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My biases going in: 1) I haven't thought much of SW movies since 1980's Empire Strikes Back (Ep. V). The saga has been on a downward slide since those first two phenomenal films. 2) Best performance in The Phantom Menace was provided by Watto. 3) I rather enjoyed the 2003 animated series "Clone Wars" that takes place just prior to this new computer-animated "The Clone Wars" 4) I have very few expectations any more from SW movies, so I'm ready to enjoy whatever they might have to offer.
The plot of The Clone Wars is simple, and inoffensive, focusing on the abduction of Jabba the Hutt's offspring Rotta and the political scheming related to it. Much of the film is devoted to colorful and impressive battle scenes on planet Christophsis as the Clone Wars are now in full swing. I got what I wanted out of this movie: some light SW fun, vivid colorful presentation, some breathtaking battle scenes, and plenty of Clone Troopers.
I liked the stylized animation of the characters. In a way, I was reminded of the marionettes used by Gerry Anderson in his classic 1960s science fiction and secret agent shows.
The BD edition of The Clone Wars looks great on my high-definition screen and contains all the same bonus features included on the 2-disc DVD issued at the same time. All of the bonus features are in HD, too, except the on-screen video commentary version of the film, which is in standard definition.Read more ›
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an all CGI animated Star Wars movie set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. It is located in the same time frame and is part of the Clone Wars animated TV series and chronicles the first meeting between Anakin Skywalker and his new padawan learner Atsoka Tano! And chronicles their efforts along with Master Kenobi to rescue the infant son of Jabba the Hutt and thus prevent the Hutts from joining the Separatist forces. It's one slam bang action filled movie!
Produced in a true 2.4:1 widescreen format, it starts with a bang and doesn't really slow down until the end. It looks superb even on the DVD version and even better on the Bluray version and along with it's TV series cousin; stays true to the quality and production values of the Star Wars franchise. No cheap knock-off this!
The audio is equally as good being in a Dolby True HD 5.1 EX English track for the Bluray plus Dolby Digital 5.1 EX tracks in English, Quebec French, Spanish and Portuguese. All THX certified, not surprising considering that Lucasfilm created the THX format. So just like the live action movies, star fighters wiz past your head, crowd noises pan into the surround channels and with the EX encoding, even the rear channel in a 6.1/7.1 setup comes into it's own. It's very impressive.
Being Lucasfilm, the extras are equally as impressive on the BD. There's a 25 min. piece on both the movie and the TV series, a 10 min piece on the English dubbing and another 10 min. piece on creating the soundtrack plus 25 min. of half a dozen small featurettes and also half-a-dozen deleted scenes. Virtually every thing in high definition and with stereo pro-logic sound. There's not a boring part in the bunch!Read more ›
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