This has been a long time coming. Starting Friday, you can buy the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. For the first time ever, all six of the Star Wars films will be available globally to purchase and stream via online services like iTunes.
Sure, that includes the prequels, but the collection will probably we worth the probably high price point since it will be loaded with special features that Disney claims we've never seen before. You can purchase each movie individually, or just buy the whole collection.
(Granted, that means my blu-ray collection purchase from last December looks a little pointless now, but at least I can brag about the purchasing.)
The Digital HD collection will be available on Friday, April 10th.
Walt Disney Studios President Alan Bergman had this to say about the announcement on their recent press release:
“Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation. It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary Saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time."
That "wide variety of platforms" comment is great news, since that means Star Wars fans of every shape, color, and device preference should have a chance to get their hands on this.
And yes, there's bonus material. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy commented:
“These films broke new ground in technology, design, sound, and visual effects, and we’ve created some very special bonus material which delves into the Saga’s rich history, including new and never-before-released conversations between legendary Star Wars artists – the masters who helped George bring his iconic universe to life.”
In other words, may your credit information be with you.
Unfortunately, these new movies will be the versions most recently updated by George Lucas. That means awkwardly placed CGI and character-ruining scene changes that undermine why we liked the roguish actor in the first place.
Will you be purchasing the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection? Why?
Source: Official Press Release from Disney, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox.