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Early-access app teases Star Wars Blu-ray set

Can't wait until September 16 for the arrival of "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" on Blu-ray? Fans can now get their most detailed sneak peek yet with a free early-access app for iOS.


We're a little more than a month away from the arrival of "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" on Blu-ray, and Lucasfilm is continuing the recent Comic-Con buzz by offering the most detailed sneak peak of the set to date with Star Wars Blu-ray: Early Access App.

September 16 will bring the nine-disc Blu-ray set to store shelves, and Lucasfilm publicity poobahs have effectively been hyping the set since CES in January. Most recently, they made a buzz at Comic-Con by unveiling a trailer of the restored deleted scenes included in the set.

The free early-access app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch offers an early look at the more than 40 hours of bonus footage and other material included in the Blu-ray collection. The app gives Force devotees peeks at matte paintings and concept art; prop, maquette, and costume turnarounds; supplementary interviews with cast and crew and other feature previews.

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The anti-George Lucas crowd likes to go on about how he continually finds ways to repackage the Star Wars series to keep making money, but this seemingly very thorough box set seems a worthy effort. These movies had to join the Blu-ray generation, and--if this app is an indication--Lucasfilm is giving the store away with the 40-plus hours of bonus items.

The only remaining question I have is which diehard fans reading Star Wars Blu-ray updates will be the first to sit for the better part of two days watching every minute of the bonus items straight on through until they see the sun again?