Picks and Pans Review: New on DVD

updated 11/14/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/14/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH ($29.98)

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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)

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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)

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