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Star wars as it used to be
on 5 January 2009
It's a new star wars movie.
It's set betwene episodes two and three.
It's a cgi cartoon.
And it appears to be three episodes of the new tv series the clone wars edited together into one feature film.
the story involves anakin skywalker and his new apprentice - whom he didnt want to take on - having to rescue the kidnapped son of jabba the hutt from separatist forces under the command of the evil count dooku and his associates. the jedi and the clone troopers who fight on their side face a hard journey to reunite jabba with his son.
the animation is rather stylised like a japanese cartoon. whilst the characters do look rather good the backgrounds can be a bit static.
very few of the original voice cast actors [just samuel l jackson as mace windu, anthony daniels as c3po and christpoher lee as count dooku] reprise their roles. all the other characters who have been seen before are voiced by new actors who try and impersonate the performance of the originals.
anakin's apprentice talks like a californian valley girl.
and jabba's son is nicknamed stinky.
so this could all be horribly dumbed down.
but the movie succeeds because it contains the one element that the first three star wars films had, and the second trilogy so conspicuously lacked.
It's never dumbed down.the apprentice may talk like a valley girl but she's a fully rounded character and never gets annoying.
and it contains action scene after action scene all of which are really gripping.
this is quality star wars entertainment of the kind we thought we'd never see again, and it's a hugely enjoyable experience for fans of all ages. if they're prepared to give it a chance.
the dvd has language tracks in english and hebrew and english for the hearing impaired. it also has subtitles in arabic hebrew and icelandic.
it offers direct scene access to the film, and the sole extra is a commentary from the director, the producer, the writer and the editor.
the lack of other extras is disappointing, but the quality of the movie is such that the dvd rates a five stars. unleash the inner star wars fan in you again. it's worth it