Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (R2) in October - Extras in detail

Fox Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith for 31st October 2005. This two disc release will complete the DVD releases of the Star Wars Saga.

We can expect an anamorphic widescreen transfer and a Dolby Digital 5.1EX soundtrack.

Extras will include:

  • A brand-new, full-length documentary produced by Lucasfilm Ltd
  • Two new featurettes; one exploring the prophecy of Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One, the other providing an in-depth look at the movie’s eye-popping stunts
  • A 15-part collection of Lucasfilm’s groundbreaking “web documentaries.”
We also expect at least one audio commentary, deleted scenes and trailers, plus a playable demo from the Star Wars Battlefront II videogame making its debut the same day.

The Region 1 edition will debut on 1st November with identical features (details here).

The following snippets from the press release elaborate more on the DVD and included extras...

The centerpiece of the bonus materials is Within a Minute, a newly produced feature that offers unprecedented insight into the complexity of creating a single 49-second sequence of Revenge of the Sith. From pre-production artists to costume designers, from camera operators to make-up artists, from sound designers to musicians,

Within a Minute showcases the massive amount of work that goes into one short sequence. This one-of-a-kind journey was created from more than 600 hours of material gathered throughout the process of making Revenge of the Sith and is hosted by Episode III’s producer, Rick McCallum. “There are hundreds of names and jobs in the end credits of Revenge of the Sith – but hardly anyone understands just what all of those people do and what an enormous contribution they make to the movie,” said Tippy Bushkin, the documentary’s director. “By focusing on less than 60 seconds of the movie, Within a Minute is almost a ‘mini-film school’ in which Rick and George examine the entire the process of making Episode III in a fun and fascinating way.”

In addition to Within a Minute, the Revenge of the Sith DVD offers a host of special features that illuminate the process of creating the epic interstellar adventure. Among them are deleted scenes that bring new perspective to the Star Wars saga.

“The deleted scenes include one that fans have been waiting a long time to see, one that shows Yoda arriving on the swamp-planet of Dagobah, where Luke Skywalker meets him The Empire Strikes Back,” Ward said. “George worked with Industrial Light & Magic and Episode III Producer Rick McCallum to finish most of these scenes with complete visual effects and sound design, and they bring a new perspective to the movie.”

The DVD bonus features also include a newly recorded audio commentary featuring Lucas and key members of the movie’s crew. In addition, the DVD offers a pair of brand-new featurettes – “The Chosen One” and “It’s All for Real” – that look at two of the movie’s most popular aspects: Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader; and the creation of the amazing stunts in the climactic lightsaber duel between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

In REVENGE OF THE SITH, the Clone Wars rage, widening the rift between Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and the Jedi Council. Young Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is caught in the middle, his allegiances torn. Seduced by promises of power and temptations of the dark side, he pledges himself to evil Darth Sidious, becoming Darth Vader. Together, the Sith Lords set in motion a plot of revenge against the Jedi. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) tries to turn Anakin back to the light side, leading to a climactic lightsaber battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy.

Below we have a look at the artwork...

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