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starring: Ahmed Best, David Bowers (II), Silas Carson, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Hayden Christensen, Anthony Daniels, Oliver Ford Davies, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Laga'aia, Christopher Lee, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor, Temuera Morrison, Rohan Nichol, Frank Oz, Natalie Portman, Wayne Pygram, Jimmy Smits, Bruce Spence
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Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Brand: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENT
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Label: 20th Century Fox
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Number Of Items: 2
Publisher: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Release Date: November 01, 2005
Running Time: 140 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Theatrical Release Date: May 19, 2005
Sales Rank: 81
The Star Wars saga is now complete on DVD with Episode III REVENGE OF THE SITH. Torn between loyalty to his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the seductive powers of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker ultimately turns his back on the Jedi, thus completing his journey to the dark side and his transformation into Darth Vader. Experience the breathtaking scope of the final chapter in spectacular clarity and relive all the epic battles including the final climactic lightsaber duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan.
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee
Directed By: George Lucas
Running Time: 140 Min.
Format: DVD MOVIE
Ending the most popular film epic in history, Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith is an exciting, uneven, but ultimately satisfying journey. Picking up the action from Episode II, Attack of the Clones as well as the animated Clone Wars series, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), pursue General Grievous into space after the droid kidnapped Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid).
It's just the latest maneuver in the ongoing
Clone Wars between the Republic and the Separatist forces led by
former Jedi turned Sith Lord Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). On
another front, Master Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz) leads the
Republic's clone troops against a droid attack on the Wookiee
homeworld of Kashyyyk. All this is in the first half of Episode
III, which feels a lot like Episodes I and II.
That means spectacular scenery, dazzling dogfights in space, a
new fearsome villain (the CGI-created Grievous can't match up to
either Darth Maul or the original Darth Vader, though),
lightsaber duels, groan-worthy romantic dialogue, goofy humor (but
at least it's left to the droids instead of Jar-Jar Binks), and
hordes of faceless clone troopers fighting hordes of faceless
But then it all changes.
After setting up characters and situations for the first two and a half movies, Episode III finally comes to life. The Sith Lord in hiding unleashes his long-simmering plot to take over the Republic, and an integral part of that plan is to turn Anakin away from the Jedi and toward the Dark Side of the Force. Unless you've been living under a rock the last 10 years, you know that Anakin will transform into the dreaded Darth Vader and face an ultimate showdown with his mentor, but that doesn't matter. In fact, a great part of the fun is knowing where things will wind up but finding out how they'll get there. The end of this prequel trilogy also should inspire fans to want to see the original movies again, but this time not out of frustration at the new ones. Rather, because Episode III is a beginning as well as an end, it will trigger fond memories as it ties up threads to the originals in tidy little ways. But best of all, it seems like for the first time we actually care about what happens and who it happens to.
Episode III is easily the best of the new trilogy--OK, so that's not saying much, but it might even jockey for third place among the six Star Wars films. It's also the first one to be rated PG-13 for the intense battles and darker plot. It was probably impossible to live up to the decades' worth of pent-up hype George Lucas faced for the Star Wars prequel trilogy (and he tried to lower it with the first two movies), but Episode III makes us once again glad to be "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." --David Horiuchi
Say what you will about the new Star Wars films--and plenty has been said already--but the DVDs continue to set the standard for technical excellence. From the opening of the first scene, the Dolby 5.1 EX sound is thrilling, and the picture, transferred directly from the digital source, is fantastic. A commentary track is again provided by a combination of people, including George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, animation director Rob Coleman, and ILM visual effects supervisors John Knoll and Roger Guyett. Lucas admits that the film is political and that he was influenced by Vietnam, but makes no mention of the Bush administration, as is widely speculated.
The main documentary on the second disc is probably the most granular DVD feature ever. "Within a Minute: The Making of Episode III" takes 67 minutes to deconstruct one minute of the film, an excerpt of the duel on Mustafar. The idea is to cover all the aspects that go into creating that minute, from writing to set construction to accounting. Fortunately, many of the concepts such as costumes apply to the movie as a whole, but having producer Rick McCallum tell us the importance of food seems a bit overkill. Two other featurettes are "It's All for Real: The Stunts of Episode III," an 11-minute discussion focusing mainly on the lightsaber duels, and "The Chosen One," a 14-minute examination of Darth Vader's evolution over the six films.
The six deleted scenes were no great loss from the film but are all worth watching. Natalie Portman in particular gets some much-needed screen time as one of the co-plotters of an anti-Palpatine movement, and an early action scene ties in to the Clone Wars animated series. There's also a 15-part series of 5 to 7 minute Web documentaries on topics such as the creation of General Grievous and Ewan McGregor, and an Xbox sampler of Battlefront II (if you're lucky, you can play as Obi-Wan Kenobi cutting through an army of droids) among other supplements. --David Horiuchi
The Complete Star Wars Saga
Stills from Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Rating: - Star Wars
I enjoyed this, but did not like it to the extent that I usually do, at least not to the extent I liked all previous versions of the story--however--upon reflection, I realize that this is the plateau in the story that--in retrospect--set the stage for the rest of the story (other versions), which may be what soured me a little on this one. Oh well!!!
Rating: - revenge of the sith critique
The movie was good because it was a Star Wars movie, but it paled in comparison to the other films, and so, was a little disappointing. It was necessary to make this film to tie the loose pieces of the other episodes together.
Rating: - Star Wars - Episode III
I bought it for my son for Christmas. He loved it.
Rating: - Barely better than a "popcorn" movie.
I have to laugh at many of the reviews that state "Part III is so much better that I and II!!" It is the SAME as I and II, and is more over the top than the Phantom and Clones. When I heard that Spielberg did some of the action sequences, I knew it. Look at the ending scenes, they sum it all up. When discussing the light saber duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin, the powers that be are were probably sitting around a table saying, OK, we will have them fighting an exciting light saber duel! But, ... Read More
Rating: - STAR WARS, AGAIN
WE'RE BIG FANS OF THE STAR WARS "FAMILY" AND HAVE ALL OF THEIR DVDS. IF ANOTHER IS EVER MADE WE'D PURCHASE THAT, ALSO.
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