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Posted at 3:27 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Star Wars coming to Blu-ray in September

By Rob Pegoraro

LAS VEGAS--You'll have yet another chance to buy Star Wars this September, when the sci-fi classic--with its two sequels and three prequels--arrive on Blu-ray high-definition discs.

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A bundle of all six movies will sell for $139.99, with sets of the original three films (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, sometimes referred to collectively as the Holy Trilogy) and the three prequels (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith) will go for $69.99 apiece. Obsessive types can pre-order them on Amazon now.

Lucasfilm marked the occasion by sending out a squad of Imperial Stormtroopers, followed by Darth Vader, to a stage at Panasonic's exhibit area. The Sith Lord complained that he didn't get any input into the release: "Why wasn't I consulted?"

The Marin, Calif., studio moved to support Blu-ray with stunning speed--less than four years after the high-def format's arrival on the market--compared to its adoption of DVD. Lucasfilm did not release the original trilogy on DVD until 2004, seven years after DVD's debut and three years after the prequels began arriving on DVD. The wait went on long enough that some angry fans resorted to buying bootleg copies made from Laserdisc releases that offered much better quality than the official VHS version.

Will a Blu-ray copy of Star Wars appear on your wish lists for later in the year, or have you already done enough to put George Lucas's kids through college?

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 6, 2011; 3:27 PM ET
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Han Shot First.
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Quit messing with the past, Lucas!

Posted by: gth1 | January 6, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Do you mean the ORIGINAL "original" "Star Wars" films -- the ones without the tinkering accompanying their rerelease some years ago, or the "improved" ones with the Lucas-sanctioned "enhancements" which were not technologically possible in the 1970s?

Posted by: 54Stratocaster | January 6, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

If Han shoots first, I'll buy them.

Posted by: mkw5 | January 6, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Someone please check my math.

If you want to buy all six movies in one box, you'll actually be charged a penny more for the privilege, as opposed to buying each sub-trilogy in its own set.

New math at its finest!

Posted by: elaineftw | January 6, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

you mean his great, great grandkids right?

Posted by: t-jas | January 6, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

When can we buy blu-ray copies of those epic youtube film reviews that completely obliterate those attrocious Prequels from every conceivable angle?

Unlike Lucas's 313th "vision" for the films, those reviews actually merit real money.

Posted by: zippyspeed | January 6, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Han didn't shoot first. He shot. All done. Sorry about the mess.

Posted by: NotForYou1 | January 6, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

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