George Lucas announced at “Star Wars Celebration V” that all six Star Wars films will be released in a Blu-ray box set in fall 2011:
“I wish I could say it was coming out this year,” said Lucas, “but it will come out next year.”
Fans at the event were even treated to a special look at the bonus material: a deleted scene from ‘Return of the Jedi’ thought to have been lost:
The scene has long been talked about online — a sequence that depicts Luke Skywalker assembling his new, green-bladed lightsaber prior to infiltrating Jabba the Hutt’s palace. After completing the Jedi weapon, Luke stashes it in R2-D2’s dome. What makes the Jedi deleted clip so remarkable is that it made it all the way to postproduction before it was cut, so it is a rare example of a cut scene with completed visual effects and music.
Actor Mark Hamill came out to describe the scene, remarking that once again his original introduction in a Star Wars film was cut out (his Anchorhead introduction was, of course, cut from A New Hope). Luke’s intro is purposely played as ominous, with his face cowled in shadows and his intentions unclear.”I had the black cloak, the glove, and I thought, wow, this time around I get to be the antagonist. Little did I know I was predicting the path of the prequels,” said Hamill, noting the similarities to Luke in this scene and Anakin Skywalker’s appearance.
Luckily for those of us who weren’t at “Star Wars Celebration V”, the clip has surfaced online. Check it out after the jump.
Not sure how long this is going to be remain online, so watch it quick.