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HTF REVIEW: Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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#41 of 888 OFFLINE   Jordan_E



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Posted October 14 2005 - 04:35 AM

I'm getting it. I was entertained enough and know my HT will get a nice workout on November 1.
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#42 of 888 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

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Posted October 14 2005 - 05:46 AM

Cool about the new THX trailer. Maybe this thread can concentrate just on the dvd of ROTS. Nah. Won't happen. The trolls are alive and well in the other one and they'll find this thread too. :b

#43 of 888 OFFLINE   Jim Smith

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Posted October 14 2005 - 05:52 AM

Can't wait to add this disc to my collection. Revenge of the Sith was a masterpeice of cinema and it looks like this DVD will match the movies brilliance.

#44 of 888 OFFLINE   Jay Pennington

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Posted October 14 2005 - 06:07 AM

the sets and the costumes look far too clean and unused

Take another look at the Jedi Council chamber. The pattern on the floor is quite worn, and it kinda looks like mildew is spreading from the seams between the tiles.

#45 of 888 OFFLINE   EricW



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Posted October 14 2005 - 08:02 AM

A very cool new THX trailer!

is it one we've seen in theaters? did they ever use that THX 'sound clip montage' trailer for DVDs? it's the one where you hear all those famous lines from various flicks (but no images) that leads up to a very identifiable Sam Jackson saying "strike down upon thee" i think.
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#46 of 888 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted October 14 2005 - 08:14 AM

C'mon, Ron! Or, Herb!

Give it up on the THX trailer!

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#47 of 888 OFFLINE   Adam_ME


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Posted October 14 2005 - 08:19 AM

In the book, Anakin's fall and emotional collapse is so well done, yet in the film it is nowhere near as effecting. Especially when you consider what he goes through. Anyone else agree?

I definitely agree. I was very surprised at how poorly Anakin's turn was handled given Lucas' track record as a great storyteller(in spite of his directing and screenwriting deficiencies).

I had a hard time believing that a few minutes after discovering Palpatine is the most evil man in the galaxy and responsible for starting a war that has caused the deaths of millions, Anakin would be willing to slaughter his entire surrogate family(including children) on his orders. Especially after Palpatine has suddenly backtracked on his claim that he knows how to use the Dark Side to preserve life, telling Anakin instead that they must work together to discover that power.

That moment was the key to the entire film and prequel trilogy and I never bought it for a second. Of course that being said, I'll still end up getting the DVD to complete the collection.Posted Image
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#48 of 888 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 14 2005 - 08:40 AM

C'mon, Ron! Or, Herb!
Give it up on the THX trailer!

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#49 of 888 OFFLINE   Mark Lucas

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Posted October 14 2005 - 09:12 AM

Ah, so once again it's a modified version of one of THX's trailers, like Calvacade. It's not much better than Let's See It In THX though.

#50 of 888 OFFLINE   Patrick.C


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Posted October 14 2005 - 09:16 AM

it's the one where you hear all those famous lines from various flicks (but no images) that leads up to a very identifiable Sam Jackson saying "strike down upon thee" i think.

When I read that, I immediately thought of some THX or DD marketing guy running this:

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#51 of 888 OFFLINE   Steven Simon

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Posted October 14 2005 - 10:16 AM

I spun this disc on my Marantz VP12S3 DLP Projection system... All I can say is, the video is jawdropping!!!!! By far the most pristine, sharp transfer I have ever seen on DVD... It looks like pure digital... I saw no dvd artifacts what so ever....

Audio wise, this is a reference dvd..

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#52 of 888 OFFLINE   TedT


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Posted October 14 2005 - 10:29 AM

In the book, Anakin's fall and emotional collapse is so well done, yet in the film it is nowhere near as effecting. Especially when you consider what he goes through. Anyone else agree?

I thought the book had one huge flaw when it came to Anakin's fall: he was duped by Palpatine, rather than influenced (via half truths & what he saw (Palpatine being "bullied" by Mace)) by Palpatine to turn.

