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sw-03: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
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2005
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Director: George Lucas
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Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 140
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English
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Studio:  20th Century Fox DVD Region:  1 PG-13
DVD Release:  Nov 2005 Discs:  1 (Cloud) []
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Reviews:  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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