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CES: Vader invades Vegas to pump Blu-ray set

Amazon.com starts discounted $89.99 preorders for the nine-disc "Star Wars" Blu-ray set, as Darth Vader does Vegas (with the help of executives from Amazon and Fox).

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Out in Force: The Dark Lord hit Vegas with some very powerful pointing. Tim Hornyak/CNET

LAS VEGAS -- He came, he pointed, he mock-choked people.

Darth Vader descended on CES with a pack of Imperial Stormtroopers, as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced the availability of preorder sales of the complete "Star Wars" saga on Blu-ray, with shipping in September.

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Fox President Mike Dunn and Amazon Vice President of Music and Video Bill Carr joined the Dark Lord on stage to screen a new trailer for the Blu-ray package, which creator George Lucas announced last August at the Celebration V fan convention.

"Star Wars: The Complete Saga" on Blu-ray, officially $139.99 but available through Amazon for a discounted $89.99, includes the six "Star Wars" films, plus three additional discs that have more than 30 hours of special features with unseen deleted and alternate scenes.

The release marks the first time that all six films are available in one collection. Two other three-disc packages feature Episodes I-III and IV-VI, respectively.

Vader posed for pictures after his stage appearance, pointing at awed fans and giving Dunn a friendly choke. He then disappeared, presumably for a bit of gambling before boarding his Imperial shuttle.

Check out the trailer for "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" on Blu-ray below.