In case you haven’t heard of the Star Wars Celebration, it’s a semi-yearly official Lucasfilm event that travels the world, celebrating all things Star Wars. This year, the 5th such event was held August 12-15 in Orlando FL and was timed to mark the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back.
Culminating the event’s four days of parties, featuring cast and crew celebrities, fans, costumes, music, live entertainment, autographs, collectibles, and a myriad of Star Wars panels, was Saturday’s ‘Main Event’ featuring an hour-long one-on-one discussion between George Lucas and Comedy Central’s king of fake news, John Stewart. During their give and take, some rather big news was dropped on fans in attendance.
Lucas announced that both Star Wars trilogies would be getting the full Blu-ray box set treatment next year. Fans have been clamoring for high-definition Star Wars goodness for some time, though it would seem they still have a while to wait, as the box sets are set to release sometime in Fall 2011. No exact date was set, nor were prices for the box sets announced. However what was announced was that in addition to the standard cast commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and retrospectives, fans will also be treated to some amazing deleted scenes.
To get a taste of what’s in store for next year, be sure to hit the jump and check out an especially cool deleted scene from Return of the Jedi. In this deleted scene we see Luke building a replacement lightsaber in a cave somewhere on Tattooine. As he works, C3-P0 appears to stand guard outside while Vader and the Emperor attempt to locate him using the force. Enjoy!