Calvin Freiburger

NRB Film Club: The Force Is With Us! “Star Wars” Finally Comes to Blu-ray

Posted on August 15 2010 9:30 am
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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With Blu-ray shifting from high-end frill to mainstream media format, the absence of one particular franchise had been a disturbance in many film enthusiasts’ libraries. Fortunately, this week saw the announcement that that gap will finally be filled—all six Star Wars films are coming to Blu-ray in fall 2011.

Aside from enhanced picture and sound, all we currently know about the new set is that it’ll include new behind-the-scenes material, including never-before-seen deleted scenes from the original trilogy—an omission from earlier DVD releases that didn’t exactly go unnoticed. Unfortunately, fans are nervous about how the final product will turn out—George Lucas is notorious for tweaking the movies every time they’re re-released, and when the unchanged theatrical cuts finally reached DVD in 2006, fans were less than thrilled with the effort put into the transfers.

As a lifelong Star Wars fan who’s not freaked out by most of what the franchise’s most vocal fans hate with the fire of a thousand suns (Jar Jar’s okay, but Greedo shooting first? Outrageous), I hope Lucasfilm will give the theatrical versions the definitive release they deserve, but even if not, I fully expect to be satisfied by whatever the Blu-ray release does offer. In fact, it’ll finally give me an excuse to dive into Blu-ray. (My family got our first DVD player around the time Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out—DVD was relatively new then, just as Blu-ray is now.)

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