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The franchise on DVD -- finally -- ''Star Wars'' -- The Must List 2004

MUSTWORTHINESS Being frozen in carbonite would be less agonizing than the decades-long wait for this DVD release. ''We didn't actually plan on doing this until after all three of the prequels were done,'' says Jim Ward, exec producer of the discs, which will contain George Lucas' 1997 remastered special editions. ''But we found a window of time when George could focus on this.''
THE BOUNTY The four-disc set is a Fett accompli of miscellanea including commentary by Carrie Fisher; a taste of the new videogame ''Star Wars Battlefront''; 10 minutes behind the scenes of the final prequel, ''The Return of Darth Vader''; plus the two-and-a-half-hour ''Empire of the Dreams'' doc, which boasts unseen footage and 40 new interviews with the likes of Harrison Ford and James Earl Jones.
NOT ON THE DVD ''The Star Wars Holiday Special'' -- the Lucas-loathed CBS special from 1978 -- starring the cast and featuring painful musical numbers, dull Wookiee domestic life, and, inexplicably, Bea Arthur as the Mos Eisley cantina bartender.
NEXT The DVD collection is out Sept. 21.
Originally posted Jun 25, 2004 Published in issue #771-772 Jun 25, 2004 Order article reprints