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October 2004
Week 5

Sunday October 31, 2004
EPIII: Yoda Pic

The Offical Site features a pic of Yoda from Revenge of the Sith, which is part of their flash advert. That image will also appear in the teaser trailer coming out on November 4. Supposedly, Spoilers - Highlight to read: it looks like Yoda is in Palpatine's office. We think he is there to confront the Chancellor. Click the link above to see the image.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Saturday October 30, 2004
KOTOR 2 Official Website

The official website for Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is now up and running. The site offers glimpses into this highly anticipated sequel to the first famed KOTOR. Desktop wallpapers, gameplay information, and the official trailer for the game are just some of what this site has for you. Also, before you enter the site, you can choose to be on the light or the dark side of the Force. Whatever you choose will affect the site layout slightly. Click the link above to check it out. This information was kindly provided by Andrew. Thanks!

Posted by: Gingitsune

Friday October 29, 2004
EPIII: New Documentary Released

The official site updates with the 11th of its Making Of Episode III web documentaries entitled 'Becoming Obi-Wan':

With the prequel trilogy, Ewan McGregor stepped in to fill the role of a younger Kenobi. In Episodes I through III, audiences have watched Obi-Wan mature from a fresh-faced Padawan learner to a seasoned General in the Clone Wars. With Revenge of the Sith, McGregor comes closest to the Kenobi that Guinness portrayed. In doing, McGregor -- a life-long Star Wars fan -- completes his journey as the greatest Jedi Knight of the saga.

If you are a member of Hyperspace, you can hit the link above to watch the vid. If you are not a paid subscriber, click here to view the archives of Episode III videos now available for all to enjoy.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Friday October 29, 2004
EPIII: Teaser Poster - More Than Meets The Eye

TF.N has closely examined the newly released teaser poster (click here to view) and has found some hidden images which it contains:

The Teaser is a collage that has several characters in it. People are not seeing it .... so I made a screenshot to help (above left).

The teaser poster has at least two Vaders in it. The obvious one and another (above right).

Click here to see the first image. Mild Spoilers.
Click here to see the second image.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Friday October 29, 2004
Homing Beacon #122

The latest Homing Beacon has arrived, and in this issue we get to talk about Star Wars (teaser) trailers. The eagerly awaited teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith premieres worldwide next week on Hyperspace. In the early afternoon of Thursday, November 4 (US time), the trailer will be available for high quality download only to members of Hyperspace, in partnership with AOL. Make sure you're signed up today, and be the first to see completed moving images from the final Star Wars film.

To fully experience this first look at Revenge of the Sith, you'll have to head to movie theaters starting Friday, November 5. In the US and Canada, the trailer will appear in front of The Incredibles, the latest film from Pixar.

If you haven't seen it by then, the trailer will be posted on for everyone to see starting Monday, November 8.

With the rest of the Star Wars saga now on DVD, fans have the ability to watch the teaser trailers of the entire saga in anticipation of the Episode III release. The evolution of trailer styles is markedly visible by watching all these early introductions to the Star Wars saga.

A New Hope
Running Time: 2:02
Number of Shots: 65

Truly a product of its time, the very first Star Wars teaser trailer plays out at a lethargic pace (by modern standards) building tension as the plainly-typed and non-styled words "STAR WARS" come closer to camera from the depths of space. The only name mentioned is George Lucas, introduced simply as "The Man Who Brought You American Graffiti." As the music had not been composed at this point, the resounding Star Wars fanfare is painfully absent.

This trailer has a collection of potential taglines. Among them are: "Somewhere in space, this may all be happening now..." "A spectacle light years ahead of its time..." "A big, sprawling space saga of rebellion and romance," and the truly hyperbolic "A billion years in the making."

The Empire Strikes Back
Running Time: 1:27
Number of Shots: 37

Truly a teaser as the trailer does not contain a single frame of finished film footage. It is a zipping montage of Ralph McQuarrie production paintings culminating in a slideshow of production photography of the principal actors. While the paintings do offer a glimpse of the film's visual diversity, they definitely leave you hungry for more.

The narrator hurdles through very awkward phrasing, including this vivid description: "In the course of the odyssey, they travel with their faithful friends, droids and Wookiees to exotic worlds where they meet new alien creatures and evil machines." ... uh, Wookiees? The trailer also offers an immense promise: "an awesome confrontation between Luke Skywalker and the master of the dark side of the Force, Darth Vader."

