5 Reasons to Avoid Buying Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection

Dave Parrack 23-04-2015

Star Wars is almost universally beloved by geeks around the world. Sure, it may be more space opera than science fiction Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Which Is More Technologically Advanced? We pit Star Trek against Star Wars to find out which is more technologically advanced. What do you think? Read More , and sure, the Prequel Trilogy may have been so underwhelming as to undo a lot of the good of the Original Trilogy, but Star Wars is still legend.


However, that doesn’t mean you should buy the six movies (and counting) on every platform as and when they’re offered up for sale. In fact, you’d do well to give Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection, which is now available on a range of digital platforms, a very wide berth indeed. Here’s why.

Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection

Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection is the digital release of all six existing Star Wars movies. This represents the first time you can officially own the movies in a digital format, giving fans another option in addition to the VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray releases from yesteryear.

Alongside the six films — A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith — come a host of bonus features, including cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes documentaries.

Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection is available from a host of different online retailers, including Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and plenty of others. Prices vary, but average out at around $90 for the full collection, and $20 for each individual film.

So, everything sounds good on paper, but here are five reasons we recommend you don’t buy Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection


These Aren’t the Movies You’re Looking For

We start with the biggest crime of all: these are not the original movies. Instead, these are the re-released versions with all the various unnecessary changes George Lucas felt compelled to make in the 30-some years since the originals first wowed audiences watching in movie theaters.

This means Greedo shoots first, even though we all know Han shot first. Han also stands on the tail of the newly computer-generated Jabba the Hutt, in what will never be a convincing scene to anyone who has working eyeballs. These aren’t the movies you’re looking for, they’re the movies George Lucas ruined.

I Find the Lack of Quality Disturbing

OK, so these movies are presented in digital HD, which isn’t at all bad, and any comparisons to VHS are a little cruel. But still, these versions of the Star Wars films don’t look as good as their Blu-ray equivalents, and are probably closer in quality to upscaled DVDs.

This isn’t anyone’s fault, not even Disney’s, it’s just that the compression needed to fit these movies into manageable files means the finer details are lost in translation. Why would you want to watch one of the greatest movie series of all time in anything less than the optimum format?


The Nostalgia Is Weak in This One

This might sound strange to anyone under a certain age who has watched all of the Star Wars movies in one giant binge-watching session A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More at some point in their teens. But for those of us over a certain age, there is a considerable amount of nostalgia attached to these movies.

Which is why the lack of the Fox fanfare at the beginning of any of the digital versions of these films, with the exception of A New Hope, is so annoying. We get it, Disney now owns Star Wars, but that doesn’t mean Mickey and his pals should rip away an important part of our childhoods. That damn mouse.

No Collection Is Worth This

We have already mentioned the pricing of this digital release, which sees each film going for around $20, and the collection going for around $90. That is not cheap, especially when one of the films being hawked is the dreadfully dire Attack of the Clones.

Sure, Disney paid $4 billion to acquire Lucasfilm, and needs to make that money back somehow. But shafting the loyal fans who have already probably spent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on DVDs, Blu-rays, toys, games, and other merchandise doesn’t seem like the fairest way to achieve this.


It’s a Trap!

Last, but not least, is the undeniable fact that physical beats digital every single time. While you may like having digital copies of your favorite movies, television shows, music albums, books, and games, you shouldn’t just abandon those hard copies while making the transition.

You never actually own digital copies of entertainment media, you merely acquire a license to access them. And if you ever get bored of Star Wars you can’t simply sell these on eBay 11 Critical Tips on How to Sell More on eBay eBay is one of the top online shopping sites. You may be a seasoned seller on eBay, or you may have just started with your eBay seller career, these tips can help boost your profits. Read More as you could the DVDs or Blu-rays. You’re paying top dollar for something you don’t own and can never sell on. Bargain!

So, Will You Be Buying?

You have now read why we don’t think you should buy Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection, but perhaps you have other ideas.

Have you already purchased it, and are now regretting your decision? Do you disagree with any or even all of our arguments against this release? How do you feel about the new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens?


Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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  1. Kirsty Finchett
    January 19, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Buying digital for my 6 yr old so he can't trash my discs ?

  2. Truth
    August 24, 2017 at 6:00 am

    So right! Disney hides behind it's bright colors and light theme's, but really there just another company with demonic levels of greed, just like the oil industry, and the Pharmaceutical companies.

