Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 5 DVD & Blu Ray

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Seasons 1-5 Collectors Edition

Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Five is released in the UK on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th. From executive Producer George Lucas and Lucasfilm Animation, The Clone Wars With action and drama worthy of the big screen, The Clone Wars looks and sounds best when presented in stunning high-definition. The Complete Season Five delivers all 20 episodes, two as director’s cuts never seen on TV, and supplements them with a host of behind-the-scenes bonus materials, cast and crew interviews, and deleted and alternate scenes, revealing the magic behind the making of the cutting-edge series.

For those wanting to relive every moment of the epic series from the beginning comes the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Seasons 1-5 Collector’s Edition. All previous complete season sets have been collected here for the first time to form a library of Star Wars: The Clone Wars adventures worthy of the Jedi Temple. With unique packaging, this Collector’s Edition also includes a brand new 54-page Art of The Clone Wars booklet that showcases concept art from across all five seasons, with many pieces never before published.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Five and season 1-5 box set is out to own from October 14th, and is currently available for pre-order.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Seasons 1-5 Collectors Edition
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Seasons 1-5 Collectors Edition

Star Wars SteelBook Blu Rays

After becoming one of the best-selling catalogue Blu-ray Discs of all time when launched in 2011, Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that the beloved Star Wars trilogy collections will be re-released as a limited edition steelbook on April 8, 2013.

The trilogy collections — Prequel (Episodes I-III) and Original (Episodes IV-VI) — now packaged in new, exclusive and collectible steelbook artwork are available for preorder.
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Star Wars Episode 7 – A few thoughts.

So the Star Wars Sequel trilogy will now happen as announced by DISNEY who have just bought LucasFilm from George Lucas.

Kathleen Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

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This is a good thing. This means we will get more Star Wars films. If they are BAD, what the hey, fandom managed to move on from the prequels. I don’t really see any Original Trilogy merchandise burning ala Simon Pegg in Spaced.

What I think could have made this a better thing, is if Lucas retained the rights and leased them to small independent directors / production companies in order to seperate the series from being a device to sell action figures and video games.

Along with leased rights he could of invested £30million. A very modest budget but good enough to use up and comming actors, not weigh too heavy on special effects and most importantly innovation from film makers. Take the trilogy back to its roots.

We also expect Lucasfilm moving to Disney to add new life to the Indiana Jones series.

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KINECT STAR WARS REVIEW

WRITTEN BY PAUL GALEA

I will start off by saying there are only a few Star Wars games out there that have really made a lasting impression on me. E.g. the 2004 ?Knights Of The Old Republic? on the old XBOX console and the more recent and most successful Star Wars games to date ?The Force Unleashed I & II?, with the possibility of a third instalment on its way.

Now back to a more recent release, Lucas Arts have collaborated with Microsoft Studios to develop a game which is aimed at diehard fans, the new generation and Kinect enthusiasts alike.

What we get is a fairly good all round Kinect game. I?ll start by mentioning the story, which is nicely titled (?Jedi Destiny ? Dark Side Rising?) section of the game that got me hooked into buying it in the first place, in which you are a padawan learner under the teachings of Jedi master ?Mavra Zane?. First you are trained how to deflect laser blasts, defend and attack with your lightsaber. The next part of your training is where master Yoda teaches you to use the force by lifting, deflect and throwing rocks at objects. There is an obstacle course where you have to duck, dodge and jump over swinging logs to reach the end. The good thing about this is that you can use either hand to wield your weapon or use force, which is nice when you are a lefty and are usually restricted to using the right. Also the fluidity and playability is handled very well.

The action kicks off on the Wookie planet (Kashyyyk), with a speeder chase against reptilian people that look a lot like the bounty hunter ?Bosk?. You control the speeder with your arms and upper body, which makes you feel you are in in total control. Finally you arrive to help master ?Mavra Zane? and the other padawans against wave after wave of battle droids, super battle droids and destroyers whom you can test your lightsaber and force skills on. After a while it does get bit repetitive, and at times you feel that you are not being challenged enough. There are a couple of first person sections of the game where you are pitted against many separatist ships. It doesn?t take many attempts to complete them, even though they can immerse you in the action they just feel like time fillers.

The 2 player mode is fun with your family and friends, the only problems are having to wait for the other player to finish what they are doing so you can move on. Also the senor sometimes won?t pick both players up even when you stand where it asks you to.

