Where's that pinch of salt I normally take these links with. I wouldn't get exited mate...won't be long now until the OFFICIAL release of the extra's comes along. It's been hinted that they will be very much along the lines of the extra's on the Indianna Jones trilogy released last year...so, a making of for each movie and pretty much nothing else...
Here is a little info people might find interesting...
Okay kids... so you want proof that further changes are being made to the Star Wars films for the forthcoming DVD release? Well, this COULD be it...
That top image is, supposedly, an actual shot of Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine, newly inserted into The Empire Strikes Back in place of the original actor (bottom image). This pic has been circulating around the Net for a few days now. The split screen comparison you see here was created by someone on one of the Star Wars fan boards (click here for the original post of the image, along with endless fan debate). But the image at the top (at least the actual face shot of McDiarmid) reportedly leaked from someone involved with the production. We had pretty much dismissed it... BUT. The interesting thing is, we've shown this image to insiders we know have seen the real work (three separate sources now), and they've independently confirmed that the scene HAS changed and that the top image (of McDiarmid in make-up) is authentic. One other scene we've heard is being revamped is the CGI Jabba scene from A New Hope. Look for the digital Jabba to be replaced by a much better looking CG version (likely based on the Episode I digital model of the character).
Tell you what... if this pans out, I don't mind either of these changes. Better still, I'd eat a whole freakin' herd of Bantha if Lucas would just restore the Han/Greedo scene in A New Hope so that Han shoots first again. Anyone care to join me? Cross your fingers, folks... and fire up the barbecue pit.
By the way, we've also been told by sources that the list of Trilogy 4th disc DVD extras circulated by FYE, Best Buy and other online retailers recently (and reported here by The Bits) is "not entirely correct". Like that original prototype DVD packaging from a few weeks ago, it looks like this WAS an early spec list for the disc, but it's not the final one. Hopefully, we'll get official details in the coming weeks.
In what appears to be a weekly feature, it is time yet again for more Star Wars news. In case you hadn't heard, the original Trilogy about Jedis, Stormtroopers and Mogwai (oops, I mean Ewoks) will hit DVD for the first time on September 21st in a four-disc box set. In addition to the technical specs and commentaries already announced, Lucasfilm has revealed the full lineup of video supplements. The centerpiece of the extras will be the 180-minute documentary "Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy," produced by Kevin Burns. The program, part of which will be shown on cable TV this fall, includes interviews with more than 40 members of the cast and crew of all three film, plus never-before-seen screen tests. Additional featurettes include "The Birth of the Lightsaber," "The Characters of Star Wars" and "The Force Is With Them: The Legacy of Star Wars" (featuring filmmakers talking about the influence of the trilogy), the 10-minute "Episode III Behind the Scenes Preview: The Return of Darth Vader," "Star Wars: Episode III" making the game preview, a never-before-seen production gallery plus posters and print campaigns,original trailers and TV spots for all three films, a "Star Wars Battlefront" trailer and playable demo, and exclusive DVD-ROM content to come. Retail will be $69.95 for the box set, available in either widescreen or full screen versions.
Fox Home Entertainment have now confirmed the full disc contents for the UK DVD release of the Star Wars Trilogy due to arrive on 20th September 2004. The four-disc DVD set from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment includes more than 10 hours of entertainment and extraordinary picture and sound quality.
Knowing how excited Star Wars fans are about this release, were working very hard to make the films look and sound spectacular and to deliver a DVD collection that will be truly memorable, said Jim Ward, Vice President of Marketing and Distribution at Lucasfilm Ltd., and the DVDs executive producer.
Available in widescreen, the three films in the Star Wars Trilogy Episode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI Return of the Jedi have been newly restored and remastered by renowned Lowry Digital Images and are presented with 5.1 THX sound. Each film also includes new commentaries by George Lucas and cast and crew members, including director Irvin Kershner, actress Carrie Fisher, sound designer Ben Burtt and Industrial Light & Magics Dennis Muren.
A fourth disc in the collection includes an additional four hours of added-value material that brings remarkable new depth and insight into the making of the three films and the broader Star Wars Saga.
