I’m still trying to figure out if I’m a fan of Cartoon Network‘s The Clone Wars series or if I’m just watching it out of a sick, thirty-year old Star Wars habit. I mean, I can actually say that I’ve genuinely enjoyed a handful of the episodes. That some parts of this series are the best Star Wars has been in years (the space battles, the lightsaber fights, the Yoda giggle!!!). But at the same time, it’s clunky and inconsistent. The animation is stiff. Some of the designs just don’t sit right with me. And the storytelling is often hampered by inane Lucas-style jokes or just plain-old lazy writing.
At the same time, I have to admit that I haven’t missed an episode. I’ve even shown it to friends. Sometimes, giving a recommendation to watch! I think I’m even responsible for getting a couple of people hooked on The Clone Wars!
We’ve known for some time now that Lucasfilm was planning a boxed-set of the first season episodes for release on Blu-ray (they’ve been releasing random collections of episodes on DVD since last year), most likely hitting store shelves sometime this fall. And now, thanks to a scooper on the forums of Blu-ray.com we’ve got our first look at what we can expect from the set. Though it’s exciting to get this sneak peek, keep in mind that it’s all rumour at this point, until an official announcement is made.
The scooper notes that the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Complete First Season boxed set will include:
- Original aspect ratios – 2.35:1 (Cartoon Network aired episodes cropped at 1.78:1 for 16:9 displays)
- Digibook Packaging – with book (around 40 pages or so) featuring concept drawings and sketches
- Director’s Cut Episodes
- 2D and 3D initial renderings (characters?)
The Star Wars: The Clone Wars Complete First Season boxed set will NOT include the film, The Clone Wars that debuted in theatres last year.