Will Han shoot first once again?
A new release of Star Wars for the home is always an occasion worthy of celebration… but also trepidation. After all, for nearly twenty years now each release of the films has seen some alterations done to them, whether it be Anakin’s Force ghost or a musical number in Jabba’s Palace.
Well, now that the blu rays are being re-released, everyone is surely expecting some more changes. Perhaps, given that Lucasfilm is under new management, we could be getting the unaltered films?
Well, are we?
We don’t know, but we’re willing to bet that’s not the case.
So… are there changes made to the films?
Not any that have been announced, no.
So, what’s new?
Apparently, the box art has been changed, which is a shame because the original blu ray box art is gorgeous:
What is the new box art?
Check it out:
That’s seriously it?
If you don’t believe us, read the press release for yourself here:
Los Angeles, CA (August 5, 2015) – As the galaxy prepares for the next generation of Star Wars, the six epic films will each release as commemorative Blu-ray steelbooks on November 10th. These highly collectible films will be available for a limited time only and can be pre-ordered beginning August 7th. In addition, Star Wars: The Complete Saga will be released in newly repackaged artwork on October 13th. The announcements were made today by The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Each film from the Saga is presented with new character packaging allowing fans to choose their favorite or collect all six for a limited time. Characters include: The Phantom Menace – Darth Maul; Attack of the Clones – Yoda; Revenge of the Sith – General Grievous; A New Hope – Darth Vader; The Empire Strikes Back – Imperial Stormtrooper; and Return of the Jedi – Emperor Palpatine.
In addition to the collectible steelbook packaging, each single disc Blu-ray includes existing audio commentary with George Lucas and the film crew as well as audio commentary from archival interviews with the cast and crew.
The newly repackaged Saga includes all six feature films on Blu-ray, along with three additional discs containing more than 40 hours of previously released extensive special features.
Yeah, the new box art seems rather lazy and photoshopped. And, strangely enough they’re all villains on the cover except for Attack of the Clones which has Yoda. Shouldn’t it have Dooku or Jango Fett? Maul and Palpatine look good, however.
We do, however, wish it was Jango Fett or a Clone Trooper for Attack of the Clones, dark side Anakin for Revenge of the Sith, Tarkin for A New Hope, and Vader for The Empire Strikes Back. But, alas.