Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume One
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The saga continues with the Emmy-winning "Star Wars: Clone Wars," available for the first time ever on DVD. This animated micro-series, directed by Genny Tartakovsky, captures George Lucas' vision in a dynamic animated style that is a visual delight for all ages. "Star Wars: Clone Wars" Volume One reveals the epic adventures that bridge the story arc between Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Follow the valiant Jedi Knights and the brave soldiers of the Republic's clone army as they battle against the droid forces of the Separatists, led by the evil Sith Lord, Count Dooku. Witness the battles that made galactic heroes out of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and along the way get a first look at the new menace from Episode III, General Grievous. This is a must-have for any Star Wars DVD collection.
Make no mistake, Clone Wars is honest-to-goodness authentic Star Wars. The animated "microseries" takes place between Episode II, Attack of the Clones and Episode III, Revenge of the Sith. If the feature films cover the beginning and end of the war, Clone Wars depicts the actual battles and events that made heroes into legends. Don't expect too much character development, as the episodes tend to be driven more by flat-out action than by dialogue (which can be a good thing, considering some Star Wars dialogue). We see such familiar faces as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Mace Windu in combat, and we meet the elite ARC (Advanced Recon Commandos) clone troopers plus new Jedi--the amphibious Kit Fisto and two women, Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee. We also see a little more development of Anakin--showing off the best pilot skills in the army, defying Obi-Wan, and engaging in a deadly duel with Sith apprentice Asajj Ventress. But just when it's clear that the Separatist droid armies are no match for a Jedi, the tide begins to turn with the introduction of the menacing General Grievous, who plays a crucial part in Episode III. The cast mostly consists of veteran voice actors, but Anthony Daniels does appear as C-3PO.
Clone Wars was created by Genndy Tartakovsky, whose resume includes such stylish series as Samurai Jack, Dexter's Laboratory, and The Powerpuff Girls, and the program won a 2004 Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or More). These 20 episodes, which played on the Cartoon Network (and were originally designated seasons 1 and 2), can be viewed as a seamless 69-minute whole or as individual chapters. DVD features include two commentary tracks, a making-of featurette, video game and Episode III trailers, and an Xbox playable demo of the stealth game Republic Commando. If you're a fan who can't wait for Episode III, Clone Wars is essential viewing. --David Horiuchi
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This is the Star Wars Clone Wars animated mini-series that I grew up on. I really do like the newer CGI Clone Wars series, but this animated series holds a special place in my heart. It just mesmerized me when I was younger.
The story takes place in between Episode II and III and does a nice job of introducing some new characters, while fleshing out some of the heroes and villains we know and love from the movies. It also gives some insight into what's been going on between the two prequel films. This mini-series also has some insane force power usage and great, over-the-top lightsaber fights. It's just wonderful to witness if you love Star Wars. Looking back on it, some of the force powers displayed and over-the-top fights resemble something you would maybe see in The Force Unleashed video game. It's crazy, it's exaggerated, and it's great fun to watch.
The animation is great, the sounds effects and music are spot-on, and the overall experience is great fun to watch. I would highly recommend this, and Volume 2, to Star Wars fans. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
1. While this is also true for any video game that carries the Star Wars brand, the inclusion here of John Williams' great music, and a lot of the familiar sound effects from the films, goes a long way towards making this bona fide Star Wars.
2. It's in widescreen. I haven't had the chance to check out the surround sound options yet, so I won't comment on those. The story being told here is epic, involving huge fleets of starships and big armies of droids and clones and Jedi, and making it widescreen is absolutely essential.
3. It's Star Wars! The visual style of the show lends itself well to the Star Wars universe, and the crazy aliens and monsters and such which inhabit it. My only gripe here is that in some cases the Jedi are a little too much like Superman, but this is carried over from the prequel films.
The only thing for a fan really not to like here is that this really ought to be packaged and sold with Star Wars - Clone Wars, Vol. 2. There's no reason to own one without the other, and putting them together would be a nice excuse for some schnazzier packaging, and maybe a few more DVD extras. Fortunately, you can get both volumes without spending too much.
If Tartakovsky and co. ever decide/are allowed to make another one of these, set between Episodes IV and V, sign me up.
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