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]