Most critics have considered the film to be the best of the prequel trilogy. A. O. Scott of The New York Times concluded that it was "the best of the four episodes Mr. Lucas has directed", and equal to The Empire Strikes Back as "the richest and most challenging movie in the cycle". J.R. Jones, a Chicago Reader critic who disliked The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, gave the film a positive review, saying that it had a "relatively thoughtful story". Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three-and-a-half out of four stars, writing "If [Lucas] got bogged down in solemnity and theory in Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the Force is in a jollier mood this time, and Revenge of the Sith is a great entertainment", but he noted that "the dialogue throughout the movie is once again its weakest point".
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment brings Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a flyer for a Digital Copy. When redeeming said code via RedeemDigitalMovie.com or MoviesAnywhere, users have access to the 4K digital version in Dolby Vision HDR with Dolby Atmos audio. The dual-layered UHD66 disc sits comfortably opposite a Region Free, BD50 disc, which is identical to the 2011 Blu-ray containing all the bonus material. Both discs are housed inside a black, eco-vortex case with a glossy, lightly-embossed slipcover. At startup, viewers are taken to a static screen where owners can choose between the start of the movie or look through an animated menu screen.
Another thing to consider when you're connected to WiFi: Disney Plus allows you to download titles offline viewing. That means the TV shows and movies are actually stored on your device's internal memory so when you want to stream on the go, you won't actually use any data at all.
In the 1980s, I was a big Star Trek fan. Not the kind who would dress up as Spock to attend a convention, but one who had seen all of the episodes multiple times and could rattle off an alarming number of quotes. A few weeks before the much-anticipated summer 1982 release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, I heard a rumor that there was a trailer for the new Trek film attached to Conan the Barbarian at a local 2000-seat theater. I had planned to see Conan in the first place (I had to take my father, since I was under 17), but as I sat in my seat awaiting the start of the movie, I discovered that I was anticipating the Star Trek trailer more than the feature film. That was the first time I can recall thinking of a movie trailer as more than just an advertisement.
Trailers for "event movies" have always carried a little extra buzz, and, once the Internet started entering people's homes and broadband allowed quick downloads, movie trailers - even of non-event movies - became a big attraction. Back in its fledgling days, the E! Entertainment Channel had a 30-minute program called "Coming Attractions," which was wall-to-wall movie trailers.
From a practical perspective, Universal needs to do something to boost awareness of this film. Cineastes have known of its existence for a long time, but the general public remains largely unaware. There has been little in the way of publicity (unlike the last time a monster movie - Godzilla - was remade). Event movies such as King Kong need a long, big build-up. People have to make up their mind that this is something that needs to be seen. Maybe this scheduled, multi-channel airing will jump-start the countdown to Kong's latest romp. And, if you miss it on NBC tomorrow, you can always catch it before War of the Worlds, starting Wednesday. 2b1af7f3a8