Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection Comes to iTunes

Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection on iTunes

iTunes has been missing something for a very long time — Star Wars movies. Now you can own all six Star Wars movies for $89.99.

I grew up on Star Wars. I remember seeing the original 1977 Star Wars movie in the theater. Despite not winning major awards, the movies are extremely popular and very valuable. They are a cultural phenomenon. Their presence has been noticeably scarce on downloading and streaming services, such as iTunes. If you wanted to see a Star Wars movie, you pretty much had to buy it on DVD or Blu-Ray. Since I abhor Blu-Ray, I couldn’t bring myself to be locked into that format.

Today, this has changed. iTunes now offers the complete Star Wars movie collection for $89.99. This price is only available for a limited time. I highly recommend buying it as soon as possible, because the deal won’t last long. I missed out on owning the Godfather trilogy for $9.99, so I purchased Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection immediately.

Viewers can choose either the HD or SD versions of Star Wars for the same price. Obviously, one should purchase the HD version. You can always download the SD version later. For example, like many people, I have a slow Internet connection during peak hours. Even though I have purchased the Star Wars movies in HD, I can watch them almost instantly in SD on my Apple TV. You can configure iTunes video quality settings for Apple TV by selecting Settings > iTunes Store and then toggling Video Resolution. Keep in mind, if your Apple TV is set to Standard Definition, purchases will be made with this resolution. Downgrade video quality only after you have purchased it, or make the purchase on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer (ensuring that the HD version is selected).

These Star Wars movies are the newer digital editions, which have garnered criticism from many Star Wars aficionados. George Lucas actually changed some of the scenes in the original Star Wars movie, including Han Solo’s famous scene with Greedo in the cantina.

I am not bothered by these alterations. I also don’t hate the three newer prequels. Sure, they aren’t as good as the original three movies, but they aren’t Water World either. Having discussed this with Star Wars fanatics, I am simply wrong and not entitled to an opinion. The new movies actually get decent ratings on iTunes and Rotten Tomatoes. I think people expected more, and were annoyed by Jar Jar Binks. Star Wars always had a Muppet/Sesame Street element to it. Yoda even sounds like Grover.

I am just happy to own Star Wars and look forward to watching all the movies in the proper order. I rarely buy movies. Renting them and watching them once is enough for me. Star Wars is different. I really wanted to own it for some time, but I dislike optical media. I can finally add these movies to my iTunes library and share them with my family! You can also buy this same collection on Google Play, Amazon and other downloadable media stores.

Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection contains the following movies:

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

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2 thoughts on “Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection Comes to iTunes

  1. When you bought these do the movies appear individually after you purchase them? How do the files look afterwards?

    • Yes, the movies are individually “packaged” so you can download and watch them one at a time. The files are stored in the iTunes Store and are protected by DRM. That said, between Apple’s family sharing and the ability to authorize iTunes on any computer, you can download and play them just about anywhere. You may have to install iTunes on a computer to do this.

      The movies are about 6 GB each and the quality is amazing. It’s hard for me to tell the difference between an HD iTunes movie and a Blu-Ray, although the latter offers better quality in terms of using less data compression. I can tell the difference between a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu and a Blu-Ray.

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