Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

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Director: George Lucas

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen


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Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both DD-EX 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary trackSee more details below


Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both DD-EX 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, editor Ben Burtt, and effects creator Rob Coleman. A documentary about computer animation, a fistful of featurettes, and a gallery of posters round out this release from 20th Century Fox. While this disc is fine for what it is, a different version with the same extras contains a widescreen transfer. That edition is superior to this one.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Writer-director George Lucas's fifth entry in the Star Wars saga (actually the second, chronologically speaking) is by far the richest since 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. The overall production value and special effects are spectacular -- that's par for the course -- and the narrative thrust and emotional resonance far surpass that of Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It picks up the story ten years after the action in the previous film, as Annakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), now a Padouin apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), is impatient to become a full-fledged Jedi knight and find his long-lost mother. Meanwhile, he is assigned to safeguard Senator Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman), the former queen whom he has loved since he was a young boy. Separatist forces led by the sinister Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) threaten the peace of the galaxy, and a full-fledged war seems imminent. Lee offers strong, charismatic villainy with Dooku. It's a trait sorely missing from the previous film, and film buffs will enjoy it as a reference to the cold presence of the late Peter Cushing, Lee's former Hammer Studios costar, in the original film. For the Star Wars universe, Attack of the Clones is a stirring, powerful movie and an important turning point in the saga. It's also a major crowd-pleaser for fans of Yoda and Boba Fett alike. Among the supplemental features on the double-DVD set is a detailed commentary featuring Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, sound editor Ben Burtt, and effects supervisor Rob Cohen. The disc also affords several informative documentaries: "From Puppets to Pixels," describing the evolution of character animation; "State of the Art: The Previsualization of Episode II," including never-before-seen animation effects; and "Films Are Not Released, They Escape." There are also three behind-the-scenes featurettes, a gallery of poster art, and other incidental materials.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Boasting visual effects stunning in their detail and imagination, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones continues to display both the familiar artistic strengths and weaknesses of director George Lucas. On the plus side, Ewan McGregor's delightful Alec Guinness impersonation is delivered with spot-on technical acuity and an ironic, subtle wink. Add to that the breathtaking vistas of completely digital imagery as seemingly real as anything ever put to film -- particularly eye-popping sequences involving an asteroid chase and a final battle between clone soldiers and droid robots. On the minus, there is bad writing, as evidenced by wooden, even immature dialogue and a dizzyingly complex plot line unlikely to be comprehended by the filmmaker's oft-stated target audience of young kids (a speciously revisionist argument from someone whose work once appealed to the kid in everybody). Lucas' touch with actors is not much more impressive than his screenwriting abilities, particularly in the laughably silly and strained love story unfolding between Anakin (Hayden Christensen, getting an "A" for effort in a whiny, unsympathetic role) and Padme (Natalie Portman, utterly devoid of personality and more robotic by a long shot than either C-3PO or R2-D2). Even the music from composer John Williams lacks the punch and scope of his career-high masterpiece score for The Empire Strikes Back, when he literally crafted a memorably rousing new theme for every one of the film's sequences. Both the best and worst moment is one in which ex-Muppet Yoda, formerly stiff as a two-by-four, comes to dazzling life as a whirling Tasmanian Devil of Jedi light saber-rattling payback. It's an audacious moment of heart-stopping frisson that stands as the prequels' high-water mark -- but it's also a reminder that gone forever are those days long, long ago, in movie theaters far, far away, when such genuine thrills arrived fast and furious.
Variety - Todd McCarthy
George Lucas has reached deep into the trove of his self-generated mythological world to produce a grand entertainment that offers a satisfying balance among the series' epic, narrative, technological and emotional qualities.
New York Post
On a purely visceral level, "Clones" is a delightfully rousing, eye-popping, crowd-pleasing homage to Saturday-morning serials of the '30s and '40s. Lou Lumenick

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Full Frame]
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX]

