the chosen one"
War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless
Sith Lord, Count Dooku. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere.
In a stunning move, the fiendish droid leader, General Grievous, has swept
into the Republic capital and kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine, leader of
the Galactic Senate. As the Separatist Droid Army attempts to flee the besieged
capital with their valuable hostage, two Jedi Knights lead a desperate mission
to rescue the captive Chancellor...
After 28 years, George Lucas releases the final 'Star Wars'
movie to complete his epic space saga but will this one finally appease
the franchise's loyal and fanatical fans?
With the previous films in the prequel trilogy receiving a
mixed response from fans and critics alike, 'Episode III' had a lot riding
it on and the good news is that it doesn't disappoint. The third movie of
the prequel trilogy always had a to do because so many things that we knew
had to happen needed to occur in this final film and it had to link directly
into 'Episode IV - A New Hope'. This is the film that we had to see the
fall of the Jedi and the rise of the Sith, as the Darkside of the Force
descends over the Republic and the Galactic Empire is born.
The subject matter means that this is easily the darkest of
the all six movies and the most bloody. With lightsaber battles aplenty
and numerous stormtroopers, separatists and Jedi falling to their deaths,
this is not a movie for the really young, especially when you find out how
Anakin ends up in the Darth Vader suit. Fans will rejoice at this however
as they have been crying out for George Lucas to show the true power of
the darkside but this isn't exactly family entertainment, like the other
Fans of the other five movies should already know what is
coming in this movie but you are riveting as the plot unfolds all the same.
Where Lucas succeeds, as he did with the previous films in the prequel trilogy,
is in depicting Palpatine rise to power and the way in which he manipulated
the people around him to achieve this goal. This is the best part of the
prequels and the storyline in 'Revenge of the Sith' lets you see all his
plans come to fruition. It is the way that he pulls Anakin into the darkside
that is so intriguing and heartbreaking. The hero of the first two film's
fall from grace is the driving force of the whole prequel trilogy but it
is Palpatine that drives the entire process. This is Ian McDiarmid's film
and his performance as the Dark Lord of the Sith is one of the best in the
With Ian McDiarmid driving the film, the rest of the actors
have a lot to live up to. While his character maybe digital now, Frank Oz
still brings Yoda to life via his vocal performance. Every time the Jedi
Master appears on screen he grabs you attention and the combination of Oz
and the fantastic digitally created character, we see Yoda as the character
at his best. The responsibility of taking Anakin down the dark path falls
on the shoulders of Hayden Christensen and he does a good job. Some argued
that he doesn't have the talent to deal with this dramatic transformation,
especially after his mixed reception in 'Episode II' but he does raise his
game to portray his character's fall from grace. As Anakin turns to the
darkside, we actually start to feel sorry for him after discovering his
reasons for doing so and how he was manipulated by Palpatine. Equally strong
is Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi who has grown in to the role over the
three films. With the responsibility of bridging the gap between his and
Alec Guinness's performance in the original trilogy, McGregor brings honour
and respect to the role, coming into his own when he discovers that Anakin
has taken the dark path.
The rest of the cast is also good. Samuel L. Jackson is his
usual super-cool self as Mace Windu, who enjoys an amazing lightsaber confrontation.
Jimmy Smits gets a lot more screen time as Senator Bail Organa. Anthony
Daniels does his best with C3-PO's limited involvement and Temuera Morrison
enjoys playing every Stormtrooper who takes his helmet off.
As with the first two movies, 'Revenge of the Sith' does have
its bad points. Chief amongst is the appalling dialogue between Anakin and
Padmé. It is so bad that is actually makes Natalie Portman look like a bad
actress when we all know she definitely isn't. Her limited role in the final
film is made all the more poorer due to Lucas's inability to write romantic
dialogue. He should have asked Lawrence Kasdan, who he co-wrote 'The Empire
Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi' with, to help him with it and they
could have recreated what they did with Han and Leia. General Grievous is
a great character that is seriously underused. Despite his confrontation
with the Jedi, he has very little character development other than what
was set up in the 'Clone Wars' cartoon series and he doesn't seem as deadly
as he does in cartoon form. It would have also have been nice to have seen
more of the Wookies, but this would have been a bit too similar to 'Return
of the Jedi'. The only other real problem is that Lucas seems to rush the
end slightly, even though the movie does finish in a logical place. It would
have been better so show more of the pivotal events of the finale as you
do end up thinking, is that it.
Making up for these shortcomings are some of the best visuals
to ever hit the series. The wizards at ILM have taken computer-generated
images even further with this film. From the opening space battle to lava
soaked confrontation in the finale, Star Wars or any other visual effects
based film has never looked so good. This time around the CG characters
are almost photo-realistic, with Yoda and General Grievous really standing
out proving that with the right expertise and finance you can create digital
characters that are just as real as the actors that provide their voices.
The backgrounds and locations are also just as stunning.