Return of the Jedi
Running Time: 1:27
Number of Shots: 50

By now the pantheon of Star Wars characters had become household names, and this trailer follows a model developed late in the Empire campaign -- reintroduce audiences to their old friends. The narrator identifies each character in turn, with a production photo serving as a first look, and isolated clips of the character in action. Though this first teaser has some tantalizing looks at ideas and scenes ultimately cut from the film - a blue lightsaber, the desert sandstorm, Vader alone in the turbolift - the featured Revenge of the Jedi title came to be the most remarkable thing about it.

The Phantom Menace
Running Time: 2:07
Number of Shots: 71

This teaser trailer proved that a tiny preview can become an event as huge as the film itself. After over a decade of waiting, this was the first brand new Star Wars imagery fans had a chance to behold. The online debut was a resounding success, setting an incredible benchmark for downloads and fan anticipation, and making online trailer debuts de rigeur blockbuster marketing. It also ushered in the phenomenon of people going to see movies just for the trailers attached to them.

Eschewing narrator voiceover -- which had become passé by the late 90s -- this teaser begins with title cards proclaiming that "Every saga has a beginning..." The focus is on Anakin Skywalker, introducing the 9-year old to audiences. The most memorable part, though, is Yoda's mantra-like warning of the three dark side steps to suffering that plays near the trailer's end.

Attack of the Clones
Running Time: 1:05
Number of Shots: 22

The fall before Episode II's release saw no less than three teaser trailers, necessitating the titling of each to let fans know which was which. "Breathing" was the first out of the gate, appearing theatrically with Pixar's Monsters, Inc.. Lacking any dialogue and considerably abstract for a Star Wars trailer, "Breathing" let audiences know that Darth Vader was coming. His raspy, rhythmic breathing is accompanied by flashes of otherwise silent imagery, showcasing the returning characters and the new ones, and giving the film an eerie, dark feel.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Thursday October 28, 2004
Episode III Teaser Poster Released!

This exciting news comes to us from the Official Star Wars Website. A revealing new teaser poster for Episode III was just released today. For the full article, click here.

Posted by: Gingitsune

Thursday October 28, 2004
Battlefront: IrelandClick Review

IrelandClick has posted their thoughts on Battlefront:

Pick a side to fight for and then you’re left with the option of choosing a class from the four basics – soldier, sniper, pilot and missile launcher.

There’s a fifth, depending on which side you sign up to – the druids get a Droikela rolling assault-bot and the rebels get Wookie smugglers while the Empire and Republic forces have access to various brands of jet-pack soldiers.

Most of the Star Wars vehicles are available and the game is a must for any fans of movies. The plus side for the game is its online and multi-player action, which is excellent.

Finding a game is ridiculously easy and those with PS2 can join a game with up to 15 others, while X-Box players can battle with or against another 23. But the multi-player action is also the downside too because after playing online, the single player mode leaves a lot to be desired.

Hit the link above to read the full review.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Thursday October 28, 2004
Star Wars Goes Handheld

Ubisoft today revealed that the company has signed a deal with LucasArts to develop versions of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith for the Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, and Sony PSP. All three games will be developed by the company's Montreal studio, the same team responsible for Star Wars: Apprentice of the Force released on the Game Boy Advance earlier this year.

Ubisoft promises that Revenge of the Sith will take advantage of each of the systems' strengths for each version of the game, offering challenges and situations based on the Summer 2005 flick. The games will be released in conjunction with the theatrical film next year.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Thursday October 28, 2004
A New Affiliate

Today Galactic Voyage has gained a new affiliate! This is very overdue in coming, but we would like to send a big welcome to our very own Rebel Racer who provides us with daily news updates and is the webmaster of Docking Bay 101. Special thanks goes to Rebel Racer for making this affiliation possible. This site has been growing very rapidly and is getting better all the time. They have nearly 800 sound clips from all five movies making them the number one source on the Internet for Star Wars. They also have music, pictures, themes, fan films, and so much more! Be sure to take a look at the latest version of this cool site!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday October 28, 2004
Star Wars Kids: SW Masks

Need a costume for Halloween but you're just not sure which Star Wars character you'd like to be? Download and print these masks originally from Random House Publishing's 1983 book, The Star Wars Book of Masks (made available by the Official Site). Choose from these masks of Star Wars Original Trilogy characters:

1) Click on the mask you want to enlarge, and choose FILE+PRINT from your browser toolbar. For best results, print your mask out on a color printer.

2) Once printed, carefully use a pair of scissors to cut out eye holes and nose holes (so you can see and breathe once the mask is on).

3) With a hole puncher, punch out holes at both sides of the mask.

