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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 track

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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 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
1/2
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

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
UPC:
0024543056157
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time:
2:22:00

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.

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

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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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Moments where it either gets silly or well its not good. But again it has its moments.
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 George Lucas intended the Prequel Trilogy to about Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Amidala. In many ways it was Palpatine's/Sidious's Trilogy. A Trilogy about the Sith. This is how the Sith caused the Clone Wars. Between movies much has happened. Sidious has revealed himself to a former Jedi - Count Dooku. Dooku embittered with the republic, and the Jedi, had eagerly wished to learn the Dark Side. Sidious had used Dooku to organize the trade federation and outer-systems into a Separatist force. As Palpatine he used the Separatists as reason for creating a republic military. At the beginning Amidala returns to Curruscant, and is nearly assassinated. She'd come to oppose the creation of a republic army. Palpatine arranges for the Jedi to guard her, specifically asking for Obi-Wan and his apprentice,Anakin. Palpatine already knew Anakin was attached to Amidala. By bringing them together the likely results would either be forcing Anakin to watch her die, a romance, or Anakins heart being broken from rejection. Any of which Palpatine could use to against Anakin, to drive him towards darkness. In the course of their protection duties Anakin and Obi-Wan split up. Obi-Wan tracks the bounty hunter who tried kill Amidala, and Anakin accompanies her back to Naboo. Alone together Padme and Anakin can't deny their feelings for each other, but try to fight them. Each knows that those feelings would destroy them both. Obi-Wan's investigation leads him to none-republic called Cameno. The inhabitants are skilled cloners. To his shock he finds that a Jedi had, secretly, arranged for them to grow and train an army of clones for the republic, to be lead by the Jedi. From there he tracks the bounty hunter, Jengo Fett, to a separatist world, to be captured and interrogated by Dooku has lead the separatists create an army of their own, a droid army. Once the republic senate learns of the droid army they panic and give Palpatine "emergency power", which he uses to authorize use or the clone army. Anakin and Amidala come to rescue Obi-Wan. Anakin and Obi-Wan duel Dooku. Where Anakin looses his right arm. Dooku escapes and returns to his master. He informs Sidious that the War has begun. Revealing that the Sith had manufactured both sides of the War. Anakin and Amidala marry at the very end, which they can't reveal to anyone. As they knew, the secret will eventually destroy them. Sidious will use it against both of them.
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ThrillerReturns More than 1 year ago
one awesome movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheHalfBloodPrinceRises More than 1 year ago
amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ICPForever101 More than 1 year ago
this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Star Wars Episode IV was so magical when it came out. Empire Strikes Back was an awesome sequel (maybe better than Star Wars). If you have never seen a Star Wars flick and are thinking about watching them...stop after Empire. If you must know what happened to Skywalker and Solo after Empire then go ahead and disappoint yourself with Return of the Jedi. But please, spare yourself from these two awful prequels. If your curiosity will not allow it then let me help...Yes, Darth Vader was a kid at one time (and he is a TERRIBLE actor). I hope that is enough to satisfy your curiosity because if you are exposed to the monotone boy with the bowl haircut, the ebonic Jar Jar, the Junk dealer from Sapranos, the cat eyed Hirohito twins, the quasi-Costas/Cosell podrace announcer, and a whole slew of things that remind you that you are not being whisked away to some fantasy land far away but are still sitting in a theater on planet earth, then you will probably be very mad (like me) to have wasted your money on such a great disappointment. If you can't stand it and must know what happened....just wait a few years and Lucas will probably offer his newest-new-newly digitally improved redo of the movies in a 6 DVD Collector's Edition Extravaganza for a couple of hundred bucks with (hopefully if Lucas comes to his senses) digitally removed Jar Jar, boy with the bowl haircut, and remove scenes where Qui-Gon and Darth Maul are killed (so that they may appear in the Episode II and III redos and perhaps save the films from complete failure). Oh, and by the way, Clones is slightly better than Menace (which isn't saying much,... at all) except for Lucas's comedy scenes. He went overboard with the comedy in this one. I mean you will not be able to stop laughing during the comedy scenes in