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Clone Wars, Vol. 2 Invades DVD

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS, VOL. 2, released earlier this month on DVD (Fox Home Ent., $19.98), picks up with the third season from Cartoon Network and bridges the gap between EPISODES II and III.

The Jedi are smarting from the battle with General Grievous. The Jedi Council reluctantly makes Anakin a Jedi Knight and he continues being drawn to the Dark Side of the Force. We learn many things about Grievous (how he gets his cough and obtains his collection of lightsabers) and other plot points that help set up and explain REVENGE OF THE SITH.

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the Emmy Award-winning animated CLONE WARS series makes a nice companion piece to the prequels. His graphic, vibrant style is very rich. Now we anxiously await the upcoming 3D-animated CLONE WARS series being produced in Singapore, which leads us into EPISODE IV, allowing us to come full circle.

Extras include:

* Audio commentary about working with Lucas by Tartakovsky, art director Paul Rudish, co-writer Darrick Bachman and storyboard artist Bryan Andrews* Exclusive "Connecting the Dots" featurette takes you inside the creative process that Tartakovsky and his team used to link CLONE WARS to REVENGE OF THE SITH* Two galleries of concept art, storyboards, sketches and more* STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH launch trailer* STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II videogame trailer* Star Wars: Empire at War videogame trailer* REVENGE OF THE BRICK trailer from LEGO* Access a special Xbox-playable demo with two entire levels from the new STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II videogame

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