arrive on Blu-ray high-definition discs.
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?