Should you buy ''Attack of the Clones'' on DVD? Before you shell out your hard-earned cash, previews George Lucas' new two-disc release
Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones
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To buy or not to buy, that is the question before fans across the galaxy. The product? The DVD release of ”Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.”

Last year, ”Episode I: The Phantom Menace” mustered up huge video and DVD sales (some 18 million units have moved to date) as the disc’s extensive special features offered a tempting sideshow — even for those who didn’t particularly love the film itself.

With notably better reviews for ”Clones” and a quicker DVD release, all estimations have ”Episode II” equalling or surpassing ”Menace.” But is the two-disc set, with its many deleted scenes, documentaries, and behind-the-scenes access, worth it? Here’s a breakdown of what’s in store so you can decide for yourself.

HOW THEY DID IT ”Episode II”’s standout feature is short and sweet. The two-minute ”ILM Visual Effects Breakdown Montage” peels back the digital renderings of ”Clones” one layer at a time, so you can see how a scene was built. As the finished buildings and spaceships disappear, rough outlines of the structures are exposed. Gradually, these disappear, too, leaving only the actors miming their actions in a blue screen studio. You have to appreciate the sheer audacity and technical genius of a movie shot almost entirely without real physical scenery.
Grade: A

DOCUMENTARIES Ever wonder whose idea it was to make Yoda into a CG alien? ”From Puppets to Pixels” — one of two lengthy documentaries — not only answers that (by the way, it was two guys with way too much time on their hands) but actually grants access to the meeting where digital Yoda was pitched to Lucas. A second documentary, ”Films Are Not Released; They Escape,” offers (amongst other sound effects-oriented gems) another Yoda moment: Frank Oz performing voiceovers for the hunchbacked one. ”Star Wars” geeks will bust a gut over Oz’s hesitation as he delivers a line: ”Meditate on that I will… or is it I must?” and then bursts into laughter.
Grade: A-

Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones
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