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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Sci-Fi - Fox 2002 - PG - Widescreen 2.35:1 - 2 Hr 22 Min.

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Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Christopher Lee.
  Directed by:     George Lucas
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Making Of:
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Commentary:
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XX George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, ILM animation director Rob Coleman, and ILM visual effects supervisors Pablo Helman, John Knoll, and Ben Snow
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Trailer:
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XX 3 Teasers, Trailer and 12 TV campaign
Supplements:
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* Deleted Scenes
* 17 Making of Documentaries
* Across the stars Music Video
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Fave Scene : XX Yoda VS Dooku
Fave Bite : XX "This is such a drag, I feel beside myself"
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Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala even while his teacher's investigation of a separatist assassination attempt leads to the discovery of a secret Republican clone army.
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NiubNiub says worth the Purchase
Repeat Viewing: YES
The FX scenes alone will leave you drooling

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WHAT I LIKE
     
Ok, tell the truth, How many went straight to the Deleted Scenes of Disc 2? Hee hee

I thought that some of the Padme scenes were quite good and would have worked well in the movie. The jedi landing Platform and Jedi Analysis room look really cool but don't serve much to the story and you can understand why George Lucas left them on the cutting room floor. I don't think I am the only dissapointed fan for not including the Jedi raid. I guess we will have to wait for the Deluxe 6 DVD Ultimate box set :D
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  • Let's go back and start with DVD 1: The movie.

    This is one of the best looking DVD I have ever seen. Does the fact that Lucas used digital cameras this time around help any? probably. I wish we could see it's full potential using an HDTV. Maybe in 10 years ;) Sound is also amazing. If you have surround sound you will be in awe. Ben Burtt and his team as usual did a fantastic job.

    The film is the theatrical version which I find had better moments then Episode 1 but as most fans agree, the love elements are kind of lame and unbelievable. Perhaps if Lucas would have played more on subtle humour like Han and Leia in Empire it would have worked better. Here is an example that made my friends laugh...When Padme is in her leather garb by the fire place and Anakin spurts these really corny lines like "I can't breathe, I'm haunted by the kiss you should have never given me, My heart is beating, Hoping it will not scar, you are tormenting my soul" to which Padme should have replied "Ani...PUHLEEASE" - LOL.

    In repeat viewings I have a feeling many of you will be skipping everyother chapter and just watch all the amazing action scenes like Jango and Obi-Wan's battle, Coruscant Chase, Droid Factory, Clone War, Arena Battle and Yo Da Man :D
    Boy there sure were amazing cool scenes in this film.
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    What about the Audio Commentary? Like Episode I's track, all the participants were recorded seperately and edited together. This is too bad, I think it would have been so much better to have interaction between them. Lucky for us though, what we hear is very interesting and entertaining. Without this track we would have never known that the "deathsticks" Alien's antennaes were added digitally, or that 100's of flies were erased in the meadows scene :D I would not have wanted that task - LOL.
  • DVD 2: The cool extra stuff :D

    From Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in Episode II.
    I am really happy that this making of follows in the footsteps of "The Beginning". No corny butt kissing... "Working with George Lucas is the best, and Hayden was the best and Oohh Yoda was the best to work with too". We get 50 minutes of cameras folowing the creators at ILM as they work out to bring Yoda and other CG characters to life. It's like having been in the room during staff meetings and aprobations. Very Very cool.
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    State of the Art: The Previsualization of Episode II.
    This documentary is a bit more like the traditional ones we see on every other DVD. With editing and sound and music. I prefer the aproach of Puppets to Pixels but this was still an entertaining look at how far animatics have come. In the past, there were only storyboards or you would make animatics using a camcoder and barbie dolls :) Now that home computers are so powerfull and cheap, FX companies can make elaborate 3D versions of the storyboards. It's amazing at how some animatics look almost good enough to be in the movie. The clone war animatic is especially amazing.
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    Films Are Not Released: They Escape.
    This documentary on the sound department and how Ben Burtt and his team come up with the sounds of Star Wars. A nice addition to the other 2 Making Of's. I don't think many of us realise just how complex and long it takes to create a soundtrack. One thing that made me laugh was the little scooter Ben Burtt rides around from room to room. Now if I could convince my boss to get me one of those - LOL.
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    3 Featurettes...Story, Love and Action.
    Not as elaborate as the first 3, These look like Entertainment Tonight interviews with the cast. Story and Action are ok. I must admit that after 3 minutes of LOVE I returned to the main menu.

    12 Web Documentaries
    Even though some of you might have seen these on the internet, full screen hi resolution makes all the difference :) These are a lot of fun and a nice addition to the mix especially if you are like me, who had not seen all of them.
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    ILM Visual FX Breakdown
    Now this is my fave part of any Making Of because it shows me all the layers and steps that were used to create the final shot. And I don't think you have to be a compositor to appreciate the reel. This is like watching a live version of the pictures we see in Cinefex or any Making Of Star Wars Book. It's cool to see what was miniature, bluescreen, CG animations etc...The only downside I would say is that the cuts are done to the music beats and way too fast, we don't have time to absorb all the elements.

    The music video and R2 trailer are also included as well as posters and all the cool trailers and tv ads. These really rock. I just wish they had a PLAY ALL feature instead of going back to menu every 30 seconds.

    So there you have most of what's on the DVD. I know you didn't have to wit for my thoughts to decide to purchase Attack of the Clones :D I'm sure you all went out on release day and picked up your copy. A really great addition to your collection. And if you haven't gotten your copy yet...What are you waiting for? go to the store NOW - LOL.
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  • WHAT I DON'T LIKE
  • I think that the deleted scenes are not as exciting as those we saw on the Episode 1 DVD, mainly because they are more "talkie" scenes as opposed to extended Pod race action.
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  • I would have drooled even more if the making of's were a bit longer. Having also watched the 4 DVD set of Lord Of The Rings this weekend, and in awe of it's over 7 hours!!!! of making of's, imagine if we had had that quantity for the Star Wars Universe? I'm sure the material is all there. Maybe my wish will come true when the trilogy is completed and we get a 10 DVD box set ;p Hint hint - hee hee.
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  • I would have prefered the Audio Commentary to not be edited together and have Lucas and his associates record the track together in one room, bouncing anecdotes off each other.
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