Star Wars Blu-ray launch sees The Empire invade London

Scarier than Anthony Daniels in a leotard?

UK Star Wars fans today became the first in the world to get their hands on The Complete Saga on Blu-ray and Lucasfilm used the launch to kick of a week of events in the capital. 
Darth Vader and a sinister fleet of Stormtroopers took to the streets of London for an Imperial March - beginning at St. James’ Park and ending at HMV on Oxford Street. 
Tomorrow Anthony Daniels (come now padawan, he's C-3PO!) will meets fans at the grand opening of the HMV at the new Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford, where he'll be signing copies. 
Daniels revealed this week that he thought Star Wars was “ridiculous” when he first read it. 
"I hated sci-fi. I thought Star Wars was ridiculous when I first saw the script. A princess without a kingdom, a couple of blokes, a couple of robots and a big hairy thing?” he told The Mirror, before adding: “But I grew to love it. George Lucas was a genius - smarter than Shakespeare.” 
He also said that he was originally signed to secrecy because the studio wanted the audience “to believe C-3PO was a real robot” and that he only wore a leotard under his costume to film during the very hot English summer.
On Thursday 15 September Daniels will press a button from inside an official launch party at the BT Tower. The result will be to project a giant blue light from the top of the building, turning it into the world’s largest lightsaber.
Will this be enough to match the words of Darth Vader and “be a day long remembered”? Or will most London fans see that light and think “Noooooooooo!” 

So are you watching Star Wars on Blu-ray right now? Or are you waiting for the 3D edition that's in the works? Or are you going old-school and rocking the untouched VCR classics? Below, tell us, you must!


    • Hadouken76

      Sep 12th 2011, 20:37

      Breaking 2017 Lucas will release The 40th anniversary golden boxset of the boxsets boxset, the entire cast will be removed and replaced by those from the Clone Wars series and each disc will cost £200. It will be named the "Star Wars: The Grasping Edition"

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    • PanicLord

      Sep 12th 2011, 20:41

      Actually, pre ordered my box set and it arrived Friday! Watched all 6 over the weekend. All the new ones much better than I remembered, and look STUNNING on Blu Ray (although Attack Of The Clones is a bit eye watering with every digital set). End of TPM good, last 1/2 of AOTC very good, and I really enjoyed ROTS as much as the classic trilogy. Old ones cleaned up a little with some impressive quality - although some outside shots (eg sand dunes with C3PO at the start of New Hope) looking a bit dodgy still. And the new No? Completely unnecessary but actually, I found it worked quite well!

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    • StevePotter

      Sep 13th 2011, 0:21

      I must ask why it was released in the UK first, if Star Wars was an American film. Oh well.

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    • ObiMart76

      Sep 13th 2011, 1:43

      Imagine if every film was CGI-tinkered with.. Marty McFly in a CGI 1955, Indy running from 12 stone balls & 40,000 Amazonians), Maverick & Goose made to be flying a raptor instead of a tomcat (with the carrier captain sporting a CGI toupee). Lucas lost it a long time ago. Why doesn't he understand, these films were awesome at the time & (the originals) still are - thats what makes them classics. And, no no no, Solo will always shoot first in my book & Bobba Fett is not from Oz...!!!

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Sep 13th 2011, 11:04

      @StevePotter: It was released in the UK first because that's where it was filmed. @ObiMart76: right on all counts, Solo will always shoot first and Boba Fett is not from Oz... cause he's a Kiwi.

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Sep 13th 2011, 11:10

      @Hadouken76: You forgot to add that Vader will be rewritten as the Emperor's gay submissive lover and that the taboo Luke/Leia love scene will be reinstated.

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 13th 2011, 19:11

      Got mines yesterday, watch The Phantom Menace..........and it still sucked. Although Darth Maul is still a badass.

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