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'Star Wars' All About Digital

12 Oct, 2005 By: Fred Topel

Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith is the first major live action digital movie that went through the whole pipeline digitally, according to Jim Ward, executive producer of the DVD and Lucasfilm SVP.

“Those who didn't see the film digitally in theaters didn't see the film,” he said at a presentation at Skywalker Ranch in Nicasio, Calif., last week. “So for them the DVD is the closest representation to what [creator] George [Lucas] and [producer] Rick [McCallum] wanted.”

Digital viewing reveals such details as reflections in visors, lightning in Yoda's eyes during a fight and even a kitchen sink in a space battle at the beginning of the film, prompted by Lucas' instructions to “put in everything and the kitchen sink.”

The DVD, which comes out Nov. 1 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, includes six hours of bonus features. Deleted scenes, some created after-the-fact for DVD, include one in which General Grievous slaughters a Jedi omitted from the film, and one in which Yoda arrives on Dagobah (where he is living in The Empire Strikes Back).

Features include:

  • “The Chosen One,” about the transformation of the character of Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader;

  • “It's All for Real,” a stunt feature;

  • “Within a Minute,” an in-depth look at the final volcano battle, isolating each crew member and their job.

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