He made a CHOICE based on what he saw and the half truths that Palpatine told him. He wasn't duped.

I'd rather think that Anakin was smarter than to just be duped by Palpatine by a ruse, which the book went into in quite a bit of depth.

Though, the book did a good job in relating the death of Anakin's mother to his refusal to let the same thing happen to Padme.

#53 of 888 OFFLINE   Cees Alons

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Posted October 14 2005 - 10:49 AM

the book did a good job in relating the death of Anakin's mother to his refusal to let the same thing happen to Padme.
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#54 of 888 OFFLINE   Neil Joseph

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Posted October 14 2005 - 11:11 AM

AOTC was the first dvd that I used to test my current pj and I was smiling the whole time while watching it, thus, I look forward to this new release of ROTS. Thanks for the review.
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#55 of 888 OFFLINE   Cory S.

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Posted October 14 2005 - 11:30 AM

As much as his turn seems fast on screen, it really isn't.

Anakin is reluctant to do Sidious biding. There's a medium close up shot of Hayden when he lowers his head in disgust as Sidious orders him to the Jedi Temple. Clearly, in that shot the way Hayden played it, he didn't want to do it.

But, this has to remain the point. He goes not because of Sidious but because of Padme. He believes so strongly in his mind that if he goes this route, he will have the power to save Padme. That's why he goes without question, eventhough earlier he questioned his actions against Mace. But, the other thing that happens in this scene and this is how I interpret it, he decides then that he will rid the Republic of Palpatine. He was already thinking ahead.

Again, just my interpretation. I didn't have any problems at all with this turn in Palpatine's office.

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Regarding the DVD, is the picture quality better than Clones? I know alot of that question deals with the cameras used considering Clones was shot on a first-gen HD camera and Sith was shot on a new HD camera. Is there a clear difference?
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#56 of 888 OFFLINE   Brendon


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Posted October 14 2005 - 11:34 AM

Had this on pre-order since it came up for pre-ordering.

You splendid review has only whetted my appetite more. Much obliged!


#57 of 888 OFFLINE   Matt Leigh

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Posted October 14 2005 - 12:28 PM

Anakin also thinks he is right the whole time and that the Jedi are in the wrong as he believes they are going to destroy the established democracy by overthrowing the government. That is why he pledges allegiance to Palpatine and he only becomes twisted by the dark side later when he begins his killing.

Pledging the allegiance isn't what turns someone, doing the evil deeds does.

#58 of 888 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted October 14 2005 - 01:46 PM


Awesome review. Would love to find out about your screen shots...I need to find a way to start doing that myself.

I'm so thrilled to get this disc. I just can't wait! Your description of the video and audio quality has me DROOLING in expectation!

I should also add that I truly enjoy this film. I find it not only tolerable (an honor which Episode 1 didn't garner from me), but ENJOYABLE.

IMO, my ideal "star wars movie party" starts with this film then moves on to the original three.

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#59 of 888 OFFLINE   Chris Atkins

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Posted October 14 2005 - 02:10 PM

Luke was also very close to turning in ROTJ, and only pulled back at the last minute.

And yet, we all believe that Luke was very, very close to taking the same path his father did. It wasn't until the last minute that he pulled back, and even then he pulled back because his father had made the wrong choice and turned into a monster because of it.

But Anakin didn't turn in ROTS. He really turned in AOTC, or at least that's where he started down the dark path. Unlike Luke, Anakin was too far gone by the time he had to make the choice in ROTS. He slipped on the slope he had chosen to travel down.

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Posted October 14 2005 - 04:31 PM

Check out the trailer at the THX website. It may be a variation of their other trailers, but I'll bet it sounds really good. Posted Image

Wasn't as impressed with ROTS as most, but I'll still be buying this for the audio and video. Plus, I didn't hate the movie, I just didn't like it as much as everyone else.

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