Rumor: Lucasfilm is considering releasing a 3D Blu Ray set of the Star Wars prequel trilogy packaged with a 3D Blu Ray of The Force Awakens this fall.
Digital Bits reported a rumor fielded from their sources in retail that Lucasfilm is considering releasing a 5-disc 3D Blu Ray set which would include all three Star Wars prequels and The Force Awakens (via Making Star Wars). The extra disc would be bonus features.
Digital Bits estimates the release date of the set would coincide with the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in theaters on December 16th. My personal guess is it could also be released in September or October on Force Friday, an event which precedes every Star Wars theater premiere and during which retail stores reveal new lines of Star Wars merchandise, most of it related to the upcoming film, available for purchase.
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If this rumor is true, I hope Lucasfilm and Disney see fit to move this idea past the “considering” stage and into the “manufacturing and marketing” stage. Say what you will about the prequels’s CGI, the sheer amount and ILM-quality of visual effects, both CG and practical, would make seeing any of them in 3D more than worthwhile.
The prequels are no strangers to 3D. In 2012, The Phantom Menace was rereleased into theaters as a 3D experience, and in 2015, a 3D screening of Revenge of the Sith debuted at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. Before Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, Lucasfilm had announced a plan to convert and rerelease all six Star Wars films into theaters. That plan was postponed, perhaps indefinitely, after the deal with Disney was made.
With The Phantom Menace and Revenge of the Sith having already been converted to 3D, it should be simple enough to convert Attack of the Clones and The Force Awakens and release them all together in one Blu Ray set. Two things depend on this product becoming a reality: the first, that the rumor of a 3D Blu Ray set including the prequels is even being considered, and the second, that Lucasfilm and Disney see there is a desire among consumers for such a set. If you have such a desire, voice your support for the set on social media and maybe Lucasfilm will be convinced there’s a market for it, whether the rumor is true or not.