A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away a space opera of epic proportions was born. Well, actually it wasn’t that far away, it was California in the USA, where a man named George Lucas took inspiration from the legendary Akira Kurosawa movie The Hidden Fortress, chucked in some other influences such as Flash Gordon and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, and created his own legend.
The Skywalker Saga has played out via nine movies since 1977, becoming a part of the fabric of many of our lives. It’s spawned spoofs, added words to our every day language and has a legion of dedicated fans worldwide. Now it’s available looking better than it ever has as all nine Skywalker Saga tales – and the two offshoot Star Wars stories, Rogue One and Solo – arrive on 4K Ultra HD in striking matching packaging (The Last Jedi and Solo were previously available on the format with different artwork).
All eleven films arrive on the 4K format featuring HDR enhancement, bringing extra life to proceedings via its increased range of lightness through darkness – just wait until you clap eyes on that first lightsaber duel! Master resolution varies between the movies, with Episodes I, II and III originally shot digitally at 1080p through to more recent titles such as Episodes VIII and IX coming to us in stunning native 4K. The power of upscaling where appropriate will ensure that all of them look magnificent on your 4K setups.
“…just wait until you clap eyes on that first lightsaber duel!”
Sound is such a part of the Star Wars experience that it would be a crime to overlook it, and the people at Lucasfilm know it. As such, all eleven movies feature state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos audio, with earlier ones lovingly and painstakingly remixed to take advantage of all that the format offers. We can’t wait to sit amidst the carnage as the Millennium Falcon defends itself from Vader and his TIE Fighters in A New Hope or… actually, there are way too many scenes to list!
Each of these new Star Wars releases also comes packed with two bonus standard Blu-ray discs. One has the movie for those without the means to watch in 4K, and the second in each set is bursting with extra features, ranging from behind-the-scenes footage through to on-set bloopers and beyond. In all there’s a staggering 26 hours-plus of bonus content to take in.
If you’re equipped with 4K and have a love of Star Wars then it’s a no-brainer – get in quick and experience your old and new favourites as you’ve never seen them before. The Force, it’s calling to you… Just let it in!
LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT THING!
Yoda may have told us that size matters not, but if you’re a Star Wars collector then you’re going to have a hard time resisting the Force of this bumper, strictly limited-edition box set that’s exclusive to JB Hi-Fi in Australia.
As well as its special collector hard cover artbook and slipcase packaging, the massive set includes all nine Skywalker saga movies on 4K Ultra HD, along with 18 standard Blu-rays that pack all of the movies, as well as a massive array of extra features that in total runs to more than 26 hours.
As an extra special bonus, a touching letter is included from Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, looking back on his Star Wars days and reinforcing the importance of family to all in the franchise’s orbit, from those involved in the films right through to the fans. Look out for this incredible collector’s piece from May 6.