'Revenge of Sith' is by far the best of the prequel trilogy
and a return to the magic that drew you to that Galaxy far, far away in
the first place. While 'The Empire Strikes Back' is still the best of the
six movies, 'Episode III' comes a close second. Star Wars films are pure
cinema and what going to the movies is all about. Pure escapism and always
entertaining, the force is very strong with this film.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1 EX,
the movie is THX enhanced which provides amazing picture and sound quality.
The direct digital transfer means that Star Wars has never looked as good.
Commentary by George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll
and Roger Guyett
The writer/director, producer, animation director and the visual effects
supervisors provide a technical but extremely interesting commentary that
Star Wars fans will be intrigued by. While the track is intercut, with
the contributors cutting in when either they have something to add about
the scene or it is one that they had direct involvement in. The group
talk about the how the whole Star Wars experience is drawn directly from
the 1930s serial drama and how they wanted to complete the story and tie
everything up. Lucas talks passionately about the story elements, discussing
the end of the Clone War and then the fall of Anakin to the Darkside.
He gives you a fascinating incite into the evolution of the story of this
episode and how he came up with the backstory while writing Episode IV
back in the early 70s. The technical team talk about creating the digital
environments and the blending of old and new techniques used to bring
the final Star Wars film to life. For Star Wars fans, this is a must listen
Deleted Scenes (14.40 mins)
Entitled 'Grievous Slaughters a Jedi', 'A stirring in the Senate (Bail's
Office)', 'Seeds of Rebellion (Padme's apartment), 'Confronting the Chancellor
(Palpatine's Office)', 'A plot to destroy the Jedi' and 'Exiled to Dagobah'
each of these SFX completed deleted scenes are accompanied by introductions
by George Lucas and producer Rick McCallum.
Within a Minute: The Making of Episode III (1hr 18.31 mins)
Scene 158 - 'The Duel at Mustafar', a scene that lasts just under a minute
with 26 shots, 1185 frames is worked on by 910 artists for a total of
70441 man hours. In the third of the extensive documentaries that have
accompanied the Star Wars Prequels on DVD, producer Rick McCallum introduces
the cornucopia of departments that come together to produce just one scene.
The documentary looks at concept design, pre-visualisation, costumes,
the actors, the stunts, cinematography, sound recording, editing, ILM
visual effects supervisors and the various departments such as 3D modelling,
animation, digital environments, lighting and rendering, practical models,
motion control, rotoscoping and compositing, sound design, the sound mix
and the score. With contributions from writer/director George Lucas, Ewan
McGregor, Hayden Christensen, composer John Williams, stunt coordinator
Nick Gillard, editor/sound designer Ben Burtt, costume designer Trisha
Biggar, visual effects supervisors John Knoll and Roger Guyett and many
other contributions from the crew of 'Episode III'. This is a fascinating
documentary that reveals how many people actually work on a film of this
scale and you can finally understand why movies cost so much.
It's all for Real: The Stunts of Episode III (11.04 mins)
Writer/director George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, sword master/stunt
coordinator Nick Gillard and stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and
Ian McDiarmid talk about the extensive lightsabre fights in the final
film of the prequel trilogy. We see both Hayden and Ewan practicing for
the Mustafar confrontation, as well as Ian McDiarmid and Samuel L. Jackson
preparing for the Palpatine vs. Mace Windu fight.
The Chosen One (14.39 mins)
George Lucas and Hayden Christensen talk about Anakin Skywalker's fall
to the darkside as he comes the most feared man in the galaxy Darth Vader.
The pair talks about Anakin's story and his redemption as the third movie
reveal how Palpatine seduced him to the darkside.
Entitled 'Two Worlds, One Movie', '… One World, Two Movies', 'We still
do a bit', 'Creating General Grievous', 'This Weapon is your life', 'Video
Village', 'Epic Designs for an expanding Universe', 'C-3PO: His moment
to shine', 'Pickups and Reshoots', 'Becoming Obi-Wan', 'The Wookies are
back', 'B-107: The life of an HD Tape', 'The Creatures of Episode III',
'Endlessly Compelling: The Music of Episode III' and 'Becoming Sidious',
these are the mini-docs that were posted on the official Star Wars website.
Covering most aspects of the films production, these are a must watch
for any fan. Trailers Watch the 'Nostalgia Teaser', 'Epic Trailer', fifteen
TV spots and the music video for 'A Hero Falls'.
Video Games and Stills Gallery
Watch the trailers for LucasArts games 'Star Wars Battlefront II' and
'Star Wars: Empire at War'. You can also play a demo of 'Battlefront II'
if you place the DVD in you X-Box. Still Galleries include exclusive production
images with accompanying text and poster and outdoor print campaigns.
Place the DVD in your PC drive and you can access exclusive content on
the Star Wars website.
As with the two previous Star Wars Prequel releases on DVD, LucasFilm
has done an excellent job with the DVD transfer and the bonus features
for the last movie in the franchise. The documentary is outstanding and
the rest of the supplementary material covers most aspects of the films
production. Add to this an excellent commentary track and you have a DVD
package that fans should rejoice in, this is a must for all Star Wars
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of the Clones
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Star Wars Episode VI: Return
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Star Wars: Clone Wars
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