“Star Wars “video collectors beware: there is a great disturbance in the Force. On November 10, 2015, roughly five weeks before the premiere of Disney/Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will re-release the Blu-rays of the first six Episodes of George Lucas’s space-fantasy saga in new limited edition steelbox packaging.
According to starwars.com, the original studio that released “Star Wars” (aka “Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope”) and its various sequels and prequels is reissuing the Blu-rays of “Star Wars: The Complete Saga” (2011) as individual releases for a limited time. In addition, Fox will re-release the nine-disc Complete Saga box set with new cover art on October 13.
Although George Lucas’s 2012 sale of Lucasfilm to Disney and subsequent retirement preclude any further alterations to both the Prequel and Classic Trilogies, Star Wars fans are not going to get the original theatrical editions of “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” in this reissue. It also doesn’t look like Fox has added any extras beyond the ones that were produced for the original 2011 “Star Wars” Blu-ray releases.
What will the limited edition steelbook reissues bring? Per Lucasfilm, “Each film comes with beautiful new character packaging that include Darth Maul for ‘The Phantom Menace,’ Yoda for ‘Attack of the Clones,’ General Grievous for ‘Revenge of the Sith,’ Darth Vader for ‘A New Hope,’ an Imperial stormtrooper for ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ and Emperor Palpatine for ‘Return of the Jedi.’ “
Oddly enough, the series of six covers seem to be a rogues’ gallery of “Star Wars” villains; five of the illustrations feature Sith Lords or their minions, The sole exception is “Attack of the Clones,” which has a portrait of Jedi Master Yoda on its front cover.
As is usually the case whenever “Star Wars” movies are released in any home video format, Fox and Lucasfilm will see their coffers grow despite grumbling from “Star Wars” fans who want the original editions of “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” in high-definition. Per Amazon’s product page for “Star Wars,” the steelbox reissue is 193rd in pre-order sales in Amazon’s Movies & TV category and ninth in the Movies & TV: Blu-ray: Science Fiction subcategory.