Friday April 10th, 2015 shall be a day of nostalgia for many nerds. Never mind, real nerds will still have VHS and DVD copies of all the Star Wars films. Casual star wars fans...you know, those who sold their copies of the films and their Chewbacca action figure years ago, may find themselves enjoying the epic sci-fi saga once again. The movies will be available for download from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu on that day, the first time they will have been available for digital download.
Specifically, the Blu-Ray versions of all six films will be available for sale, not rental. So if you own the original version of A New Hope, without the CG editing, you still have something special that people can't see anywhere else, yet. With the new downloadable versions, you'll get never-before-seen special features. So there's an extra incentive to buy for hardcore fans.
Just as the original trilogy was revamped and became part of the marketing campaign of episodes 1, 2 and 3 over a decade ago, all of the previous episodes are going to be available in high-def before Episode 7 and 8 eventually hit big screens. Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens will debut this winter and Episode 8 will arrive in 2017.
There are plenty of fans who would encourage new viewers to avoid the latest 3 episodes, possibly with the exception of the 3rd, Revenge of the Sith. Many of the same fans criticized the sale of the Star Wars brand to The Walt Disney Company, which was announced in 2012. The Force Awakens will be Disney's first attempt to appease the nerds and I have to admit, the short trailer for episode 7, which includes nothing about the plot (besides some Millennium Falcon action), is friggin' exciting! The film stars much of the original cast, including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. There's no way it could be any worse than episode 1 or 2 right?!