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Star Wars Extravaganza: 40 Hours on Blu Ray (Watch!)

In a galaxy far, far away, long, long ago — say 1977 — the “Star Wars” sci-fi blockbuster and its sequels ruled the box office, raking in more than $4.3 billion worldwide from fans. Now all six films are available on Blu-Ray plus 40 hours of extras.

The set includes three additional discs of extras, with in-depth bonus supplements and extensive special features.

They include never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, and the 9-disc set also draws from an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives.

The first disc, with Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace, contains audio commentary from George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires.

Star Wars Series Film Grosses

Title Domestic Overseas Total
Star Wars, Phantom Menace $ 431.1M $ 494.4M $925.5M
Star Wars, Attack of the Clones $ 310.7M $337.6M $648.3M
Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith $ 380.3M $468.1M $848.4M
Star Wars, A New Hope $461.0M $339.1M $798.0M
Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back $ 290.2M $ 243.7M $533.9M
Star Wars, Return of the Jedi $309.1M $263.7M $572.9M

There are also archival interviews with the cast and crew of each film on their respective discs.

The Star Wars Documentaries disc contains eight features, including a tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts.

Another feature, conversation with the masters, includes Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams, who look back on the making of “The Empire Strikes Back.”

The in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm was created to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie.

There’s also a feature of hilarious Star Wars spoofs and parodies, including outrageous clips from “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

“Star Wars Tech,” another feature explores the technical aspects of vehicles, weapons and gadgetry in the films.

It includes interviews with scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers, engineering and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars technology.

The collection is available on pre-order at amazon.com. Save $50 off the retail price, or 36 percent, if you take advantage of a special offer through TheImproper. The price will be $89.99. Click the button to the left.

The first film, shot in 1977, actually became part “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” in the series.

The film became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, and was followed by two sequels, released at three-year intervals.

Then, 16 years after the release of the trilogy’s final film, the first in a new prequel trilogy of films was released, again in three-year intervals. The final film was released on May 19, 2005.

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