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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Five(TV) (2012-2013)
As the Clone Wars sweep through the galaxy, the heroic Jedi Knights – including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Master Yoda and padawan Ahsoka Tano – struggle to maintain order and restore peace. But despite the best efforts of these brave protectors, more and more planets are falling prey to the sinister forces of the dark side…
For more about Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Five and the Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Five Blu-ray release, see Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Five Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on December 28, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
Starring: André Sogliuzzo, Mat Lucas, James Arnold Taylor, Grey DeLisle, Corey Burton, Ashley Eckstein
Narrator: Tom Kane
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Five Blu-ray Review
Thanks to a disc replacement program, 'The Clone Wars' marches on...
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, December 28, 2013
The Clone Wars' fifth season is by far it's darkest to date, with more villains per capita than has ever besieged George Lucas' galaxy far, far away. Darth Maul: alive and kicking Jedi and Mandalorian tail. Savage Opress: separating heads from bodies alongside his mad-hatter Dathomirian brother. Count Dooku: growing more brutal and impatient by the day. General Grievous and the Separatist army: ever a galactic threat. Asajj Ventress: just as dangerous as a free agent, if not more so. Hondo Ohnaka: pirating and side-switching with the best of 'em. Death Watch: on the prowl. A mysterious traitor within the Jedi's midst: gunning for the Order and willing to frame Ahsoka for murder. Darth Sidious: finally, finally popping a saber (two actually!) and demonstrating the full fury and ferocity of his power. And, at least in some small part, not-so-young-anymore Anakin Skywalker: cozying up to the Dark Side with alarming regularity and entertaining his more primal instincts and impulses. Even the series' most honor-bound heroes seem to be engulfed by the shadow of the forces allying against them. Evil is on the rise. War is spreading. Uncertainty haunts the Jedi. Death lurks around every corner. If it weren't for a few hit-or-miss, sometimes god-awful kiddie-sodes (specifically the Younglings quest and, worse, the four-episode R2-D2 & Friends adventure), Season Five would represent the Star Wars Prequel Tales' bleakest and perhaps even brightest hour.
In its Emmy-winning fifth season, the gripping Star Wars story moves closer to the grim events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and several major players face their destinies as the galaxy plunges into darkness. Planets are rocked by revolution, ancient Jedi secrets are explored, and Ahsoka Tano -- the spirited Padawan so central to the series -- faces a major crisis that will change her forever.
The 2-disc Blu-ray release of The Complete Season Five features twenty episodes. Warning: mild spoilers may follow, so proceed at your own risk. Episodes include:
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Five Blu-ray, Video Quality
Like previous seasons, the Blu-ray release of The Complete Season Five features an able-bodied 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation as crisp, clean and vibrant -- or dark, as it were -- as it should be. A handful of issues surface; a bit of macroblocking, a touch of banding and a hint of aliasing, all presumably a fairly negligible product of the source animation. But very little (if any) of it proves distracting. The fifth season's grim palette can be downright stunning, with striking primaries, gorgeous lightsaber blades and blaster fire, perfectly saturated and contrasted hues, and rich, inky black levels. Detail is straight-from-the-digital-tap flawless as well, with refined edges and a variety of textures on display, including the series' stylized brushstroke coloring. The encode is quite clean as well, save the aforementioned anomalies, and smoke, fog and water are the only feeding grounds for compression artifacts, minor as each instance is. All in all, fans will be most pleased, despite whatever easily dismissed flaws the presentation might exhibit.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Five Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Editor's Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has established a replacement program for consumers encountering dialogue sync issues with Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Complete Season Five. The replacement is also available to those who purchased the Seasons 1-5 Collector's Edition and who are seeking resolution to these same issues. To receive a replacement disc, simply call Warner Home Video's customer service help line at 1-800-553-6937 and speak with a live representative. Discs 1 & 2 are eligible for the replacement program, although some members have reported that only Disc 2 is initially offered; further prompting is reportedly required to successfully receive both discs.
For the purposes of this review, only the corrected audio track has been evaluated and scored.
Like The Complete Season Four, the latest Clone Wars release is backed by an impressive DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. Dialogue is clean, clear and intelligible no matter how chaotic the action grows. Lightsaber strikes crackle and sizzle, explosions rumble, ship engines roar and war erupts with dynamic intensity. LFE output is fuller and more satisfying than that of most animated series, with deep, thundering support that bolsters every battle, dogfight and showdown. The rear speakers are agile and aggressive as well, with engaging directionality, slick pans and an enveloping soundfield. Music prioritization isn't exactly ideal -- sometimes the score is a bit too quiet, sometimes a bit too loud -- but it hardly matters. The Clone Wars is as involving and immersive as ever.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Five Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Five Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
The Clone Wars' fifth season takes it's good ol' time getting started -- two overly long arcs, one featuring the Younglings, the other a group of Droids, drag and wade too far into kiddie waters -- but once it ignites its sabers and pits villains against... everyone, it quickly becomes one of the best of the series. (If not the entire Prequel saga.) Warner's Blu-ray release is much better, despite being hindered by a small audio sync issue Warner has thankfully created a disc-replacement program to address. With the proper discs in hand, the fifth season's video presentation is strong, its DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is terrific, and its supplemental package is a solid one. Warner has yet to reveal how -- and when -- we'll get the sixth and final season of The Clone Wars, but if it's anything like Season Five, it'll be a wild plummet into the throes of Episode III.
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