this movie. They are just so funny. Though, I think George called them love scenes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Attack of the Clones is not as good as Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back, but it's better than Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace. Sluggish in spots, the film boast some good action scenes and magnificent special effects. The cast is excellent, especially Temuera Morrison as the bounty hunter Jango Fett and Daniel Logan as his son Bobba. Although their scenes were brief, they were effective. Their presence in the film makes the story all the more interesting. Christopher Lee is good as former Jedi Knight, Count Dooku, he's both charismatic and evil. Yoda will suprise many in this films climatic light saber duel. Speaking of light saber duels, Ray Park's Darth Maul is missed. Hayden Christensen makes good Anakin Skywalker. The film is must for Star Wars fans, it cleverly introduces future plotlines and characters. Lucas does a good job directing and the FX are again amazing. A solid entry to the Star Wars trilogy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was awesome!!!!! It had a lot of action, including the chase through Coruscant, the clone battle, and when Yoda was in a lightsaber dual with Count Dooku.I can't wait `till it comes out on DVD. The people who wrote that the movie stinks can't even make a movie themself so they just pick on other people's movies. ANYONE WHO SAYS THIS MOVIE STINKS HAS TO DEAL WITH ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was great! A really unique plot. It isn't every day that you combine sci-fi with romance! It was a great movie for all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Obi-One-Kenobi's student Anakin Skywalker, has fallen in love with the ex-queen and now senator of Naboo Amidala, while Obi is trying to find the answer to the mystery of the Clone army... A great film, and the best from the series ''Star Wars'' yet!!!
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For the more Casual Fans, you maybe surprised at the pace of the movie, although it moves relatively slow, this picture has more acting than action, as it is the Set up for Episode III, but there are some highlights some of which will make you goo OOOH! and HOLY ****, i recommend to everyone, especially since this DVD is gonna be PACKED with Featurettes and Extras. BTW, Natalie Portman looks really HOT! in this Movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Star Wars stories. This is a better film than Episode I, but still lacks the vibe we got from the original 3 films. The action sequences are much better, great fight scenes, awesome graphics, etc. Lucas is using technology very well. Our characters lack some of the spunk and fire we came to expect from their predecessors (or offspring - depending on how you look at it...). Natalie Portman is a true acting talent, but some of her lines are poorly delivered, and her 'action' scenes are laughable (check out her running after falling from an attack plane during the final climatic fight scenes). All in all, a fun film - but if you are looking for a cinematic gem....look elsewhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
2005 couldn't come slower.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. Granted that the love scenes were corny and I do agree that George Lucas needs someone else to write the scripts but I still think this movie deserves 5 stars. Seeing Anakin slowly moving towards the dark side is something to be anticipated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought palpatines role in the prequel films were a bravo for all the star wars fans i praise lucas for using ian again as palpatine aka darth sidious i still hate it dooku dies in episode 3 but hey thats darth sidious for you but darth sidious also had a larger role in episode 3 than episodes 1 and 2
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is just as great as the rest of the star wars films. My favorite one is still Phantom menace. George lucas does not disapiont only scumsucking critics who cant make films just whine about them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie had an awesome second half. The first half was pretty boring with Anakin and Padme's love story, but it had to be done. The acting isn't all that great, but the movie is very good when the arena battle begins. The arena battle followed by the clone battle (Which was simply amazing) just about restored my cofidence in George, but nothing prepare me for what happened next. When Dooku wins the duel between Anakin and Obi-wan, I had no idea that the 2 and a half foot green Jedi would enter to prove his reputation. If anyone thought of this movie as a failure, it was Yoda who held it up. I did not, but when he starts absorbing lightning, I realize that this talented Jedi isn't some gentle creature. He gets things done, and his spectacular flips and twirls generated a euphoric tingle in me. That's hard to do! Lucas's final project will be Episode III, and as Gene Hackman says in The Replacements ''There is no tomorrow for you, and that makes you VERY DANGEROUS PEOPLE!'' That's what I'd say about Lucas. Episode III will probably be amazing, even though it will be dark.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm only 14 and i own all 6 star wars dvds. all are greats but the 2nd was my fav, seeing as the stormtroopers were introduced