Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Rumor: The Prequels Are Getting a 3D Blu-ray Release

By: Dominic Jones

So far two Star Wars movies (The Phantom Menace and The Force Awakens) have received wide release in 3D, two more are finished and have been screened at special events (Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith), and none have been released on home media.  That last one, might be about to change.  The Digital Bits is reporting that the entire Prequel trilogy and The Force Awakens will be released on 3D blu-ray as a five disc set (one for each film, plus a bonus features disc) this December.

According to The Digital Bits,
"The latest from our retail and industry sources is that Disney and Lucasfilm are considering a 5-disc Blu-ray 3D box set, which would include The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and The Force Awakens – all in Blu-ray 3D format – along with a fifth disc of exclusive bonus content. The release date would presumably be in time for the holidays this year, and likely timed to promote the theatrical release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on 12/16."

We've known for a while that a 3D Blu-ray release of The Force Awakens is coming, however it was never clear why it was not made available at the same time as the rest of the home media releases.  Perhaps this is why.  I've only seen The Phantom Menace, Revenge of the Sith (at Celebration Anaheim in April 2015), and The Force Awakens in 3D, so I would love the opportunity to see Attack of the Clones for this first time in this format, as well as relive the other ones.  The 3D on Revenge of the Sith is one of the best 3D conversions I've ever seen (far more engaging than what we got with The Phantom Menace), so I hope they find a way to make the last two prequels available (in this box set or, better yet, in theatres).

As much as I would love to see this happen, it would be a surprising move for number of reasons.  Not the least of which is that there seemed to be a concerted effort to separate The Force Awakens from the Prequels in the marketing for the film.  To now release it on a 3D blu-ray set with the prequels only (granted, the Original Trilogy was never fully converted to 3D) would be a surprise move.  Then again, perhaps the teams at Lucasfilm and Disney have realized that there are lots of people who love and appreciate the Prequels and would be thrilled to own them in this new format along with The Force Awakens (and some new bonus features, never hurt anyone!)

As always, this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.

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