‘Star Wars’ films to be released on Blu-ray in 2011

Deleted scene in 'Return Of The Jedi' to feature as part of package

The six Star Wars films will be released on Blu-ray next year, director George Lucas has revealed.

The new Blu-ray editions will feature deleted scenes, including a sequence from Return Of The Jedi where Luke Skywalker makes his green lightsaber.

Lucas announced the news in an interview with Jon Stewart, adding that the original trilogy Blu-rays will use the special edition film remasters from 2004.

According to Collider.com, the director said that releasing the originals on Blu-ray is “kind of an oxymoron because the quality of the original is not very good.”

He added: “You have to go through and do a whole restoration on it, and you have to do that digitally. It’s a very, very expensive process to do it. So when we did the transfer to digital, we only transferred really the upgraded version.

“We’ve been wanting to do it as soon as we possibly could, but we just wanted to do it when enough people would be able to buy it and see it. We’ve been working on them for quite a while, but still, there are pipelines. Unfortunately, the recent releases get priority over what we call the classic versions of things.”