Star Wars fans who want to see the entire franchise in 4K Ultra HD may finally have their prayers answered in the form of a fancy new (and presumably very expensive) box set. Lucasfilm has yet to release all of the movies in a galaxy far, far away in the preferred format of fidelity junkies. Yet, it feels like an inevitability. The question is, when will this happen and how will it happen? It looks like the when is early next year and the how is a new collected edition that includes every single Star Wars movie to date.
We must caution right up top that this is just a rumor for the time being. It should be regarded as nothing more until Lucasfilm weighs in. That said, a new report claims, around the time The Rise of Skywalker arrives on home video, which will be sometime in early 2020, the studio will also release a complete Star Wars saga 4K Ultra HD box set. This will be the first time that every movie in the franchise has been collected in such a set, which would make this a pretty big deal. Especially since it would also mark the arrival of the original trilogy and the prequels in 4K.
The report notes that the timing works out for a few reasons. Aside from the fact that director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, billed as the final movie in the Skywalker saga, will be hitting home video, 2020 will also mark the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. What better way to celebrate than with a new 4K release? There's also the matter of the Star Wars movies taking a break for a few years, with the next installment not set to arrive until December 2022.
Releasing a massive box set such as this would be a great way for Lucasfilm to capitalize while we wait for the first movie in the new trilogy from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. We also know that Disney+ is launching later this year. The platform won't be able to include every Star Wars movie at the start, due to a pre-existing contract Disney has in place that allows for the movies to run on cable. So releasing this box set wouldn't necessarily be taking away any business from the new streaming service either.
It's well worth mentioning that this report makes it clear they don't expect Disney and Lucasfilm to release the original, unaltered cuts of the original trilogy with this box set. It's been made clear in the past by the Lucasfilm brass that this is something they aren't planning on doing. Granted, that would give a lot more people a really good reason to shell out for this. While this report only makes mention of a box set, we would imagine all of the movies would get individual 4K releases as well. This news was first reported by The Digital Bits.