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I have recently watched Season One of The Clone Wars on DVD while, at the same time, reading The Official Episode Guide to see if I missed anything while I was watching. The DVDs are wonderful, and it has been great fun to watch the episodes again after seeing them originally on TV. Each episode includes a featurette showing director Dave Filoni and other key members of the production team talking about the development of the episode. All were very interesting. Also, a few of the episodes are presented as director's cuts, so they show some footage we have not seen before. Great fun. The package also includes a booklet showing drawings and pictures.

The Official Episode Guide is also very useful. Each episode is covered separately with a synopsis, pictures, background information, and lists of the cast, characters, weapons, and vehicles. I found the book to be helpful if you read about each episode after watching them on the DVD.

Then there is the Character Encyclopedia for Clone Wars. The book covers more than 200 characters and gives you a description, statistics, a picture, and specific background information for each. The characters are listed in alphabetical order so you can always look up a particular one you might be interested in. As is true with most Clone Wars items, the book has a great look to it.

I am pleased that The Clone Wars series has been successful enough to spawn all of the books and the DVDs that have been issued. The quality of the packaging has been excellent, and I am optimistic that we have a great deal more to look forward to.
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After watching the somewhat decent thirty minutes animated episodes and trying to forget the atrocious five minutes animated episodes we now have what is probably the best selection for the star wars storyline cgi animation. At first I wasn't sure if I should get this series set or not as I remembered the aforementioned series that came before this one but after seeing a few on cable it made my choice very easy to make, and while it doesn't reach the cgi advertisement cut scenes that Bioware did for the Knights of the old republic computer games it's still pretty decent and action packed enough that most star wars fans will be entertained by the series. The series gives a nice look of the years of the clone wars and what was happening with the jedi between this time and Episode III, especially with the background story with Anakin Skywalker and Obi-wan Kenobi as well as a few new characters including a young jedi that is Anakin's apprentice during the war and their connection as well. It will seem a little funny since with us watching the prequel movies as you listen to the voices of Anakin and Obi-wan throughout the series but surprisingly they voice actors get you into the series with you thinking that they're Anakin and Obi-wan regardless on how they sound(Though the voice for Obi-wan sounded closer to the actor in the movies than the voice for Anakin). The video and audio for the set is great no distortions to worry yourself about and the extras are pretty good as well but I'm sure many people like myself don't really bother to much with the extras as more to seeing the series itself. So until the second season comes out on sale and for the price this set is going for a most for any star wars fan...
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on April 3, 2017
This is a great show for all Star Wars fans. It perfectly ties in the 3 year gap set during attack of the clones and revenge of the sith. It also does a good job of giving more depth to characters like anakin, padme, general grievous and dooku that wasn't explored that well in the prequels and was badly needed.
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on July 25, 2013
I decided to upgrade TCW Season 1 to blu ray from DVD. I was disappointed that the audio track is only Dolby Digital 5.1 640 KB/s and not Dolby TrueHD, but it sounds better than the DVD which is 340 KB/s. Of course the video quality is much better and easily noticeable. The fine details a much sharper, too, like the republic insignia on the star fighters in the background in the third episode. On the DVD the edge detail was a bit fuzzy. In my DVD set there was a booklet with concept art from the series but this didn't come with my blu ray version from Amazon Market place, but there wasn't really a place for it in the case. Overall I'm very happy with the upgrade to blu ray and look forward to upgrading season 2 and 3.
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After an uneven debut as a movie, the computer animated Clone Wars show hits its stride. The show covers the galaxy-spanning clone wars from several angles. Whether a space battle against an enormous battleship, or a down-to-earth fight as droids infiltrate a clone stronghold the show manages to tell good stories in a short amount of time.

The show keeps to the atmosphere of the films with their virtues and flaws. There are amazing alien worlds and fantastic technology. But there is some juvenile humor with the droids and an annoyingly perky teen Jedi but overall it is a strong product.

The box set deserves special mention, not only is the packaging great but it includes a sketch book filled with art. Most of the episodes include a 'making of' feature and many have an extended director's cut.

