Alright, nerds, listen up! George Lucas is about to give you something else to complain about. The long-anticipated announcement that the Star Wars films are coming to Blu-Ray is finally here, courtesy of head Lucasfilm nerd-wrangler Steve Sansweet, who revealed the news at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo this weekend. Money quote:
"We have been at work for a couple of years working on -- I won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff -- but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material. We're finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about... there are some real treasures."
No word on a release date, beyond "the not too distant future." Of course, Lucas has been publicly planning a super-duper Blu-Ray release of the six films since 2007. And we don't know if this next planned release will include additional "adjustments" or "enhancements," as has been rumored, though it's probably safe to say we won't be getting anything of Greedo-shot-first magnitude. Nor do we know whether the original theatrical versions (where Han shoots first) will be included. (One would hope so.) And it's not clear how, if at all, this dovetails with the supposed plans to redo the six films in 3-D.

All of which is to say that any hope of anything "definitive" from this Blu-Ray release is probably in vain (as Sansweet all but said). With that in mind, who's lining up for this? Despite my frustration with the neverending attempts to gouge more money from fans, I feel like Star Wars is a must-own for a fan with a Blu-Ray player. A 3-D theatrical release, however, I may boycott.