4) If the eye holes are too small for you to see through, enlarge them with your scissors. (You may want to ask an adult to help you with this.)

5) Next, cut two pieces of string, each approximately six inches long. Tie or tape each piece in each side hole you cut in Step 3.

6) Tie the ends together at the back of your head to hold the mask on.

7)The badges, watch and other accessories available to print out can be fastened with cellophane tape.

Provided by the Offical Star Wars Kids site.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Wednesday October 27, 2004
Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed Now Available

Jump to Lightspeed, the expansion pack to the Massively Multiplayer Star Wars game Galaxies, has hit the stores today! The struggle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance extends into space with Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed, the expansion for the award-winning Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing game set in the Star Wars universe. This addition dramatically expands the Star Wars Galaxies franchise by providing players more than 15 different vehicles for space exploration and combat. Starfighters and other starships in the expansion can be used for both space exploration and combat, allowing players to join up with allies and fly familiar X-wings and TIE fighters into battle against faction-aligned opponents and AI-controlled ships. Transport ships similar to the well-known Millennium Falcon are included, allowing players to venture through space with friends aboard. Set in the Star Wars timeframe between Episode IV and Episode V, this first extension to the Star Wars Galaxies foundation opens 10 vast and distinct space sectors, spanning from the Core Worlds to the Outer Rim, for players to explore while engaging their opponents in intense real-time combat or uniting with friends in battle or exploration. Players can embark on more than 100 missions, venturing through asteroid fields, nebulae and space junkyards while honing skills in four new space-specific professions. The game also features two completely customizable species. Be sure to head over to the offical site and purchase the game, or if you're a bargain hunter, see what PriceGrabber has listed.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Wednesday October 27, 2004
Original Star Wars Movie Poster To Be Auctioned

TMCNet has reported the following:

Original poster art of two of the most popular movies of all time -- "Star Wars" and "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," each expected to sell for between $100,000 and $250,000 -- have been added to the nearly 500 movie and TV memorabilia items to be auctioned Dec. 10 by Joseph Maddalena's Profiles In History, the number one company in the world for live and simultaneous Internet Hollywood memorabilia auctions. This will be the company's 20th auction over the past nine years. The "Star Wars" artwork is a layered, collaged, one-of-a-kind original piece executed in mixed media on artist's illustration board and paper, measuring 41 by 48 inches. It was created by artists Charles White III and Drew Struzan for the 1977 release of the film.

Hit the link above to read the full article.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Wednesday October 27, 2004
Battlefront: AVault Review

AVault has posted their thoughts on LucasArts' brand new SW game:

At its core, Battlefront is a basic run-and-gun 3D shooter that mixes things up a bit by adding in vehicle combat as well. The first impression one gets is that it’s the Star Wars version of Battlefield 1942. Unlike that popular WW2 frag-fest, this title features two full single-player campaigns that don’t annihilate your system's resources. These campaigns follow the two major timelines set in place by the films. The first is the Clone Wars; the second is the Galactic Civil War. Now, whether you’re a fan of the later movies or not, you can’t deny the fun to be had in running around the fields of Naboo as a Trade Federation battle-droid blowing away Gungans. It’s like sweet, sweet vengeance for all of us crusty old timers who took so much personal offense to Jar-Jar. As Battlefront allows you to fight on both sides, you’ll have a chance to wield some clone-army weaponry as well. There are seven planets to fight on in this line of the single player campaign.

Hit the link above to read the full article.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Wednesday October 27, 2004
EPIII: Three More Pics

As part of their Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith coverage, Moviefone has revealed three new pictures from the anticipated third and final George Lucas prequel. To view them, just click here (SPOILERS!).

Lucasfilm will release the first teaser trailer for the movie with The Incredibles in theaters on November 5th. Members of Hyperspace will be able to view the clip in the early afternoon on November 4. Subcribers to AOL will also be able to see the trailer on the 4th, and it will be shown on TV that day as well.

The teaser poster is expected to be on display in theaters starting late next week. "Episodes III" hits theaters on May 19, 2005. Thanks to ComingSoon for this news.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Tuesday October 26, 2004
Star Wars #53: Behind the Scenes of Episode III

This month, Star Wars Magazine #53, the official magazine of the UK Star Wars Fan Club, features the latest news on Episode III Revenge of the Sith, not to be missed interviews, and an opportunity to take a journey through the creation of the original Star Wars trilogy.

This feature-packed issue also takes fans for a behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, with a detailed report on the shooting at Shepperton studios. This issue also includes exclusive talks with producer Rick McCallum as he presents his regular informative production update.

