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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
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Commentaries on this disc:
Screenwriter/director George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, animator director Rob Coleman, visual effects supervisor John Knoll, and other crew members
Rating:7.1/10 (13 votes) [
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Reviewed by pat00139 on March 26th, 2006
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Mr. McCallum and Mr. Guyett seem to be together while the others seem to go at it solo. It’s another wonderful track in the saga. All the commentary tracks on the ‘Star Wars’ movies are fascinating just because the movies are so technically brilliant and the story is very interesting (even if the execution could be a bit better). The gang talks about everything, from characters to sets to visual effects (and more visual effects). All the clones are CG – not one clone costume was made. One shot took six weeks just to place the ships in the background! They point out the homages to Steven Spielberg, ‘Seven Samurai’ and the other ‘Star Wars’ movies. Mr. Lucas again talks about story and characters and what he wanted to do with particular characters and scenes. He talks about Ewan McGregor and the evolution of the Obi-Wan character. He also talks about his own ideas and values. The track is quite interesting, and you’ll have a lot of information to digest. That’s okay because it probably doesn’t get boring after a second and third lesson. George Lucas even jokes about the Death Star problem I had after watching the movie!
Reviewed by Londo Mollari on March 5th, 2008
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This is probably the best commentary of the SW prequels. Lucas really gets deep into the motivations of Anakin Skywalker and he even makes some political/historical allusions from the film. He kept me engaged throughout.
Reviewed by Agressor on September 26th, 2012
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Another fine entry from Lucas and c:o. It's structured the same as all the previous commentaries and, as usual, the most interesting stuff comes from Lucas. Here, though, I noticed that he commented more on the specific scenes being shown, explaining character motivations or mentioning how certain scenes changed during shooting.
The other contributors also provide fine comments, a lot of talk about the FX of course, but also some reminiscing about the whole prequel project. One relief was that McCallum is somewhat less hyperbolic and overstimulated than usual and actually talks in a normal manner.
Missing from previous commentaries is Ben Burtt. I can't say I miss his contributions on sound design, he probably couldn't shed much more light on that topic without repeating himself. Although I would like to hear what he has to say about the editing of the film as that is something I've never heard him talk about and it's also something that's never been discussed in any of the commentaries.
I give this commentary: Agressors stamp of approval!
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