All 6 Star Wars films to screen in China for the first time. This will be the first time the original trilogy has screened in the country – in theaters, anyway.
Star Wars Action News heard from an AMC manager that a full Star Wars saga marathon is in the works for the December release of The Force Awakens.
A handful of big theater chains (including AMC) have been holding similar events with the 11 Marvel Studios films in connection with this week’s release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, so it wouldn’t exactly be a stretch for Disney (and Fox) to greenlight the same for Star Wars.
Personally I’d settle for a pair of three-film combo events over a nice leisurely weekend in early December, but I suppose that’s why we have Blu-rays.
Lucasfilm broke the news we were expecting with a commercial during tonight’s big college basketball game: All six of the existing films will be available “globally” in Digital HD this Friday, April 10.
Vendors being name-dropped in the media include iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, Amazon, Xbox Video, and the Playstation Store.
Yes, the original trilogy will be the most recent Blu-ray editions, because if they ever do release pre-SE versions, they will not play coy about it.
On April Fool’s Day, Yakface was sent a photo of a poster at Walmart teasing an April 10 release of the Star Wars movies in digital on the store’s Vudu service. We weren’t sure if it was a joke or not, but April 1 has come and go and now a Star Wars bundle is listed on Vudu.com. It not only includes the six movies so far, but also a number of extras.
With ‘commemorative’ action figure sets (still sans Leia) already on sale, we have little reason to believe this isn’t going to happen – and I doubt Vudu will be the only player in the mix. They just happened to be the ones who’ve let the cat (or, well, the date) out of the bag. Expect to see similar bundles on Netflix, iTunes, Disney’s own services and more.
April 10 is next Friday, so I’d expect a formal announcement Thursday at the very latest… And why would they want to make a big splash to get Star Wars in people’s minds the weekend before Celebration, I wonder?
Does an Italian video hint that Disney is trying to buy the complete distribution rights of Star Wars from 20th Century Fox? Ehh, maybe, but it seems like a big jump to make. In any case, it seems we’re going to get something big regarding streaming soon.
Earlier this month, Lucasfilm’s Leland Chee tweeted out a timeline of the Star Wars movies and TV shows.
This was originally mistaken for the in-universe dating system as well, but Chee clarified that Lucasfilm will still continue to use A New Hope (or rather, the Battle of Yavin) as year 0, the BBY/ABY dating system we’re all
resigned used to. So the timeline stands at so:
- The Phantom Menace is 10 years before Attack of the Clones, 32 years before A New Hope.
- Attack of the Clones is 10 years after TPM, 22 years before ANH.
- The Clone Wars span 3 years, from 22 to 19 before ANH. (Chee has previously tweeted the cartoon’s internal timeline order.)
- Revenge of the Sith – the beginning of the Empire, the birth of Luke and Leia – is set 13 years after TPM, 19 years before ANH.
- The prequel trilogy spans 13 years.
- Rebels – the only open-ended item on this list – begins 27 years after TPM, 14 years after ROTS and 5 years before ANH.
- A New Hope begins 32 years after TPM, 19 years after ROTS.
- The Empire Strikes Back begins 3 years after ANH. Luke, Leia and the Empire are 22.
- Return of the Jedi begins a year after ESB, 36 years after TPM.
- The original trilogy spans only 4 years.
Much of this we already knew – or assumed – but it’s good to have everything nailed down for our new era.
I’ve never been much a fan of the BBY/ABY dating system, as from an in-universe perspective it makes no sense. Why some random battle? Yes, it put the Rebellion on the map and made them a real threat, but as Year 0? Before the Legends hammer fell I’d have argued for ROTJ as 0, but in our current environment the best case is probably for ROTS and the founding of the Empire.
Of course, from the outside, it makes perfect sense: ANH is what actually began this whole thing. And, after all, the western world’s dating system is based on the birth of a religious figure, so maybe it’s just silly to argue the point re: fiction at all. (Okay, it’s totally silly to argue about fictional dates, which is why I’m not actually arguing.)
In any case, BBY/ABY is well established, so this does make us have to do slightly less math. (I always root for ‘less math,’ thus my previous desire to use ROTJ as 0.)
To throw another wrench in the gears, per Star Wars Underworld:
It’s also worth noting that the Star Wars Rebels Visual Guide detailed that the planet Lothal, which will be a principal location in the series, has it’s own calendar. The Invasion of Naboo is at 3245 LY (Lothal Year), the Battle of Geonosis at 3255 LY, and so on. It appears even individual planets will have their own calendars now.
So that’s going to be fun – but a very handy way to explain inaccuracies. (Would Luke and Leia ever realize they shared a birthdate if they each primarily thought of their own in Alderaan and Tatooine dates?) As for the sequel trilogy, the number we’ve heard so far is about 30 years after Return of the Jedi – which would make it 66 years after TPM, 53 years after ROTS and 34 years after ANH. But until Lucasfilm and Chee are ready to reveal the exacts – which could actually be 31, 32, 33 or even 35 years – we’ll stick with the approximation.
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. ;)
Last pic not 4 any new/special release. Just good old fashioned interviews with out-of-towners. Always fun having 1st timers @ the Ranch! :)
— Chris Argyropoulos (@ThatChrisA) July 29, 2014
Jedi 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.
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