Search for Adywan.

      It’s “legal” in the sense that Lucas doesn’t mind and hasn’t brought on the lawyers.

  21. davidsco says:

    And THEN, you can buy ’em again, in a few years, after they re-release them in 3d

  22. agtwork says:

    Everyone knows Han shot first. Slow it down frame by frame and you’ll see.

    • danmac says:

      Yeah, but in the “Special Edition” remakes in the late 90s, they edited it to make it look like Han was defending himself…because he’s a good guy and stuff.

  23. ghostboy216 says:

    “Greedo died by the hand of Solo” – Mushroomhead

  24. yessongs says:

    I already have them on DVD, I’m not about to buy a new player and a new set of discs just so I can have more information than I know what to do with about Star Wars. What’s next? 3D… I guess if Lucasfilms thought they can make even more money they would release it in 3D

  25. consumerd says:

    Can you even buy the original on DVD? I don’t think you can can you?

  26. The Marionette says:

    hehe people are still complaining about the story for the first 3 real movies?

  27. aikoto says:

    What do you want to bet you can get a modified version on the Internet of the entire movie with that one scene replaced by the right one?

  28. gamblepsu says:

    so you save a penny if you buy each set of three separately?

  29. SharkD says:

    $140!? But I was going to use that money to go into Tosche Station and pick up some power converters.

  30. MaximusMMIV says:

    Too expensive. I’ll grab them used on Amazon in the months following release.

  31. cardigan says:

    Is this spam on the Consumerist? Holy crap!

  32. Terron says:

    The uproar over the Greedo shooting first scene never made sense to me. It was badly executed (how badly he missed) but it could have worked. To see how a scene like this SHOULD have gone down, watch the final shootout in Unforgiven (starring Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman) where a bunch of deputies/gunfighters miss Eastwood because they are panicking and shooting wildly. As opposed to this scene where Greedo doesn’t look too distressed.

    My biggest problem with the special editions is putting Hayden Christiansen in the ghost scene at the end of ROTJ instead of Sebastian Shaw. It just makes no sense. If it was all in Luke’s mind, then he never saw what Anakin looked like so how would he have known? If they were really force ghosts and as Qui-Gon said, only Jedi can do it and not Sith/Dark Jedi…then Anakin should have been his older version (Shaw) since by the time he looked like he did in that scene, he was already a Jedi.

    Or maybe these movies were just WAY too big a part of my childhood.