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Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones [VHS] (2002)

Hayden Christensen , Natalie Portman , George Lucas  |  PG |  VHS Tape
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,241 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson
  • Directors: George Lucas
  • Writers: George Lucas, Jonathan Hales
  • Producers: George Lucas, Lorne Orleans, Rick McCallum
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: November 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,241 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HBUG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The STAR WARS saga continues on DVD 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. Relive the adventure the way it was meant to be seen in spectacular digital clarity, including the climactic Clone War battle and Jedi Master Yoda in the ultimate lightsaber duel. Experience this 2-disc set that features over six hours of bonus materials, and see how Episode II unlocks the secrets of the entire STAR WARS saga.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Visually spectacular but lacking in substance December 3, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It is ironic that the special effects that George Lucas so brilliantly pioneered are now being used so much more adroitly by other directors. In films like "Gladiator", "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "Black Hawk Down" we see those effects being used to subtly enhance the core elements of any movie: story and acting. Unfortunately, Lucas, while undeniably a technical genius and innovator of the highest order, is a rather ham-fisted director who doesn't ask for much (and doesn't receive much) from his actors.
In "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" the viewer is treated to a visually spectacular film that is nonetheless seriously lacking heart. It takes place ten years after the events of "Episode I", and follows Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Padme Amidala, (along with a host of Jedi) as they race to subvert the convoluted plans of the mysterious Darth Sidious. In between spectacular fight scenes, Lucas tries his hand at directing a political thriller. Unlike some, I like the idea; had it been successfully executed, it would have firmly grounded the saga in a realistic setting. As it actually turned out, Lucas created a Byzantine plot that is almost incomprehensible even after multiple viewings. He doesn't focus on the correct elements to develop the plot in a larger context, which might be OK if it weren't for the fact that the relationships at the micro level are almost laughable.
The centerpiece of these relationships is the doomed love between Padme and Anakin. The problem is, the audience already knows that they get together (from the first trilogy), so there is no suspense about the "if" of the relationship, and Lucas doesn't seem terribly interested about the "why". Instead, he offers up extended scenes from their courtship.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but no classic November 14, 2002
By Jaha
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This installment in the Star Wars series was another solid outing on the entertainment side of it but is in no way the quality of the original 3 (nothing really could). The movie seemed rushed and thrown togather acting wise. Portman is a great cast for her role but Lucas doesn't seem to be able to get a good performance out of her. She is dry and amatuerish. McGreggor is the ideal fit for Kenobi yet in this episode he struggles withthe character immensely. I don't blame the actors I just blame direction not doing it's job. The stars just don't seem to be getting into their characters enough to match what is expected. Overall though the film is action oriented and the new characters are a great addition to the Star Wars series. Dooku is well done and I forgot the actors name but he was great. Yoda fighting was classic! The whole Jango/Boba Fett angle was a little weak but my bias's are probably because of a lot of 3rd party influence into Boba Fett's world via novels and comics but those have nothing to do with Lucas. All I can really say is if you love Star Wars and tolerated Episode One then well pick this up. it is a good addition and entertaining although it is no classic like the Empire Strikes Back. Lets hope George gets it right with Episode 3.
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80 of 109 people found the following review helpful
Before I incur the wrath of the hordes of Star Wars deadheads who seem to reflexively rate any negative review of this woeful movie "Unhelpful", consider this: I am a lifelong fan of the original Star Wars Trilogy and had as much hopeful investment as anyone in the success of the second trilogy. The sad fact is that Attack of the Clones - despite what you've heard - is even worse than The Phantom Menace (if you can bring yourself to believe that something so ghastly could actually exist). Willing this to be a better movie than it actually is (which seems to have been the response of most US critics and - it has to be said - Star Wars fans) is a pointless exercise in delusion. The sad reality is that even the weakest of the original trilogy - Return of the Jedi - is infinitely superior to anything we've seen since. The amount of times I found myself asking "Who wrote this [stuff]?" is matched only by the amount of times I had to hold back laughing aloud at the infantile dialogue and plotting of this utterly charmless movie. This is quite possibly the worst writing EVER in a major Hollywood production and should fast find its natural place in screenwriting classes as a case study in how NOT to write a script. The completely unmoving, unconvincing romance between a wooden Hayden Christensen and an uncharacteristically bland Natalie Portman is only the most obvious clumsiness. The [weak] fortune cookie dialogue given to Ewan McGregor finds appropriate expression in a disinterested performance (how else can any self-respecting actor work with wannabe banter that amounts to exchanges of "Yes Master"; "No Master"; "I try Master" ad infinitum?) Such puerile gems as "The day we take democracy for granted is the day we lose it" simply cry out for ridicule. Read more ›
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121 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to hate this movie July 18, 2002
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After the horror that was The Phantom Menace, which I own for those insomina plagued nights, I knew that I was going to hate this movie. I read the bad reviews and I knew that I'd agree with them. But, I was dragged to see it and I knew that it would be a grim few hours.
