NEWS - Thursday, April 22, 2004


Battlefront Demo With Classic Trilogy

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (April 20, 2004) - Already among the best-selling titles of 2004 - more than four months before its release - the STAR WARS TRILOGY comes to DVD for the first time ever on Sept. 21 in the U.S. and Canada, with international release dates following closely. No. 1 on Amazon.com’s best-seller lists in the U.S., Canada, Germany and the U.K, the four-disc DVD set from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is priced at $69.98 SRP and includes more than 10 hours of entertainment and extraordinary picture and sound quality. "Knowing how excited Star Wars fans are about this release, we’re working very hard to make the films look and sound spectacular and to deliver a DVD collection that will be truly memorable," said Jim Ward, Vice President of Marketing and Distribution at Lucasfilm Ltd., and the DVD’s executive producer. Available in both widescreen and full-frame formats in the U.S. (and widescreen only internationally), the three films in the STAR WARS TRILOGY - Episode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI Return of the Jedi - have been Star Wars Trilogy DVD / 2 newly restored and remastered by renowned Lowry Digital Images and are presented with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX. Each film also includes new commentary by George Lucas and cast and crew members, including director Irvin Kershner, actress Carrie Fisher, sound designer Ben Burtt and Industrial Light & Magic’s Dennis Muren. A fourth disc in the collection includes an additional four hours of added-value material that brings remarkable new depth and insight into the making of the three films and the broader Star Wars Saga. The cornerstone of this fourth disc is EMPIRE OF DREAMS: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy. The two-and-a-half hour documentary traces the evolution of Star Wars from a low-budget, labor-of-love space saga to a movie phenomenon that defied the odds and reinvented the rules. At its core, EMPIRE OF DREAMS tells the story of an independent filmmaker who had to innovate and invent an entirely new way of creating motion pictures. Featuring all-new interviews with Lucas and more than 40 members of the cast and crew from all three films, EMPIRE OF DREAMS also includes appearances by a host of filmmakers and media personalities, along with never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the three films. This new documentary brings viewers the most comprehensive look at a pioneer who triumphed against the odds to create an enduring modern fairy tale that has captivated the world. Additionally, the fourth bonus disc offers a host of other exciting features, including: ? Episode III Behind the Scenes Preview: The Return of Darth Vader - No other villain is as iconic as Darth Vader, a symbol of doom since his first appearance on movie screens in 1977 who remains a permanent part of popular culture. Finally, Star Wars: Episode III will reveal just how Anakin Skywalker became the feared Sith Lord. In this exclusive preview, George Lucas discusses Anakin’s descent, while viewers will get a first look at the new Vader costume forged for Episode III and will experience first-hand how Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor have prepared for the epic lightsaber battle that has been anticipated more than two decades: the climactic showdown between Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Source: http://www.lucasarts.com/

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