Star Wars Episodes I-VI Out on Blu-ray in 2011

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Lucasfilm announced today at Celebration V during “The Main Event” that both trilogies will be bundled and released in a Blu-ray box set in the fall of 2011. The HD box set will include “documentaries, vintage behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, retrospectives and never-before-seen footage” from the archives at Lucasfilm.

“Blu-ray is the absolute best way to experience Star Wars at home – in pristine high definition,” said George Lucas. “The films have never looked or sounded better.”

One notable scene that will be included in the box set is described below from StarWars.com:

Star Wars fans were treated to a glimpse of bonus material, in the form of a long-lost deleted scene from Return of the Jedi. The scene has long been talked about online — a sequence that depicts Luke Skywalker assembling his new, green-bladed lightsaber prior to infiltrating Jabba the Hutt’s palace. After completing the Jedi weapon, Luke stashes it in R2-D2’s dome. What makes the Jedi deleted clip so remarkable is that it made it all the way to postproduction before it was cut, so it is a rare example of a cut scene with completed visual effects and music.

Actor Mark Hamill came out to describe the scene, remarking that once again his original introduction in a Star Wars film was cut out (his Anchorhead introduction was, of course, cut from A New Hope). Luke’s intro is purposely played as ominous, with his face cowled in shadows and his intentions unclear.”I had the black cloak, the glove, and I thought, wow, this time around I get to be the antagonist. Little did I know I was predicting the path of the prequels,” said Hamill, noting the similarities to Luke in this scene and Anakin Skywalker’s appearance.

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Video from today’s announcement has surfaced. Watch Luke assemble his lightsaber!

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