Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 1
Between ‘Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ lays a gap of three years of war. Three years of battle that have not been shown to the general public until now. In this animated series, we get to see several battles between the Jedi and Republic’s Clone Army on one side, and the Separatist army headed by the evil Count Dooku, his assassin Asajj Ventress, and General Grievous.
Sound and Vision:
If we turn on our “flaw finder” we could start blabbering that there’s some aliasing present and that some scenes lack a bit of detail. Or that there’s some color banding present and at times the whites can be a bit overpowering. However, these all together are still just needles in a haystack that’s filled with just gorgious images! If anything, the image quality, with the splashing colors, the space battles that look like to have come from a Star Wars film, and smashing sceneries, is just amazing. If you need one reason to get this Blu-ray disc, the image quality is it! Fantastic!
As good as the image quality is, so disappointing is the sound. Eventhough this is a Blu-ray release, Warner didn’t find it necessary to throw in some HD track but instead released the first season with bland Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. Yes, it sounds decent and dialogues are always understandable, but when it comes to the use of the subwoofer, things could have improved a lot. Plenty of battles just scream for plenty of bass but you get something that can be seen as a small rinkle in a pond while you would expect the impact of a storm at sea. Even a DTS track would have brought some more punch to this soundtrack so this is truly a missed opportunity.
– An extra booklet filled with artwork comes inside the packaging
– Enhanced Jedi Temple Archives Mode
– Jedi Temple Archives
At first sight the extras seem thin but the booklet is a really nice addition and the Archive modes are present with each episode and focus on one specific aspect each time.
Star Wars fan or not, one must admit this Blu-ray is a mighty fine piece of art. The animations are fantastic, the image quality superb and the extras a lot more than you expect at first. Only in the sound department does this release fall short. 22 episodes filled with action are what you get an eventhough they seem a bit short (each episode lasts for about 23 minutes), as a whole they do tell a mighty fine story that can almost compete with the movies.
We’re not going to whine about Yoda talking backwards more than ever, the voice cast not being the same as the original movie cast and there being some inconsistencies to the original storylines. Instead, we’re going to rave about the fact that we get to see more alien races in a more profound role than ever before in a Star Wars show, less famous Jedi getting a larger share of screen time and the Clones getting a more important role while their personality is getting more depth. Or we can just conclude that the balances between humor and seriousness as well as story and character development is just perfect in this first season.
We can’t wait to get our hands on Season 2 already! May the Force be with us!