The force is strong with this one — this date, that is. Every year on May 4 “Star Wars” lovers celebrate the intergalactic franchise with related puns, movie memorabilia and, of course, marathons of the much-beloved movies.
Despite their unbelievable popularity, the “Star Wars” films are not easy to find online, especially after Disney/Lucas Film’s acquisition of the franchise in 2012. Fortunately difficult does not equal impossible.
“Star Wars” fans looking for high quality streams and downloads can rent or purchase all six films — from “Star Wars” (1977) to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015) — via Amazon Video, iTunes, and the Google Play store. Each individual film costs $19.99 to own from Amazon and iTunes, while Google Play prices vary. The first five films are priced the same as iTunes and Amazon on Google Play, though “The Force Awakens” is available to own for just $14.99. Each service also offers a package deal, allowing fans to buy all six films for between $84.99 and $99.99. If you’re not into commitment, you can rent the latest in the multi-part series from Google Play for just $4.99.
Young Padawans looking to get in on the “Star Wars” day fun can head over to Netflix (with the help of an experienced Jedi, of course!) for options tailored to such an audience. While the streaming giant does not currently play host to any of the six films, they do offer several seasons of a cartoon show titled “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” A children’s film by the same name is also available there and on Amazon Video.
With any luck your marathon will hold you over until the release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” Little is known about “Rogue One” at this time, though it is believed that the film — a prequel to “The Force Awakens” — will reveal some major information about Rey (Daisey Ridley) and who her parents may be. During an interview with Sky News last month, actor Mads Mikkelson opened up about his role, revealing that he will be playing Jyn Erso’s (Felicity Jones) father. Realizing that he may have volunteered more information than he should have, Mikkelson quickly closed off further “Star Wars” information. “Rogue One” hits theaters in December.
May the fourth be with you all!