The Star Wars franchise is one of the most beloved cinematic sagas in Hollywood history. And for many years, rumors have pointed toward 4K releases of the original trilogy, but unfortunately, we still have yet to hear or see anything pointing to such a release- until now.
According to Bill Hunt of ‘The Digital Bits’, their sources have indicated that a huge 4K Blu-ray box set consisting of the entire Skywalker saga (Episode I-IX) is set to be released at the beginning of 2020, following the release of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ in theaters, coming this December:
“More and more, our sources are hinting that Disney and Lucasfilm are likely to release The Complete Star Wars Saga in Blu-ray/4K Ultra HD box sets next year. It makes sense for a number of reasons. First, the final film in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will be arriving on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K, and Digital early in 2020. That’s reportedly going to be the last such film to be released in the franchise for at least a few years, so it would make sense that they’d release a complete box set of everything to that point. Also, The Empire Strikes Back celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020. And once Disney is done releasing all of their Marvel and Pixar product in 4K, there’s only one big franchise left untapped on the format. For all of these reasons, we think it’s likely that we’ll see these films in 4K next year. We already know that the classic trilogy has been scanned from the original negatives (new 4K masters are done and ready), and the prequels will no doubt be upsampled and digitally restored. Whether Disney and Lucasfilm would consider including the original theatrical versions of those classic films is the $24,000 question. My gut tells me to assume they won’t, at this point. Then, if they do, you can be pleasantly surprised. So take that all as a rumor for now and stay tuned for more here as it comes in.”
Not only is this a huge announcement and relief for Star Was fans, but this is surely a gift from the Force. Until we get official confirmation from Disney/Lucasfilm, this is considered to be rumor for now. Even so, this is quite exciting!
Start the discussion by clicking on the link to our Discourse forum below or select “forum” via the menu bar up top.