It is a long established fact that ‘Star Wars’ fans will lap up almost any opportunity to rebuy the franchise’s movies every time they’re reissued in new editions. The UK division of Fox Home Entertainment is counting on that by re-releasing the Blu-rays for both trilogies in new SteelBook packaging.
First off, before you ask, these are the same discs as previously released on Blu-ray, just repackaged. ‘A New Hope’ through ‘Return of the Jedi’ are still the abhorrent “Special Edition” versions with the worthless new scenes and stupid CGI additions. Anyone holding out hope for the original theatrical versions can keep waiting.
The discs are split between two sets, one for the Prequel Trilogy and one for the Original (altered) Trilogy. These house the same content as the two earlier Blu-ray “trilogy” packages. The bonus features previously exclusive to the Complete Saga box set remain so, and will not be found here.
Here’s what the SteelBooks look like:
I’m not sure how I feel about the “painted” artwork. It looks a little… I don’t know… amateurish to me.
In any event, I made a decision not to buy the ‘Star Wars’ movies again until the original theatrical versions are properly restored. I passed on the Blu-rays previously and will do so again. The SteelBook packaging isn’t enough to lure me over to the Dark Side.