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The Force Runs Its Course 

Wednesday, Nov 2 2005
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Star Wars Episode III:

Revenge of the Sith

(Lucasfilm Ltd.) The final installment of the Star Wars saga actually plays better at home: You can watch it, then pop in the original trilogy and chart the evolution of Anakin, and have it all actually make sense. Though it's still a blue-screen wonderland, with too much going on and not much actually happening, Revenge of the Sith does give episodes four through six more poignancy; no longer is Darth Vader just a monster in a plastic mask, after all. George Lucas and producer Rick McCallum reiterate this obvious nugget again and again in the three back-patting documentaries that flesh out disc two. Like its prequel predecessors, Sith comes loaded with extras, including a handful of deleted scenes. Among them, there is one wonderful moment: the exiling of Yoda to Dagobah, which McCallum wanted to keep, but Lucas excised for reasons of repetition. Like Yoda, it's short but strangely wrenching. -- Robert Wilonsky

Star Trek Enterprise: Season Four

(Paramount) If only. That's what die-hard fans muttered at the end of the fourth and final season of the latest effort to kill the Star Trek franchise. If only the first three seasons had been at all like the fourth, perhaps it would still be on the air. This was the season when Captain Archer and crew visited Vulcan, fought with the Tholians and Gorns of the original series, and got caught in the Mirror Universe later discovered by Captain Kirk. Even the old 1966 ship and those groovy uniforms appeared, but they were cameos that came too late to save the ship from mothballs. The docs here show how new producer Manny Coto and his staff made the final voyage worth taking. So by all means, beam this into your collection. -- Wilonsky The Brat Pack Movies & Music Collection

(Universal) Now that The Breakfast Club has turned 20, it's officially taught an entire generation how to view their high school experience. This set, which packages the film with writer-director John Hughes' Weird Science (still hilarious) and Sixteen Candles (still . . . pretty funny), is prime rainy-day fodder for anyone between the ages of 13 and 40. Sure, the faux-notebook package and the CD of hits from the films are the only notable special features, and just because Hughes only wrote and produced -- but didn't direct -- Pretty in Pink is no reason to leave it out. But cheering on eternal teens Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall is endlessly pleasing. So is quoting dialogue: "You're stewed, buttwad!" "Could you describe the ruckus, sir?" Sigh. Still a geek after all these years. -- Jordan Harper

Office Space: Special Edition With Flair

(Fox) Mike Judge's 1999 comedy about the life of the cubicle rat who grows wan and pale beneath fluorescent lights has become a touchstone for anyone who works in a sterile high-rise; at this very moment, somewhere, one of your co-workers is asking a colleague for his TPS report while murmuring Yeah, unh-hunh under his coffee breath. This edition comes outfitted with a few deleted scenes, most of which provide only a scant chuckle here and there, but there's also a nifty doc in which the stars (except for Jennifer Aniston and John C. McGinley) provide new interviews about the making of the movie; Judge even shows clips from his old Milton cartoons, which provided the basis for the movie. So c'mon, make your O-face. You know you wanna. -- Wilonsky

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