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Story

If The Phantom Menace was the setup, then Attack of the Clones is the plot-progressing payoff, and devoted Star Wars fans are sure to be enthralled. Ten years after Episode I, Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), now a senator, resists the creation of a Republic Army to combat an evil separatist movement. The brooding Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is resentful of his stern Jedi mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), tormented by personal loss, and showing his emerging "dark side" while protecting his new love, Amidala, from would-be assassins. Youthful romance and solemn portent foreshadow the events of the original Star Wars as Count Dooku (a.k.a. Darth Tyranus, played by Christopher Lee) forges an alliance with the Dark Lord of the Sith, while lavish set pieces showcase George Lucas's supreme command of all-digital filmmaking. All of this makes Episode II a technological milestone, savaged by some critics as a bloated, storyless spectacle, but still qualifying as a fan-approved precursor to the pivotal events of Episode III. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Commentary by writer-director George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, picture editor and sound designer Ben Burtt, ILM animation director Rob Coleman, and ILM visual effects supervisors Pablo Helman, John Knoll, and Ben Snow
  • Eight exclusive deleted scenes with introductions: Padme Addresses the Senate, Jedi Temple Analysis Room, Obi-Wan and Mace on Jedi Landing Platform, Extended Arrival on Naboo, Padme's Parents' House, Padme's Bedroom, Dooku Interrogates Padme, Anakin and Padme on Trial
  • "From Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in Episode II": all-new full-length documentary about the creation of digital characters in Episode II
  • "State of the Art: The Previsualization of Episode II": witness the vital role of the animatics team
  • "Films Are Not Released: They Escape" sound documentary
  • Three featurettes examining the story line, action scenes, and love story through behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and filmmakers
  • 12-part Web documentary
  • "Across the Stars" music video: an original composition by John Williams crafted exclusively for this DVD
  • Exclusive production photos
  • One-sheet posters
  • International outdoor campaign
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • "R2-D2: Beneath the Dome" mockumentary trailer
  • ILM visual effects breakdown montage
  • Exclusive DVD-ROM content

Cast

Ewan McGregorObi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie PortmanPadmé
Hayden ChristensenAnakin Skywalker
Christopher LeeCount Dooku/Darth Tyranus
Samuel L. JacksonMace Windu
Frank OzYoda
Ian McDiarmidSupreme Chancellor Palpatine
Pernilla AugustShmi Skywalker
Temuera MorrisonJango Fett
Daniel LoganBoba Fett
Jimmy SmitsSenator Bail Organa
Jack ThompsonCliegg Lars
Ahmed BestJar Jar Binks
Rose ByrneDormé
Anthony DanielsC-3PO
Joel EdgertonOwen Lars
Matt DoranElan Sleazebaggano
Kenny BakerR2-D2
Marton CsokasPoggle the Lesser

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