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Archived News
September 2004
Week 4

Saturday September 25, 2004
Ewok Adventures on DVD

The Official Star Wars Site has announced the Ewoks are coming. After the cinematic adventures of the original Star Wars trilogy ended in 1983, audiences were still eager to visit the far-away galaxy. They got their chance through a pair of made-for-television movies starring the furry heroes from the forest moon of Endor, the Ewoks.

Caravan of Courage and The Battle for Endor tell the story of young Cindel Towani (Aubree Miller), whose family has crash-landed on Endor. She is protected by the brave Ewoks from the dangers that lurk in the forests.

The first film, directed by John Korty, has Cindel and her brother Mace (Eric Walker) looking for their parents, who have been captured by the giant Gorax. The second film, directed by Jim and Ken Wheat, unleashes the fearsome Marauders against the Ewoks, as Cindel meets a helpful forest hermit named Noa (Wilford Brimley). Both films star Warwick Davis as Wicket the Ewok, and feature award-winning visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic.

The DVD double-feature containing both films is scheduled for release on November 23, 2004. These Ewok movies will be great for those who love Ewoks, but I have them on VHS and I can never seem to make it very far before turning it off. I won't be wasting my money on these because they are very slow, and what can I say... they are Ewoks!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday September 24, 2004
Best Buy Insider

On Tuesday I bought the Original Trilogy DVDs from Best Buy. The DVDs came with a special edition Star Wars Insider that had details about the Revenge of the Sith movie trailer.

On the last page at the bottom it reads: "Don’t miss the members-only online premiere of the Revenge of the Sith trailer this fall!" The trailers were free last time, but this might be a good reason to sign up for Hyperspace in order to be one of the first fans to see it. It will surely be free later on, but you would have to settle for seeing it on Entertainment Tonight instead.

Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday September 23, 2004
Star Wars Celebration III

The Official Star Wars Site has announced information about Celebration III! On Monday, Sept. 27, Star Wars fans officially can get their plans underway for Celebration III, the event that promises to be the most electrifying Star Wars extravaganza ever. Tickets for the 4-day festival, slated for April 21 - 24, 2005 in Indianapolis, are scheduled to go on sale at approximately 12 noon PDT at Reservations for hotels in Indianapolis for Celebration III also will be available starting September 27, exclusively for those who purchase tickets for the event.

Scheduled just four weeks before the worldwide premiere of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Celebration III has been eagerly anticipated by fans since Celebration II entertained more than 26,000 in May, 2002. Celebration III promises to be even more exciting, with more guests, more activities, and more events spread over the entire Indiana Convention Center -- over half a million square feet of Star Wars! Be sure to read the full article for all the goodies!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday September 22, 2004
$115,000,000 in Worldwide Sales for DVDs, Battlefront

The following was released by Lucasfilm this afternoon:


Star Wars Dominates Global Retail As Consumers Snap Up

DVD and Games at Light Speed

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. September 22, 2004 -Shattering all records for entertainment franchise spending in a single day, STAR WARS fans around the world have spent more than $115,000,000 on in-home STAR WARS entertainment. Single day sales for the most requested DVDs of all time, the STAR WARS TRILOGY, combined with the release of the new STAR WARS Battlefront videogame have set yet another benchmark for the most popular entertainment franchise in the world. This phenomenal achievement will continue as the DVD debuts in Japan, Australia, Benelux and Mexico and the LucasArts game launches internationally later this week

Easily setting a record for the best selling film collection ever released on DVD, the STAR WARS films boasts global box office performance in excess of $3.4 billion, not adjusted for inflation. Worldwide home entertainment sales for the STAR WARS franchise stand at more than 125 million units inception to date.

STAR WARS Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi are available in a four-disc set that includes a bonus disc filled with all-new special features - including the most comprehensive feature-length documentary ever produced about the STAR WARS saga and never-before-seen footage from the making of all three films. Each of the three films in the STAR WARS TRILOGY has been digitally restored and re-mastered by THX for superior sound and picture quality.

