Star Wars Films To Finally Become Digital Downloads

starwarsWhile almost every important movie has long been made available as a digital download by now, the six films in the Star Wars saga have not (legally) been obtainable this way. But that will finally change starting Friday when all of the movies will be released online at the same time.

Disney (which acquired the Star Wars films from creator George Lucas and is producing the upcoming sequels) announced last night with Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox that that the six movies will be released April 10 individually ($19.99) and as a bundle ($89.99).

And though the movies will be available on multiple platforms — Amazon, Google Play, Xbox, Vudu, iTunes, Playstation — the price appears to be the same regardless of who’s selling. It does not appear that there will be any digital rental option, at least initially.

Variety reports that there are a bunch of new featurettes, etc, for people wondering why they should invest money in movies they’ve already seen a bunch of times.

Of course, this release comes with the caveat that the versions being released of Episodes IV-VI are once again not the original theatrical cuts, but are the editions that Lucas tinkered with decades later. Thus, Han still does not shoot first, even in digital download form.

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