Special Features

Disc One: Commentary by George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, sound designer Ben Burtt, ILM animation director Rob Coleman, ILM visual effects supervisors Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow; captured and created directly from the digital source; English Dolby 5.1 Surround EX, Spanish Dolby 2.0 Surround, French Dolby 2.0 Surround; English subtitles.
Disc Two: Eight deleted scenes created just for this release, each with introductions from George Lucas, Rick McCallum and Ben Burtt; full-length documentary "From Puppets to Pixels"; documentary "State of the Art: The Previsualization of Episode II"; all-new documentary on sound, "Films Are Not Released; They Escape"; three featurettes about the film's storyline, action scenes, and love story; comprehensive, award-winning, 12-part web documentary series; "Across the Stars" music video featuring John Williams; theatrical teasers and launch trailer, and 12 TV spots; theatrical posters and print campaign from around the world; "R2-D2: Beneath the Dome" mockumentary trailer; never-before-seen production photo gallery with special caption feature; Episode II visual effects breakdown montage; DVD-ROM weblink to exclusive Star Wars content.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman Padmé Amidala
Hayden Christensen Anakin Skywalker
Christopher Lee Count Dooku
Samuel L. Jackson Mace Windu
Frank Oz Yoda
Ian McDiarmid Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Pernilla August Shmi Skywalker
Temuera Morrison Jango Fett
Jimmy Smits Bail Organa
Jack Thompson Cliegg Lars
Leeanna Walsman Zam Wesell
Ahmed Best Achk Med-Beq,Jar Jar Binks
Rose Byrne Dormé
Oliver Ford Davies Sio Bibble
Ron Falk Dexter Jettster
Jay Lagai'aia Captain Typho
Andrew Secombe Watto
Anthony Daniels C-3PO
Kenny Baker R2-D2
Silas Carson Ki-Adi-Mundi,Nute Gunray
Daniel Logan Boba Fett
Graeme Blundell Ruwee Naberrie
David Bowers Mas Amedda
Ayesha Dharker Ayesha Dharker
Matt Doran Elan Sleazebaggano
Joel Edgerton Owen Lars
Claudia Karvan Sola Naberrie
Alethea McGrath Jocasta Nu
Trisha Noble Jobal Naberrie
Rena Owen Taun We
Anthony Phelan Lama Su
Susie Porter Hermione Bagwa
Matt Sloan Plo Koon
Steve John Shepherd Naboo Lieutenant

Technical Credits
George Lucas Director,Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Trisha Biggar Costumes/Costume Designer
Gavin Bocquet Production Designer
Paul "Salty" Brincat Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Burtt Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Gracie Art Director
Robin Gurland Casting
Jonathan Hales Screenwriter
Phil Harvey Art Director
Fred Hole Art Director
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Jonathan Lee Art Director
Rick McCallum Producer
Michelle McGahey Art Director
James McTeigue Asst. Director
David Tattersall Cinematographer
Peter Walpole Set Decoration/Design
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Attack of the Clones
1. Opening Logos
2. Attack of the Clones
3. Return to Coruscant
4. Chancellor's Meeting
5. Old Friends
6. Assassins
7. Speeder Chase
8. Into the Club
9. New Assignments
10. Traveling Incognito
11. Dex's Diner
12. Jedi Archives
13. "Encouraged to Love"
14. Yoda and the Younglings
15. Return to Naboo
16. Audience With the Queen
17. Kamino Arrival
18. Meeting Lama Su
19. Stolen Kiss
20. Inspecting the Clones
21. Teasing a Senator
22. Jango's Apartment
23. Forbidden Love
24. Obi-Wan's Report
25. Nightmare
26. Obi-Wan vs. Jango
27. Back to Tatooine
28. Asteroid Chase
29. Lars' Homestead
30. Anakin's Search
31. Dooku's Separatist Plot
32. Tusken Camp
33. Out of Range
34. "You're Not All-Powerful"
35. Enemies Revealed
36. Obi-Wan Captive
37. Emergency Powers
38. Droid Factory
39. Love Pledge
40. The Arena
41. "This Party Is Over"
42. Yoda's Cavalry
43. Clone War
44. War Room
45. Duel With Dooku
46. Master Yoda
47. "Well Done Lord Tyranus"
48. "Begun, the Clone War Has"
49. Secret Union
50. End Credits

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