'Star Wars' Series Comes To Blu-ray Next Year, Deleted Scenes (And More) In Tow

Last week and all through the weekend, I sat and watched the Internet (and my Twitter feed) jealously as "Star Wars" fans from across the globe gathered in Orlando, Florida for Star Wars Celebration V. Note to Lucasfilm: bring it to NYC already!

The biggest news of the show came on Saturday during the so-called "Main Event," a one-on-one discussion between franchise creator George Lucas and Comedy Central fake news superstar Jon Stewart. Here it is: "Star Wars," both of the trilogies, will finally be released as a Blu-ray box set next year. There's no specific release date (just fall 2011) or price listed, but fans who have been clamoring for hi-def adventures in a galaxy far, far away (yo!) will at long last get their wish. In addition to the usual assortment of commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, retrospectives and the like, we'll also be getting some unstated amount of deleted scenes, stuff that just hasn't been seen before.

Like what, you ask? Hit the jump for a sampling, a scene cut from the beginning of "Return of the Jedi" in which Vader uses the Force to communicate with Luke, who is holed up in a cave on Tatooine building a new lightsaber.