I must admit that I was full of trepidation when I heard that a
fully computer animated movie about "The Clone Wars" was about to be
released and even worse, it targeted children. Thankfully I was
pleasantly surprised and must admit that this is easily one of the
"better" Star Wars movies around.
Even the second viewing on Blu-ray as opposed to the movies was just as
enjoyable, however the quality was even better thanks to our
Panasonic high definition LCD TV which made the animation truly
For those unaware of The Clone Wars, it takes place between
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode
III: Revenge of the Sith and focuses on the power of the Republican
Best of all, the familiar Star Wars characters that we
all love and hate make a welcome return which include the soon to be
Darth Vader Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku, Yoda and
even some new faces such as Padawan Ahsoka Tano and the return of
the creepy Asajj Ventress.
The plot which is quite "child"
orientated revolves Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in rescuing
Jabba the Hutt's baby and returning him to the Hutt family before
Count Dooku can frame the Jedi for "its" death.
To compound the
situation for Anakin, he has a new Padawan called Ahsoka Tano who is
quite independent in her own right and the most annoying aspect of
the movie was the way she called R2D2 as "R-tooie".
plot may be a tad clichéd at times, where the movie does shine is
through its spectacular computer animated choreographed action
sequences from lightsabre battles to huge galactic space battles that really
immerses you into the world of Star Wars.
The battles between
between Anakin and Count Dooku plus Obi-Wan and the vixen-like Asajj
Ventress is easily worth the price of this Blu-ray alone. Match that with
the classic Star Wars humour, especially from the new comer Ahsoka
Tano and this has everything that a good Star Wars movie should
The video quality of Star Wars The Clone Wars is superb and looks
amazing on Blu-ray thanks to the 1080p resolution which makes the
animation look quite realistic at times. The colours are extremely
vibrant and it has a real Hollywood blockbuster feel to it.
animation does take a little time getting use to which looks strange
initially but at the end, I really fell in love with this animation
style which almost looks like they have airbrushed the characters.
Definitely very impressive. The audio also matches the phenomenal
video audio and sounds brilliant through a surround sound setup.
In conclusion, the only downside to The Clone Wars is that it feels
like a pilot episode for a new TV series that in actual fact it is
and the ending seems a little rushed as does the movie itself.
Needless to say, it was still a wild ride from start to finish which
really pays homage to the Star Wars mythology and creates something
well deserved of the Star Wars name.