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Noah Robischon
February 13, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

If you feel a disturbance in the Force, there’s good reason: After years of anticipation, the classic ”Star Wars Trilogy” will be released on DVD Sept. 21 — quite a shift from the original plan to hit stores after ”Star Wars: Episode III”’s arrival in theaters next year. This comes in the wake of other news from the Empire:

— Recently leaked behind-the-scenes footage from ”Episode III” gave a glimpse of Darth Vader in his ”Luke, I am your father” getup. Back in black? All right!

— The Cartoon Network’s George Lucas-sanctioned ”Clone Wars” shorts will introduce a villain who’ll also appear in ”Episode III.” Look for it in ”Clone Wars”’ Episode 20, coming up.

The four-disc Star Wars DVD set will comprise the 1997 special-edition versions (now on VHS), and will rename the original 1977 film ”Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.” (After all, the latest films are prequels.) And if the $50 million-earning DVD release of another retro set, ”The Adventures of Indiana Jones,” is any indication, the ”Trilogy” will be an earnings force to be reckoned with.

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