September 30, 2005

Revenge month and counting

On November 1, 2005, the circle, or collection anyway, will be complete. The final Star Wars "episode" will be released on DVD.

Before it came to theaters, Revenge of the Sith was said to be the "darkest" of the three prequels; it would be for the prequels what The Empire Strikes Back was for the originals. Steven Speilberg was quoted as saying he cried during it:

"It's the best of the last three episodes. It's the best way you could possibly imagine for George to finish it off, it has a tremendous ending and it's very dark. You'll cry at the end, it's wonderful".

There was this glowing review (page down) by Kevin Smith:

"Look, this is a movie I was genetically predisposed to love. I remember being eight years old, and reading in Starlog that Darth Vader became the half-man/half-machine he was following a duel with Ben Kenobi that climaxed with Vader falling into molten lava. Now, twenty six years later, I finally got to see that long-promised battled - and it lived up to any expectation I still held. I was sad to see the flick end, but happy to know it's not the end of the Star Wars universe entirely (I've read stuff about a TV show...)".

He pretty much summed up the feeling I had about it.

The trailer, as with the previous two prequels, made me cry. Has there ever been, in the history of cinema, a movie that has such incredible trailers?

Episode III could've, should've been great. It could have should have "redeemed" Lucas and Star Wars. Instead, director/creator/sreenwriter George Lucas majorly dropped the ball. Amazingly, the whole Star Wars phenomena sort of deflated, if not imploded, as a result of Revenge of the Sith. It's like Lucas was feeding on himself, and invited the entire world to look on.

Still, I love the original three, and I'll eventually learn to love this one, as I have the other two (The Phantom Menace, specifically, is a better film as a result of III. Attack of the Clones is pretty tough to watch; it's so pointless and stupid, for the most part). I will be buying the DVD.

The DVD, as with the other two prequels', is loaded with extras:

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Commentary by writer-director George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, animation director Rob Coleman, and ILM visual effects supervisors John Knoll and Roger Guyett
  • Exclusive deleted scenes with introductions by George Lucas and Rick McCallum
  • "Within a Minute" documentary film about the making of the Mustafar battle
  • "The Chosen One" featurette: George Lucas traces the myth of Darth Vader through episodes 1-6
  • "It's All for Real: The Stunts of Episode III"
  • A 15-part collection of Lucasfilm's Web documentaries
  • "A Hero Falls" music video
  • Poster and print campaign
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • Never-before-seen production photo gallery

    Sweet! I'm excited! Shouldn't be...but I am!

    A couple of days ago, Ain't It Cool News showed several pics of some of the more interesting deleted scenes:

    "The Slaughter of Shaak Ti<"
    That's fairly brutal. You can see why it was thought the movie would earn a "R" rating.

    My favorite are of Dagobah, and a defeated Yoda

    making his escape to the isolated planet where twenty years later, the very last of the Jedi Knights, Luke Skywalker, would seek him out.

    It would've been nice to have seen that sequence in the actual movie!

    My final verdict on the whole prequel fiasco is that Lucas should have made just one. He could've taken the very best from each prequel, and made a truly great, 3 hour plus, classic. People went to see the 3 hour plus The Return of the King, so I'm sure they'd do the same for a Star Wars movie. Nonetheless, I can't wait for November 1, and the opportunity to once again throw money at Lucas & Co., which in no way needs it as much as I do.

    zdorama said...

    I'm with you on this one. REVENGE OF THE SITH is (surpisingly) going to be a must-have.

    For me:
    I LOVE "Star Wars" (New Hope)
    RETURN OF THE JEDI....I 'll pass...sorry, those Ewoks...just get on my nerves
    PHANTOM MENACE i quite enjoyed, although I didn't like the changes/mistakes Lucas let get by. I thought it would get better,but
    ATTACK OF THE CLONES...i really gave up at this point. I think this is the weakest of all the movies. Inconsistencies,crazy additions, alterations AND bad acting!
    So it was with NO EXPECTATIONS that I saw REVENGE OF THE SITH....and maybe that's why i ended up REALLY liking this one. Yes, bad acting and weak reasons to turn to the dark side and all!
    I don't know why, BUT...

    Remember back in around 1981, all the fans older than us who read stuff like STARLOG and FANGORIA...they would tell of vague rumours of STAR WARS secrets..
    Some I remember were:
    *Boba Fett is a clone of Han Solo under the mask
    *Obi Wan is a clons left over from the Clone Wars,that's why his name is a number (OB-1
    and the best one:
    *Darth Vader fell in a volcano fighting Obi-Wan, and that's how he got disfigured.
    Oh, how many nights i dreamt of seeing that scene!
    I have to say that ,even with all the flaws of REVENGE, when the confrontation with Anakin and Obi Wan played out, (the scene where they are circling each other on the platform before the last duel),I thought to myself "This is the movie i've been waiting since i was a kid to see." i LOVED it!

    So yeah, i'll definitely be getting this one, who knows, in the deluxe version, Lucas may even fix the Darth Vader moan NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO at the end.

    Chris said...

    Ahem, "all the fans older than us who read stuff like STARLOG and FANGORIA" includes me, sir.

    I can see the very sentence in my head where Lucas talked about Darth Vader being like he is because he'd fallen in a lava pit.

    So, I couldn't help but feel, and I know this is silly, a little betrayed, even short-changed, when I saw Revenge of the Sith. I've had to just accept that they're just movies. That's all. They're really not important in the scheme of things.

    But, the 10-year-old in me who will never forget the Star Destroyer coming out of the top of the screen at the beginning of A New Hope, or three years later, walked out of Empire (not just my favorite episode; it's my favorite movie) believing Han Solo was out there, somewhere, frozen in carbomite, will be first in line to buy the Sith DVD. I'm such a sucker.