The cornerstone of this fourth disc is Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy. The two-and-a-half hour documentary traces the evolution of Star Wars from a low-budget, labor-of-love space saga to a movie phenomenon that defied the odds and reinvented the rules. At its core, Empire of Dreams tells the story of an independent filmmaker who had to innovate and invent an entirely new way of creating motion pictures.
Featuring all-new interviews with Lucas and more than 40 members of the cast and crew from all three films, Empire of Dreams also includes appearances by a host of filmmakers and media personalities, along with never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the three films. This new documentary brings viewers the most comprehensive look at a pioneer who triumphed against the odds to create an enduring modern fairy tale that has captivated the world.
Additionally, the fourth bonus disc offers a host of other exciting features, including:
Episode III Behind the Scenes Preview: The Return of Darth Vader No other villain is as iconic as Darth Vader, a symbol of doom since his first appearance on movie screens in 1977 who remains a permanent part of popular culture. Finally, Star Wars: Episode III will reveal just how Anakin Skywalker became the feared Sith Lord. In this exclusive preview, George Lucas discusses Anakins descent, while viewers will get a first look at the new Vader costume forged for Episode III and will experience first-hand how Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor have prepared for the epic lightsaber battle that has been anticipated more than two decades: the climactic showdown between Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The Birth of the Lightsaber Its unforgettable hum and scintillating glow are instantly recognizable around the world, and now viewers will discover the origins of this elegant weapon from a more civilized age. This documentary, devoted to the lightsaber, features insight from George Lucas, cast and crew into the history of the iconic laser sword. It showcases the genesis of the lightsaber stunt and special-effects work and illustrates how each film in the Star Wars saga has surpassed the previous one with spectacular action set pieces featuring the Jedis most trusted weapon.
The Characters of Star Wars An in-depth look at how favorite characters came to be, featuring rare concept art, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with George Lucas and the cast and crew who shaped the screens favorite heroes Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO and the greatest villain of all, Darth Vader.
The Force Is With Them: The Legacy of Star Wars Star Wars opened up a galaxy of possibilities to a generation of filmmakers and creative talents. Viewers will hear first-hand from some of the most notable filmmakers of our time about how influential the Star Wars movies have been to their lives.
Star Wars Battlefront Trailer and Playable Demo Now that the greatest Star Wars battles are on DVD, video game players can live them like never before in the new video game Star Wars: Battlefront from LucasArts, available for PlayStation®2, Xbox® and PC-CD. The Star Wars Trilogy DVD will offer a trailer featuring an exciting look at the video game, along with a special demo for Xbox users that lets users fight the Battle of Endor as a Rebel or Imperial soldier and drive AT-STs, ride speeder bikes and use different weapons to lead their side to victory. The full version of Star Wars Battlefront will also be released Sept. 21 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, and PC.
Star Wars: Episode III Making the Game Preview Video-game players will be able to experience the stunning Jedi action of Episode III themselves in the new Star Wars: Episode III game. This special feature shows how game developers at LucasArts worked behind-the-scenes and on the set to create the most authentic Jedi experience ever. The Star Wars: Episode III game will be available in Spring 2005 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Xbox® video game system from Microsoft.
Original Trailers and TV Spots The original theatrical teaser, launch and re-release trailers for each film, plus TV spots, are featured on the DVD.
Never-Before-Seen Production Gallery DVD owners will delve into an unseen corner of the Lucasfilm Archives with exclusive photos from the making of the Star Wars Trilogy, traveling from Tunisia to England, Norway, Arizona and back to California.
Posters and Print Campaigns The original releases of the Star Wars Trilogy films came at a time when international campaigns produced a wealth of intriguing, alternative poster art. Viewers can explore a collection of theatrical posters from around the world.
Exclusive DVD-ROM Content The Star Wars Trilogy DVDs are keys that unlock exclusive content available only through a special DVD-ROM website. In addition, the DVD offers a link to starwars.com, the official Star Wars destination on the Web, which provides daily features and updates on the continuing Star Wars saga.
Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope was originally released in 1977 and has a running time of 125 minutes. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980 and is 135 minutes. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi was released in 1983 and has a running time of 130 minutes.