The dance section ?Galactic Dance Off? is fun to play if you are not too embarrassed to dance in front of others. With established songs rewritten to suit the environment or dancer you have to imitate, it makes for a somewhat entertaining section of the game. The dance moves are amusing if not a little bit repetitive. In the long run I will stick with a sole Kinect dance game for this sort of entertainment.

There is a section called ?Rancor Rampage? where you are in control of a Rancor; you start on the planet ?Tatooine? where you have to destroy as many buildings as possible along with accomplishing some other little tasks to get to the next round. In this one the moves are a bit clunky, not quite going where you are wanting it to move to. I thought it might be the sensor but it was not the case, this could have been thought out a lot more than it actually was.

One of the better sections of the game is the ?Pod Racing?; you have the choice of playing in ?Destiny mode? or ?Quick play?. ?Destiny mode? follows your fame and progression through the races. While ?Quick play? is for you to jump straight into a race. It is very much like the speeder chase is the story section in the sense you feel right in the moment which gives you an incentive to keep playing. You will find it difficult to control, so it is essential you run through the tutorial first. Even after that it?s a challenge, which is what I wanted from in the story section. But that?s the way it is.

?Duels Of Fate? is the section of the game where you are up against different adversaries with different strengths, and you have to defeat them all within different time limits to unlock your next opponent. I do like this because with every enemy you defeat the next is always a bit more difficult than the last. I got stuck fighting a character that has to be beaten within 4 minutes, it?s not easy. Some of the characters you are up against are e.g. ?Count Dooku?, ?Darth Maul? & ?Darth Vader? whom I have not unlocked yet. It?s frustrating at times, but still very enjoyable.

My final thoughts on ?Kinect Star Wars? are a generally solid piece of game playing, ?Jedi Destiny ? Dark side Rising? is good fun on single player mode, two player can be ok but I find it can be confusing due to players 1 and 2 can change places even though you haven?t moved at all. Plus you?re always waiting for each other. The Jedi story part of the game is annoyingly too short, making way for stuff that ultimately didn?t need to put in the game. Like the pointless ?Rancor Rampage?, and the generic ?Galactic Dance Off?. ?The Pod Racing? and ?Duels Of Fate? are a lot of fun to play, and I could happily play these two for quite a while. In the end if ?Lucas Arts? and ?Microsoft Studios? had put more effort into what Star Wars fans wanted instead of trying to cater for a more general game consumer, it would of been a much better gaming experience than it actually turned out to be.

A score of ? 6/10.

Empire is best….Its official

I don’t mean to cause controversy whenever I open my mouth or write something down. I never intend to tell everyone they are wrong, its just a gift…I mean curse, that I have to live with. So today is no different. I am going to tell you all why the god-like George Lucas should have stopped with the original trilogy and why Empire strikes back is the best of all of the Star Wars films. Bring on the hatred and fan-boy death threats, I relish the fight.

Star Wars V – The Empire Strikes Back was directed by the late ( died November 27th 2010 ) Irvin Kirshner. Kirshner was responsible for my favourite non Bond, Bond film Never Say Never Again and also directed Robocop 2 and retired from directing after completing Seaquest DSV in 1993.

Whether it was from his time making documentaries in the Middle East or just the way he was, all Kirshner’s films had a slightly darker aura around them and were full of social alienation and the weaknesses that all humans posses.

Empire was no different. It had a slower pace than the others and really let you get to know the characters well. The intricate parts of there personality that you didn’t quite get in Star Wars IV – A New Hope and that made your enjoyment of Star Wars VI – Return Of The Jedi an awful lot better. Irvin Kirshner was all about the emotional base, the character or the person playing them, seeing the story through there eyes, quite literally in some scenes, which is why certain shots in the film are close ups of someone’s face. He wanted you to follow the story through the characters and not because of them. His style was to make films like an opera, especially the sequels. He wanted to leave all the climax for the third film and have his project be the emotional story telling Act Two.

The cast and crew, over the years, have all said they favoured Irvin Kirshner’s style and personality over that of George Lucas (New Hope) and Richard Marquand (Jedi), and that Empire was the film they liked making the most.

Return of the Jedi was a better film because you learnt so much in Empire and this is why George Lucas should have stopped her. With the first Trilogy. We really didn’t need episodes 1,2, and 3 and quite honestly they are not good films. The special effects are of course second to none, but that’s because they are nothing more than Hollywood films. George Lucas, when asked by Irvin Kirshner why he wanted him to direct such a film, answered “Well, because you know everything a Hollywood director is supposed to know, but your not Hollywood, I like that”

Should have listened to your advice George.

