Just in time for my 34th birthday on September 25th, Lucas plans to the original Star Wars Trilogy on DVD. Reuters reports:
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “Star Wars Trilogy,” one of the most-requested DVD episodic film franchises, is expected to be released as a four-disc DVD box set Sept. 21.
A global rollout on DVD is expected within days of the domestic release, according to Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
The trilogy, featuring the classic franchise films “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” will be released on three DVD discs, with a fourth disc likely to hold a newly made documentary about the “Star Wars” franchise and never-before-seen footage, among several other bonus materials, said Jim Ward, Lucasfilm’s vp marketing and distribution and the DVD trilogy’s executive producer.
Bring it on, George… Bring it on.
Well, as the Oracle said, “Everything that has a beginning, has an end” and so ends the January 6th rumor concerning the release of Revolutions.
Try for April — and wait for that box set to follow.
According to one of our sources, rumors that THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS is to be released on home video this coming January 6 are completely inaccurate. The studio is nowhere near to having a master cut of the DVD release of REVOLUTIONS, with work continuing on the title over the holidays and beyond.
“I can unequivocally tell you that its NOT coming out then,” writes our source, the identity of whom we’ve established but they prefer to remain anonymous. The scooper then goes on to report that MATRIX producer Joel Silver is working on the REVOLUTIONS DVD process right now and that mastering a final cut of the DVD is an ongoing process. “What the retailers probably received was the date they can preorder the DVD,” adds our informant.
And with that comes an end to the REVOLUTIONS by January rumor.
Just received this update from IGN Filmforce
Final installment of the trilogy to hit home just after Christmas.
The Matrix Revolutions is coming home, a little faster than many people might have thought. The final chapter in the trilogy by the Wachowskis will be hitting stores on January 6th, 2004, according to a notification that was sent out to certain retailers earlier today. No word on special features to be included on the disk.
More to come
Cinescape - MATRIX REVOLUTIONS to go on sale in early January
IGN Filmforce - Matrix Revolutions Comes Home
Richard C. Wilson, Jr's Episode III update by way of www.darkhorizons.com
Star Wars: Episode III: LatinoReview talked with Hayden Christensen for his upcoming film "Shattered Glass" and he commented on the final prequel which he wrapped filming the other month - "It still has to reach out to a specific audience, but it will be substantially darker than the previous films. I will say, on the record, the final fight sequence in this film will, in my opinion, and not having seen any of it cut together, should surpass any fight sequence that has been put on film so far. It’s the longest, I can’t give you specifics, but it is quite the bad-assed fight scene. Nick Gilliard has done an amazing job instilling an arc of story in the fight. It justifies, because you know Anakin and Obi-Wan have it out, but Anakin is the chosen one-he is supposed to be the best. But he comes out on the shorter end of the stick in the fight. It justifies it really nicely as the fight progresses". Thanks to 'Kellvin'.
Another Richard C. Wilson, Jr. update. This time about the Lord of the Rings Trilogy Screenings being hosted across the country to commemorate the release of Lord of the Rings : Return of the King.
To find out if the marathon is happening in your neck of the woods, go to the Official LOTR site.
This information comes from a press release from our local movie megaplex, the Rave.
LORD OF THE RINGS SPECIAL SHOWING INFORMATION DALLAS, TEXAS - Rave Motion Pictures is proud to announce that three of its theaters will play the special extended editions of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS. This will be the big screen debut for both versions.
In addition, a trilogy ticket will be available for Tuesday, Dec. 16 for patrons to see both extended editions and an advance showing of the epic’s conclusion THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING.
THE RETURN OF THE KING will open nationwide Dec. 17 at 12:01 a.m.
Only 100 theaters in the U.S. will host the unique showings. The following RMP theaters were selected:
Pensacola 18 – Pensacola, Fla.
Jefferson Pointe 18 – Fort Wayne, Ind.
Colonel Glenn 18 – Little Rock, Ark.
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE THURSDAY, OCT. 9 AT THE BOX OFFICE AND ONLINE AT 12 P.M. CST.
The following is a generalized schedule, as exact show times are pending:
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
Dates: December 5-11
Running Time: 3 hours 29 minutes
Price: Regular admission applies (check your local box office)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS
Dates: December 12-15
Running Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Price: Regular admission applies (check your local box office)
TRIOLOGY TICKET – ONE TIME ONLY ALL DAY EVENT
Running Time: Fellowship of the Ring and Two Towers same as above, Return of the King TBD.
Price: $25 per person for all three films.
Keep checking this website for more information or e-mail Nikki Daniel at email@example.com
Another update from Richard C. Wilson, Jr. by way of www.darkhorizons.com
The Matrix Revolutions: There's been releases in the same week or so worldwide, there's occasionally the odd same day release - but in a new stunt to help ensure the sci-fi tale breaks the records on paper, Warners will be releasing "Revolutions" all around the world simultaneously - early morning in the US, afternoon/evening in Europe & Africa, and during the night across Asia - god help those fans in Hawaii and Tahiti. Here's the relevant part of the release: "Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will unveil THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, the final explosive chapter in the blockbuster MATRIX trilogy, at the exact same moment in time in every major city around the world on November 5. This unprecedented distribution scenario will make the highly anticipated film available to fans simultaneously at 6 a.m. in Los Angeles, 9 a.m. in New York, 2 p.m. in London, 5 p.m. in Moscow, 11 p.m. in Tokyo and at corresponding times in over 50 additional countries worldwide". Thanks to 'CaptainRoz' & 'SirMickus'.
Notes from my movie buff friend and co-worker Richard C. Wilson, Jr.:
Star Wars Trilogy (DVD): Finally, the classic original series trilogy may at last be coming to DVD in order to help the buzz for "Episode Three". The Digital Bits reports that Lucasfilm is so happy with the format of their upcoming "Indiana Jones Trilogy" DVD set hitting shelves late October that they're rumoured to be planning to use the same style to release the classic Star Wars films. This would mean a four disc set with one film on each, plus a fourth disc with extra features for all three films. Work is believed to have already begun with a 4th Quarter 2004 release date being targeted. For now though this is still rumour, nothing official has yet come from Lucasfilm about this. Thanks to 'FanHalen'.