Star Wars Magazine also meets five of the Revenge of the Sith concept artists, and takes a sneak peek at some of their exclusive designs for the next Star Wars film.

To celebrate the release of the Star Wars Original Trilogy on DVD, Star Wars Magazine takes a journey back to 1976 and witnesses the creation of a legend as Star Wars begins shooting in the desert of western Tunisia. Find out all about the creation of the original trilogy, with some fantastic behind-the-scenes photos.

Plus the legendary Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie talks about how he helped the decision makers at 20th Century Fox see the power of Lucas' vision, resulting in the funding of a movie then known as The Star Wars. Find out how Ralph McQuarrie's designs have defined both the look of the original Star Wars trilogy and the prequels. In addition to McQuarrie's masterpieces, take a look at the best of the diverse Star Wars posters from over the years, and we have interviews with the creators themselves.

Also included in this issue is exciting fiction featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi as he teams up on a mission with Anakin Skywalker in Changing of the Seasons part two. And don't miss news and updates about the Star Wars trilogy DVD in the UK and information on how readers can have the chance to win the Star Wars trilogy CD soundtrack.

Star Wars #53 has already shipped to subscribers and starts shipping to newsstands on Oct. 28. For more information about the UK fan club, click here.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Tuesday October 26, 2004
EPIII Trailer: AOL Teams Up With LucasFilm

AOL Movies and, one of the largest online movie destinations, today announced that they will offer an online premiere of the highly anticipated teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith on November 4, one day before it appears in theaters. The trailer will be released in theaters on November 5, and will be available online only on AOL and Hyperspace, the subscription-only Official Star Wars Fan Club. Revenge of the Sith, which debuts in theaters in May 2005, is Lucasfilm LTD.'s sixth and final installment of Star Wars, one of the most popular and enduring theatrical sagas of all time.

"Millions of fans look forward to every new Star Wars installment with great anticipation," said Steven Yee, Vice President and General Manager of AOL Movies and Moviefone. "As one of the largest online movie destinations, we are excited about giving our growing audience a first look at the Revenge of the Sith trailer, and we look forward to working with Lucasfilm to feature additional exclusive elements of the Star Wars universe."

"After more than 25 years, the Star Wars saga continues to exhilarate people around the globe, and this amazing teaser trailer is just the tip of the iceberg for millions who have been eagerly awaiting the release of the episode that finally answers all the burning questions on the minds of Star Wars fans," said Jim Ward, Vice President of Marketing and Distribution for Lucasfilm. "It's great to work with AOL Movies and Moviefone to give our fans more access than ever to awesome footage from Revenge of the Sith and the entire saga."

Film enthusiasts can experience a full, custom-designed and comprehensive destination that honors the entire franchise by going to or through AOL Keyword: Star Wars.

Thanks to TMCNet for this news. Also, here's a link to a cool page on Moviefone which has some documentaries on the making of Episode III.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Tuesday October 26, 2004
Star Wars Games: Two Board Games

GamingReport reports: We have received some details regaring two board games from Hasbro under the Milton Bradley brand for Star Wars Fans. Both of which are to be released early next year. Here are the details:

Star Wars: The Saga Edition Trivial Pursuit with DVD
This special edition of Trivial Pursuit features interactive DVD questions focusing on the history, technology, and memorable characters from the epic Star Wars saga.

Star Wars Risk: The Clone Wars Edition
A year has passed since the start of the Clone Wars on Geonosis. The Galactic Republic has since become engulfed with all-out warfare against the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The effects of this galaxy-wide struggle have been felt in every facet of the Republic. Take command of the Republic "Clone Trooper" Army or lead the Separatists in their universal conquest to topple the Old Republic as players wage war on numerous planetary battlegrounds in the galaxys most unforgettable conflict in this exciting RISK variant.

Sounds very cool. Hit the link above to visit GamingReport.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Tuesday October 26, 2004
EPIII: First Review Coming Soon

The final installment of the Star Wars saga may be looming as large as a planet-busting Death Star, but so far there’s been precious little in the way of tantalising spoilerage. Near-hysterical fans have had to make do with Lucas-vetted glimpses of the ongoing production on the official website, or the short preview featurette on the Episodes IV-VI DVD box set.

But prepare to set your blaster for excitement. In 2002, under shadowy circumstances involving a hotel room and a mysterious videotape, AICN's Harry Knowles was shown an early cut of Attack Of The Clones. Now, two years on, it seems that those space pirate types at have managed to take a peek at a rough version (lacking most of the visual FX and John Williams' score) of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.

