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Star Wars: Episode II
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 67 (Dec 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Frank Oz, Samuel L. Jackson & Christopher Lee

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
"Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones" has arrived on DVD with a design and content similar to that of last year's "Episode I" DVD. The menu design will appeal to fans and continues the pattern established with the "Episode I" DVD where your disc will cue up on one of three different planets each time you load the disc into your player. Disc 1 of this two-disc set includes a group audio commentary as well as THX

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2005544
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Sustained sequences of sci-fi/action violence
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 142
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/12/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): George Lucas
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Special Notes:
Also available in a separate full screen edition.

Story Synopsis:
A Jedi shall not know anger. Nor hatred. Nor love. Set ten years following the events in "Episode I," "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones" finds Padm

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD exhibits images that are remarkably reproduced for home theatre exhibition. The picture, originated in high-definition 1080p/24 frames per second and framed in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, has a generally slight, soft character, but details are capably depicted throughout, particularly during close-ups and medium shots. For instance, hairs that stray away from Padm

The Dolby Digital Surround EX soundtrack, as would be expected, is nothing short of excellent. The fidelity is surely reflective of the current state-of-the-art. Dialogue sounds abundantly natural and very nicely placed with the visuals. The music recording is excellent as well, with a nice, palpable low-end foundation and remarkable distinctiveness of the orchestra. Like the other "Star Wars" movies, sound design is the prominent factor in the creativity behind this soundtrack. The various effects, from the familiar light saber to the myriad of new sounds crafted for this movie, all have a unique and distinctive character on their own. As anticipated, spatiality is generous and often aggressive in nature throughout, with the split surrounds equally effective with directional pans and rendering of atmosphere. You'll surely get lots of panning in the opening sequence as well as the nighttime chase on Coruscant (Chapter 7). And then much later on in the film, there is a lot of directionality in the battle on Geonosis, as Yoda and the clones come to the rescue. The back surround sees equal effectiveness with both overhead panning and other instances of directional effects, as well as in enveloping the listener from behind. The low-end is powerful at times with extremely deep and intense extension, sometimes even potentially challenging your subwoofer with sub-25 Hz activity in all channels. This is an amazing soundtrack, following the heels of "Episode I" and the creative legacy of sound in the "Star Wars" saga. (Perry Sun)

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