'Star Wars' 3D coming to theaters in early 2012

"Star Wars" is heading back to the theaters next year, Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox reveal. "Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace" will be in 3D on February 10.

The creator of "Star Wars," George Lucas.
The creator of "Star Wars," George Lucas. Lucasfilm

"Star Wars" will be entering the third dimension in less than a year, Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox have revealed.

The studios announced yesterday that "Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace" will be coming to theaters on February 10 in all its 3D glory. Purists will be happy to hear that Lucasfilm is guaranteeing that the conversion to 3D is "being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions."

Lucasfilm first announced its intention to bring the "Star Wars" saga to 3D back in September. The studio is expected to release the films in chronological order, thus its decision to start with Episode 1. The films are slated to be released in each subsequent year. So, if Lucasfilm can keep to that schedule, you should be finding yourself watching the movies in 3D through 2018.

If you need a "Star Wars" fix sooner than that, Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will launch the complete saga on Blu-ray on September 27. The films are coming in a 9-disc set and feature over 30 hours of special features. The box set sports a retail price of $139.99, but savvy shoppers can nab it on Amazon.com for $89.99.

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