'Star Wars' Blasts to Video Nov. 126 Jul, 2005 By: Thomas K. Arnold
The Force will return to retail stores Nov. 1 with a double whammy: Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith will be released on DVD by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Lucasfilm, and Star Wars Battlefront II will be made available for all the top video game platforms by LucasArts.
Revenue of the Sith is the year's top-grossing movie, with domestic box office earnings of $376 million. The two-disc set will include a new full-length documentary produced by Lucasfilm; two new featurettes, one exploring the prophecy of Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One and the other on the movie's stunts; and a 15-part collection of Lucasfilm “Web documentaries.”
Mike Dunn, president of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, noted that this holiday season will be first time all six movies in the “Star Wars” franchise will be available on DVD.
“Consumers will now be able to own the entire ‘Star Wars' saga and enjoy it whenever they want,” Dunn said. “This will be the event release of the holiday season.”
The five previous “Star Wars” movies have sold “well in excess” of 100 million units on DVD and VHS, said Fox SVP of marketing communications Steve Feldstein.
Jim Ward, VP of marketing and distribution for Lucasfilm, said director George Lucas was involved personally in the creation of the Revenge of the Sith DVD and its bonus features.
“From the beginning of production, George wanted to be sure we chronicled everything that went into the making of Episode III specifically to create an incredible DVD experience,” Ward said. “This DVD has literally been three years in the making.”
On the video game front, Star Wars Battlefront II will be available for Sony's PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable (PSP), Microsoft's Xbox and computer Windows platforms. It is the sequel to the best-selling “Star Wars” video game of all time and adds all-new space combat, playable Jedi characters and never-before-seen environments from Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
The Revenge of the Sith DVD will include a demo of two levels from the game, playable on the Xbox only.
“The combination of Revenge of the Sith on DVD and Star Wars Battlefront II makes Nov. 1 a watershed day for ‘Star Wars' fans,” Ward said.