    • CJ
      September 23, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Disney has nothing to do with this. Fox still owns the distribution rights to Episodes 1-6!!

  3. Wm. P
    December 19, 2015 at 4:03 am

    I bought the original trilogy on VHS, then the Soecial Edition on VHS,!theb both trilogies in DVD, then both again on Blue Ray. The DVDs are at
    My office so I can watch (usually just listen to) them and Blue Rays at home. I am getting them on ITunes so I (and my boys) can watch on 8-phones,computer and tablets whenever and wherever we want. 6 movies for $90 is not a bad price and digital does not get scratched or chipped like disks

  4. Roboto
    December 8, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    It would be nice to have an larger-format version (say 4K) for this price. Being that there's no overhead to package or sell digital, there should be a price difference from Bluray.

    Also, it must make a ton of fans mad that the artwork for the digital bundle is wrong. Darth Vader with a blue saber? Who at Disney made this mistake!

  5. John
    May 22, 2015 at 5:10 am

    I don't know what to think about these digital versions.From the way it sounds,people WILL get the shaft in purchasing one or all six.Maybe I should pass on it this time.Besides,Star Wars films are supposed be like rock concerts,to blow you away and leave unforgettable memories.

  6. Rob
    May 2, 2015 at 3:21 am

    These are some good points but I suppose I'm going to buy anyway. I haven't bought a copy since the VHS special edition and lets face it nobody is going to go back and do the work to get those to look decent. I suppose at this point if I want to watch them all again, paying for these is more worthwhile than figuring out how to get a used VHS hooked up to my modern TV. I've avoided blu-ray. I'm not much for managing physical media these days, though I do wish that digital came with a price break.

  7. Anonymous
    April 26, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Actually, the example of being able to sell your DVD's, and Blu-Ray's isn't very compelling since most of these go for dirt cheap. The only reason not to buy, if you don't already own them, is to avoid the Lucas remakes. The original's can only be found on VHS. I used to own the VHS copies, but my lovely-adoring wife (eyerolls), sold them without my knowledge. I went to view them one year, and they were just gone. Not knowing about the controversy with Lucas and the Original Star Wars I purchased the DVD's; thinking that this is great, they've gone digital. Now I own a worthless set of DVD's that will only move if I give them away.

    • OnlyGeek
      April 29, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Young Padawan, the versions you refer to are also available on laserdisc and limited edition DVDs.

      Mind you, these unedited cuts are straight from the laserdisc, so they are letterboxed instead of anamorphic and look pretty shoddy.

      Then again, I can't understand all the hate towards the CGI editions.

  8. Xoandre
    April 24, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    When I can stop by my local department store and find the DVDs in the $5 bin, bring them home and clone the disc to my computer for a whopping $30 plus tax (even though I already have episodes 1-3), why should anyone in their right mind want to spend nearly $100 for digital copies of flawed and altered movies?

    Even the originals aren't worth the $100 price tag to a general public that has grown used to $8.99/month for UNLIMITED movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime....

    "Ownership" is not what it claims to be. These films are not the films worth that much money.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 25, 2015 at 9:04 am

      I couldn't agree more. The whole thing feels like a simple money-making effort, rather than delivering what the fans want. Which is how the marketing people have spun it.

  9. dark passenger
    April 24, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Any REAL fan would have the movies on superior quality Blu Rays by now so who is buying these?

    • Dave Parrack
      April 25, 2015 at 9:03 am

      I know I do. It would be interesting to see the sales figures.

  10. kt
    April 23, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    We all think George "toy boy" Lucas was bad...Disney will market the hell out of the franchise! I'm old enough to remember owning a lot of the toys, I freaked out when my buddy got the A.T.A.T. I'll pass on the digital stuff, it's not physical ownership, just like you said.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 25, 2015 at 9:02 am

      While The Force Awakens looks very, very good, I do worry about Disney ruining Star Wars by bombarding us with films, spin-offs, TV shows, and merchandise. You can have too much of a good thing.

  11. dragonmouth
    April 23, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    "But shafting the loyal fans who have already probably spent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on DVDs, Blu-rays, toys, games, and other merchandise doesn’t seem like the fairest way to achieve this."
    Who said life is fair? THESE are precisely the people that will fork over the geld. They've already spent all that money, what is another $100 or so?

    • Dave Parrack
      April 25, 2015 at 9:01 am

      That is true, unfortunately. But that doesn't mean Disney should be charging this much for what are films and special features that already existed.

      Life may not be fair, but it could be fairer!