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Star Wars Episode III Reportedly Prereleased
May 18, 2005
Thomas Mennecke
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In 2002, Attack of the Clones was prereleased approximately two weeks before its theatrical debut. It was most likely leaked a bit earlier, floating around elite access hubs before trickling down to the Newsgroups and P2P networks. George Lucas, the director and writer behind the Star Wars franchise, was reportedly furious over the prerelease.

To avoid a similar pitfall, George Lucas placed copies of Episode III under very tight security. It seems this tactic helped keep his latest work "Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith", away from Internet proliferation up until literally the last few hours before its official release.

However, it appears it was never a question "if" Episode III would make it online; rather it was a question of "when." According to the comment section on the Usenet indexing site Newzbin.com, the final installment was released in its entirety just over two hours ago. Members of Newzbin.com also mention the release is decent in video quality, considering the amount of security surrounding the film.

"Great early release...I gives much props on this one," and "Sound quality is good, picture is worse than most vcds" were comments used to describe this release.

According to commenters on Newzbin, the copy is a "workprint" version. Workprint movies are only meant for studio viewing, and not intended to be watched by the general public. Workprints may have several minutes of audio or video edited out or other portions added that will not make it to the final version.

"ViSA" is the release group responsible for this prerelease.

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Unauthorized Distribution :: Digital Piracy

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