DVD Force goes high-def

On Sept. 16, die-hard fans of the six-film "Star Wars" saga can have one-stop shopping: The entire series will be released on Blu-ray. It will include the six films and extensive extra material from the Lucasfilm archives: vintage documentaries, commentaries, interviews, retrospectives and more. There is something for every generation in the 40-plus hours of features. Early fans might remember the 1977 "Making of 'Star Wars'" documentary, which included interviews with director George Lucas and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. A special-effects documentary in 1980 was hosted by Hamill. For more recent fans, there are "'Star Wars" spoofs from TV's "Family Guy," "How I Met Your Mother" and more. There also will be separate sets for Episodes I-III ("The Phantom Menace," "Attack of the Clones," "Revenge of the Sith") and Episodes IV-VI ("Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi"). Lucasfilm plans to release a 3-D version of "The Phantom Menace" in theaters next year.

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Out Tuesday: "Black Death," "Blue Valentine," "Cougars, Inc.," "The Hit List," "I Saw the Devil," "The Illusionist," "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," "McMillan & Wife" (Season 3), "No Strings Attached," and Blu-rays of "Big Business," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "The Horse Soldiers," "Misfits," "Some Like It Hot," "Something Wild," "V.I. Warshawski."

GAME

Wii dropping to $150

As expected, Nintendo is dropping the price of its Wii console to $150 and shuffling the contents of its bundle. It had been listed for $200, although discounts have been widely available recently. The console now will come with "Mario Kart Wii" and a Wii Wheel driving accessory instead of the "Wii Sports" and "Wii Sports Resort" games. The move comes as Nintendo prepares to unveil the next version of its console in June. Various leaks about the Wii 2 suggest it will have high-definition output, an optical drive that handles 25-gigabyte discs (Blu-ray?) and a new controller with a touch screen. Nintendo has sold more than 86 million Wii consoles since its launch in 2006. It debuted at $250 and dropped to $200 in 2009.

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GADGET

Save some energy

Belkin has some smart new accessories to reduce or eliminate the "vampire" or "phantom" power drain of electronics. Up to four USB-powered mobile devices can simultaneously be plugged directly into its Conserve Valet Smart USB Charging Station ( $40 at www.belkin.com, Amazon and Best Buy). As many as three sit neatly on its rubbery, nonslip top. The gadget can turn itself off when all the devices' built-in batteries have been recharged. This saves you the thought and bother of unplugging the gear. Belkin's Conserve Switch AV ($50) is a surge protector with two outlets that remain "always on" for connected devices such as digital video recorders, wireless routers, modems and phones. It also has eight switched outlets to which you'd connect devices like a TV or DVD player. All can be simultaneously clicked off with the single push of a companion wireless remote switch.

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short circuits New and noteworthy experiences among DVDs, video games, gadgets and the Web. DVD Force goes high-def On Sept. 16, die-hard fans of the six-film "Star Wars" saga can have one-stop shopping: The entire series will be released on Blu-ray. It will include the six films and extensive extra material from the Lucasfilm archives: vintage documentaries, commentaries, interviews, retrospectives and more. There is something for every generation in the 40-plus hours of features. Early fans might remember the 1977 "Making of 'Star Wars'" documentary, which included interviews with director George Lucas and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. A special-effects documentary in 1980 was hosted by Hamill. For more recent fans, there are "'Star Wars" spoofs from TV's "Family Guy," "How I Met Your Mother" and more. There also will be separate sets for Episodes I-III ("The Phantom Menace," "Attack of the Clones," "Revenge of the Sith") and Episodes IV-VI ("Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi"). Lucasfilm plans to release a 3-D version of "The Phantom Menace" in theaters next year. McClatchy News Service Out Tuesday: "Black Death," "Blue Valentine," "Cougars, Inc.," "The Hit List," "I Saw the Devil," "The Illusionist," "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," "McMillan & Wife" (Season 3), "No Strings Attached," and Blu-rays of "Big Business," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "The Horse Soldiers," "Misfits," "Some Like It Hot," "Something Wild," "V.I. Warshawski." Game Wii dropping to $150 As expected, Nintendo is dropping the price of its Wii console to $150 and shuffling the contents of its bundle. It had been listed for $200, although discounts have been widely available recently. The console now will come with "Mario Kart Wii" and a Wii Wheel driving accessory instead of the "Wii Sports" and "Wii Sports Resort" games. The move comes as Nintendo prepares to unveil the next version of its console in June. Various leaks about the Wii 2 suggest it will have high-definition output, an optical drive that handles 25-gigabyte discs (Blu-ray?) and a new controller with a touch screen. Nintendo has sold more than 86 million Wii consoles since its launch in 2006. It debuted at $250 and dropped to $200 in 2009. Seattle Times Gadget Save some energy Belkin has some smart new accessories to reduce or eliminate the "vampire" or "phantom" power drain of electronics. Up to four USB-powered mobile devices can simultaneously be plugged directly into its Conserve Valet Smart USB Charging Station ( $40 at www.belkin.com, Amazon and Best Buy). As many as three sit neatly on its rubbery, nonslip top. The gadget can turn itself off when all the devices' built-in batteries have been recharged. This saves you the thought and bother of unplugging the gear. Belkin's Conserve Switch AV ($50) is a surge protector with two outlets that remain "always on" for connected devices such as digital video recorders, wireless routers, modems and phones. It also has eight switched outlets to which you'd connect devices like a TV or DVD player. All can be simultaneously clicked off with the single push of a companion wireless remote switch. Philadelphia Daily News