Fans will soon be able to purchase the original Star Wars trilogy, prequels and The Force Awakens in 4K UHD
One of the largest exclusive products from Disney Plus for Star Wars fans is no longer exclusive: the original Star Wars trilogy, the prequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be available for the first time in 4K UHD.
Lucasfilm has unveiled the new Blu-ray sets an announcement post for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker“S digital and physical release date. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be available in HD and 4K Ultra HD via Movies Anywhere on March 17 and physically available in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on March 31.
The blog post does not indicate whether the other eight Star Wars movies – A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens, and Rogue One – will be available to purchase separately or only as a box set, but those films will also be released on March 31. The edge has contacted Lucasfilm for more information.
One of the biggest selling points of Disney Plus for Star Wars fans was the 4K UHD restoration of the original films and the prequel trilogy. The formats, which were also delivered with sound quality with Dolby Atmos, were exclusive to the streaming service. Although it is rare for Disney to make an exclusive part of its streaming service available for purchase elsewhere, a box set such as the Skywalker Saga is a good selling point for the company. The 4K versions of the original trilogy are the same that we see on Disney Plus, not the first cuts that fans might hope for. That means more “Maclunkey” for buyers.
What is interesting is that Lucasfilm did not specify when in its announcement Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit Disney Plus. It seems unlikely that Disney is caught up in pay one windows – a business term that refers to licensing agreements between a studio like Disney and a network like Starz, which gives Starz the rights to watch movies like The Rise of Skywalker exclusive once the film leaves theaters. Disney made a number of deals prior to the release of Disney Plus to ensure that it had as many of its original films on Disney Plus as before the service was launched in November. Instead, it seems more likely that Disney wants fans to purchase the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the movie before they make the movie available on Disney Plus.
The big question is when The Rise of Skywalker will hit Disney Plus. The edge has contacted Disney for more information. For now, the digital and physical versions will suffice. Listed below are the special functions that come with the physical and digital versions of The Rise of Skywalker.
- The Skywalker Legacy – The story lives forever in this long documentary about making films Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
- Pasaana Pursuit: Create the speeder chase – Dive into making the epic landspeeder chase of the film and discover how this spectacular series was shown on the screen.
- Aliens in the desert – See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the enormous scale and complexity of the shoot to the colorful details.
- D-O: Key to the Past – Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the newest, irresistible droid of the Milky Way.
- Warwick & Son – Warwick Davis, who played Wicket Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, put on the Ewok suit again; this time accompanied by his son Harrison.
- Cast of creatures – The team behind the memorable creatures of the film reveals the puppet show, makeup, prostheses and digital magic that bring them to life!
- The final of the Maestro – Composer John Williams reflects on his oeuvre for the Star Wars saga and shares insights about scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.