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An avalanche of Star Wars fans crashed the official website created to reveal the features of the upcoming Blu-ray box set of the saga.

At 11pm Wednesday (Sydney time), when the countdown wound down to zero at maythe4th.starwars.com, the site went blank.

The Star Wars Facebook page became a forum of discontent with fans using lines from the films to express their disappointment.   

Anyone trying to access the page were either greeted with a “Not Found” error message or redirected to the Fox Movies pages.

Soon a message from the administrator of the Star Wars Facebook page, which was getting 500 “Likes” a second during the drama, posted an update.

“Once again our fans are # 1! We mobilized at an incredible rate and crashed the servers! We hope to have the site up soon, but in the meantime, stay tuned to Facebook as we’ll continue to post more exciting info about the Blu-ray release!” the statement said.

The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy packagingThe Star Wars Blu-ray films will be available in an original trilogy pack, a prequel trilogy pack and a complete saga boxset.

They will be released on September 14.

20th Century Fox chose yesterday as the day to reveal the details of the Star Wars Blu-ray package because it was known among fans as Star Wars Day – May The Fourth Be With You.

Once the official site was back up and running at about 12.20am Thursday (Sydney time) we thought we were going to be given the full reveal.

But after the screen finally loaded the video started playing but barely a few seconds into it froze again. This time a smaller screen appeared and said “Share to reveal more”

This meant anyone who wanted to see more video had to share it on social networks first. Judging by what was being said on the Star Wars Facebook more than 13,000 people had to share the link before it would be completely unlocked.

Not the best approach especially for those who had already waited an hour and a half.  And then we were faced with yet another delay with the “share to reveal” rule.

The Star Wars Original Trilogy Blu-ray packagingThere will be more than 40 hours of special features on the nine-disc Complete Saga box set.

As expected the extra features include extended and deleted scenes from both the prequel and original trilogy.

The Star Wars: Complete Saga in Blu-ray will be presented in widescreen with 6.1 DTS Surround Sound.

  Special features include:

DISC ONE – STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE

  • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob  Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires
  • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC TWO – STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES

  • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob  Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow
  • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

The Star Wars Complete Saga Blu-ray packagingDISC THREE – STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH

  • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John  Knoll and Roger Guyett
  • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC FOUR – STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE

  • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
  • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC FIVE – STAR WARS: EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

  • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
  • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC SIX – STAR WARS: EPISODE VI RETURN OF THE JEDI

  • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
  • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC SEVEN – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES I-III

  • Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and  costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary  interviews with cast and crew; a flythrough of the Lucasfilm Archives and  more

DISC EIGHT – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES IV-VI

  • Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and  costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary  interviews with cast and crew; and more

DISC NINE – THE STAR WARS DOCUMENTARIES

  • NEW! Star Warriors (2007, Color, Apx. 84 Minutes) – Some Star Wars fans  want to collect action figures…these fans want to be action figures! A  tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organization of Star Wars costume  enthusiasts, this insightful documentary shows how the super-fan club  promotes interest in the films through charity and volunteer work at  fundraisers and high-profile special events around the world.
  • NEW! A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years  Later (2010, Color, Apx. 25 Minutes) – George Lucas, Irvin Kershner,  Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams look back on the making of The Empire  Strikes Back in this in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm created to help  commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie. The masters discuss and  reminisce about one of the most beloved films of all time.
  • NEW! Star Wars Spoofs (2011, Color, Apx. 91 Minutes) – The farce is  strong with this one! Enjoy a hilarious collection of Star Wars spoofs and  parodies that have been created over the years, including outrageous clips  from Family Guy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother and more — and don’t  miss “Weird Al” Yankovic’s one-of-a-kind music video tribute to The Phantom  Menace!
  • The Making of Star Wars (1977, Color, Apx. 49 Minutes) – Learn the  incredible behind-the-scenes story of how the original Star Wars movie was  brought to the big screen in this fascinating documentary hosted by C-3PO  and R2-D2. Includes interviews with George Lucas and appearances by Mark  Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
  • The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (1980, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Learn the  secrets of making movies in a galaxy far, far away. Hosted by Mark Hamill,  this revealing documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the  amazing special effects that transformed George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars  and The Empire Strikes Back into reality!
  • Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) –  Go behind the scenes — and into the costumes — as production footage from  Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this  in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilized by George Lucas  to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film. Hosted and  narrated by Carrie Fisher and Billie Dee Williams.
  • Anatomy of a Dewback (1997, Color, Apx. 26 Minutes) – See how some of  the special effects in Star Wars became even more special two decades later!  George Lucas explains and demonstrates how his team transformed the original  dewback creatures from immovable rubber puppets (in the original 1977  release) to seemingly living, breathing creatures for the Star Wars 1997  Special Edition update.
  • Star Wars Tech (2007, Color, Apx. 46 Minutes) – Exploring the technical  aspects of Star Wars vehicles, weapons and gadgetry, Star Wars Tech consults  leading scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers,  engineering and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars  technology based on science as we know it today.