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'Star Wars' Update

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.

Originally posted Feb 20, 2004 Published in issue #752 Feb 20, 2004 Order article reprints
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