'Star Wars' Movie Series Gets First Digital HD Release on April 10

All the six movies from 'The Phantom Menace' to 'Return of the Jedi' will be made available for download on major online retailers starting this weekend.

AceShowbiz - After long negotiations, "Star Wars" saga is coming to digital platforms for the first time ever. Disney which acquired George Lucas' production company in 2012 for a reported $4 billion finally strikes a deal with 20th Century Fox, which released the original six movies, to bring the classic sci-fi franchise to online retailers like Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.

The complete series from "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" to "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" will be made available along with some extra bonuses on Digital HD starting Friday, April 10. The release comes ahead of J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" which is set for a December 18 release.

"Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation," said Disney Studios' chief Alan Bergman. "It's only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we're very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time."

"We're 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."

In anticipation of the digital release, Disney drops a trailer and TV spot.

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