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‘Star Wars’ Saga Availible on digital platforms This Friday

This Friday, The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection arrives on all mafor digital HD platforms (iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, PlayStation Store and Verizon FiOS)

This will be the first time the six films will be released for digital download.

“Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time.”

“We’re thrilled that fans will be able to enjoy the Star Wars saga on their digital devices wherever they go,” commented Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “These films broke new ground in technology, design, sound, and visual effects, and we’ve created some very special bonus material which delves into the saga’s rich history, including new and never-before-released conversations between legendary Star Wars artists — the masters who helped George bring his iconic universe to life.”

But that’s not all. The release will include some pretty sweet bonus features:

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

  • Conversations: Doug Chiang Looks Back
  • Discoveries From Inside: Models & Miniatures
  • Legacy content includes “The Beginning”; The Podrace: Theatrical Edit; plus eight deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

  • Conversations: Sounds In Space
  • Discoveries From Inside: Costumes Revealed
  • Legacy content includes “From Puppets To Pixels: Digital Characters In Episode II”; State Of The Art: The Previsualization Of Episode II; and “Films Are Not Released, They Escape”; plus Episode II Visual Effects Breakdown Montage and six deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

  • Conversations: The Star Wars That Almost Was
  • Discoveries From Inside: Hologram & Bloopers
  • Legacy content includes documentaries “Within A Minute: The Making Of Episode III”; The Journey Part 1; and The Journey Part 2; plus six deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (20th Century Fox)

  • Conversations: Creating A Universe
  • Discoveries From Inside: Weapons & The First Lightsaber
  • Legacy content includes “Anatomy Of A Dewback”; Star Wars Launch Trailer; plus eight deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

  • Conversations: The Lost Interviews
  • Discoveries From Inside: Matte Paintings Unveiled
  • Legacy content includes “A Conversation With The Masters” (2010); “Dennis Muren: How Walkers Walk”; “George Lucas On Editing The Empire Strikes Back1979”; and “George Lucas On The Force: 2010”; plus six deleted scenes.

Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

  • Conversations: The Effects
  • Discoveries From Inside: The Sounds Of Ben Burtt
  • Legacy content includes “Classic Creatures: Return Of The Jedi”; “Revenge Of The Jedi Teaser Trailer”; Return Of The Jedi Launch Trailer; “It Began TV Spot”; “Climactic Chapter TV Spot”; plus five deleted scenes.

Read StarWars.com for more on The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection!

Twitter Recap: This Week in Star Wars News

The following is a selection of highlights of Star Wars news from the Star Wars Report on Twitter. Enjoy!

-@TheRileyGuy

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Riley’s Top 5 “Can’t Miss” events at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim promises to be the best Star Wars celebration to date! The following are my personal “can’t miss” panels and event going on over the celebration weekend.

Check it out!

1. Writer/Director/Producer J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy

Abrams and Kennedy

Don’t miss the big kickoff for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Star Wars: The Force AwakensWriter/Director/Producer J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy will be on the Celebration Stage, joined by special guests. This panel is scheduled to be simulcast to the Digital Stage from the Celebration Stage.

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Greg Weisman’s Kickstarter Project for “Rain of the Ghosts”

Rain_of_the_Ghosts_coverWe all love Star Wars because it takes our imaginations far and beyond into the unknown, but what about the stories that take place in our own world? There’s one tale set on a fictional island in the Caribbean that is special to me and others seeking diversity in books. Written by the extraordinary storyteller Greg Weisman (Star Wars Rebels, Young Justice, Gargoyles), Rain of the Ghosts is everything I wanted as a child–a young girl from the Caribbean with supernatural abilities rooted in her indigenous ancestry. How awesome is that?!

It’s a book aimed for the younger crowd, but it’s also one that appeals to adults, especially fans of Star Wars. The book is currently available for purchase on Amazon along with its sequel, but if you’re looking for an audio book, you might be in luck!

Greg and a team of talented actors and composers have recorded the AudioPlay for the first novel in the nine-book series! You can hear some of your favorite voice actors, such as Steve Blum, Jim Cummings, Marina Sirtis, Vanessa Marshall, and many more, voicing an awesome ensemble of characters.

Everything is recorded, but we need your help!

In order to edit everything down and make a quality piece of work for the fans, Greg and the team need your support in their Kickstarter project. Whether it’s a small or generous amount, anything will help in order to get this project rolling. If you’re unable to provide donations at this time, that’s okay! Instead, please share this information with a friend, tweet it out to your followers, or share it on Facebook. Anything to help spread the word!

Visit the Kickstarter page for more information and to watch Greg Weisman’s video with the crew!

Monday Funnies: R5 Astromechs Recalled

Mos Eisley: Tatooine.

After losing a class action lawsuit today Industrial Automation began recalls on their problematic R5 line of astromechs. The R5s have been plagued by protruding motivators that have malfunctioned (nicknamed Blown Motivator of Death or BMoD). It appears that the failure rate of the R5 line is sitting somewhere around 54.2 percent, causing the largest class action lawsuit in galactic history.

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Industrial Automation has issued a press release finally acknowledging the flaw with the droids, abandoning their previous stance that the failures were due to abuse and poor maintenance of them. It turns out the design flaw is due to the poor design of their thermal dampeners, which overheat the motivator causing it to blow.

Due to their warmer climates, planets such as Tatooine have reported higher numbers of R5 malfunctions.

Industrial Automation has posted instructions on the holonet to send malfunctioned units in for repair, however the repair time is 21 days. Not having their astromech for this long of a period could prove problematic for moisture farmers around harvest time, when they will need them most.

Industrial Automation has extended the warranty of the R5 line to three years from the original sales date, however they don’t guarantee repair on units purchased secondhand from Jawa tribes, as many farmers are known to do in attempts to increase their savings. Industrial Automation still points to this trade practice as the leading cause of the malfunctioning droids, stating that Jawas are notorious for making their own repairs using inferior parts, and in doing so they are voiding the warranties of these units. Industrial Automation urges customers inspect their astromechs before purchase as Jawas are not certified technicians.