Star Wars not slated for Blu-ray--yet

What films would propel you to buy a high-def player, today?

I admit it: I tingle at the prospect of seeing lightsabers clash and the Death Star explode in high-definition. Contrary to recent musings on the Web, though, Vader, R2-D2, Yoda, and the rest of the classic Star Wars gang aren't coming soon to a Blu-ray Disc player near you.

The musings stem from this listing on The page is not an actual product listing; rather, it's a placeholder page for customers to sign up for an email alert when the item listed--the Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) on Blu-ray Disc--becomes available.

Unfortunately, according to John Singh, spokesperson for Lucasfilm Ltd., "Lucasfilm Ltd. has no plans to release any of the Star Wars movies on Blu-ray or HD DVD. Listings on or any other Web site are purely speculative and erroneous."

Twentieth Century Fox, Lucasfilm's distribution partner for the Star Wars films, is a staunch Blu-ray proponent. Fox's own content is exclusive to Blu-ray Disc. also has a speculative listing for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy on HD DVD. New Line Cinema hasn't discussed its plans for Lord of the Rings , beyond hinting at CES that the trilogy is in the works. New Line's parent company is Time Warner, also parent company of Warner Brothers. Warner supports both Blu-ray and HD DVD. declined to comment on how the shopping site generates such pages (perhaps, they do so based on search inquiries from users?). Also unclear is why's sign-up pages for both Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings already have user reviews posted--for products that don't yet exist.

For me, if either of these films came out in high-def, I might hasten my shift to an all-high-def universe at home. Without them, well, in the meantime, I'm waiting--impatiently--for 1080p TV prices to drop. What about you? What films would propel you to buy a high-def player, today?

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