DVD
Star Wars
Clone Wars - Volume 2

Starring (voice): Mat Lucas, James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane and Anthony Daniels
20th Century Fox
RRP: 15.99
3053401000
Certificate: PG
Available 05 December 2005


As the evil General Grievous gains power among the nefarious Separatist faction, the Jedi Knights find themselves faced with a growing threat and an expansion of the calamitous Clone Wars. Against this epic backdrop,
Star Wars fans will discover fascinating answers to long-held questions: Exactly who, or what, is Grievous, and how did he develop his incessant cough? How does Anakin transform from a promising young Padawan learner to full Knighthood as a Jedi...?

Volume Two of the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series sees another slice of action as Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi continue their action filled quest to bring peace to a galaxy consumed by conflict. This collection takes us up to the events that are told in the final Star Wars movie - Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.

The animation may seem oddly familiar. That's because the creative genius behind classic cartoon shows including Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky, is behind this series. The format of the show, when originally broadcast, was three minute episode. For the DVD release Fox has kindly edited them into a feature length episode.

Extras are pretty impressive too. In fact, there's one extra that is worth the price of the DVD on it's own... but more of that in a moment. Features include a round table audio commentary; Connecting the Dots (10 minute behind the scenes featurette); Star Wars: Battlefront II trailer and Xbox demo (just stick this in your Xbox and you can sample some of the action); Empire at War PC game trailer; stills gallery, sketches and storyboards, and, my favourite, Revenge of the Brick, 5 minute featurette.

Connecting the Dots explains why some of the earlier episodes of Clone Wars didn't tie up to well with the Star Wars movies. This was down to the fact that characters, like General Grievous, hadn't been fully developed when work on the animated show started. So, in this instalment, the writers tackle the fact that General Grievous looked slightly different in previous episodes to how he appeared in the movies.

Revenge of the Brick is a hilarious CGI Lego spoof that alone is worth the £16 price tag of this DVD. If you don't find this funny then it's either because you have no sense of humour (If you find My Family amusing, then it's probably safe to bet that you don't have any idea what is humorous) or you are dead. The end credits, which sees a Lego Darth using his lightsabre to conduct an orchestra of clone troopers as they play the Imperial March, is one of the funniest things I've seen in ages (maybe I should get out more).

This is a fantastic collection that kids and adults will thoroughly enjoy.

Darren Rea

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