This is a great gift for any Star Wars fan and well worth watching.
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on June 24, 2016
My favorite season besides the 4th. Excellent storylines. This is the real Star Wars at it best when Lucas was still involved. The series could have ended after season 5. Only a few good episodes in season 6. Rent season 6 if you can to see the end.
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on March 3, 2017
I love this whole series. It shows a lot more details to the world of Star Wars that you don't get from the movies.
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on January 17, 2013
This is a great addition to anyone's Star Wars collection. All episodes were inspired by the films and addtional characters or scenes had to be approvied by George Lucas himself. This isn't just a cartoon for kids but can be for anyone who enjoyed the Star Wars films. Since Star Wars films are so expensive to produce and create and there is so much story to tell it only makes sense to have a cartoon series address different story lines. Be cautious when purchasing this exact product. Other reviews suggest that this 4 disc DVD version comes with a 60 something page booklet. It does not. I'm not sure if the blu-ray or other versions of this season do. It's worth the price for the entire season regardless. Unless Disney makes some drastic changes in accessibility and marketing then it will probably be awhile before you see this show available for streaming (ie. Netflix.)
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on November 10, 2009
This set is really well-designed. Better even than the SW film sets. The case itself is more like a book with the DVDs attached to the inside front and back of the cover. In the middle are pages of production illustrations from the show including a few spoiler illustrations from Season 2. The set feels like a nice hardcover book, not a cheap DVD keepcase.

The extras are plentiful. So far I've only had time to watch the first disc but every episode has a six-to-ten minute featurette specifically geared to that episode. I prefer that to the generic featurettes and EPK materials usually included with TV series discs. In addition, many of the episodes include additional materials. But best of all, all of these episodes are in widescreen format, 2.35:1! Even wider than the original Cartoon Network HD showings in 1.78:1. This really helps the cinematic qualities of the show shine through.

As to the show itself, it's never looked better. LFL has created some of the best transfers ever for this set. The episodes themselves are mostly entertaining and get better as the season progresses. Early on I found myself a bit annoyed with the Ahsoka character but I could imagine that children would find her interesting. The production staff seems to have been trying to walk a very thin line between the tone of the SW films and the new "kiddie" audience this show was bound to attract. They went down a few dead ends but by the end of the season it felt like they had found their way. I look forward to all that season two promises.
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on November 19, 2009
Show: 4/5 Video Quality: 5/5 Sound Quality: 4/5 Extras: 4/5 Overall: 4.25/5

The Clone Wars must have inspired some kind of wonder ever since Mark Hamill mentioned it in a brief line in the first original movie. Even though it's briefly shown in the prequel films and a cool little cartoon made in 2003, there is still a lot to explore.

Following the 2008 CGI Clone Wars movie, this show features the same funky blocky characters and semi-artistic rendering, but it seems to be of higher quality. Lighting effects, animation movements, lip movements, and action scenes overall seem much improved from the pilot film. More importantly, with multiple story lines to follow, the series offers better stories with deeper issues and stronger characters (characters ranging from the main heroes Anakin, Yoda, Obi-Wan, etc to the lesser known characters like Aayla Secura, Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, etc). The show has loads of great action scenes and high-quality effects. There are adventures on many different worlds (once again, some well-known like Naboo, Coruscant, etc to lesser-known ones like Iego), each offering imaginative design and impressive imagery. Production design (sets, props, costumes, vehicles, weapons, etc) matches the Star Wars universe and fits in perfectly; fans should be able to recognize a huge number of familiar elements, mixed in with cool new stuff. Music is not bad. All together, it's an awesome show that fits nicely in the franchise.

This disc set features perfect PQ; I could not find any faults with it whatsoever. It's very sharp and clean, with excellent color and contrast. It is presented in an aspect ratio that is wider than the original broadcast version, providing more of the image to be seen. Sound quality is acceptable (Dolby Digital 5.1), but as a lossy soundtrack, it's not as clean as it could have been, and lacks impact (despite the show's cool sound design). This set includes some cool extras (featurettes, a database feature, trailers, etc). It comes in a large, thick, rather nice digibook-type package with some cool production art inside.
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