The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions, the Perfect Gap Filler (Video Review)



If you are a lover of space travel science fiction, especially Star Wars, then you should run out and pick up Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions now on Blu-ray. This very cool animated series has all the characters, space ships, exciting battles and drama that the theatrical films have. This series fills in the gaps between Star Wars II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars III Revenge of the Sith.

The series starts at the Battle for Ringo Vinda with the Republic forces attacking a droid armada that’s headed up by evil Admiral Trench. Jedi Anakin Skywalker is leading the army assisted by Commander Doom and the Jedi twins Tiplee and Tiplar. During the battle the Republic takes losses including one that comes from a friendly warrior. So begins a mystery that will lead the Jedi warriors around the universe.

Anakin speaks with Commander Doom in The Lost Missions

Anakin speaks with Commander Doom in The Lost Missions

The artistry of the animation is very good with characters looking much like the actors that were in the original Star Wars films. Being set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, we get to see adult Anakin in action along with his Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Episodes involve the whole original cast of Star Wars I-III including Count Dooku, Darth Sidious, Mace Windu and even Jar Jar Binks. C-3PO, Yoda and R2-D2 are on board and show up often throughout the series.

Fitting all the pieces in the puzzle it’s fun to see the much loved characters I action to save the Republic from being destroyed. If you are a fan of Star Wars, the series is a must see. The original animated The Clone Wars was an inspiration of George Lucas for a television show that was first aired in 2008 through 2014. The series The Lost Missions aired starting in March of 2014 and has been dubbed the final season.

Anakin Skywalker in The Lost Missions

Anakin Skywalker in The Lost Missions


The bonus features on the Blu-ray are very cool.

“The Clone Wars Declassified” feature George Lucas announcing the inception of the animated series at Celebration III in 2005. It then goes on with comments from the crew who put it all together over the 8 years at the Lucas ranch. Included in the feature are supervising director Dave Filoni, Story & Layout Production Supervisor Michele Yost, Digital Assistant Supervisor Paul Zinnes, Lead Designer Killian Plunkett and Animation Supervisor Rob Coleman.

“Four Story Reels” during the making of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television show as part of the production process story reels would be made for George Lucas to review. Four of the reels never made it to the series and include “A Death on Utapau”, “In Search of the Crystal”, “Crystal Crisis” and “The Big Bang” all of which were animated and voiced. Not the finished product, but nicely animated for your additional adventure.

Yoda in a scene from The Lost Missions

Yoda in a scene from The Lost Missions

The video quality for the Blu-ray is excellent and as bright and clear as when it was aired on television. The light sabers are prominent during all the action sequences and day shots as colorful as the interiors. Outer space never looked this good even in the letter box provided.

The sound using the Dolby Digital 5.1 on the disc is very good. It’s clear and clean with easily understood dialogue and the excitement of the battle scenes.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions has been rated TV PG On the box. It contains science fiction space war action, some disturbing images and scary aliens. There are also some suggestive scenes that may be inappropriate for immature children.

FINAL ANALYSIS: An exciting adventure that ties the early episodes Star Wars movie saga all together. (B)

Specifications and additional video information:
Voice Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor, and Ashley Eckstein
Producer: George Lucas, Dave Filoni and Steward Lee
TV Rating: PG, contains Sci-Fi action violence
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Animation
Running Time: 287 minutes
Video Release Date: November 18, 2014
Languages: English (can choose French & Spanish)
Format: Blu-ray
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: 1080p HD, Widescreen “Letterbox” Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Subtitles: English SDH, French & Spanish
Number of Discs: 2 Discs
Distributed by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment

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