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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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That said, here are some of the things that make this movie one of my favorite:
1- Anakin & Padme romance.
People say that there was no chemistry between the two and that their romance was just silly. Well, I disagree with that. Yes, I think their romance could have been developed differently and perhaps over the course of two different movies and not just in Ep II (Ani as a kid in Ep I does not count - he's just a kid..) or maybe even push the wedding to Ep III. However, I also think that their romance was a refreshing and much needed part of the movie. Their romantic scenes with 'Across the Stars' as a theme song always makes me feel relaxed, sad, and happy at the same time. Maybe it's just the song itself, I don't know, but I certainly love their romantic scenes - they soften me up every time.
For those Harry Potter fans out there: imagine the romance between Harry and Hermione that we never got - that's how I see Anakin and Padme's. They both have a natural attraction to each other that's circumstantially "wrong", but one that would make it very easy to overcome anything that gets in the way - even if it's losing your best friend or betraying everything you have been taught (in the case of Anakin and the Jedi).
2- The Clone army.
I will admit that my love for the clone army comes from The Clone Wars. This is by far one of my favorite eras in Star Wars (the Republic and its clone army fighting the separatists). I remember watching attack of the clones as soon as it came out and loving the moment when they came to Geonosis and fought for their friends and their republic. Their comradery hits some soft spots in me.
3- The acting.
Yes, you read that right: the acting.
Contrary to what many others think, I believe Anakin was played very well. He was portrayed as a confused young boy with an uncertain, yet promising future. He knew he was born for greatness, hence his overly obvious confidence - this makes him reckless, hot headed, and passionate. And I think Hayden portrayed that quite well.
Padme's calmness and adventurous nature was also very vividly portrayed. Seemingly wise over her years, she was depicted as the perfect companion for Anakin.
I think the other big characters were portrayed masterfully as well - especially Obi-Wan, Yoda, Windu and Dooku!
4- Yoda vs Dooku
While I would have loved to see a longer duel, I simply love their fight in this movie. I remember watching Yoda fight for the first time when this film first came out. It was such an exciting moment! Count Dooku's style is also quite awesome (watch The Clone Wars if you have not already - his character is more developed
Also, George Lucas did Clone Wars. Disney did Rebels. There's a difference people.