What can you expect from the upcoming "Star Wars" Blu-ray set? How about some legendary lost footage.
To the average person - which we define as anyone who is aware of Star Wars, but cannot readily identify Plo Koon or Ponda Baba and has never tried writing their name in Aurebesh - the upcoming Blu-ray box set of all six "Star Wars" films probably smacks of just another cash-in. But what's worse, even the hardcore faithful may have a tough time working up the enthusiasm for yet another copy of the "Star Wars" movies to line up next to their multiple laser disc, VHS, and standard DVD copies.
Well, fanboys - you'd better dust off a slot, because the Blu-ray just made itself a must-have.
In this new teaser trailer, which debuted at San Diego Comic Con, we see just what this new version is packing apart from a high-def transfer of the movies. There are a slew of deleted scenes included, many of which have been talked and written about endlessly but never actually seen.
Like Luke Skywalker actually constructing his new lightsaber, which was supposed to be the opening scene of "Return of the Jedi."
The legendary "sand storm" scene, where the gang (Luke, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian) fight through a blinding dust bowl to regroup after the big rescue from Jabba the Hutt's palace.
Not to mention the "Wampa rampage" scene that was supposed to be a big action sequence from "The Empire Strikes Back." Remember that big, hairy, white, polar-bear-like monster that almost eats Luke? Well, several more of them were supposed to be imprisoned in the rebel base and let loose by C-3PO and R2-D2 during the raid by Darth Vader, mauling several unsuspecting Storm Troopers.
Is this a bunch of minutiae that takes more time to explain than to watch? Sure. Is it the kind of stuff geeks obsess over? Absolutely. But when you have a franchise that has been so exhaustively picked over for nearly 40 years, anything new is worth celebrating.
And, again, it's "Star Wars" in 1080p. You're excited. The box set arrives September 16th.