George Lucas grabbed the directing reins again for the second in the Star Wars prequel triple, Attack of the Clones. It’s now on 4K Ultra HD, but how does it shape up? Victory, or not victory?
The story: 10 years on from events in The Phantom Menace, there’s murder, secret love, revenge, droids, politics and the timely creation of a clone army.
“So this is what you call a diplomatic mission?”
The 4K disc: Lucas likes gadgets, and at the time of filming Attack of the Clones he was smitten with Sony’s then new digital movie cameras. So smitten, that he shot the entire movie with them. Unfortunately this wasn’t very forward thinking, for while the resolution of 1080p then was amazing, technology marches on at a frighteningly quick rate. So, when looking at a 4K disc of the movie, the limitations of the original source must be kept in mind. Luckily, upscaling helps out a bit, but it’s simply not possible to have a razor sharp, super-detailed image here. That being said, it does look better than the previous standard Blu-ray release, and the benefits of HDR are present in an improved range of dark and light, but nitpickers will find much to nitpick about. Perhaps when time machines are invented somebody can go back to 2002 and give George a nice 4K camera to play with?
Ah, but what about the sound? Glorious! Attack of the Clones is a boisterous movie, and the new Dolby Atmos mix afforded this release is worth the price of admission on its own. It has it all – rumbling bass, soaring score, crystal-clear dialogue, active surround usage and more piercing pew-pews bouncing about than you could ever dream of. Revel in it!
The 4K disc is saved for the movie on its own, however two standard Blu-rays are thoughtfully included in this package, and they provide a wealth of extras for fans. The first houses the film, as well as two previously released audio commentaries, one featuring Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, sound guru Ben Burtt, animator Rob Coleman and VFX people Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow, the other a vast collection of cast and crew input pieced together from archival interviews. Insert the second standard Blu-ray into your player and get lost in a world of interviews, featurettes, 3D models, deleted scenes and more.
Release date: April 1, 2020
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor
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