Star Wars, all of them, on DVD

Here’s The Almost Official Word on the Star Wars On DVD Rumours
Given that this weekend marks the debut of the all-digital “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” in theaters, it’s only appropriate to give you all a rundown of the Star Wars DVD situation. There are many “new” reports appearing in the press about this (stirred up for obvious reasons), but there’s no real news to be found. At least nothing those of you who have been following the subject forever don’talready know.
But for the rest of you, the basic story is this. Elements of the Episode II DVD have already been in production for many months. The DVD will be a 2-disc release, patterned very closely after the recent Episode I DVD. That means you can expect the film in anamorphic widescreen video on Disc One, along with Dolby Digital 5.1 EX surround sound and THX-certification. Word is Lucas and company are also planning another trip to the audio commentary booth for the DVD. Disc Two is likely to feature another “behind-the-scenes” documentary, along with a number of deleted scenes completed for the release, trailers and TV spots, the Episode II web documentaries and more.
The title IS expected to be released later this year, probably in October or November (latest word is you’ll have it before American Thanksgiving).
Lucasfilm has also basically suggested that it’s likely Episode III will be released on DVD without delay after that film appears in theaters in 2005.
As for the original Star Wars films, Lucas has himself confirmed that he’s filmed additional scenes (during the production of these prequels) that he intends to add into Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi to “complete the Saga the way he always envisioned it”. He’s also expected to enhance and/or replace more special effects sequences with CGI and make other refinements to the original films. These “ultimate” versions are what will eventually find their way to DVD (there’s no word as to whether or not he’ll also include the unaltered theatrical versions – those of us who grew up with them certainly hope so). Lucas has also stated recently that he and his crew didn’t create as much “making of” material during the production of the original trilogy, so it will take time to compile new material for the eventual DVD release. And while he’s working on the prequels, time is something he doesn’t have a lot of. What that means, is that you shouldn’t expect the original films to appear on DVD until sometime after the release of Episode III in 2005.
And that is, more or less, the best and most up-to-date information available on the subject of the Star Wars films on DVD. We’ll be sure to keep you appraised as the production of the Episode II disc continues. You can reasonably expect official details to begin appearing from Lucasfilm later this summer.