Monday, April 26, 2010

Star Wars Blu-ray on the way to kick Avatar's ass?

While there were previous reports that Lucas didn't care to much for the Blu-ray format, instead opting to gear to release the Star Wars saga in HD through digital distribution; he appeared to have changed his mind with the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 1 Blu-ray release. Most likely he did some research into why HD downloading wasn't as popular than optical disk purchasing and discovered that Internet connections were on average, inadequate for that level of downloading - some folk in this part of the world even have a monthly download cap of 25GB which is the size of the smallest BD movie!

While I'm quite sure that HD digital distribution will become the normal way for us to experience entertainment in the future, shoddy Internet speeds will ensure that there'll be plenty of life left in the good ol' optical disk yet. While DVDs will continue to be manufactured for some time yet, the money is in the Blu-ray releases as James Cameron broke yet another record by selling more than 1.5 million copies of Avatar on release day [more than The Dark Knight] and is estimated to climb to 4 million units in overall sales, which would make it the year's top-selling release.

Last week at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations revealed anticipated information about the Star Wars films coming to Blu-ray. "We have been at work for a couple of years working on—I won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff—but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material. We're finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about… there are some real treasures." Sansweet did not reveal when the greatest Blu-ray set of all time will be released, "but it won't be in the too distant future."

I hope Christmas.

Source: IGN


Civilian Overseer said...

What?, Pay for the priviledge of seeing Jar, Jar Binks in 3D?, I think not Colonel, I think not.

Major General Creedon said...

Hold on man! No one is saying that [for now]. Even a devout Lucasite like myself wouldn't promote the watching of the long-tongued one in 3D. In HD Blu-ray perhaps but that's not 3D. No, unless God's efforts to turn 2D into 3D are far more successful than current standards, I'm not convinced that 2D to 3Dconversion works.

Now I do realise your arguement is the same for watching Jar Jar in high definition, but think of the Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, Darth Maul 3-Way in Act III - finally seeing the way real Jedi in their prime fight, that's worth it - isn't it?

It is and you know it.

Civilian Overseer said...

Hmmm, all I remember of seeing the aforementioned tiff was how incredibly boring it was.

It was and you know it.

Pint of said...

Star Wars kicks ANY films ass ANYTIME....Full Stop!