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Lucasfilm working on higher-res versions of the saga?

@ThatChrisA: Sky Soundin' it today

I’m going to be straight with you: I only the barest idea of what a ’4K print’ meant, and had to look it up. (“Ultra HD” blah blah blah definitioncakes.) Honestly, I’m not even sure I care now; I’m just not that kind of geek. But rumors have been swirling that new scans of the Star Wars films are in the works, and today Chris Argyropoulos of Lucasfilm PR tweeted the above picture of Skywalker Sound folks working some mojo on Return of the Jedi.

I suppose it’s feasible this is some sort of standard demo they do, but it’s fueled the rumors that a new release of the films may be imminent. A digital release would be good; the fact that the films aren’t on Netflix and similar services could hinder more than help as we get closer and closer to the new films. All I know is, if that’s what a Lucasfilm PR guy is hinting at, we’ll probably hear something soon.

Of course, he’s denied it’s anything like that, but c’mon, Chris. You know this fandom. ;)

Rumor: All six Star Wars films to be available digitally in the fall?

ANH: Vader's entranceJedi News has heard from a “very reliable” source that the whole film saga will be released digitally this upcoming November, along with other rare and “unseen” footage.

No details if this will be streaming via Netflix or any other specific services. Previous rumors have pegged a “digital library launch” for about that time.

While Disney does have a distribution deal with Netflix, it won’t kick in until 2016, and may not apply to the older films, which Fox still has distribution rights to.

Rumor: All 6 Star Wars movies headed back to theaters in May in Australia

Access Reel is reporting that all six movies will be shown in Australian theaters the weekend of May 4: The prequel trilogy on Saturday the 3rd, and the original trilogy on Sunday the 4th. As far as they’ve heard it’s only in Australia, though… (via)

If this is an international happening, it would be a nice way to capitalize on the “May the 4th” phenomenon, but I expect it’s something they’d have to announce very

The catchup: One dad introduces the saga to his kids

Sunday reader. Using the Blu-rays, Hitfix’s Drew McWeeny is showing the Star Wars movies to his two sons for the first time. It’s a great story (they’ve seen Clone Wars but nothing else) and probably one of the best articles (and certainly the most detailed) that I’ve read on kid’s reactions to the saga. In order: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, with the Return of the Jedi entry coming on Thursday. A great read, whether you’ve shown the movies to kids yet or not.

Occupy Coruscant? Twitter’s favorite minions of evil, Death Star PR, takes time out of their busy planet-blasting schedule to debunk Luke Skywalker’s assertion that he is part of the 99%.

Kids. A Yoda backpack helped one flower girl make it down the aisle. (via)

People. Watch Mark Hamill in the opening of Friday’s Chuck premiere.

Spoofs. The Jedi Church. Literally. Well, spoofily.

Preview the Star Wars Blu-ray’s HD

The official Youtube account now has scenes from each movie in HD. I’m not embedding them because you have to go directly to Youtube to select the HD version (Example in the screenshout above.) Check them out: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

There’s a new extra posted as well: A feature on the Acklay creature from Attack of the Clones. That’s available in HD as well, but there’s an embed under the cut. Continue reading

New book will explore connections between Star Wars and history

Publisher John Wiley & Sons is compliling a book that will explore parallels between world history and the movies, the New York Times reports.

“George Lucas is a history buff, and his fascination with history greatly influenced the plot and themes explored in the Star Wars universe,” Connie Santisteban, associate editor for general interest books at Wiley, wrote in an e-mail. “Being able to work closely with Mr. Lucas on this and other books will give fans an inside look at the real science, history and political science that informed ‘Star Wars’ while also providing readers with an educational tool.”

The book is being compiled by history professors Nancy Reagin and Janice Liedl, who have done books in the same vein about Harry Potter and Twilight. (I wonder if it goes anything like this. Minus the snark and animated GIFs, naturally.) The book even has Lucasfilm’s blessing, says a spokewoman, including Lucas’ “notes and input.”

Wiley will also produce additional books focusing on “science and politics within the Star Wars saga.”

Sunday reader: Star Wars as an Icelandic saga

Parque sulfúrico by fotosdepepe @ Flickr
Image: Parque sulfúrico by Jozelui. Used under the Creative Commons license BY-NC 2.0.

Jackson Crawford is ‘translating’ the Star Wars saga from Old Norse. Here’s a sample from the introduction:

Víga-Óbívan waits for Lúkr to attain manhood, and by now is himself an old man. When young Lúkr follows some lost sheep onto Víga-Óbívan’s property and is attacked by his retainers, Víga-Óbívan defends him and later tells Lúkr (who in a dream has been given his father’s byname, “himingangari,” by a dís, but is unaware that his father also bore it), that Lúkr’s father Anakinn was slain by Veiðari, the great captain of King Falfaðinn of Kóruskantborg.

It seems seems to be ongoing, and currently up to Chapter 6.

The fourth is with Spike TV this week

“Contrary to what you’ve just seen, war is neither glamorous nor fun. There are no winners; only losers. There are no good wars, with the following exceptions: the American Revolution, World War II, and the Star Wars Trilogy. If you’d like to learn more about war, there’s lots of books in your local library, many of them with cool gory pictures.”

I doubt this Bart Simpson quote is what they had in mind, but Spike TV is celebrating the ultimate result of the first with an airing of the third next weekend. Which is to say, look for a Star Wars movie to air each night leading up to July 4 – beginning tonight at 6pm with The Phantom Menace.