Disney and Lucasfilm give fans of a Galaxy far, far away a gift in the release of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions.” I found the end of the fifth season on Cartoon Network to be a satisfying finish. These new episodes, which aired on Netflix, do a wonderful job of giving us even more insight into the events between “Episode II” and “Episode III.”
Made to be seen in High-Definition, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions” looks pristine in a Blu-ray format. It’s presented in 1080p HD with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Every colorful alien world visited looks pristine and striking in its own right.
The 5.1 Dolby Digital audio delivers the surround sound experience you would expect from a “Star Wars” feature film. Explosions come from behind and in front of you in a home theater setting. All the planets and life forms our heroes encounter in their journeys have unique qualities which are well presented and enveloped in a dramatic and effective musical score.
Although they may not look like much, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions” has it where it counts when it comes to bonus material. A 16-minute never-before-seen documentary takes us behind the scenes of the entire series. Four unfinished story reels are included as well. It’s interesting to see what series runner Dave Filoni would take to George Lucas for approval before fully realizing the different episodes.
There are moments and characters in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions” that will no doubt frighten younger viewers. The Night Sisters and their voices come to mind. The only other thing I can think of is the sci-fi violence, which is mainly made up of lightsaber and laser gun battles.
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions” is 13 episodes of political suspense, sci-fi action, satisfying drama, and lighthearted humor that bring this chapter of George Lucas’ space saga to a close. We delve back into the darkness found in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Revenge of the Sith” when the Night Sisters make a sinister return. The mood shifts as we meet the most unlikely character in the universe: a powerful spiritual leader who is in love with Jar Jar Binks. It’s a must-see conclusion for all fans of the Emmy Award-winning show.
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