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