The force will soon be with you for the first time on digital platforms.
Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilms Ltd., and 20th Century Fox announced the digital release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection Monday and will be available for purchase Friday, April 10.
This is the first time in the saga’s storied history the films will be available for purchase on digital HD platforms. Some of the platforms include iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, PlayStation Store and Verizon FiOS.
“We’re thrilled that fans will be able to enjoy the Star Wars saga on their digital devices wherever they go,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement reported by USA Today.
All of the iconic films, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available for purchase and will contain never-seen-before interviews, behind the scene footage, and bonus features about designs, costumes, and more.
“These films broke new ground in technology, design, sound, and visual effects, and we’ve created some very special bonus material which delves into the saga’s rich history, including new and never-before-released conversations between legendary Star Wars artists, the masters who helped George bring his iconic universe to life,” Kennedy said as reported by www.starwars.com.
Eric Geller, a writer for the Star Wars fan site TheForce.net, said the digital release of the Star Wars films plays a big part in the new generation of Star Wars fans.
“If you want to reach new fans where they live, it has to be with digital media,” Geller said as reported by USA Today, “So much of what we’re seeing right now, from (the animated TV series) Rebels to comics, is about both preparing people for The Force Awakens and building a universe that can fill their newfound Star Wars needs.”
The release of this special collection comes in much anticipation for the new Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is set to release Dec. 18.