And the verdict? It rocks, apparently, ranking second only to The Empire Strikes Back in the overall saga. High praise indeed. The full review, by Josh Griffin, won't be up on the site until November 1 (provided Lucasfilm's cease and desist stormtroopers don't pay him a visit first). Meanwhile, though, if you want to know more, first-hand info from the screening has been posted on one of the site's message boards. And when we say spoiler heavy, we mean spoiler heavy.

Amazing news!!! I haven't heard anything about this on TF.N yet, but I read about it on Empire Online. Stay tuned and we'll keep up updated.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Tuesday October 26, 2004
DVD Trilogy: More Information on Restoration

BBC posted an article on their site, which covers some of the more technical information about the restoration of the Original Trilogy to DVD, some of which other sites haven't covered:

Mike Inchalik, president of Lowry Images, explains: "The film scanners are the eyes of the facility. They are the devices which convert each frame of film into a digital file which the computers can later repair.

"Each frame of film is slowly pulled past a CCD sensor. It takes approximately four seconds to take a frame of film and digitise it.

"When we're done we have a computer file of roughly 70mb for each frame of film. A movie such as Star Wars has about 180,000 frames."

Needless to say, 180,000 frames at 70 megabytes per frame is quite a large file. It's a wonder that they can fit all of that data into their system at once. Hit the link above to read the full article.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Monday October 25, 2004
Star Wars DVDs break sales record

The DVDs of the original Star Wars trilogy have broken a UK sales record after one day of release.

Internet retailer Amazon received more than 85,000 pre-orders for The Star Wars Trilogy, beating the 50,000 high of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

"Fans have been waiting for this for a long time, so we knew there would be a lot of interest," a spokesperson said.

Supermarket Tesco estimated it would sell 500,000 box sets in the first week, beating its Two Towers record.

Click here to read the full article from BBC.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Monday October 25, 2004
Hasbro's Star Wars Q&A has provided a couple of answers to some questions you may have.

Q: On some of the new Rabé packaging, there are two names associated with the Handmaiden figure -- Rabé and Dormé. Was this an error, or will we see a second version?

A: It was an error that's been corrected.

Q: Why have some of the Target Slave I exclusives shown up without the Boba Fett’s jet-pack missile?

A: It was an error in the factory. However, the amount of sets that were missing the missile is very small.

So for you collectors out there, hang on to this one because there are limited quatities making it a rare find.

Posted by: Jedi Power

Monday October 25, 2004
Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed

Joystiq has posted on the Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed developer dairy:

The Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Light Speed diary is probably one of the best-written diaries out there right now. The quips are tittliating, the insights are deep and the self-deprication is refreshing. There isn’t enough self-deprication in the games industry these days . This installment of the series tempts us with the closeness of it all. The expansion pack seems inevitable, as proven by juicy passages like: “The plan is for us to lock down all coding by noon today. We get a build up onto SpaceDev by early afternoon. QA bangs on it all afternoon (and all night) and if it passes we will move it out to SpaceBeta (and both Test Centers) Sunday morning. Hopefully this is the final candidate for what goes Live next week. All bugs that are found will be individually analyzed, to see if it is something that we have to fix before launch or if it is something that we could hotfix in after things go Live. Any and all changes at this time add a layer of risk to the current build, sometimes causing complete regressions of the entire game.”

Hit the link above to visit Joystiq, or click here to read the developer diary on the offical site.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Sunday October 24, 2004
Star Wars Trilogy: DailyGame Review

DailyGame has posted a not-so-positive review of the brand new Star Wars game Apprentice of the Force:

Hot on the heals of the international DVD release of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, Ubisoft has decided to capitalize by releasing Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force for the GBA. While not a remarkable addition to the GBA, library it’s easily the most fun of all the Star Wars games to hit the handheld. Unfortunately, the fun fades quickly as you realize that strict marketing deadlines can translate into a sloppy game.

The majority of the game is an action side-scroller, where players have to find keys and power-ups in order to progress through the Episodes. Unfortunately, the level design is sub par. It’s not unusual to feel like you’re running in circles, as the backgrounds rarely change, nor do the platforms you jumping on. I would have been happy with shorter levels with more creative flair, but Ubi opted instead for longer levels with incredible repetition. Enemies come at Luke relentlessly, and since he’s limited in his abilities (especially at the beginning of the game), it only adds to the redundant feel as you mindlessly blast and slash through them. Things improve slightly when you are given Force abilities that allow you to move objects, run and jump better and slow down time, but most of the gameplay is stilted and lacks any real variety.

Hit the full link above to read the full article.

Posted by: Rebel Racer