Star Wars trilogies now available online, but not on demand

For the first time ever, all six Star Wars films are now legally available to download online.

The first movie in the saga – which came out almost 40 years ago – and its sequels have long been available on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray. However, despite being loved by geeks all over the world, they’ve only just made the journey to the digital age.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find them on subscription services such as Netflix. Instead, digital retailers like Amazon, iTunes, the Google Play store and Vudu will be your ports of call, and you’ll have to buy the movies outright, either individually or as a collection.

To sweeten the deal, all six films come with bonus features, such as deleted scenes, documentaries, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the sets, miniatures, and models.

Why now? Well, Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox want to build anticipation for the release of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, which is the next title in the series, arriving in cinemas this December.

“It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time,” said Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman.

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The entire HD collection is up on Amazon for a fairly lofty £59, while each individual movie will set you back £11.99. Google Play has slightly undercut its rival, offering five of the movies (everything except ‘A New Hope’) for £9.99 each.

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