Star Wars: Episode I will become the first Star Wars movie released in the popular DVD format when it comes out Oct. 16, Lucasfilm and Fox announced. The two-disc DVD release will feature more than six hours of additional material, including exclusive documentaries and never-before-seen footage. It will be priced at $29.98 in the United States and $41.98 in Canada.
The DVD will feature a digitally mastered edition of the movie, with THX for superior sound and picture quality, the companies announced. Special features will include the first-ever running commentary by Lucas, a deleted-scenes documentary with seven new sequences completed just for the DVD, and an hour-long documentary culled from more than 600 hours of behind-the-scenes footage.
The DVD will also include an interactive featurette, with a glimpse into the process of creating scenes from storyboards to animatics to final film composites; original theatrical trailers and TV spots; a gallery of never-before-seen cast and crew photos; the 12-part Web documentary series; and five featurettes that offer an insider's look at the movie's storyline, design, costumes, visual effects and fight scenes.