All the 'Star Wars' films will be available to download this Friday
It's finally happening: At long, long last, "Star Wars" is going to be available online.
All six films in the series, from "The Phantom Menace" to "Return of the Jedi," are coming to numerous digital outlets. According to Variety, these include "iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu, Xbox Video, PlayStation Store, and Verizon Fios."
USA Today reports that the recommended retail price of the films is $20 a pop — or $100 for the complete set. The movies will also come bundled with numerous bonus features included deleted scenes, bloopers, and voiceovers.
Interestingly, Disney has elected to keep "Star Wars" off streaming sites in favour of premium stand-alone downloads. It means rising powers in the industry like Netflix are missing out on what is guaranteed to be an extremely popular launch.
The launch comes in the run-up to the Dec. 18 release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the first new "Star Wars" feature film in 10 years as well as the first since Disney bought the franchise in 2012.
Here is the official trailer for the launch:
And here is the complete list of bonus features, courtesy of StarWars.com:
Conversations: Doug Chiang Looks Back
Discoveries From Inside: Models & Miniatures
Legacy content includes "The Beginning"; The Podrace: Theatrical Edit; plus eight deleted scenes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Because they're available on iTunes, here is a gratuitous picture of Tim Cook holding a lightsaber.