“Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” will get a global day-and-date DVD release Nov. 1, while Fox Home Entertainment and LucasArts will simultaneously release videogame “Star Wars Battlefront II.”
The DVD will debut in most major territories around the world on or about the same day. A global DVD push is rare, though Fox has done a similar move on the earlier “Star Wars” discs.
The first “Battlefront” is the bestseller of the “Star Wars” videogames. The sequel, for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows and PSP, will feature never-before-seen environments taken from “Sith.”
The double-disc movie DVD will include a feature-length docu on the making of the pic, which has grossed $784 million globally, making it the year’s top grosser.
“From the beginning of production, George (Lucas) wanted to be sure we chronicled everything that went into the making of ‘Episode III’ specifically to create an incredible DVD experience,” said Jim Ward, VP of marketing and distribution for Lucasfilm. “This DVD has literally been three years in the making, and it’s going to be a fantastic way to complete the ‘Star Wars’ saga at home.”
Also included are two featurettes exploring the prophecy of Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One and a look at the movie’s stunts, as well as a 15-part collection of Lucasfilm’s “Web documentaries.”
The DVD will offer access to a special Xbox-playable demo of two entire levels of the game.
The disc of the last film in the six-pic series will no doubt be the prelude to a series of complete-set collector’s editions in years to come.
Fox has sold an estimated 100 million units worldwide of the first five “Star Wars” movies on VHS, laserdisc and DVD.
The “Star Wars Trilogy” DVD set generated more than $215 million from its release Sept. 21 through the end of last year. The previous episode, “Attack of the Clones,” generated about the same amount in its first seven weeks of release after its debut Nov. 12, 2002.