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Star Wars Released on Digital HD

Get ready, because yet another version of the Star Wars saga is going to be released. For the first time in the entire galaxy, The Star Wars Digital Collection will be released on Digital HD. That means all six films from the original trilogy and prequels combined will be available on Digital HD beginning Friday, April 10.

“Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation. 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.” –  Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios.

“We’re thrilled that fans will be able to enjoy the Star Wars Saga on their digital devices wherever they go. These films broke new ground in technology, design, sound, and visual effects, and we’ve created some very special bonus material which delves into the Saga’s rich history, including new and never-before-released conversations between legendary Star Wars artists – the masters who helped George bring his iconic universe to life.” – Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

This release means that for those of us who have refrained from pirating the movies digitally, we will now be able to watch our favorite tale from a long time ago and a galaxy far away on any device we like, any where we like. So whether you are traveling on a plane or a star destroyer, you can watch two droids save the universe over and over again.

This release will come with never-before-seen special features including Star Wars: Discoveries from Inside, classic extras from each film, and interviews with key contributors from the entire film franchise.

For more information: Star Wars Digital Collection

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Stormtroopers Present Boy with 3D Printed Prosthetic

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Thanks to a 3D printer and some uncharacteristically friendly Stormtroopers, a Georgia boy in need of a new arm now has a totally epic prosthetic that would make even Luke Skywalker green with envy.

Imperial Troopers from the 501st Legion’s Georgia Garrison took full occupation of the Augusta cinema where 7-year-old Liam Porter just finished watching a movie and surprised him with a completely customized prosthetic arm.

Liam’s new arm was modeled after the technology used in the Star Wars films and television series, and includes a clamp as well as a rail system that is used to slide on different functional attachments.

The prosthetic took creator and 3D printing enthusiast John Porter a total of $300 and 3 months to build.

3D printers are able to print out plastic parts from online designs. Peterson got the idea to create prosthetic after coming across e-NABLE, an online community of people who use 3D printers to create prosthetics. He used a free design template available there to create Liam’s arm.

Once the prosthetic was completed Peterson then recruited the Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion’s Georgia Garrison to bring the surprise together.

The group is a volunteer Star Wars cosplay organization that attends charity events and entertains children in hospitals. They even do security for Star Wars related events.

The Empire has declined to comment on this heartwarming act of treachery at  this time.

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If Darth Vader Drove A Car…

west-coast-customs-vader-ride-02If the Sith Lord, Darth Vader, drove a car, this would be it! In the latest edition of Velocity Channel’s Inside West Coast Customs, huge Star Wars fan Ryan Friedlinghaus, was tapped by Lucasfilm & ILM to create a Star Wars themed car. After an initial design meeting with top ILM designers, it was decided that West Coast Customs would build a car that Darth Vader would want to drive. The result was this tricked out Volkswagon Passat “Vader Car” equipped with red glowing lights and black matte trim over a black glossy finish.

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“This was one of those ones that was obviously very personal to me. I mean, words can’t express how excited I was to build this car, and to get the reaction that I got today, I think it hit home. We didn’t overdo it where, I was worried, you know, if do we too much its gonna just look cheesy, it’s not gonna represent the brand the way we want to represent it. This car you can actually get in and drive it. People will look at it and say ‘Wow, that’s and awesome car.'” -Ryan Friedlinghaus

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The car will be on display in Orlando at Star Wars Celebration VI from August 23rd-26th and you can win tickets to go see it. All you have to do is visit either the West Coast Customs or Star War Celebration VI websites to enter.

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I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This

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So in a promotional tie-in with the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, French burger chain Quick has created two Star Wars inspired burgers. Now, I love Star Wars promotional tie-ins as much as the next geek. I remember going to Pizza Hut just to collect the stickers and drink toppers that were promotional items when Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace first opened in theaters back in 1999. However, there is something about messing with my food, that irks me.

Now the “Dark” burger, looks like it will be an edible choice. It’s basically a double cheeseburger on a bun topped with black and red sesame seeds. But then you have the two other burgers that are part of this promotion; the “Jedi” burger and the “Dark Vador” burger.

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Why would anyone want to eat a burger that looks like it is stuffed between two large pieces of charcoal? Because that is what this “Dark Vador” burger looks like. The “Jedi” burger is kind of suspect because those look like marshmallows? They could be really huge roughly chopped onions, but either option is not appealing. Given the amount of suspect “white pellets” that you see in the picture, if those are marshmallows, then ewww, (which would offend me as a Star Wars fan because I think adding marshmallows to a burger inspired by Jedi implies that Jedi are soft!) and if those are onions, yuck and don’t kiss anybody after you have a bite of that!

I’m kind of glad this burger is only available in France for a limited time. I REALLY hope the fast food chains here don’t try to duplicate the idea. Fast food here is bad enough.

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Star Wars Kinect Bundle Xbox 360

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If there ever was an Xbox bundle that was mandatory for console lovers everywhere, then this is it! The new Star Wars themed Xbox comes complete with a console made in the style of R2D2 (it even makes his droid noises!), a C3P0 styled controller, and a limited edition white Kinect sensor. The bundle will be priced at $449, but will come with copies of Star Wars Kinect and Kinect Adventures.

Using the classic droid designs makes this custom limited edition appealing to both female and male gamers alike. Gizmodo was able to take an exclusive inside look into the making of the console set, and what went into the design construction.

The bundle was officially announced on opening day of ComicCon. It will come with the largest HDD Xbox has ever released at 320GB

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Star Wars Meets Fencing at Milan Fashion Week

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Designer Thom Brown made a bold move using a mixture of Star Wars influence with fencing for the spring and summer 2012 Moncler Gamme Bleu Collection. Models marched down the runway to the strains of John William’s soundtrack to the movie while dressed in fencing outfits that looked more like storm troopers, imperial uniformed personnel, and of course Darth Vader.

Source: LA Times

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