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Star Wars coming to iTunes Movies on April 10

Star Wars (A New Hope), The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, as well as The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith, will all be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. The first three will be in Special Edition form, sadly. In that regard, George Lucas shot last.

The movies will all include special features, though those will vary by retailer. From starwars.com:

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

  • Conversations: Doug Chiang Looks Back
  • Discoveries From Inside: Models & Miniatures
  • Legacy content includes "The Beginning"; The Podrace: Theatrical Edit; plus eight deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

  • Conversations: Sounds In Space
  • Discoveries From Inside: Costumes Revealed
  • Legacy content includes "From Puppets To Pixels: Digital Characters In Episode II"; State Of The Art: The Previsualization Of Episode II; and "Films Are Not Released, They Escape"; plus Episode II Visual Effects Breakdown Montage and six deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

  • Conversations: The Star Wars That Almost Was
  • Discoveries From Inside: Hologram & Bloopers
  • Legacy content includes documentaries "Within A Minute: The Making Of Episode III"; The Journey Part 1; and The Journey Part 2; plus six deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (20th Century Fox)

  • Conversations: Creating A Universe
  • Discoveries From Inside: Weapons & The First Lightsaber
  • Legacy content includes "Anatomy Of A Dewback"; Star Wars Launch Trailer; plus eight deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

  • Conversations: The Lost Interviews
  • Discoveries From Inside: Matte Paintings Unveiled
  • Legacy content includes "A Conversation With The Masters" (2010); "Dennis Muren: How Walkers Walk"; "George - Lucas On Editing The Empire Strikes Back 1979"; and "George Lucas On The Force: 2010"; plus six deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

  • Conversations: The Effects
  • Discoveries From Inside: The Sounds Of Ben Burtt
  • Legacy content includes "Classic Creatures: Return Of The Jedi"; "Revenge Of The Jedi Teaser Trailer"; Return Of The Jedi Launch Trailer; "It Began TV Spot"; "Climactic Chapter TV Spot"; plus five deleted scenes.

I've bought every version since the original VHS, so why stop now, right? Star Wars on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV is only a few days away!

