Star Wars Saga Coming to Digital HD
One of the biggest film franchises in history is finally coming to digital HD. Disney, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox are releasing all six Star Wars films on numerous digital platforms including iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, Amazon, Xbox Video, Playstation Store and Verizon Fios beginning April 10.
In addition, each film will include two new, never-before-seen bonus features: Star Wars: Discoveries from Inside and Conversations, which involves sit-downs between key contributors from across the entire franchise. Conversations topics include “The Star Wars That Almost Was” on Revenge of the Sith and “The Lost Interviews” on The Empire Strikes Back. Additional special features that were already available on previous video releases will be included as well.
Buzz for the Star Wars franchise was already high with a new film coming out in December (The first in 10 years) and with the release of the first six digitally, it looks like it’s going to be a great year for Disney and Lucasfilm.
“I am thrilled that fans will be able to enjoy the Star Wars Saga on their digital devices wherever they go,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “These films broke new ground in technology, design, sound and visual effects, and we’ve created some very special bonus material which delves into the Saga’s rich history, including new and never-before-released conversations between legendary Star Wars artists – the masters who helped George bring his iconic universe to life.”
Of course, for any diehard Star Wars fan, it should be noted that these versions will be the same that were included on the Blu-ray and not Lucas’ original cuts. Sorry fanboys.
Lucasfilm has milked just about every penny they can out of video releases of the Star Wars franchise so the next logical step for making even more money was in the digital format. Now 9-year-olds can watch the original Star Wars for the first time on their tiny smart phone screens. Just as Mr. Lucas intended his sci-fi epic to be seen.
Expect Three More ‘Fast & Furious’ Movies
This just in: Furious 7 is making a lot of money. In fact, it’s making record-breaking amounts of money and despite the heartfelt ending that paid tribute to the late Paul Walker, (and could have been a fitting ending to the entire franchise), Universal is of course planning to make more movies.
The plan was always to finish the franchise at a whopping 10 movies which means we can look forward to three more Faster and Furiouser movies. As for who will direct it is undecided. Justin Lin, who made 3-6, is busy making Star Trek 3 and while Furious 7’s James Wan signed a two-picture deal, he’s about to start production on The Conjuring 2 meaning he wouldn’t be available until next year.
Wan, who didn’t have any experience in the action genre, seemed to handle the transition just fine so it might just be a matter of finding someone to keep the car on the road (To use a Fast & Furious analogy). It’s not like these guys put their own artistic stamp on a Fast & Furious movie. Although Lin seemed to hit his stride with 5 and 6.
As for actors, Dwayne Johnson, who was glaringly absent for the majority of Furious 7, is on a film-by-film contract since he’s in demand at the moment. Vin Diesel will obviously be back as well as Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris and there are rumors that Eva Mendes could return to the franchise. She previously appeared in 2 Fast 2 Furious and a post-credit scene in Fast Five.
This series seems to be immune to the old “Jumping the Shark” tagline because they’ve sort of embraced the ridiculousness and it’s actually resulted in better movies ironically. I don’t know how they can keep topping themselves but it sounds like they intend to keep making better movies according to producer Neal Moritz.
“The story is going to have to be something enticing for all of us. It has to be as good as or better than Furious 7.”
Yeah, because we go to these movies for the story.
No Post-Credits Scene in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
A long-running staple of the MCU beginning with Iron Man back in 2008 has been the post-credit scene and they’ve been as important and exciting as the reveal of Thor’s hammer at the end of Iron Man 2 to as innocuous but equally brilliant as the shawarma scene at the end of The Avengers. Either way, they’ve always been that great final gift hidden under the Christmas tree. Unfortunately, we won’t be getting that gift at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
In a recent interview with EW.com, director Joss Whedon confirmed that after many discussions with Marvel head Kevin Feige, they couldn’t come up with something that would top the shawarma scene so they decided to do nothing.
“It didn’t seem to lend itself in the same way, and we wanted to be true to what felt right,” said Whedon. “The first rule of making a sequel is take the best moments and do something else. Don’t do the Indiana Jones gun trick again differently. Just go somewhere else. Don’t try to hit the same highs, because people will sense it.”
There will however be a brief, epilogue-like scene that pops up shortly after the credits begin — as is tradition with Marvel movies according to Feige just not “a post-post-credits scene.”
So you’ve been warned by Whedon himself. “We want people to know so they don’t sit there for 10 minutes and then go, ‘Son of a bitch! I’ll kill them!'”
Disappointing, but good to know.