Picks and Pans Review: New on DVD
STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH ($29.98)
Anakin Skywalker completes his transformation into Darth Vader, injecting this prequel trilogy with the gravitas it’s been missing and wrapping up the saga on a thrilling note (just fast-forward through the love scenes, hokey as ever).
Extras: As abundant as on the previous Star Wars DVDs. The standout here is Within a Minute, an elaborate, intriguing doc about the 910(!) crew members who had a hand in the pivotal lightsaber duel. (PG-13)
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY ($30.97)
More faithful to the classic Roald Dahl novel than Gene Wilder’s 1971 film was, this visual feast is topped by Johnny Depp‘s deliciously askew take on Willy Wonka.
Extras: On the two-disc set, bite-size featurettes with fascinating behind-the-scenes trivia (just how were the movie’s squirrels trained?); several nifty interactive games for kids. (PG)