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Star Wars Blu-Ray extras revealed through iOS app

updated 11:25 pm EDT, Mon July 18, 2011

App debut in time for San Diego Comicon

Two months ahead of the formal release of the six-part Star Wars saga on Blu-Ray, a "sneak peek" app has previews of some of the 40-plus hours of bonus features and footage, and will be available for download from the iTunes App Store on Wednesday, July 20th, Engadget reports. The bonus material will include never-before-seen content from the Lucasfilm archives, and new interviews with the cast and crew.

The release of the free companion app -- titled "Star Wars Blu-Ray: Early Access" -- so far ahead of the actual release is unusual, but was timed to be available during the San Diego Comic-Con, one of the largest "cult media" and entertainment events in the U.S., regularly drawing tens of thousands of fans and selling out months in advance. Lucasfilm representatives and the app developers will be at booth #3528 with demonstrations of the app and further looks at the extra material on the Blu-Ray edition, including an "in-universe vantage point" of one of the saga's most iconic moments.

The box set, containing all six films, is expected to retail for $140. Two "Trilogy" Blu-Ray packages will also be made available for $70 each, as well as the individual films. This marks the first time the films have been officially made available in high-definition, and the first time the entire set of six films has been offered in a single package. Pre-ordering is available now through Amazon. [via Engadget]

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  1. lamewing

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2004


    Too late

    I grew up with Star Wars. I saw the first movie in the theater, collected the action figures, traded collectible cards, etc. I too was disappointed by the prequel movies. :(

    Nonetheless, Star Wars is old hat at this point in my life. I simply don't care anymore. Lucas has ground the franchise into an unrecognizable heap. These extras are about two decades too late to really matter anymore. I am sure there are some fanatic Star Wars fans out there who will love this stuff, but does the average person (geek or not) really care?

  1. milkmage

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    Joined: Jul 2003


    well this part got my attention

    Two "Trilogy" Blu-Ray packages will also be made available for $70 each, as well as the individual films.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    re: too late

    Yeah, how dare George not release all these extras as part of a 16 part VHS tape set. It would be just as incredible!

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    Star Wars fan or not...

    It's Blue*ray disks, so they will just not play on Jobs approved Macs.

  1. CmdrGampu

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    Joined: Aug 2009


    40 hours of bonuses

    ...but no theatrical cuts of the original trilogy. Sorry, George. You may have Star Wars the way you like it now, but until you release it the way I saw and liked it, you won't get any more money from me.

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