- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 1, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Closed Captioned - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 - French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Behind the Scenes
- Featurettes/Making of:
- Explore the Prophecy of Anakin Skywalker
- Stunt Breakdown
- 15-Part Web-based Documentary
- Full-length Documentary
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Frank Oz &
Samuel L. Jackson,
Oliver Ford Davies,
Temuera Morrison &
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by
New York Times - 05/16/2005
"This is by far the best film in the more recent trilogy, and also the best of the four episodes Mr. Lucas has directed. That's right it's better than STAR WARS."
Los Angeles Times - 05/16/2005
"[E]asily the best of the trio of STAR WARS prequels....It's not just in warfare that REVENGE's visuals excel. The film is frankly overwhelming in its ability to create a spectacular variety of alternate worlds."
USA Today - 05/16/2005
"The Force is definitely with it this time....[The film] fulfills the promise of the series and rises far above its two most recent predecessors. It's the darkest of the six-film opus, but it just may be the best of the lot."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/27/2005
"REVENGE OF THE SITH unfolds with a fury of consequence....Pop storytelling done effortlessly, ushering the audience into the darkness and the light."
Uncut - 07/01/2005
"It looks fantastic; a fully-formed universe, richly detailed down to a microcosmic level..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2005
"[With] rich, confident, detailed visuals..."
Premiere - 11/01/2005
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] brisk, visually ravishing epic..."
Rolling Stone - 12/01/2005
Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "Lucas' grand dream transformed pop culture into pop art."
The Force is with us in EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH, the final chapter of the six-part STAR WARS series, which began a long time ago (1977) in a galaxy far, far away... and is now complete in its cyclical perfection. This visually awe-striking kaleidoscope of interplanetary imagination features the unmatched digital animation and special effects of George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic. With pink and orange skies casting a golden sheen over magnificent landscapes through which space ships dart and light sabers flash, the spectacle of the film, while hypnotizing, is but a complement to the intense, crucial plot.
Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) remains the Jedi apprentice of master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). Battling dark forces that threaten the Republic, the duo quickly eliminates enemy Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), and Anakin proves--as he states more than once--that his powers have doubled. An intimidating warrior with superior knowledge of the Force, Anakin becomes the pet of Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), who is connected to the dark side. Meanwhile, Padme (Natalie Portman), the senator and former queen who is secretly married to Anakin, is pregnant, and Anakin is tortured by dreams of her dying in childbirth. With Obi-Wan on Utapau battling cyborg General Grievous (Matthew Wood), and Yoda (Frank Oz) joining the Wookiees of Kashyyyk, the sage warnings of the Jedi council (Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits) go unheard by Anakin. His moodiness and glowering are a clear precursor to his inevitable, terrifying metamorphosis into Darth Vader, the dark leader of the evil Empire who haunts the remainder of the series. John Williams's famous orchestral score with its thunderous marching themes adds more continuity, with refrains reminding viewers of STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE, in which Padme's children Luke and Leia take charge.
- Theatrical Release: May 19, 2005
- Breaking all previous records, STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH made over $158.5 million at the box office in the first four days after its theatrical release.