With that out of the way, I love this movie. I have a couple of complaints (wait for them), but overall this is the reason the Cineplexes are still open. This is why we go to the movies and this is why I’m a total geek that has too many action figures for a grown man. The love story was touching, the battles were enthralling and the light-saber duel at the end was absolutely amazing. Very few moments live up to the hype, but watching Anakin and Obi-Wan hack away at each other is a spectacle we won’t see again until Wolfgang Peterson gets his BATMAN VS SUPERMAN movie off the ground (if he’s even still considering it).
Of course, no movie is perfect and I must confess even I cringed at some of the dialogue. One scene in particular occurred on the balcony when Anakin complemented Padme and they went back and forth. It was absolutely horrible. At that very moment I held my head in shame because despite my best efforts, I couldn’t come up with any excuses for Mr. Lucas. With that scene aside, the acting all around was much better in this installment, probably because they had more to work with. It’s amazing what effect adding emotions and inner struggle to a character can do to an actor’s ability. I would have also preferred more detailed explanations of various STAR WARS-esque questions (like Qui-Gon’s discovery to appear in spirit form) so us STAR WARS geeks wouldn’t have to answer all of our friends’ questions. Of course, the special effects were amazing and Natalie Portman is still breathtakingly beautiful.
There’s nothing I’m going to say that will change your mind about this movie. If you love STAR WARS and you love movies, this amazing film will not disappoint. If you hated the first two and you hate George Lucas, then please don’t sit in front of me if there’s ever another midnight screening of STAR WARS.
Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett: This is very similar to the commentaries found on the first two prequels. I’ve heard complaints about George Lucas’s commentaries, but I find him to be very informative and interesting. Also, is it just me, or is Rick McCallum the most involved producer in Hollywood?
Deleted Scenes (9:36): I felt these were anti-climatic, but it was nice to see a glimpse of Dagobah. It was a short scene that would’ve fit in nicely with the finished product. Also, Mr. Lucas should’ve finished all the scenes. If you’re going to go through the trouble of including them on the DVD, you might as well do it right.
Within a Minute (78:26): This is an extensive behind the scenes documentary for only one scene. This details virtually every aspect of making a STAR WARS film and is a very interesting insight into the making of a big-budget movie. However, I would’ve liked to see some juicy tidbits about the security involved in keeping the movie secret.
It’s All For Real (11:04): This is a nice documentary into the training the actors went through to prepare for the action sequences.
The Chosen One (14:37): More detail about the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker.
Web Documentaries: This is about 80 minutes worth of documentaries that were meant to be teasers to fans before the movie came out. Therefore, they’re kind of boring after you’ve watched the film.
There are also Photo Galleries, Trailers, TV Spots, Video Game Trailers, Posters and a Music Video.
Easter Egg (1:04): Disc one, options, press 11 (you may have to press 10+ and then 1 depending on your remote) (pause), 3 (pause), 8. Without giving anything away…yo, yo, yo, Yoda.