The Star Wars saga will be coming to iTunes this week. Here’s what you need to know about the re-release.
Believe it or not, this is the first time that the Star Wars movies will be available on a digital platform, and it’s really no surprise that iTunes is the one to get it. Lucasfilm announced that all six Star Wars movies will be available to purchase on iTunes either as a complete set or individually.
Not only will users be able to watch the movies digitally, but the films will also come with special bonus material, like behind-the-scenes looks and commentary from various folks who worked on the movies, including the cast.
Again, this is the first time that users will be able to watch the Star Wars movies without them being on VHS or DVD. You can now finally download all six movies without it being illegal.
If you want to know more information about the release of the Star Wars saga on iTunes, here are some things you need to know.
The Star Wars saga will release on iTunes later this week on Friday, April 10, which is actually the same day that the Apple Watch will go on pre-order and when the new MacBook will launch to the public.
You can pre-order the Star Wars movies right now, so that you can get to downloading them when Friday comes along and have something to watch during the weekend.
iTunes shows that each of the six movies are priced at $19.99 each. However, a price for the complete collection isn’t known yet, although Vudu (who will also have the Star Wars saga available digitally) shows a price of $90 for the complete collection.
This isn’t a bad price to pay at all for these movies, especially considering that the Blu-ray version is available on Amazon for the same price.
Unfortunately, iTunes will not have the movies available for rent, according to the New York Times.
There is a lot of bonus material to be had when you get the digital version of the Star Wars saga, including like “Discoveries from Inside” for each movie, and “Conversations” that let you watch contributors to the movies talk about their time on the set and what it was like working on Star Wars.
Other content includes behind-the-scenes footage, as well as a handful of deleted scenes from each movie.
The Star Wars saga will not only be available on iTunes, but it will also be available for purchase on several other digital content stores as well, including Google Play, Amazon, Vudu, Xbox Video, PlayStation Store, and through Verizon FiOS.
Pricing will vary depending on what service you decide to go with, and while iTunes doesn’t show an option to buy the complete saga at a discounted price, other storefronts like Vudu will offer a complete collection for less than what you would pay for all the movies individually.
In any case, this should hold you over until Episode VII releases, which won’t be until later this year on December 18.
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