Star Wars: Episode III由evenge Of The Sith

Featured In Issue 161, November 2011

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It has been a long time coming, but finally we learn who is actually behind the mask of Darth Vader. Okay, you probably don't need to watch Star Wars: Episode III由evenge Of The Sith to know that, but the epic prequel trilogy that chronicles Anakin Skywalker's (Christensen) transition to the Dark Side comes to a conclusion in all its fiery glory, filling the holes in the history of that famous galaxy far, far away. As the now three-year-old Clone Wars rage on, the devious Chancellor Palpatine (McDiarmid) takes the malleable Anakin under his wings, pushing him to learn the more "seductive" aspects of the Force that may hold the secrets of saving his wife Padm (Portman). The final showdown stages the exciting climax to this legendary series. (Danny Richelieu)

Special features include commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, and Roger Guyett and commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew, including Trisha Biggar, Gavin Bocquet, Ben Burtt, Silas Carson, Hayden Christensen, Rob Coleman, Anthony Daniels, Nick Gillard, Roger Guyett, Samuel L. Jackson, John Knoll, Christopher Lee, George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor, Temuera Morrison, Natalie Portman, and Jimmy Smits.

The new Blu-ray Disc 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture quality is fantastic! Fantastically deep blacks are contrasted by vibrant and fully saturated colors that pop from the screen. Fleshtones appear natural and well balanced. While some of the visual effects can appear somewhat soft, details and definition are almost constantly impressive. In all aspects, this is the most visually exciting of all the Star War episodes. This Blu-ray picture has the capability to drop jaws with its superlative visuals. (Gary Reber)

Wow, what a mix! The DTS-HD Master Audio Surround ES 6.1-channel soundtrack features some intense panning and incredible depth in the soundstage that really brings the movie to life. This is an aggressive, prominent film soundtrack that can be loud and possibly bright at times, even with Re-EQ engaged. There are so many instances of well-positioned images and fully immersive staging, it would be impossible to list each. It is safe to say that each scene can show off everything that is good about home theatre. The inclusion of a center surround channel really does wonders to the surround staging, with pans from the front center to the surround center that make for an impressive experience. The overall level is rather subdued, and occasional bouts of dynamic compression can be a distraction. The explosions just don't have the same punch as the format is capable of providing. Dialogue sounds naturally integrated spatially. The LFE channel is used prodigiously, with power and precision. John Williams' score is presented well around the stage, with a good use of each of the full-range channels. The mix is definitely a highlight. (Danny Richelieu/Gary Reber)