We analyze in Cinemascomics the new Blu-Ray Steelbook of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the film that closed the prequel trilogy
In Cinemascomics we have analyzed the new domestic edition on Blu-Ray Steelbook marketed from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the closing of the prequel trilogy created by George Lucas, who said goodbye to the franchise with this installment.
Disney has released a new edition of the eleven official films of the saga, that is, the nine trunks of the Skywalker saga and the two spin-offs, Rogue One and Han Solo. Each delivery has a new exclusive design in a limited edition metal box, ideal for collectors, with a bonus disc brimming with extras.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the latest installment in the most mythical saga in the galaxy directed by George Lucas, is now available on digital platforms, on Blu-ray (basic and two limited edition Steelbook editions) and also on DVD. The saga has raised more than 7,000 million dollars throughout the world. The main protagonists of this story, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, will meet again next year, when Disney+ premieres the Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series, which is currently in production, and is set between Episodes III and IV.
The disagreements between Senator Palpatine and the Jedi Council increase considerably with the advance of the Clone Wars. The young Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, destined according to the prophecy to be the Chosen One and ensure peace throughout the galaxy, will question his loyalty to the Jedi Council in the face of its decisions. That is why his ambition to become the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy and the temptations of the Dark Side, will make him turn away from the light side and his wife Amidala, pregnant with Luke and Leia. Anakin’s decision to support Senator Palpatine will entail his confrontation with the Jedi and a final battle against Obi-Wan, in which the fate of the galaxy will be decided.
Written and directed by George Lucas (Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The Final Season) in 2005, the film stars Hayden Christensen (Thieves), Ewan McGregor (Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn), Natalie Portman (Thor: Love and Thunder), Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Endgame), Jimmy Smits (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Anthony Daniels (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Kenny Baker (I Am Your Father), Frank Oz (Daggers in the Back), Christopher Lee (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Peter Mayhew (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Temuera Morrison (The Mandalorian) and Joel Edgerton (Red Sparrow), among others.
Revenge of the Sith It is shown in its version on Blu-Ray Steelbook with an additional disc full of extras (with audio in English and subtitles in Spanish, among other languages), which we have analyzed for Cinemascomics readers. The analysis of the Blu-Ray, a special limited edition in a metal box, is completely spoiler-free, in case you haven’t had the chance to see the movie yet and want to know what extras it contains.
Blu-Ray Steelbook (Disc with the film and disc with additional material):
- Format type: 16 × 9
- Duration: 135 mins. Approx.
- Age rating: Not recommended for children under 7 years old.
- Aspect ratio: 2.39: 1
- Screen format: 1080p High Definition.
- Zone: B.
- Audio: Disc 1 (movie): 2.0 Dolby Digital: English descriptive audio 5.1 Dolby Digital: Catalan 5.1 DTS Digital Surround: Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus: French 7.1 DTS-HD MA: English. D2: 2.0 Dolby Digital: English / 5.1 Dolby Digital: English. Disc 2 (extras): 2.0 Dolby Digital: English
- Subtitles: Disc 1 (film): Dutch, Spanish, French, English coded for the deaf. Disc 2 (extras): Spanish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin Spanish, English coded for the deaf
Audio commentary during movie playback by George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, and Roger Guyett.
Conversations: The Star Wars That Almost Was:
JW Rinzler and Pablo Hidalgo are Star Wars experts. They met at Lucasfilm and talked about how stories and iconic moments from the Star Wars saga almost went very different paths. In 2014, JW Rinzler published a series of comics called The Star Wars, based on George Lucas’s first draft for the movie Star Wars: A New Hope, illustrating the differences between the original script and the one we finally saw in the big screen.
Rinzler is the executive editor of Lucas Books, while Pablo Hidalgo is a creativity executive, and one of the most knowledgeable people in this universe in the world. Thus, they comment on the great differences, such as Han Solo being a large green creature or R2-D2 speaking, among others; as well as other influences and aspects that were discarded at the time, but others recovered for the prequels.
Findings From Inside: Star Wars Parodies:
JW Rinzler appears from the basement of the Skywalker ranch, where he speaks with Monica Chin-Pérez, who is in charge of guarding the original footage recorded in all the Star Wars films, showing some of the copies and discarded scenes. We also see a compilation of funny scenes from the filming of A New Hope.
In less than a minute: How it was done Revenge of the Sith:
We see scene 158, with the duel in Mustafar, which had 26 shots, 1185 frames, 910 artists, 70,441 hours of work to make it possible. And all for a minute of on-screen footage, showing us the producer Rick McCallum the process carried out, in all phases of pre-production, production, shooting and post-production, including the unforgettable soundtrack by John Williams and where George Lucas himself confesses the collaboration and assistance from Steven Spielberg in its development. All this for a 4-page scene in a script of 120 in total.
Trip. First part:
On January 31, 2005, at Elstree Studios, George Lucas comments that they started on this set 28 years ago and this is where they will finish filming Episode III. In this way, we see what was the last shot of the tape, with Hayden Christensen running on a totally chroma blue stage. Regarding the filming, many cast members, main and secondary, talk about how enjoyable the George Lucas shoots were.
Next, we see what the premiere of the film was like in different parts of the world and the premiere with the team and the desire that the fans had to see it.
Trip. Second part:
We see the Star Wars Celebration III in Indianapolis, attended by George Lucas, with questions from fans, who also tell their personal stories and how Star Wars has influenced their lives.
Episode III in ILM:
We see the process of creating the special effects by Industrial Light & Magic, from what was recorded on the set to the final scene released in theaters, comparing the entire process.
We see Star Wars fans characterized as stormtroopers through different countries of the world, including Spain. Thus, they parade and act like real imperial soldiers. We also see children and adults dressed up as Star Wars and comment on their passion for the franchise, showing all the merchandising they have and how it has changed their lives.
Star Wars technology:
We see a compilation of all the incredible technology seen in the Star Wars saga that is based on real scientific facts, seeing what is still science fiction and all those that are already a reality or are very close to being it. They also show us the scientific mistakes made by the saga, such as the noise of explosions in space and the possibility of creating a real Death Star.
We see interviews with John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor, and Ryan Church, Concept Design Supervisor, on the creation of Coruscant, Utapau, Mustafar, Kashyyyk and Order 66; as well as cast members such as Natalie Portman and Samuel L. Jackson.
Deleted and extended scenes:
Formed by 15 sequences deleted from the final cut of the film.
Look at how different costumes, locations and ships seen in the film were created, such as the Separatist cruiser, ARC-170 starfighter, Jedi starfighter, Count Dooku’s lightsaber, Palpatine’s gray suit from the Trade Federation , Anakin Skywalker’s wardrobe and headphones, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s vogue model kit, Utapau sinkhole model, Utapau landing platform, General Grievous, Tion Medon’s wardrobe, Obi-Wan’s lightsaber Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber, Mustafar’s landscape, Anakin Skywalker’s burned head, Wookiee tree model, Felucia’s model, Chewbacca’s outfit, Darth Vader’s outfit, and the Imperial officer outfit with and without jacket.
Finally, we hope you enjoy buying Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, now available to take home in DVD, Basic Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray Steelbook, as well as in rent and digital sale; And so you can see it as many times as you want, both in its original version and dubbed into Spanish.