Star Wars: The Clone Wars: A Galaxy Divided DVD Review

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As both a consumer and reviewer of DVDs the thing that irks me more than anything else is a DVD whose sole purpose is to make the manufacturer more money and rip off the fans. And with only four episodes from season 1 and zero special features that is exactly what this DVD is.

The Clone Wars is a new TV show on Cartoon Network that further expands the Star Wars Universe. It follows the events of the animated film of the same title and takes place between Episode II and III of the live action film series. The show focuses on many different aspects of the Clone Wars, from the Clone Troopers, to the many different Jedi, to the epic space battles, to the building relationship between Anakin and his new padawan, Ahsoka.

These first four episodes are pretty good. The first focuses on Yoda and a small band of Clone Troopers who have to take on the evil Asajj Ventress and an entire army of droid soldiers. The other three episodes tell a single story arc about a new weapon that General Grievous has at his command and Anakin’s quest to destroy it.

The Clone Wars is frustrating because it is as annoying as it is good. Seeing Yoda take on a whole squadron of droids is awesome. Seeing Clone Troopers kicking ass is awesome. Having to listen to the unending inane banter of the droid army is annoying. And listening to Ahsoka’s stupid nicknames for everyone is enough to make you want to the throw the DVD out your window.

So the show’s pretty good for the most part, minus it’s very annoying aspects, but the DVD is worthless. I really have no idea who would want to buy this. The entire season will be coming out in the not to distant future. If you like the show enough to want to buy it, wait for that. Don’t waster your money on this.

Episodes:

Ambush 10/3/2008

Jedi Master Yoda and three clone troopers, Jek, Thire, and Rys, must face off against Count Dooku’s dreaded assassin Ventress and her massive droid army to prove the Jedi are strong enough to protect a strategic planet and forge a treaty for the Republic.

Rising Malevolence 10/3/2008

An attack by a devastating new Separatist weapon leaves Jedi Master Plo Koon and his clone troopers struggling to survive until Anakin and Ahsoka can find and rescue them.

Shadow Of Malevolence 10/10/2008

With the help of his Padawan Ahsoka and Jedi Master Plo Koon, Anakin utilizes new long-range Y-wing bombers to lead a bold strike on General Grievous’ warship, the Malevolence, and its destructive weapon.

Destroy Malevolence 10/17/2008

Padmé Amidala and C-3PO are taken hostage by Grievous, leaving Anakin and Obi-Wan to save the Senator and complete the destruction of the Malevolence.

The show is presented in fullscreen 1:33.1. Sound is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. The show looks and sounds great. The animation is much improved from the film, but the faces are still kind of annoying.

Nothing.

Warner Bros. must really think that Star Wars fans are really stupid to release this. I’ll say it again, I’m hard pressed to think of one good reason why anyone would buy this DVD.

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Warner Bros. presents Star Wars: Clone Wars: A Galaxy Divided. Created by George Lucas. Starring Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane and Anthony Daniels. Running time: 90 minutes on 1 disc. Not Rated. Released on DVD: March 24, 2009. Available at Amazon.com.

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