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Friday July 6 8:24 PM ET

Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox announce classic DVD box set for holiday season

Two award-winning Star Wars classics available on DVD for the first time in a 3-disc Collector's Set


SAN RAFAEL, CA -- July 6, 2001 -- "THE EWOK DVD COLLECTION," Street-date November 20, 2001; Pre-book date October 24; Featuring Brand New Extra Features and Multiple Full-Length Audio Commentaries on Both Films plus a Spectacular Four-Hour Bonus Disc of Special Features and a 78-page Full-Color Collector's Book

Coming on the heels of the announcement of "The Phantom Menace", Lucasfilm Ltd., in association with 20th Century Fox Home Video, is proud to announce a special box set of "The Ewok Adventure: Caravan of Courage" and its sequel "Ewoks: the Battle for Endor". This beautiful collector's set of the award-winning films, available on DVD for the first time, is a must for any Star Wars fan. Both films are presented in 1.85:1 widescreen; although shown on television in the US in its standard format, the films were lensed in widescreen for the European theatrical releases. A tremendous selection of special features includes all-new audio commentaries from the cast & crew, beautiful fully-animated menus from acclaimed DVD producer Van Ling (who also produced the DVD of "The Phantom Menace") and a hard-cover 78-page collector's book filled with articles, photographs and more!



Featuring an all-new anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.85:1)
Dolby 5.1 Surround (English), Dolby 2.0 Surround (English and Spanish)
THX-Certified with THX Optimode tests
Fully animated, interactive menus
Special introduction by Leonard Maltin
Screen-specific audio commentary with stars Eric Walker, Warwick Davis and Aubree Miller
Screen-specific audio commentary with Director John Korty, writer Bob Carrau and co-writer/executive producer George Lucas
Screen-specific audio commentary by production designer Joe Johnston, edited with comments from several members of the special effects crew

Theatrical cut
Alternate Ending


Featuring an all-new anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.85:1)
Dolby 5.1 Surround (English), Dolby 2.0 Surround (English and Spanish)
THX-Certified with THX Optimode tests
Fully animated, interactive menus
Special introduction by Leonard Maltin
Special introduction by actor Carel Struycken
Screen-specific audio commentary with stars Warwick Davis and Aubree Miller, and Wilford Brimley via telephone from his ranch in Texas
Screen-specific audio commentary with directors Jim and Ken Wheat ("Pitch Black")
Screen-specific audio commentary/discussion with creator George Lucas, "Star Wars" expert Steven Sansweet on the film and the Ewok legacy, edited with comments from Joe Johnston and members of the special effects crew



"Ewok Memories" featurette: renowned DVD documentarian J.M. Kenny asks Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson the question "What do you think about Ewoks?"
Various cast and crew interviews
"Hidden Ewoks" featurette and interactive game: Production designer Joe Johnston points out a number of interesting facts about the Ewok props and costumes (2 minutes). At the end of the clip, use your DVD remote control to play an interactive Ewok-game!
Deletes scenes with optional commentary from the directors
Bloopers, Outtakes and Gags reel, with a collection of alternate takes
"The Making of the Ewok Adventure": A short documentary by Warwick Davis and Eric Walker made while filming. Includes the finished version and an alternate cut, both with optional commentary from Walker and Davis Ewok Adventures trivia game
Theatrical trailer and tv spots
A never-before-seen television spot for "The Ewok Adventure" that never aired on television due to objections from George Lucas
Costume design featurette
Casting featurette
Special Effects featurette
Leonard Maltin Discusses: An expansion of the introduction on DISC 2, Leonard Maltin goes into more detail about Ewoks and the Ewok films
Production notes
Fully-animated, interactive menus

DVD-ROM features:

Editing Workshop: edit 3 different scenes the way you want, using the multi-angle feature on your DVD player
3-D virtual tours of specific portions of the Lucasfilm Archives
The entire screenplays for both films, with liner notes from Steve Sansweet


Lucasfilm has added a special 78-page book put together by Steve Sansweet. The book features:

A 10-page pull-out Children's Activity Book with Ewok stickers and coloring pages
Complete Ewok-related articles reprinted from Bantha Tracks, the Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine and Star Wars Insider, the Official Star Wars Fan Club's official magazines
Complete Ewok-related articles reprinted from other magazines, periodicles and newspapers
Excerpts from various Ewok children's books that were published throughout the 80s
Rare, Behind-the-Scenes photographs in full-color
And more!

"Lucasfilm is honored to announce the North American release of THE EWOK DVD COLLECTOR'S BOX SET," said Jim Ward, Vice-President of Marketing for Lucasfilm. "Both films are among the greatest achievements in cinematic history that were never actually seen on the big screen. There is not doubt about it that these films aren't as good as the original "Star Wars" films, but they are treasures nonetheless, and now with their release on DVD, we look forward to providing movie lovers everywhere the opportunity to rediscover -- or discover for the first time -- the power of these extraordinary films."

"We were delighted to collaborate with Lucasfilm in the creation of this extraordinary DVD collection," added Jennifer Waggoner, 20th Century Fox's VP of Technology and Executive Producer of the DVDs. "To have the opportunity to take films that we truly love and spend a few weeks looking through the vaults for interesting 'lost' objects was something too good to pass up. We also enjoyed getting together with the original cast and crew, some of whom hadn't seen each other in years. And of course, it will be a thrill for fans to have three different ways of watching each film, with the brand new audio commentaries that we recorded at Skywalker Ranch in San Rafael."

THE EWOK DVD COLLECTOR'S BOX SET will be supported with 20th Century Fox Home Video's traditional DVD marketing effort. "We really think these discs will sell themselves," said Ward. "Though this is by no means a limited edition, we are only striking a small amount of prints. This is really for the "Star Wars" fans out there, and was done as a labor of love by George and everybody else." To capitalize on the films' wide-ranging appeal, advertising support is designed to reach 35% of all U.S. households 3 times. This advertising campaign includes TV advertising on cable and network television in the U.S. and Canada, as well as print ads in Entertainment Weekly, Star Wars Insider, Star Wars Gamer, Cinescape Magazine and Starlog.

The two films in THE EWOK DVD COLLECTOR'S BOX SET are The Ewok Adventure: Caravan of Courage (1984), and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985). The Ewok films are spin-offs of the successful "Star Wars" film "Return of the Jedi". The films were followed by an animated television series that aired on ABC for two seasons.

THE EWOK DVD COLLECTOR'S BOX SET is priced to own at a MAP (minimum advertised price) of $69.95 in the U.S. THE EWOK ADVENTURE and BATTLE FOR ENDOR are both rated G in the U.S. by the Motion Picture Association of America. Special features, commentaries and supplements not rated.

Lucasfilm is one of the leading film and entertainment companies in the world. Lucasfilm's businesses include George Lucas' film and television production and distribution activities as well as the business activities of the THX Group. Lucasfilm's feature films have won 17 Oscars and received 66 Academy Award nominations, and its television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, along with Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising comprise the retail-oriented strategic alliance of Fox Consumer Products (FCP). FCP is dedicated to being a forward-thinking, one-stop shopping source for all entertainment products related to Fox film and television properties. Fox Consumer Products is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a Fox Entertainment Group Company, a News Corporation company. Visit Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment at

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The above press release isn't real. It started out as a joke, but it was never meant to be a prank. Sorry if it fooled you. Hopefully in the future this will really happen. ~mike