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Rene Ritchie

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33 Comments
  • Yawn. I don't get the continuing fascination with these movies. They aren't even good science fiction and the original movie is almost 40 years old! Why are people so stuck on the past?
  • LOL. "Aren't good?" None of them? Not Empire? ok dude. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.
  • The poster didn't say not good, said not good science fiction. There is a distinction. And what's the slam about cocaine? If someone doesn't see it like you do, it must be because they do drugs? Besides, we've all heard, "Things go better with Coke". Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • Empire is the only one that has stood the test of time with me.
  • Most of the different platforms have a discounted bundle price, but not iTunes. They have it listed for $19.99 each....sigh
  • 24.99 each for us Canadians. No bundle price yet.
  • Love Star Wars. It's good to see they're more available. Still waiting for the Apple TV no 4k story, and the newer story that the new Macbook has terrible graphics performance... Sent from the iMore App
  • I'm still waiting for the Android sites to report on Samesungs bendgate.
  • Phil over on Android Central wrote about it yesterday. Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • Hmmmm.... Is that with or without the lame edit to the Han and Gredo scene?
  • without i'm sure. I think the only version of that above vhs is the laserdisc version though i might have heard there was a dvd released with both versions
  • iTunes store just updated (for me anyways) and no bundle? going to pass for now unless a bundle comes up on friday. Have the blu-rays anyways...but hate discs now.
  • Ouch. I thought at least Disney would make the original trilogy, sans computer graphics, available for us old-timers. Still waiting for my de-specialized editions.
  • I've heard that the terms of their deal with Lucas state that they cannot use the original material. Not sure how true it is though.
  • Why can't we just have the original theatrical release?!
  • I dunno. Why can't people be happy with what they have? Was the original trilogy so delicate that Han not shooting first and some extra CGI ruin the entire experience?
  • Yes
  • I really doubt that would be the case. I think Lucas has to be consulted, however I really, really doubt he has the final say on these things. He sold the company for a lot of money and Disney will not be put into a position where they cannot make their money back.
  • Need a 1080p version where Han shoots first and no Jabba scene
  • No interest in the prequels or the mutilated versions of the original trilogy. Still, it is nice to know it will be promptly available to a new generation of fans.
  • Way too expensive in my opinion. The Blu Ray box set is cheaper.
    Don't understand why they charge so much. Sent from the iMore App
  • I totally agree. I'd still like them from iTunes but, the 9 disc BD box set was £50. That had manufacturing, distribution and delivery costs as well as Amazon taking a slice. Why then even with Apple taking a share do they need to be £84 for all six? I had them on VHS, I upgraded to DVD for the better picture and sound, once again to the BD for similar reasons as well as all the features. I can't see what I'd be getting to justify what by far is the highest price yet. Sent from the iMore App
  • There's a reason you can find itunes cards for 25% off or more.
  • It's 13.99 per movie on iTunes UK. A pretty standard price. I've been waiting for these movies to come to iTunes and they finally have. Sent from the iMore App
  • Way too expensive when you can manage to have them on blu ray and still save some money! Sent from the iMore App
  • If I buy them on blu ray I'm limited to only being able to watch them on my TV. If I buy them on iTunes I can watch them on my TV, on my MacBook, on my iPad Air or mini and on my iPhone. Therefore I don't mind playing a bit more for that flexibility. Sent from the iMore App
  • George Lucas would be proud...
  • This theory: "I've bought every version since the original VHS, so why stop now, right? Star Wars on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV is only a few days away!" Does not hold water, IMHO, when you are considering the digital editions. Anyone who really wants to have these movies on their portable devices/laptops/etc has probably already ripped a copy for the personal use to those devices. Right?
  • Nope. I am in the boat with Renee, in that I am a fan and have pretty much every version including LaserDisc. I tried years ago to come up with a universal ripping/streaming process and it just took too much time. My use case is not normal by any stretch, but ease of use it simply paramount for many people. We have a big family in my house, and have a correspondingly large use case. We have 3 iPod Touches, 4 iPads, 5 iPhones, 2 AppleTVs, and 4 Windows Media HTPCs. Loading media manually to these devices was too time consuming, so I gave up on that shortly. I tested a couple different streaming options, but they were also tech and time consuming to maintain. My current state is that I rip discs for the Windows Media HTPCs and store them on a central server. I am trying to modify that ripping process to allow for streaming to AppleTV, so that I can eventually become for platform agnostic. I still have not solved the streaming outside the house that iTunes offers and I frankly don't know if it is worth my time to try.
  • Good points! Yeah, my use case is far different than yours. And yours really does sound like it calls for adding the digital editions.
  • I will get these on iTunes for the (admittedly absurd) reason that it allows me and my kids to watch them anywhere/anytime with streaming. I have also purchased Star Wars in all formats since the original Trilogy went on sale on VHS, and yes I have the LaserDisc versions too. Side note - I was HIGHLY skeptical about the value of anything/anywhere streaming. The Disney catalog going on iTunes, and the fact that we have ALOT of Disney digital copy codes with discs we buy, meant that we had access to about 20 movies on iPods, iPads, and AppleTV without ever buying them through iTunes. That ease of use, and the usage patterns of my kids, makes this worth the money to me.
  • Does anyone (preferably creditable) know when we will be able to download movies in 4/5K so I can watch them on my iMac 5K????? Or is this a distant format? Until then I'm sure I will spend the $100+ for the Star Wars movies in HD. I should have known half the people commenting on this story were going to be negative. It's the one of the highest grossing franchises of all time, so it draws higher interest. Truth is you can't please everybody, even if they gave it away for free somebody would complain. Apple will do well selling it on iTunes, and many people will see the franchise the first time in this format. So if you still want to stick with your VHS copies be my guest, but many of us will be enjoying it on our new Mobile devices.
  • I think it's great that these movies will finally be available digitally. What I really hope for now is a blu-ray bundle that comes with redemption codes for digital iTunes copies. That way I can have the physical copies that I control plus the convenience of digital copies I don't have to rip myself. For all those regretting that the only high quality video versions of these movies are the lucased versions I suggest you check out Star Wars Revisited. https://swrevisited.wordpress.com/about-revisited/