Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
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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.
Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones is a superior DVD, repeating many of the elements that made its predecessor, Episode I, The Phantom Menace, so good. The picture and sound are spectacular, helped immensely by the fact that the film was shot entirely in digital, making this the first live-action direct digital-to-digital DVD transfer. This version of the film was the one shown in digital-projection theaters; there are subtle differences from the standard theatrical version, such as showing Anakin's right hand in the final scene. Again, there's a commentary track compiled from various people, including George Lucas (why can't he pronounce the names he created?), producer Rick McCallum, editor Ben Burtt, ILM animation director Rob Coleman, and three visual effects supervisors discussing how the film was made and offering teasers to Episode III.
On the second disc are eight deleted scenes with optional introductions. Most interesting are a scene of Padme addressing the Senate to oppose the creation of a Republic army, and some bits with her family and home on Naboo, but it's probably telling that, unlike with Phantom Menace, none of the deleted scenes was incorporated into the film on the DVD. Three substantial documentaries on digital characters, animatics, and creating sound elements are complemented by three insubstantial featurettes, a recycled but interesting 12-part Web documentary, and various other items that should keep fans busy while they wait for Episode III. --David Horiuchi
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Obi-Wan discovers a secret facility where they are cloning a huge army, reminiscent of the Empire's army from the original trilogy! Meanwhile, Anakin and Padme start to fall in love. When Obi-Wan is captured by Count Dooku and the Trade Federation (who are members of the Separatists), Dooku reveals to Obi-Wan that the Republic is now under control of a Sith Lord. Obi-Wan refuses to believe this. Anakin and Padme unsuccessfully attempt to rescue him and end out getting captured themselves. But just as they are about to be executed, the Jedi and the clone army arrives. And so begins the first epic battle in the Clone Wars which ends in an epic lightsaber duel between Count Dooku and Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Yoda. It is here that Yoda senses that the dark side of the force surrounds the Count. But is there any truth to what Dooku says about the Sith controlling the Republic?
This one has certainly got a lot going for it: a complex plot of conspiracy, great action sequences, we see the beginning of the Clone Wars, we see Yoda in an epic lightsaber duel for the first time, and we see the Republic start to build up a military force that would eventually become the Empire. So why is this one the weakest of the lot? Simply because of the love story between Anakin and Padme. It goes on for far too long, taking up about an hour of the movie where nothing really that exciting happens, the love story was badly written and cheesy (it could have been written a lot better), and Hayden Christensen is a terrible actor. I'm surprised considering George Lucas cast the original trilogy so well and now he for some reason thought Mr. Christensen had talent. But despite this there is still a lot to enjoy here and "Attack of the Clones" makes a decent entry in the Star Wars saga. Highly recommended!
OK. So, Attack of the Clones is the second installment in the prequel trilogy of Star Wars. Still quite a few years away from A New Hope, the film begins ten years after The Phantom Menace left off. Padme Amidala, now a Senator of Naboo, is fighting the Millitary Creation Act, which she believes will push the Separatists, a group of planetary nations who wish to leave the Republic, into civil war. When an attempt is made on her life, Chancellor Palpatine assigns two Jedi Knights - Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his padawan, Anakin Skywalker, to protect her. Still in love with the girl he once knew, Anakin is pushed into a dangerous place, which will make him question his abilities, cast away his duties.... and take him one step closer to the dark side of force...
This is, admittedly, not the best film ever made (need I mention sand monologues and "Sorry M'Lady"?), but I still very much enjoy it. While Anakin and Padme don't have much - if any - chemistry, I still feel for them, and want them to cross the stars. Maybe Count Dooku, played by the late Christopher Lee, isn't the most convincing villain, but I still get a thrill out the duel between him and Yoda. Some say the origin of Boba Fett, the galaxy's most notorious bounty hunter, is poorly handled, but my heart breaks whenever I see that boy bring his father's war helmet to his face. The soundtrack is excellent, serving the movie well, and Anakin's first steps into the dark - after his mother's murder at the hands of the Tusken Raiders - are well documented. At any rate, and I will say this a lot, it was better than The Force Awakens, which, while arguably done better, didn't have the decency to take itself and the entire franchise seriously, which, for better or for worse, Attack of the Clones did, and will as long as I pop it into my DVD player.
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