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By Thomas K. Arnold

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The Force will return to retail
stores Nov. 1 with a double whammy: "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge
of the Sith" will be released on DVD, and "Star Wars Battlefront II"
will be made available for all the top video game platforms.

"Sith" is the year's top-grossing movie, with domestic box office
earnings of $373.9 million (and an additional $425 million overseas).
The two-disc set will include a full-length documentary; two new
featurettes, one exploring the prophecy of Anakin Skywalker as the
Chosen One and the other on the movie's stunts; and a 15-part
collection of "Web documentaries."

The five previous "Star Wars" movies have sold "well in excess" of 100
million units on DVD and VHS, said Steve Feldstein, senior vp
marketing communications at 20th Century Fox, which is partnering on
the release with "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' Lucasfilm
production banner.

Lucas was personally involved in the creation of the "Sith" DVD and
its bonus features, said Lucasfilm vp marketing and distribution Jim

"From the beginning of production, George wanted to be sure we
chronicled everything that went into the making of 'Episode III'
specifically to create an incredible DVD experience," Ward said. "This
DVD has literally been three years in the making."

For video gamers, LucasArts' "Star Wars Battlefront II" will be
available for Sony's PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable,
Microsoft's Xbox and Windows platforms. It is the sequel to the
best-selling "Star Wars" video game of all time and adds all-new space
combat, playable Jedi characters and never-before-seen environments
from "Sith."

The game also offers a new single-player experience that takes the
player through an epic saga centered on Darth Vader's elite 501st
Legion of Stormtroopers. Every action the player takes has an impact
on the battlefield and, ultimately, on the entire "Star Wars" galaxy.

The "Sith" DVD will include a demo of two levels from the game,
playable only on Xbox.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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