Star Wars set to be released in 3D on Blu-ray

Light sabres will soon be swooping out of our TVs and into our living rooms, because this spring, Star Wars is set to be released in 3D on Blu-Ray DVD.

According to iMediaMonkey, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, could be released in 3D on Blu-Ray in just a few months time, thanks to Panasonic’s recent deal with LucasFilm.

Last year, Panasonic was the only AV manufacturer which sold the Star Wars Blu-Ray with their Blu-Ray players and home cinema setups.

A statement on the Star Wars website said: “The cutting edge conversion will take that immersion to the next thrilling level.”

The Phantom Menace has just been released in 3D at the cinema and Lucas hopes to continue releasing the Star Wars saga in this format.

It is thought that he will release one film a year, starting with this year’s, The Phantom Menace.

However, despite how popular the sci-fi films are, the recent 3D adaptation has received mixed reviews.

One of the positive reviews was from British actor Simon Pegg (Star TrekShaun of The Dead ) who tweeted ‘Watching TPM (The Phantom Menace) in 3D would be like the car actually crashing into your face as opposed to just unfolding before your eyes’.

Whereas Philip French from the Guardian wrote, ‘It will take more than 3D to save this lumbering Stars Wars prequel.’

It was thought that Lucas delayed converting the galactic adventure films into 3D because he wanted to wait until there were enough screens available to show them.

It was estimated that 3D movies boosted the UK box office takings by 8% last year, with films including Alice In Wonderland, Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After, proving to be big hits at the cinema.

It will be interesting to see how popular the 3D, Blu-Rays will be with Star Wars fans. Tell us what you think about the new 3D Star Wars film via Twitter, or on our new Facebook page.

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