The films of the STAR WARS TRILOGY are available exclusively as a collection and feature Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX. All three films are closed-captioned and subtitled in English, French and Spanish in the U.S. Internationally, sound and subtitling specifications will vary by territory.

Star Wars Battlefront is an action/shooter game that gives fans and gamers the opportunity to re-live and participate in all of the classic Star Wars battles like never before. Players can select one of a number of different soldier types, jump into any vehicle, man any turret on the battlefront and conquer the galaxy planet-by-planet online with their friends or offline in a variety of single player modes. Single player modes include “Instant Action,” “Galactic Conquest” and the story-based “Historical Campaigns” mode that lets gamers experience all of the epic Star Wars battles from Episodes I-VI, fighting from the perspective of each of the four factions within the game. The game is available for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft and the PC.

More than 7,000 pages of information about the Star Wars saga can be found at

Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the world’s leading film and entertainment companies. Founded by George Lucas in 1971, it is a privately held, fully integrated entertainment company. In addition to its motion picture and television productions, the company’s global businesses include Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound; LucasArts Entertainment; Lucas Licensing; and Lucas Online. Lucasfilm’s feature films have won 19 Oscars and its television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment International are operating units of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a News Corporation Company.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Wednesday September 22, 2004
More on Sound & Vision's Exclusive Interview with George Lucas

Shavonne Harding reported earlier of a George Lucas interview in Sound & Vision. Here are some quote Highlights from Fisher's Interview with Lucas:

? On the Star Wars films, Lucas says "I still enjoy the films quite a bit. They still hold up for me."

? Does Lucas watch films over and over again on his home theater system? "The most I've ever seen a film was about ten times, and that was Hard Day's Night in film school. Now, if I see a film more than once, it's by accident."

? Of today's movie theater experience he comments, "In some cases, it's getting better, but in a lot of cases it's the same as it has been. It's very hard to get people to understand that if they would use digital projectors, the quality of the prints -- the quality of the film itself -- would stay high rather than degenerating over the few weeks it runs in the theater."

? With the advances in technology and sophisticated home theater systems, will people ever stop going to the movies? Lucas believes, "...people will always go to communal events because humans are social animals. They'll always go to the opera and the ballet, and they'll always go to the movies."

? On the timing of the Star Wars Trilogy DVD release he explains, "It was supposed to come out later, but piracy being the way it is, it's getting harder and harder to release DVD's. Soon, it's going to be impossible because they'll all be pirated."

? Is he surprised by the advancements in home theater systems? "No. It's an inevitable evolutionary process. I expect them to get bigger and better, with more storage. We've already reached the acceptable side of things in terms of image quality."

? Have Lucas' tastes changed over the years? "Um, I seem to like younger and younger girls as time goes by. It's not that I'm getting older; it's just that they seem to get younger." Fisher then reveals her famous father's [singer Eddie Fisher] own fondness for younger girls. "Do you know after your birthday party, I called my father? I go over to see him and he has a 40-year-old girlfriend - he's 76...he takes something out of the freezer. It's a bottle -a vial- ...and he says 'It's for sex.' I hope that's not in your future," she tells Lucas

Thanks Shavonne! Be sure to click here to see the full article! (You will need the Adobe Acrobat PDF reader for this article.)

Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday September 21, 2004
Homing Beacon-Special Edition

The most anticipated DVD set of all-time has finally arrived. Get your copy of the Star Wars Trilogy set, including the stunningly remastered A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and a bonus fourth disc filled with all-new special features -- including the most comprehensive feature-length documentary ever produced about the Star Wars saga and never-before-seen footage from the making of all three films.

Once you've seen the movies, you can live the battles in Star Wars: Battlefront, on sale now for Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PC. Immerse yourself in the classic Star Wars battles in any vehicle, on any planet, from any side.

Star Wars Trilogy on DVD and Star Wars: Battlefront are on sale now at major retailers.

Star Wars Trilogy
(Widescreen Edition)

Posted by: Jedi Power