WARS – EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES
McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman
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short documentaries, using clips from the film, interviews with the main
cast and crew, and a smattering of behind the scenes material. To put
things in context, there are also a few teasing clips from the first
original Star Wars trilogy.
of the lead actors discusses what Attack of the Clones means for
their character. The actors and key crewmembers explain how the film
develops the new trilogy’s overall arc story, which tells how the dark
side of the Force slowly seduces Anakin. Ewan McGregor jokes that his
character is sent “on a Dick Tracy detective spree”, and Samuel L.
Jackson explains how Episode II greatly expands his role, and how
he wanted to make sure that Mace Windu would be alive at the end, so he
could appear in Episode III.
lengthy look at the romance aspect of the film, this is something for the
girlies. There’s no doubt, though, that Natalie Portman’s legions of
lusty male fans will enjoy it, too, especially as Attack of the presents what Portman calls her “sexed-up version of the Queen”!
One of those contributing to this segment is the film’s composer, John
Williams, whose beautiful love theme is one of the finest pieces of music
too much reliance on clips and talking heads in this segment, which uses a
couple of soundbites from material elsewhere on the disc, and reveals very
little (apart, perhaps from Ewan McGregor’s comment that shooting the
Speeder chase was “like going on a fairground ride over and over again,
only you’re not allowed to go and have a hot dog”). Four key scenes
are examined: the Speeder Chase, the conveyor belt scene at the Geonosis
droid factory, the arena fight (no room here for a tribute to stop-motion
animation master Ray Harryhausen, sadly) and the final battle itself.
twelve short featurettes premiered on the official Star Wars website in
the lead up to the film’s release. They explore various aspects of the
production, and each one is very interesting. The subtitles are generally
pretty self-explanatory (each takes its title from something that’s said
in the documentary).
We Go Again – The Digital Revolution Begins [6’25”]
look at the digital recording techniques that George Lucas has been
pioneering since The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV series and
rare theatrical flop The Radioland Murders. It bravely even
includes a couple of dissenting voices (who, nevertheless, seem to
acknowledge the march of progress).
‘Em Out – Designing the Jedi Starfighter [4’35”]
segment does exactly what it says on the tin. It's interesting to hear
Lucas explain that the Jedi Starfighter we see in Attack of the Clones is
an ancestor of the huge wedge-shaped Imperial Star Destoryer we see at the
beginning of Star Wars - A New Hope.
Didn’t Go To the Desert to Get a Suntan – Location Shooting Around The
brief peek into the logistics of filming a Star Wars blockbuster.
This contains a few
shots of the location filming in Norway (for the Hoth ice planet scenes in
The Empire Strikes Back), material shot in Tunisia for Star Wars
- A New Hope (exactly the the same location used for Attack of the
Clones), and a tiny clue about George's plans for Episode III.
to Do My Thing – Haydn Christensen Is Anakin Skywalker [4’23”]
a couple of clips from Haydn Christensen’s audition tape, and fulsome
praise from his colleagues.
Twinkle Beyond Pluto – Extras Fill Out The Star Wars Galaxy [5’36”]
peek at what it’s like to be a Star Wars extra. Did you know that
even the background characters are given names and back stories? Of course
they are! How else are they going to sell action figures! If you haven’t
already spotted them, this featurette will show you where the Anthony
(C3P0) Daniels and Ahmed (Jar Jar Binks) Best cameo appearances are.
All Magic – Visual Effects Wizardry Starts on the Set [5’02”]
Effects supervisor John Knoll explains how his post-production work begins
during principal photography. For those of you who were wondering, this
documentary explains what the odd half-mirrored, half-grey ball that you
see in many behind the scenes shots is used for.
It To The Next Level – Sounds From A Galaxy Far, Far Away [5’14”]
vintage airplane sounds for use in the Star Wars universe.
Jigsaw Puzzle – Building Model Communities [5’10”]
scale models still have an important role to play in the era of computer
the Fett Family [5’15”]
with Temuera Morrison and Daniel Logan, the actors playing Boba and Jango Fett (including the actor who
played Boba Fett in Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back,
British actor Jeremy Bulloch).
to G.O. – The Jedi Knights in Action [5’10”]
the different fighting styles of the various Jedi, and the role of the
film's stunt Co-ordinator, Nick Gillard.
– The Wardrobe of Padmé Amidala [4’49”]
is the number of the costume Amidala wears during her liaison with Anakin
in the romantic meadows of Naboo. Don’t blink, because before you know
it, she’ll be wearing something else!
6 – Creating the Action in the Geonosis Arena [6’30”]
6 is apparently where the big action scenes kick in.
and TV Spots
A collection of theatrical trailers
and TV adverts (eight using individual characters as their theme, and four
on the movie’s action elements). This
section also includes the Across The Stars music
video (in stereo, at 192kbps), which features John Williams’ epic score,
inter-cut with clips from the film and shots from the recording sessions.
Kitchen and Stills Gallery
gathers together a collection of miscellaneous bits and pieces, including
a gallery of behind the scenes production photo’s (available with or
without explanatory captions), and promotional posters (including a couple
of World Cup-themed ones). There's also a gallery of poster artwork
from around the world, but since they're all fundamentally the same, this
wears out its welcome very quickly.
Are Not Released; They Escape – Creating a Universe of Sounds for
substantial (25'39") look at creating movie sound that complements
the Revvin’ It To The Next Level – Sounds From A Galaxy Far, Far
Away web documentary, this demonstrates the whole process of recording
and mixing. Sound Designer Ben Burtt explains that very little on-set
audio makes the final mix: we see each how individual sound (looped
dialogue, especially-recorded sound effects, alien languages, library
effects, etc) are created, and edited. Little mention is made of the music
(except where for one scene where it is decided to beef up the score with
additional percussive sounds).
II Visual Effects Breakdown Montage [3’27”]
of the highlights of the disc, this is basically Industrial Light and
Magic’s show-reel for the movie – a great montage of before-and-after
shots, set to a bouncy tune. There are some lovely shots here which aren't
covered elsewhere on the disc.
Beneath the Dome [6’01”]
is a preview clip for a new web mockumentary, telling the story of R2-D2
as if he was a real actor (one who found fame with Star Wars, but
who struggled to maintain a career afterwards).
pretty funny, considering it’s a one-joke premise. Some heavyweight
talent has been roped in to add to the fun, including some of Lucas’
peers, and actors from the original trilogy.
DVD offers PC owners software that will give them access to a gateway to
an exclusive DVD website (accessible only to the several million owners of
the disc, presumably!) Apple Macintosh support is “not currently
disc also contains at least one Easter Egg bonus feature, although
you’ll have to find it for yourself. Let’s just say that your office
notice board will never look quite the same again!
Star Wars - Episode II - Attack of the Clones disc will make a fine
addition to anyone’s collection. The Region 1 disc would seem to be the
best available version (taking the BBFC edit and some iffy NTSC to PAL standards
conversion work on some of the bonus features into account), but unless
you’re a complete perfectionist, the Region 2 disc is fine.
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