'Star Wars' on Blu-ray: Yay?
Image Credit: Lucasfilm, Ltd.Amid all the gadgets and gizmos and glitz at CES, there was but one thing announced by Darth Vader (seriously): Star Wars is coming to Blu-ray. Great! My chance to buy the beloved franchise in yet another format! Looks like I have to retire my “go laserdisc or go home” shirt.
Yes, Star Wars: The Complete Saga will be available in September, but if you don’t want to shell out for the blasphemes the prequels, it’ll also be available as the separate trilogies — although the original trilogy will only be available as the re-vamped “Special Edition” versions. The full, nine-disc set (which includes 30 hours of bonus features, and new deleted and alternate scenes) will be $139.99, and the individual trilogies will be $69.99. (The full set is currently $89.99 on Amazon. A steal!)
I’ve been rethinking my Star Wars devotion since I read Javier Grillo-Marxuach’s “My Year Without Star Wars“ essay a few weeks ago. Grillo-Marxuach, who created one of my favorite shows ever, The Middleman, writes not just about his deep and abiding love for the films (he saw Phantom Menace six times!) but also about their overwhelming ubiquity.
See, the Star Wars fan in me really wants that shirt. But I get what he’s saying: You really can love something too much — and we can compulsively dissect that object of our affection until it loses all context and winds up consuming us.
Does this change the fact that I have a two-foot AT-AT sitting behind me desk? No. But I can’t be the only Star Wars fan out there who met the news of a Blu-ray release with a tiny twinge of dread, am I?