Ralph McQuarrie 1929 – 2012

Yet another sad passing has been announced in the world of SciFi.

Ralph McQuarrie was an artist involved with the biggest and best in science fiction and fantasy movies. His work is used in Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and many many more.

Please see his webiste to see what this great man has done and to pay your respects.

http://www.ralphmcquarrie.com/

The following comes from his website:

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Ralph McQuarrie.
People say you should never meet your heroes. Ralph was the exception to that rule. We were all fans of his amazing art long before we were blessed with his friendship. But once you got to know Ralph it was impossible not to become a fan of Ralph the man.
Ralph was a very special person for many more reasons than his undeniable brilliance with a brush. He was an especially kind, sensitive, deep, modest, funny and fascinating gentleman. And as fine a role model as any one could have wished for.

His influence on design will be felt forever. There’s no doubt in our hearts that centuries from now amazing spaceships will soar, future cities will rise and someone, somewhere will say…

“that looks like something?Ralph McQuarrie?painted.”

Feeling Old?

If you are not feeling old now (and are a similar vintage to me) read this and see if you feel the same.

The Arnie movie The Terminator is nearly 30 years old. The first sequel is over 20 years old and the third movie is nearly 10 years old.

If Back To The Future were remade today Marty would be traveling back to the 1980s.

I first saw the teaser to Jurassic Park 20 years ago.

The first Star Wars Prequel was released 13 years ago and Attack of the Clones 10.

Henry Thomas, Elliot from ET, is now 40 YEARS OLD.

Dakota Fanning, the girl from Tom Cruise version of War of the Worlds, is 18 next month.

The babies who played Oscar in Ghostbusters 2 are now 23!

This is the same age as Jake Lloyd who played Anakin in The Phantom Menace.

.. Any more? Please comment

UK Premier of Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode 3

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episodes I, II and III

14 th and 25 th December from 10pm

Robot Chicken, the brilliant stop-motion comedy from the States, lands on the UK? Syfy Channel with its hilarious parody of Star Wars , the galaxy?s greatest ever sci-fi saga.

We are delighted to bring you all three episodes of Robot Chicken: Star Wars , including the UK premiere of the all-new hour-long third episode, in which four very different characters – Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Gary the Stormtrooper – reveal untold stories that weave and interconnect throughout all six Star Wars films!

Created by SETH GREEN (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and MATTHEW SENREICH , Robot Chicken: Star Wars uses stop-motion animation to send up the sci-fi cinema epic, and features the vocal talents of the original Star Wars cast, including ANTHONY DANIELS, CARRIE FISHER , as well as the great man himself, GEORGE LUCAS .

Other famous voices among the stellar cast include ZAC EFRON as Anakin Skywalker, SETH GREEN and SETH MacFARLANE .

Highlights from Episode I (10pm) include Darth Vader announcing the Death Star?s destruction by reverse charge call; George Lucas ?s rescue from a mob of nerds by one helpful fan;? Admiral Ackbar?s advert for his own breakfast cereal; and Luke and the Emperor settle things with a ?yo mama? fight.

Episode II (10.30pm) , which was directed by Seth Green , focuses on the bounty hunters and witnesses such classic moments as the Galactic Empire?s Take-Your-Daughter-To-Work-Day.

In Episode III (11pm), a UK premiere , Darth Vader falls into a toilet, while Emperor Palpatine rides the endless Death Star escalator! And as for Gary the Stormtrooper?s speedbike test-drive? We don?t want to give anything away, but it doesn?t look good for the Ewok!

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Star Wars 3D Official NEW Poster

STAR WARS? EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D

Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox are delighted to announce the theatrical release of STAR WARS: Episode I – The Phantom Menace in February 2012 across the UK & Ireland.

Whether you’re an old fan or new, there’s no denying that seeing Star Wars on the big screen is an event not to be missed — especially when it’s the first Star Wars movie to ever be presented in spectacular 3D! The duel with Darth Maul, the harrowing Tatooine Podrace, the first meeting of Artoo and Threepio, and the introduction of the Star Wars Saga’s tragic hero, Anakin Skywalker, are all back in an all-new 3D presentation of Episode I, an experience that promises to truly surround you with the Force!

Director: George Lucas

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd

Release date: February 2012

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