Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith is the sixth Star Wars film produced and the third and final episode of the prequel trilogy. It was released in theatres on Thursday, May 19, 2005 (the exact day that the first episode of the prequel trilogy Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace was released in 1999), and premiered (out of competition) on the 2005 Cannes Festival May 15. The film was generally positively received by critics, especially in comparison to the two previous prequels. It broke several box office records in its opening week, and went on to earn over US$800 million worldwide, making it one of the top grossing movies of 2005. It is the second Star Wars film which used a high definition digital 24 frame system for most of the movie's live action scenes. The film was re-released in the Blu-ray format in September of 2011.
Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights have been leading a massive clone army into a galaxywide battle against the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic reveals his true nature as a Sith Lord as he unveils a plot to rule the galaxy by transforming the Republic into a Galactic Empire. Jedi hero Anakin Skywalker is seduced by the dark side of the Force to become Darth Sidious's new apprentice Darth Vader. The Jedi are all but eliminated with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Master Yoda forced into hiding. The only hope for the galaxy is Anakin's own offspring – the twin children born in secrecy who will grow up to become Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa.