With the pending release of the Star Wars saga on Blu-ray, those generous people at Lucas Film and 20th Century Fox have now posted a new trailer on-line enabling fans to have a glimpse of deleted footage from Episodes IV, V and VI.
The now almost mythical missing scenes from these movies have existed mainly through the medium of novels, comic strips and stills and can now be seen officially for the first time.
The much mooted inclusion of this footage has been one of Lucasfilm’s major selling points for a box set that will cost viewers £70 during a time when many personal finances are already stretched.
The new trailer consists of a montage taken from the deleted material, including the already premiered lost scene of Luke Skywalker igniting and testing his second light-sabre in a Tatooine cave combined with images of Han Solo and his Rebel Commandos tackling Imperial Storm-troopers with further images of the heroes reunited during a sand storm bringing things to a close.
These films will look stunning in high definition but the trailer indicates that the goldmine of additional footage may not have been given a polish with scratches and grain inherent throughout the trailer.
Here’s hoping that Lucas has remastered this new material, if not, it may be the case that the director is just flogging a dead wookie with fans dipping into their pockets excessively for the bonus material.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) is available on Blu-ray from 12th September 2011.