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Lucasfilm is releasing the ‘Star Wars’ movies digitally for the first time

Now there's nothing stopping you rewatching all six movies before 'The Force Awakens' comes out.

 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Apr 7, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 3:29 am CDT

Beginning this Friday, you’ll be able to buy all six Star Wars movies on platforms like iTunes and Google Play, including a handful of new special features.

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This is the first time Star Wars has been available on digital platforms, and it gives fans a good eight months to re-watch them all before The Force Awakens comes out.

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The digital release includes George Lucas‘ controversial modern edits, such as the infamous addition of Hayden Christensen as the ghost of Anakin Skywalker in Return of the Jedi. Re-releases of the so-called “Special Edition” are unpopular with Star Wars purists, but some fans will undoubtedly be won over by the digital release’s new bonus features. These range from DVD-style featurettes and deleted scenes to an R2D2 avatar if you download all six movies on Xbox Video.

With Star Wars Day (May 4th) in less than a month and a new The Force Awakens trailer just around the corner, this digital release is a smart move from Disney and Lucasfilm. They don’t want anything standing between them and everyone’s new desire to rewatch the entire franchise.

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*First Published: Apr 7, 2015, 8:12 am CDT