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''Star Wars: Episode II'' comes to video in November

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The clones continue to attack, as Lucasfilm and Fox have announced the ”Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” videos will be released on Nov. 12. That’s six months after the theatrical release, a little longer than average these days, but hyper-speed for a ”Star Wars” movie; ”Episode I” took a year to reach VHS and two and a half years to reach DVD.

The DVD will be a two-disc set that will feature a full-length commentary track by writer/director George Lucas. Other features among the six hours of extras include three making-of documentaries, eight deleted scenes with completed special effects, a 12-part Web-based documentary series, trailers, commercials, effects storyboards, and — as if to prove that Lucas really does have a sense of humor — the Fox TV mockumentary ”R2-D2: Beneath the Dome.” It’ll be available in both full- and wide-screen versions and will retail for $29.98.

The VHS version, which will go for $24.98, will contain six deleted scenes and the ”Star Wars: Connections” documentary hosted by R2-D2 and C-3PO that serves as an introduction to the series to newbies. (Can there still be any?)

Fox plans a multimillion-dollar promotional campaign to help boost sales to the levels reached last fall by the ”Episode I” DVD, which sold 2.2 million copies to force $45 million from fans’ wallets its first week. ”Episode I” has shifted 18 million units worldwide in combined DVD and VHS sales.

If you’re waiting for the original ”Star Wars” trilogy to show up on DVD, you’ll have to wait at least three years longer, as Lucasfilm doesn’t plan to release them until after ”Star Wars: Episode III” comes to video, sometime after its 2005 release. You must learn patience, young Padawan.

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