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Star Wars: Ep. 2 - Attack of the Clones

 

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: George Lucas

Rating: PG

Review Posted: 11.11.02

 

By John Teves

 

The Movie

 

The Star Wars saga continues with Episode II Attack of the Clones. Anakin Skywalker has grown into an accomplished Jedi apprentice, and he faces his most difficult challenge yet as he must choose between his Jedi duty and forbidden love.

 

I found that enjoyed ATTACK OF THE CLONES more on video then I did on the big screen. I thought the characters were a little more interesting than the Episode I; the special effects fit together better for some reason, and the story line was apparent and captivating then Episode 1.

 

Anakin prepares his tool for battle.

 

ATTACK OF THE CLONES is an entertaining film, and it's sure to do well more on video. This film is truly much more entertaining than Episode I plus it fits better into the Star Wars saga.

 

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The Video

 

ATTACK OF THE CLONES appears in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. ATTACK OF THE CLONES unquestionably surpassed the second-rate picture seen in on the Phantom Menace DVD.

 

The digital transfer of ATTACK OF THE CLONES was remarkable! Sharpness was unblemished. The image looked crisp and detailed. There were no sings of softness throughout the film presentation. No concerns with jagged edges and no signs of edge enhancement. Colors were vivid and lively, absolutely striking. Black levels were deep and rich, while shadow detail appeared dense but not overly deep.

 

Auditions for Michael Jackson's new tour are underway.

 

The Audio

 

ATTACK OF THE CLONES is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 EX sound mix. This was a very active mix. All five channels received a workout while spreading the surround effects widely. If your looking for DVD to show off – this is it! Throughout the film effects appeared from all over and the mix blended together in a terrifically clean and realistic manner.

 

I can go on and on about how well this DVD sounds, so I won’t, the end result is that ATTACK OF THE CLONES presented a magnificent auditory experience.

 

Yoda and the color green... coincidence?

 

The Extras

 

Disc One has the movie and commentaries:

 

- Audio commentary by George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll, and Ben Snow.


Disc Two is filled with huge amounts of features:

 

- 8 Deleted Scenes created just for this release with introductions from George Lucas, Rick McCallum, and Ben Burtt.
- Witness the revolution in digital character animation in the full-length documentary, "From Puppets to Pixels: featuring the creation of digital Yoda, Dexter, Jettster and more.
- Exclusive Documentary, "State of the Art: The Pre-visualization of Episode II."
- Follow Ben Burtt and his team as they explain the process of creating the sound for Episode II in the all-new documentary, "Films are not Released; They Escape."
- Three Featurettes explore Attack of the Clones storyline, action scenes and love story.
- Comprehensive award winning twelve part web documentary series.
- "Across the Stars" music video featuring John Williams
- Theatrical Teaser and Launch Trailer and twelve TV spots.
- Theatrical Posters and Print Campaign from around the world.
- "R2-D2: Beneath the Dome" mockumentary trailer.
- Never Before Seen Production Photo Gallery with special caption feature.
- Episode II Visual Effects breakdown montage.
- DVD-ROM weblinks to exclusive Star Wars content.

 

Pray to the headless helmet and be spared from turmoil around.

 

Overall

 

As I stated before, the digital presentation of this film is unquestionably terrific. We get a film that has no flaws and a film transfer that constantly remained crisp and active through out the entire presentation. The audio mix presented a remarkable affair and DVD extras are abundant.

 

Overall, ATTACK OF THE CLONES comes highly recommend for all DVD enthusiasts and collectors alike.

 

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