STAR WARS 3D Re-Release Update: ATTACK OF THE CLONES on September 20, 2013 Followed by REVENGE OF THE SITH on October 11, 2013

     August 26, 2012


The initial plan for the Star Wars 3D re-releases was to test the market with The Phantom Menace in February 2012, and if it performed well, release episodes two through six every year around the same time over the next five years.  The Phantom Menace grossed $43 million in 3D showings, which probably makes Lucasfilm some money, but is nothing special compared to the $94 million The Lion King earned with its 3D re-release last fall.  That must have inspired the studio to shake up the plan, because it was announced at the Star Wars Celebration this weekend that Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith will be re-released back to back on September 20, 2013 and October 11, 2013, respectively [via the official Star Wars Facebook page].  That’s fine, but what that means for most of the core Star Wars fanbase is that Lucasfilm can probably get to A New HopeThe Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi sooner than 2015 as originally planned.

We’ll definitely check back in when they announce the release plan for the original trilogy, but in the meantime, hit the jump to watch the trailers for Clones and Sith to see just how excited you can get about revisiting them.  (Revenge of the Sith was good, right?)

star wars attack of the clones 3d poster

star wars revenge of the sith 3d poster

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  • ike

    Attack of the Clones is garbage but I kind of like Revenge of the Sith. Feels much more like a Star Wars movie. Still not really interested until the original trilogy is in 3D.

  • Northern Star

    Oh great, another opportunity to dredge up the ‘OT vs PT’ debate again! Just for the record, for me ‘Star Wars’ began in 1977 and ended in 1983, so unless the original Trilogy re-released into cinemas are the original theatrical versions, I won’t be going, although I wouldn’t say no to having them remastered and presented in anamorphic widescreen for new DVD/Blu-Ray releases instead…

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  • J. Brian

    Wow… really? I think George Lucas and Steve Jobs shared the same brain… let’s see how many times we can release the same piece of sh*t to the idiots of the world. And this time he’s doing it in 3D! No thanks, Lucas, if I want the sensation of having sh*t thrown at me for 2 hours I’ll go piss off the moneys at the zoo.

    • James

      I’m amazed at how many people still think modern 3D is about the in-your-face effects of the 80′s. Go see Hugo on 3D Blu-ray,, or Life of Pi when it comes out this fall, and tell me 3D is still crap. If you can, then I question your intelligence.

      • GET OVER IT!

        Yes, 3D is crap and will always be crap, its a gimmick, it reduces movies to theme park rides, it adds NOTHING! Films have always been “3D”, its 3D composition, you get foreground, mid ground and background and objects moving around in between. What, is your brain so dense that the 3D makes it feel “more real” for you or something? Films are made to tell stories, you are suppose to get the excitement from the thrills and emotions of the story telling, not from the a frame having more “depth” because it’s in 3D or having something chucked in your face. You want interaction? play a video game. All the interaction you should have in a film is being invested in the journey of the characters and feeling their story, if anything that 3D shit takes you out of the film, as your constantly reminded that your watching 3D and not getting engrossed in what is important which is the story, although we are on a article about star wars prequels so they wont count in that case. The end of the day 3D is like those baby mobiles parents use to send babies to sleep, the baby is just happy to lay there and stare at the pretty lights spin round with not a lot else going on ;)

      • WARI

        You’ll find that the majority of the movie goers that hate the concept of 3-D are usually the ones with glasses. Because of thier blurred vision they simply can’t enjoy the experience. Instead of bein honest with themselves, they’d rather attack the format an play it off that 3-D is garbage. True bluray 3-D is revolutionary and it enhances the movie experience. The nay sayers are just pist off because they can’t see the films because they have to wear bi-focals….plain an simple.

  • Lance

    Re: (Revenge of the Sith was good, right?)

    Ha, ha! Thanks, Brendan, for setting us all up to respond with a resounding, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!”

    • The Reluctant Geek

      Not resounding at all, I actually loved Sith to the point that it is my favourite out of the 6. The opening scene gave me the same feeling as when I first saw the star destroyer flying into shot above Tatooine and the final dual between Anakin and Obi Wan was something I had been waiting for since I was a kid.

      • Dan Geer

        ROTS my “favorite” one as well, although I have to agree that ESB is the “best” one in terms of storytelling.

      • Cobra Commander

        Agreed. Sith is awesome.

      • Anonymous

        He’ll yeah it’s my favorite movie of all time

    • RorshachLives!

      I don’t have a problem the backstory was told onscreen, for it could have been an emotionally powerful and visually breathtaking epic had it been handled correctly. George Luca$ even said that 80% of the story ended up in Episode III alone, and that Episodes I and II were just “padding”. It should have been told in a single 200-minute film, titled ‘Clone Wars’, and started with the opening battle that began the war, dropping all the ridiculous ‘mother’ issues that clogged up the prequel story, and saw the wider war eventually turn into a civil war as some planets finally realize what’s really happening… and it’s that split that causes a conflicted and divided Anakin Skywalker to turn against his former comrades.


    Thanks for the heads up collider. I now know not to go near the cinema during these dates :)

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    Well, I begrudginly saw Phantom Menace in 3D. Actually it was sooo much better in 3D. Not perfect, but it ironed out a few horrible things I hated. Particularly how the CGI characters mingled with the real people, and the real people sticking out from green-screened backdrops and rooms. in 3D all of this was fixed! The actors and cgi felt like they were occupying the same space and the rooms/environments seemed they were really there because of the added depth.

    Yoda was a VAST improvement over that horrible Phantom Menace puppet design.
    Still, all that Jar Jar crap was still shit on a stick.

    I may catch Attack of the clones because of the action scenes, Fett and end battle, just to see if in 3D it might look less like FMV for a game. Sith I will watch just for some action.

    But what these films really needs is a brutal fan-edit to cut the crap. Theyve done it on Dvd, why is no one at Lucasfilm taking notes???

    The 3D OT is a must however!

  • ScaredForMovies

    While I enjoyed the prequel trilogy on a certain level it wasn’t as satisfying as the originals. I think Lucas imagination was held in check by his creative team in the early days. The only oscar Star Wars ever got was for editing which was done by his ex-wife. After they divorced he basically erased her from Star Wars history. The prequel trilogy was made by the Lucas corporation. If you watch the behind the scenes they’re a bunch of yes men too scared of Lucas to say when he is wrong. He also just sits in a chair watching two television screens and drinking coffee. If you want an in depth review of the prequels you should go to and watch Plinkett Reviews-Star Wars. I usually don’t endorse other websites but it’s hilarious and spot on.

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