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

starwarsclonewarsagalaxydivideddvdcover-040509The ‘Clone Wars’ goes back to the original Star Wars film when Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke Skywalker that he was once a Jedi knight the same as your father and that they fought together in the Clone Wars. Since that moment fans have been obsessed with what the clone wars were. This new TV series takes place immediately after the events of Star Wars-Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The series follows Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker and introduces us to some new characters such as Ahsoka Tano a girl Jedi knight as well as characters we already know.

Read my review of the DVD after the jump.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – A Galaxy Divided

Available To Own On (Click to Purchase): DVD

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Release Date: March 24, 2009

Since this series is meant for kids it looks like they toned down the complexity of the series.  Because of that, story telling approach and by extension the writing I suppose, falls a bit on the weak side.  The best thing I can say is that there is room for improvement and as you make your way through the season (this DVD only presents four episodes of the 22-episode season) you do start to some some improvement. But for a good chunk of the show you have to put up with writing and stories that are more often than not, boring.  Those flaws are more apparent to anyone who has seen the original 2003/04 series that also ran on Cartoon Network. That series is infinitely more enjoyable.

Flaws aside, I really love the direction they’ve taken with the look of the show.  It’s a sort of pseudo CG/hand-drawn approach that just looks really sharp. Make no mistake, this is a beautifully animated series.

But there’s also a negative that needs to be addressed.  For some reason Warner Brothers decided not to correct the aspect ratio.  You see, the show was cropped from its native 2.35:1 aspect ratio to 16×9 for television.  The DVD duplicates that error.  It would be nice if it was released un-modified, and hopefully this mistake with the full season release.

Overall the show can best be summed up with a this short sentence: I was hoping for so much more.

Seeing as how this is a release of only four episodes from a 22-episode season, it would have been nice to see some features.  Alas, there is nothing.  It’s as bare-bones a release as you can get.

I didn’t much care for these first four episodes, but there is slight improvement in future episodes.  Simply put, this isn’t as good as the 2003/2004 series.  On those two points, it’s hard for me recommend this DVD as anything other than a rental.  For those reasons, I give this DVD and show a grade of 2/5.