In what was first thought to be an April Fools’ Day prank, Yakface.com has confirmed that all six Star Wars movies will be available via digital release through Vudu. Starting April 10, all you need do is visit Vudu.com, and Star Wars: Episodes 1-6 will be there, at the mercy of your mouse-click or fingertips.
Yakface ran the original story on April 1st, with a picture from a Walmart display sign, announcing the release.
Vudu / Star Wars photo credit: Yakface.com
MakingStarWars.com breaks down what you can expect with your digital purchase:
"“In addition to all six films, the special features include:Deleted scenes for all six filmsThe Beginning Making of Episode I documentaryThe Podrace, theatrical editConversations: Doug Chiang Looks BackDiscoveries from Inside: Models and MiniaturesFrom Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in Episode II feature-length documentaryState of the Art: The Previsualization of Episode IIFilms Are Not Release, They Escape documentaryEpisode II Visual Effects Breakdown MontageConversations: Sound in SpaceDiscoveries from Inside: Costumes RevealedWithin a Minute: The Making of Episode III feature-length documentaryThe JourneyILM Episode III Siggraph ReelConversations: The Star Wars That Almost WasDiscoveries from Inside: Hologram and BloopersAnatomy of a DewbackStar Wars Launch TrailerConversations: Creating a UniverseA Conversation with the Masters (2010)George Lucas on Editing The Empire Strikes Back (1979)George Lucas on the Force (2010)Dennis Muran: How Walkers WalkConversations: The Lost InterviewDiscoveries from Inside: Matte Paintings RevealedClassic Creatures: Return of the JediTrailers and TV SpotsDiscoveries from Inside: The Sounds of Ben BurttConversations: The Effects”"
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It’s safe to say that this is fairly huge news for Star Wars fans, everywhere. Most insiders expected an announcement from Disney/Lucasfilm during the April 16-19 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, but with an April 10th release date on the Vudu website, it would seem that supposed announcement will come much sooner than expected.
What we do not know, as of yet, is if any other streaming platforms will be carrying the Star Wars franchise, along with Vudu. If industry leaders like iTunes, Google Play Store, and Amazon Prime aren’t announced, this may be a massive get for Vudu. However, I would expect there to be an announcement, including those big three and others, sooner rather than later. Look for that and other Star Wars news, the closer we get to the Star Wars Celebration, in just a couple of weeks.