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    Exclamation Official - Star Wars Saga on Blu-Ray in 2011!!

    I'm honestly shocked that you guys arn't all over this news. I haven't even seen it mentioned or discussed anywhere on here. Anyway, during a panel at C2E2 in Chicago, Steve Sansweet confirmed that the Star Wars films are being prepped for release in 2011 on Blu-Ray. About time. I guess Lucas must have been happy with the sales for Clone Wars and Indy IV. We heard that those were tests to see if the Blu-Ray market was ready for SW.

    From IGN:
    C2E2 10: Star Wars Blu-rays in the Works
    Sansweet reveals details on the highly-anticipated Blu-rays.

    April 17, 2010 - Today in the IGN Theater at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet revealed anticipated information about the Star Wars films coming to Blu-ray.

    "We have been at work for a couple of years working on—I won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff—but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material. We're finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about… there are some real treasures."

    When will the set come out? Sansweet says, "We're not ready to announce exactly when it's coming out, but it won't be in the too distant future."

    Stay tuned to IGN Blu-ray for more news on the six films making their way to the format.
    From The Digital Bits:
    This is a rare Saturday post with some important breaking news: Lucasfilm's Steve Sansweet has reportedly confirmed, during a panel today at the C2E2 comic convention in Chicago, that the company is now working on a Blu-ray Disc box set of all six Star Wars films loaded with extras, for release "in the not too distant future." We're awaiting any kind of official statement from Lucasfilm - one MAY appear on Star Wars.com in the coming days. Nonetheless, MANY people who were in the panel began Tweeting reports of the news almost the moment the words left Sansweet's mouth. IGN has also reported the news with an actual quote from Sansweet: "We have been at work for a couple of years working on - I won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff - but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material. We're finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about... there are some real treasures." There is no other official information at this time, but we'll post additional details when and if they come in. HOWEVER...

    Consider this Rumor Mill-worthy, but our own industry sources have actually been checking in with us in recent weeks on this very subject. Our latest information is that Lucasfilm tentatively plans the official Blu-ray release to happen in October 2011. Now, we've been hearing reports like this on and off for years, and until now little has come of it. So we've been waiting to say something here on The Bits until we had a hint of more official confirmation. But now that Sansweet has begun talking about the release, we feel more comfortable reporting on the word from our sources. Plans could obviously change and again, even though Sansweet has hinted that it's coming, none of this constitutes an official announcement. But if current plans remain unchanged, our sources say you'll be enjoying The Force in 1080p next October.
    http://bluray.ign.com/articles/108/1084415p1.html
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    Steve Sansweet only confirmed that they've been working on the Blu-ray for a few years now. He said nothing about a date - that's 100% speculation. I just listened to his Forcecast interview that was conducted after the panel, and he again said "not too distant future" but didn't give any inkling whatsoever that it would be next year. So I wouldn't get too jazzed about it just yet, Binks.

    Still, when the films come out on Blu-ray, then I'll buy a player.
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    The not to distant future wouldn't be over 2 years off. So I doubt it'll be after 2011.

    Plus The Digital Bits is hearing 2011. So I wouldn't be surprised.
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    I am...hesitant.

    At first I thought this would be a great idea, and it probably still is, however there are some things to consider.

    1. Which versions will we get? I hope he has the foresight to put the original theatrical releases in the set.

    2. Remember these were shot in the 70's and 80's. HD transfers are a bit problematic with older films, as they were not shot in high def.

    3. What will the price point be for the set? The recent LOTR set was pretty expensive, and only included the theatrical release, not the extended cuts, so, despite including an iTunes copy (which is one feature that usually locks me in for a sale), I passed.

    4. Marketing, which Lucas has become notorious for will likely be all over this thing. I fear he will make an online interaction feature that will require membership in the fan club in order to access. Of course it will be marketed as "special exclusive content for fan club members" as opposed to "if you aren't a fan club member you can not access X, Y, and Z".

    I will likely buy these when they do come out, but I fear there will be a lot of drawbacks to the set.

    Also, if he releases these without the originals I will wait until he releases them with the originals. I don't want to fall into the same trap he got me with on the DVD's. I went out and bought them, then later bought the re-re-re-re-releases with the original theatrical versions.
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    I still say Blu-Ray is a big old pile of hype.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    I still say Blu-Ray is a big old pile of hype.
    Then you haven't watched a movie on Blu-Ray. There is a huge difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sith_killer_99 View Post
    I am...hesitant.

    At first I thought this would be a great idea, and it probably still is, however there are some things to consider.

    1. Which versions will we get? I hope he has the foresight to put the original theatrical releases in the set.

    2. Remember these were shot in the 70's and 80's. HD transfers are a bit problematic with older films, as they were not shot in high def.

    Also, if he releases these without the originals I will wait until he releases them with the originals. I don't want to fall into the same trap he got me with on the DVD's. I went out and bought them, then later bought the re-re-re-re-releases with the original theatrical versions.
    You will never get a fully restored high-def version of the original cuts. At most, you'll be lucky to see another bonus disc situation with the old LD ports. Lucas doesn't acknowledge those old cuts. And isn't going to spend the money to restore and prep them for Blu-Ray release. Plus if the whole thing about his ex-wife getting a margain of the profits for the original cuts, I can't blame him for not wanting to reward her. There's a reason Lucas raises the kids.

    As for HD transfers being problematic for older films thing is really nonsense. Yes, the films need to be prepared and encoded. But a lot of films got hi-def masters done when they were released on DVD years ago, even if the DVD's couldn't showcase them. If you're talking about grain, grain is supposed to be there. It is not a bad thing, and should never be scrubbed away as it ruins the actual film. Besides, the image resolution of actual film is still superior to Blu-Ray. Check out the recent releases of Wizard of Oz or The Day The Earth Stood Still (Original) on BLU-Ray. The images are amazing. Wizard of Oz got an amazing brand spaking new 8K scan just for the Blu-Ray.

    http://www.cinemasquid.com/blu-ray/movies/screenshots
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beast View Post
    The not to distant future wouldn't be over 2 years off. So I doubt it'll be after 2011.

    Plus The Digital Bits is hearing 2011. So I wouldn't be surprised.
    It might come out in 2011, and it might not. Either way, the date absolutely not official at this pint, so the title of this thread is misleading.

    I'm mainly excited for more behind-the-scenes stuff, particularly deleted scenes. Steve Sansweet said that they were finding footage that had previously only been rumored, so that sounds pretty awesome.
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    Hopefully we'll finally see the C-3PO/Wampa Room scene from ESB.

    And hopefully they replace the cruddy puppet of Yoda from TPM with a new CGI version.
    THE SPY. THE SPACEMAN. THE GODDESS. THE ROBOT. THE GORILLA.

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    There is a huge difference. Movies on blu-ray look like they were filmed with a soap opera camera.

    (I'm just playing the troll. I really don't care one way or the other.)
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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