Lucasfilm officially announced the release of both Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith to 3D theaters successively on September 20 and October 11, 2013. That means you won’t have to wait a full year for Episode III! (Or, would it have better to see Episode II in theaters this fall?) Lucasfilm says post-production studio Prime Focus (supervised by Industrial Light & Magic) has meticulously converted the films to 3D using their own View-D process. While some Star Wars “purists” have denounced the re-release and 3D conversion of Star Wars films, others have delighted in the chance to see the movies on the big screen again or for the first time, 3D goggles or not. We haven’t heard anything yet about a Star Wars 3D Blu-ray Disc edition, but chances are discs will roll out sometime around the theatrical releases. Open the press release link below for more details.
Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith to be theatrically released in 3D back-to-back in September and October, 2013
Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox have announced the official release dates for the 3D theatrical launch of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Attendees at the closing ceremony for Star Wars Celebration VI, the franchise’s massive fan event, learned that the epic movies that chronicle the rise of the Galactic Empire will be released back-to-back, with Episode II hitting theaters on September 20, 2013 and Episode III arriving soon after on October 11, 2013.
With its deeply detailed worlds and engulfing action, Star Wars is perfectly suited for the immersive 3D theatrical experience. Episode II and III deliver such captivating locales as the gleaming clone hatcheries of rain-swept Kamino, and the fiery lava planet of Mustafar as well as spectacular action sequences like Yoda’s unforgettable debut as a lightsaber duelist, the explosive space and ground battles of the Clone Wars, and the dramatic showdown between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.
Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous 3D conversion was undertaken by Prime Focus, the global visual entertainment services company. With their proprietary View-D™ process, Prime Focus transformed Episode II and III into 3D with the utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological consideration and artistic intentions.