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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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Whether you love or dislike the latest installment of the Star Wars installment, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, there is no question that Fox and Lucasfilm have done an amazing job in translating this title to DVD. As has widely been mentioned, the image, framed at 2.35:1 and anamorphic (there is a separate disc with a cropped pan-and-scan picture),

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Whether you love or dislike the latest installment of the Star Wars installment, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, there is no question that Fox and Lucasfilm have done an amazing job in translating this title to DVD. As has widely been mentioned, the image, framed at 2.35:1 and anamorphic (there is a separate disc with a cropped pan-and-scan picture), was taken directly from the digital source, the first for a live action movie (other films have been too, but all others were animated, such as Monsters, Inc.). This direct translation is unquestionably a revelation in how good a picture can look. Colors are impressive in every way, with excellent saturation and fine detail. The darker scenes are solid and show no sign of digital breakdown, something that can harm even the best transfers. The sound, a 5.1 EX Dolby Digital track in English, is also very good, but maybe not quite as aggressive as would be expected. The sound is very clear up front, and there are some uses of the surrounds, but not as often as could have been. Just as with Episode I: The Phantom Menace this is a two disc set, with a commentary on the first disc with George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, editor Ben Burtt, animation supervisor Rob Coleman, effects artists Pablo Helman, John Knoll, and Ben Snow. The second disc contains all the other supplements, and while they are plentiful, they do tend to lack a little substance. Up front are three documentaries, the first, at 56 long minutes, is called "From Puppets to Pixels" and takes an exhaustive look at the creation of digital characters, in particular, Yoda. The second examines the pre-visualization of the film, from early computer setups to the final product. Finally, "Films Are Not Made, They Escape" discusses in length the sound design of the film. Again, with far too many "talking head" interviews, it says a lot but lacks much interest. While extensive, all three of these are, technical and ultimately, boring. As with the Phantom Menace disc, this one contains 12 featurettes of various subjects originally shown on the Star Wars website. Three additional features on the story line, love story, and action scenes don't amount to much more than fluff pieces. Of greater interest are eight deleted scenes, with optional introductions and a great mockumentary trailer "R2-D2: Beneath the Dome." Finally, along with a "music video" for "Across the Stars" from John Williams are gallery sections, poster art, a brief visual effects reel, theatrical teasers, and trailer, plus 12 television spots. It's a full plate that looks like it will leave you filled, but in the end is somewhat empty. Still, fans of this film, who are a very devoted bunch, will be pleased.

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:
0024543055396
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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 --
1. Opening Logos [:24]
2. Attack of the Clones [1:27]
3. Return to Coruscant [1:27]
4. Chancellor's Meeting [1:27]
5. Old Friends [:46]
6. Assassins [:46]
7. Speeder Chase [:46]
8. Into the Club [1:45]
9. New Assignments [2:34]
10. Traveling Incognito [:02]
11. Dex's Diner [3:28]
12. Jedi Archives [3:50]
13. "Encouraged to Love" [:14]
14. Yoda and the Younglings [7:00]
15. Return to Naboo [3:13]
16. Audience with the Queen [4:07]
17. Kamino Arrival [:49]
18. Meeting Lama Su [1:47]
19. Stolen Kiss [2:14]
20. Inspecting the Clones [1:02]
21. Teasing a Senator [1:14]
22. Jango's Apartment [:20]
23. Forbidden Love [2:00]
24. Obi-Wan's Report [:59]
25. Nightmare [1:31]
26. Obi-Wan Vs. Jango [1:15]
27. Back to Tatooine [1:49]
28. Asteroid Chase [:24]
29. Lars' Homestead [1:22]
30. Anakin's Search [1:59]
31. Dooku's Separatist Plot [2:30]
32. Tusken Camp [:22]
33. Out of Range [2:17]
34. "You're Not All-Powerful" [3:43]
35. Enemies Revealed [:13]
36. Obi-Wan Captive [1:58]
37. Emergency Powers [1:49]
38. Droid Factory [:06]
39. Love Pledge [2:49]
40. The Arena [:06]
41. "This Party is Over" [2:35]
42. Yoda's Cavalry [:07]
43. Clone War [3:28]
44. War Room [1:18]
45. Duel With Dooku [2:42]
46. Master Yoda [1:22]
47. "Well Done, Lord Tyranus" [2:19]
48. "Begun, the Clone War Has" [:05]
49. Secret Union [3:51]
50. End Credits [:44]

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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie specialised in great effects. The love and action was blended in well together and left everyone hanging for the final Star Wars installment. Well done Geogre Lucus and Good Luck on Star Wars Episode 111 ************
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Attack of the Clones is way better than The Phantom Menace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every time I watched it in the theaters, I liked it even more. All of those who saw it only once and didn't like it did not do it justice, you have to see it again. ''Attack of the Clones'' is jam packed with action and visual eye-poppers. I have to say, however, that some of the dialogue wasn't all that great. I can't wait for the DVD, who's release is just around the corner, so i can see all those special features, especially the deleted scenes. All ''Star Wars'' ''super fans'' (as I like to call them) should love this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
2005 couldn't come slower.
Guest More than 1 year ago
still a good movie. What some viewers don't seem to realize are that the prequels are studies in character development. We see Anakin as a young man, attempting to come to terms with his abilities, arrogance, anger, and need. This movie is actually a great bridge between the innocent Anakin and the evil Darth Vader. You also see Obi-Wan attempting his best to train someone whom he knows is more powerful with the Force and whose ego can get him into trouble.
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall, I liked the movie. That is, except from the scenes when the whole theater is filled with stifled snickering. If you don't know what I mean, go and listen to those terrible love lines and the disgustingly sappy facial expressions. Did George Lucas write that stuff or did the other screenwriter write it? Whoever wrote it, they might do better to take lessons from soap opera writers, because, my GOD, even soap opera love lines are better. I'm sure George Lucas meant the love scenes to be touching, not hilarious...Hope he does better next time or rather...just hire somebody else to write.
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
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 I was watching scenes deleted from the 5th ELEMENT. Star Wars had to settle for a car chase? Goerge Lucas was so worried about the format his movie was released in, he forgot about details, like a plot!!!!! Maybe he should have watched ''BRAVEHEART'' before he tried to tackle a love story. For somthing so intricate to the overall series of movies,one would think he would give it more substance than then a scene from ''POWERPUFF GIRLS'' C'mon George, this movie could not live uo to ''STAK TREK V'',let alone episode 1 And finally, Count Duku? Where do you dig up these names? George, Watch episode 4 and 5, get those creative juices flowing, and make a movie worthy of ''STAR WARS''
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
This movie was an ok movie I mean you shouldn't buy this movie unless you are a complete freak about star wars. George Lucas is a dumb idiot for mixing love with action. It never works out