Official Rundown of the 40-plus Hours of Star Wars Blu-ray Extras

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The entire Star Wars saga will be released in blu-ray on September 16th, with hours and hours of extra features, classic documentaries, and even pop culture spoofs packed into the discs. We've got the entire list right here.

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Besides the deleted scenes and excellent behind the scenes documentaries there's over 40 hours of Star Wars material. And on top of this announcement, Lucasfilm also revealed that Star Wars will be attending San Diego Comic Con (its 35th SDCC appearance) to promote the blu-ray (but does this mean George Lucas will show)?

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Here's the full run-down of what awaits you in September:

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Special Features:

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY is presented in widescreen with 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Special features include:

· DISC ONE – STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE

o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires

o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

· DISC TWO – STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES

o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow

o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

· DISC THREE – STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH

o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett

o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

· DISC FOUR – STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE

o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren

o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

· DISC FIVE – STAR WARS: EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren

o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

· DISC SIX – STAR WARS: EPISODE VI RETURN OF THE JEDI

o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren

o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

· DISC SEVEN – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES I-III

o Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; a flythrough of the Lucasfilm Archives and more

· DISC EIGHT – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES IV-VI

o Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; and more

· DISC NINE – THE STAR WARS DOCUMENTARIES

o NEW! Star Warriors (2007, Color, Apx. 84 Minutes) – Some Star Wars fans want to collect action figures...these fans want to be action figures! A tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts, this insightful documentary shows how the super-fan club promotes interest in the films through charity and volunteer work at fundraisers and high-profile special events around the world.

o NEW! A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (2010, Color, Apx. 25 Minutes) – George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams look back on the making of The Empire Strikes Back in this in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm created to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie. The masters discuss and reminisce about one of the most beloved films of all time.

o NEW! Star Wars Spoofs (2011, Color, Apx. 91 Minutes) – The farce is strong with this one! Enjoy a hilarious collection of Star Wars spoofs and parodies that have been created over the years, including outrageous clips from Family Guy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother and more - and don't miss "Weird Al" Yankovic's one-of-a-kind music video tribute to The Phantom Menace!

o The Making of Star Wars (1977, Color, Apx. 49 Minutes) – Learn the incredible behind-the-scenes story of how the original Star Wars movie was brought to the big screen in this fascinating documentary hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2. Includes interviews with George Lucas and appearances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

o The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (1980, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Learn the secrets of making movies in a galaxy far, far away. Hosted by Mark Hamill, this revealing documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the amazing special effects that transformed George Lucas' vision for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into reality!

o Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Go behind the scenes - and into the costumes - as production footage from Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilized by George Lucas to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film. Hosted and narrated by Carrie Fisher and Billie Dee Williams.

o Anatomy of a Dewback (1997, Color, Apx. 26 Minutes) – See how some of the special effects in Star Wars became even more special two decades later! George Lucas explains and demonstrates how his team transformed the original dewback creatures from immovable rubber puppets (in the original 1977 release) to seemingly living, breathing creatures for the Star Wars 1997 Special Edition update.

o Star Wars Tech (2007, Color, Apx. 46 Minutes) – Exploring the technical aspects of Star Wars vehicles, weapons and gadgetry, Star Wars Tech consults leading scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers, engineering and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars technology based on science as we know it today.

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Davemented

I think at this point the biggest beef people (not just fans) have with Lucas isn't the Prequel Trilogy anymore, most people over 12 just try to ignore them (except the Pod Race and saber duels, those were cool). No, the problem is that he's actively withholding the original version of the Star Wars films. This is unconscionable because those films (particularly the first) are of historic import. They are classics, they are mementoes of a time gone by, and they are analyzed in film classes for crying out loud!

There are plenty of people out there (myself included) who remember seeing the original films in the theatre and would like to relive the experience, at least somewhat. To see what effects technology from the 70's could achieve, in the same way people love to watch Ray Harryhausen films. Just because they're old-school doesn't mean they're not amazing to see. Unfortunately George Lucas doesn't agree, and won't even give prints of the original trilogy to film festivals to screen. It's one thing to want to protect your property, but Star Wars has become film history and he's doing his own art a disservice.

I feel terrible saying this, but I look forward to the day I've officially outlived Lucas because the heirs to the property (who will undoubtedly have less of an ego than him) will almost certainly release the original prints again.