This is one case where I'm glad that I was totally wrong. I liked the movie so much that I've been back to see it again. The acting, that many have cited as dry, was appropriate to the setting and the circumstances of the film. I really didn't expect to see cheerful and lively characters in a story about an impending civil war. The romance, although muted, was appropriate for two very young characters who probably have never had much experience with romance to begin with. The middle was mostly talk and no action. I like a film that takes it's time and lets itself develop, instead of assaulting the viewer with non stop action and little plot or character development. I really felt that it was essential to the film to have the characters talk, as this is the installment of the series that starts to explain why Anakin becomes Darth Vader and why the Republic falls. I wish they'd actually developed them a little more, personally.
Hayden Christiansen delivered a solid performance as a moody, confused kid. The fact that he wasn't overly eloquent helped me to believe that the cute kid in PM could actually turn into the nasty guy that I believed was hiding in my closet when I was growing up. Natalie Portman again reminded me why she's one of my favorite actresses. She was able to blend the strong assertive side of her character with an almost maternal caring for Anakin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Headline.
I let my grandmother watch the saga with me, and this one was her favorite. She is a HUGE chick- flick fan, so, she took what she could. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mallary
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good one
I think this one is better than the first. the first one is good too and I enjoy everything about it. I like the action and the drama in it; plenty of it.
Published 11 days ago by Donald E. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars The only episode I was missing.
Didn't have this film to complete my collection. Good addition. Would never be able to tell that this was a used copy.
Published 18 days ago by greekmermaid
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Listen to the Haters
This movie tops the originals in every way. The chase through Coruscant was exhilarating. Coruscant's underground was fascinating. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carsten
3.0 out of 5 stars Best of the prequels?
Episode 2 is rated to be the best of the 3 prequels, while I may disagree is it light years better than Episode 1. A must have for those wanting the whole franchise.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Mckay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movies
Love all of these movies! Must see to really see how the acting is good in all aspect! Must see!
Published 2 months ago by Karen L Rae
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah Farscape, my favorite TV series
I love Farscape. This was and still is my favorite TV series. I wish I could afford to buy the whole set.
Published 2 months ago by RP Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any video library
What I liked the most about this episode are the battle scences, both "Jedi to Jedi" and army to army. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joseph Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift
I gave as a gift to my grandson who loves Star Wars same as his Dad. He was pleased.Thank you
Published 3 months ago by Roberta Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Depiction of How A Government Can Turn On Its People
Anakin Skywalker's fear continues to drive him to make decisions that will ultimately cost him everything, and cost everything of those around him who love and trust him. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Camerony
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What film in the Star Wars series do you think is the best?
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May 13, 2009 by MC0282 |  See all 16 posts
I know that the Jedi Code forbids romantic love, but do you know why?
I think "Revenge of the Sith" answered this question, Love makes us do dumb things, anyone who has ever been in love knows what I am talking about, as in "Sith" Yoda explains it clearly>>> "The fear of loss or attachments is a path to the dark side" to qoute... Read more
Apr 14, 2009 by Michael Pettinato |  See all 11 posts
About Christopher Lee's earlier work---READ!!!!!!...
I'm honestly not trying to be rude or disrespectful, but please consider seeing a psychiatrist. Your post makes no sense, and makes connections that do not exist.
Aug 20, 2008 by David Dufresne |  See all 8 posts
Confused with Attack of the Clones?
I'm glad someone else noticed this. It must be Amazon's doing because I see many of these reviews are dated earlier than the release of The Clone Wars animated feature. Disappointing, because I was hoping to read all of the 1-star reviews!
Dec 3, 2008 by phoojoe |  See all 6 posts
Does it have Spanish subtitles?
My copy, which I bought from Amazon (and is the same as all others) does NOT have Spanish subtitles, except when a character is speaking in a made-up "Star Wars" language (only a few lines). It does, however, have a complete optional Spanish soundtrack.
Dec 16, 2007 by RES |  See all 2 posts
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