The third and final prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy, Revenge of the Sith, makes it to 4K Ultra HD. So, how is it? Does it deserve thunderous applause?
The story: Three years into the Clone Wars a huge battle rages, a hostage situation is tense, more politics go down, there’s a pregnancy and Anakin Skywalker crosses over to the Dark Side, becoming Darth Vader…
“This is where the fun begins.”
The 4K disc: As we remarked in a previous Star Wars 4K review, technology evolves quickly, and by the time Lucas set about shooting Revenge of the Sith Sony were offering better cameras. The original source here is still 1080p, but with more colour depth, which delivers us the best of the first three episodes by quite a margin. Despite its digital origins, some form of processing has been done to give proceedings more of a film-like look, and the addition of HDR adds subtly – but effectively – to the visual dynamic range. As it’s an upscaled production this obviously isn’t as detailed as anything that’s native 4K, but a quick A-B with the included standard Blu-ray had us back watching the 4K Ultra HD version in no time.
Once again we get a glorious new Dolby Atmos audio mix, and once again it truly delivers on the aural majesty of the Star Wars universe. As fans know, this film’s epic space battle occurs very early on, and it’s a wow-inducing sonic experience as spacecraft and their artillery ping all about the surround stage, also engaging the height channels eagerly. Elsewhere, like the other mixes afforded these new Star Wars 4K Ultra HD releases, all sound elements know their place, giving crystal clear dialogue even in the midst of the biggest onscreen chaos, while bass givesus just the right amound of menacing thump.
The 4K disc here houses nothing other than the film, allowing it a much higher quality than any streaming option can offer. That doesn’t mean any lack of bonus goodies though, as two standard Blu-ray discs are included. The first features the movie, along with two audio commentaries, both of which have been released previously at different times. The first of these features George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum and Industrial Light & Magic wizards Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett. The second is edited together from interviews with a bevy of cast and crew members. Like other releases in this series, the second bonus disc delivers a large collection of interviews, deleted scenes, 3D models, featurettes and more.
Release date: April 1, 2020
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.