Wars: The Clone Wars Season 1 Volume 1
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Although Iím a huge Star Wars fan, I loathed Star Wars
Episode I The Phantom Menance due what seemed to be George Lucas cashing in on the
franchise and of course, the horrendous Jar Jar Binks. Thankfully the
following movies somehow managed to turn themselves around and from Episode I
came Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III
Revenge of the Sith.
Images taken from later episodes
However somewhere in the middle of all this, the movies
only briefly touched on the Clone Wars and mercifully an animated movie
was created to bridge the gap between Star Wars Episode II Attack of
the Clones and Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith.
Whether it was the popularity of the animated movie or if Lucasart had plans for
a TV series, this amazing computer animated TV series is probably some
of the best Star Wars stories to date. Bringing together a plethora of familiar
characters such as Yoda and Count Dooku, the series also brought forth
plenty of new faces to add to this amazing mythology.
Star Wars the Clone Wars Season 1 Volume 1
continues the war between the Republic and the Separatists as the galaxy
is divided by war and planets are forced to choose sides. This current
DVD features 5 episodes from the TV series which includes Ambush, Rising
Malevolence, Shadow of Malevolence, Destroy Malevolence and Rookies.
really begins with a bang as Asajj Ventress, a Sith
apprentice attempts to ambush Yoda, an ancient Jedi master who is hoping to broker a
deal with the planets inhabitants. With awesome action and an equally
entertaining storyline, Yoda and his three clone troopers really shine in
this episode. Not to mention Yoda really sticking it to Count Dooku...
classic Star Wars but with a modern interpretation.
2 brings forth Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka who endeavor to free
a Jedi Master by the name of Plo Koon. Of course the Separatists play a
role in the episode as the Republic attempt to destroy General Grievous'
warship the Malevolence and its deadly weapon. This episodes leads to
the third and fourth episode as we are joined with more familiar faces
such as Senator Padme Amidala. Steep in some great Star Wars lore, this
volume finishes with my favourite episode, Rookies that follows one of
the mainstays of this series, Captain Rex, a clone trooper who attempts
to inspire his rookies clones in almost unbeatable odds against the
For me, this
series highlights some amazing computer animation techniques, brilliant
Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 sound and some brilliant voice acting which
only makes the stories even more engaging.
The people behind the
characters include Dee Bradley Baker as the Clone Troopers, Tom Kane as
the really cool narrator which gives the series an almost Golden Age of
Hollywood atmosphere of the black and white serials, Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, James Arnold
Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ashley Eckstein as young Ahsoka. The actors
almost sound like their live-action counterparts and as a treat Anthony
Daniels even voices C-3PO. Perfect video and audio!
Unfortunately there are no extras included in this presentation of
Star Wars the Clone Wars Season 1 Volume 1 but even so, it's a must
have collection for Star Wars fans, both old and new alike! Needless to
say, this series can be watched by kids and adults alike... let's hope
Warner Bros. releases more!