Great news if you’re a Star Wars fan and you’ve been waiting for a Blu-ray boxset of the entire Skywalker Saga, as Disney/Lucasfilm is set to release the complete collection from April 20th 2020! The boxset will come in two different versions – an 18-disc set and a limited edition 27-disc set!
The 18-disc set will be the standard edition available in most retail stores (including HMV) and will include all nine Skywalker Saga films on Blu-ray: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. The set will also include nine bonus discs, with content relating to each film.
The limited edition 27-disc set will be an Amazon exclusive and will include everything you get in the 18-disc set, but will also include all nine Skywalker Saga films in 4K UHD.
Here’s a look at the Amazon exclusive edition of the Star Wars Skywalker Saga Blu-ray boxset, which is currently available on Amazon UK. As you can see this edition also comes in a special collector’s book.
The best thing about this Amazon Exclusive release is it is Region Free!
If you want to check it out, head on over to Amazon UK where you can compare it to the standard 18-disc Blu-ray edition, as well as the nine-disc DVD edition.
So, that’s the good news – what’s the bad?
Well, despite the size of these boxsets, none of them have found room for the original versions of the Star Wars Trilogy (1977 – 1983). I’ve spoken about this before, but as a quick reminder, I’m talking about the original versions of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi before they got a Special Edition makeover in 1997.
So, if you have been holding out for a pre-Special Edition release, you’re still going to have to keep holding out. This Blu-ray release will not include the versions show in cinemas during the ’70s & ’80s, and will instead include the most recent versions of all the films.
But will the original trilogy ever be released un-altered? According to The Rise of Skywalker director, J.J. Abrams, probably not.
In an interview in December 2019 (via Now This), Abrams said: “I’ve been told that for reasons I don’t necessarily understand, that’s not possible.” Although he did add “it would be great to have that available to a mainstream audience.”
Abrams didn’t elaborate on the reasons as to why the it’s “not possible” to release the original editions. It could be that some of the original footage is no longer available, or there might be some other reason, but either way it looks like the only official version fans are going to see is the one hitting shelves in April.
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