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Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith (2005)
IMDb Rating 8.0
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Ewan McGregor Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman Padmé
Hayden Christensen Anakin Skywalker
Ian McDiarmid Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Samuel L. Jackson Mace Windu
Jimmy Smits Senator Bail Organa
Frank Oz Yoda (voice)
Anthony Daniels C-3PO
Christopher Lee Count Dooku
Keisha Castle-Hughes Queen of Naboo
Plot
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).

The Star Wars Family Tree (click for larger image)
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 battle droids.

But then it all changes.


Star Wars Time Line (click for larger image)

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

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Stills from Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (click for larger images)


Anakin turning to the dark side

When Wookiees attack

Yoda, Jedi master

Mr. and Mrs. Vader

Saber training with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen

The cast

Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Fantasy; Sci-Fi
Director George Lucas
Producer Rick McCallum
Writer George Lucas
Studio 20th Century Fox
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 140 mins
Movie Release Date 5/19/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 545
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/3/2006
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 024543203094
Release Date 11/1/2005
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: DD-EX 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2
Extra Features
Disc One
Commentary by George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, and Roger Guyett

Disc Two
Six never-before-seen Deleted Scenes created just for this release, with introductions by George Lucas and Rick McCallum

All-new-full-length documentary "Within A Minute" gives you the most on-depth look ever into the filmmaking process for a Star Wars movie by examining everything that went into making less than sixty seconds of Episode III

Take an inside look at the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker as he transforms into Darth Vader in the exclusive featurette "The Chosen One"

Witness firsthand the extreme training involved in creating the most intense Jedi action battle of the saga in the exclusive featurette "It's All For Real"

Go behind the scenes of the making of Revenge of the Sith in an unparalleled 15-part web-documentary collection

"A Hero Falls" music video featuring John Williams' "Battle of the Heroes" track

Theatrical teaser and launch trailer and 15 TV spots

Theatrical posters and print campaign from around the world

Never-before-seen Production Photo Gallery with special caption features

Access a special Xbox® playable demo with two entire levels from the new Star Wars Battlefront II and Star Wars Empire at War

DVD-ROM weblink exclusive Star Wars content
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