Star Wars Original Trilogy on CED

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope



Release Date: August 1982
Retail Price: $34.98/Free
Trailers/Extras: None

One of the most anticipated titles of RCA's short-lived Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED) format. Released in the summer of 1982, Fox was the first studio to charge over $30 for a single disc release, fans gladly paid. There are two known label variations of ANH on CED. The "20th Century Fox" label was pasted on both white (left) and light blue (middle) cases and are both relatively common. The "CBS/Fox" label was pasted on darker blue (right) cases and exists in fewer numbers than the aforementioned Fox releases. As far as I know, the "CBS/Fox" release only came in dark blue cases (as pictured above).

A New Hope was given away as a promotion by RCA with the purchase of an early Selectavision player (around $300).

In 1982, the time limit for a CED was 60 minutes per side, so 120 minutes over the entire disc. The running time of the film surpassed this limit and rather than cut footage, it was decided to speed the film up. Because of this, the film plays back 2.54% faster than all other releases. All three films were released on CED in Pan & Scan format only.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back



Release Date: November 13, 1984
Retail Price: $29.98
Trailers/Extras: None

Although ANH was released on CED with a $35 price tag, it became clear over the next two years, that fans weren't going to accept this as the new price point popular movies. As a result, Fox never released another CED above the $30 price point. Luckily, CED's time limit was increased to 62 minutes a side (124 minutes in total), so ESB would have just barely fit on a single disc without being sped up. All three films were released on CED in Pan & Scan format only.

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi



Release Date: February 25, 1986
Retail Price: $39.98
Trailers/Extras: None

Return of the Jedi was released during the final months of the CED format, making it one of the harder discs to get ahold of. RCA actually stopped the production of Selectavision players in 1984, only 3 years after being made availible to the public. However, the sales of discs were higher than expected, so RCA decided to allow the production of videos to continue until fall of 1986. ROTJ was one of the few CED films to be released as a 2-disc set. There are two known case variations, dark blue and white (as shown above). All three films were released on CED in Pan & Scan format only.

The Making of Star Wars (as told by C-3PO and R2-D2) & SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back



Release Date: 1983
Retail Price: $24.98
Trailers/Extras: None

This release combined the two documentaries "The Story of Star Wars" and "SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back" onto one CED (presumably one per side). This release provided a kind of "sneak peak" of ESB, as it contained footage from the film, even though it hadn't been released at the time. Released in Pan & Scan format only.