Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Episode II: A New Threat
Carrying on from Episode I, the Clone Wars continue to rage. Republic forces have captured Viceroy Gunray and it is up to Luminary Unduly and Ahsoka Tano to escort this valuable prisoner to Coruscant. Meanwhile, the Seperatists continue to ambush Republic fleets with a deadly new battleship. Can this new weapon be stopped before Count Dooku's forces take control of the outer rim?
- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
(Available on Blu-Ray version only)
Lateral space pan to opening scene.
Cloak of Darkness and Zillo Beast are intercut.
Death Trap and Lair of Grievous are intercut.
Extra Malevolence scenes manufactured and put early in the movie, to give a better impression of a continuous story.
Cloak of Darkness
Cut exterior close-up shot of Jedi Cruiser.
Cut Ahsoka "Finally, it's been such a boring trip".
Cut Ahsoka "he doesn't look that dangerous".
Cut Scene where Dooku and Sidious discuss Gunray's Capture and Ventress is despatched to resolve the problem.
Cut Ahsoka threatening Gunray.
Cut Ahsoka "But" when asked to guard the Viceroy.
Cut part of scene where Ventress sets the charges including clones talking to the droid.
Cut Ahsoka/Ventress dialogue - removes any evidence that hey have met before.
Cut Ventress "Skywalker's not here to save you".
Change Luminara "Ahsoka" to "padawan" as Ahsoka attempts to jump down the lift shaft.
Cut Ahsoka dialogue talking about Luminara not knowing what Ventress is capable of and move next Ahsoka/Argeyuss scene forward to replace it.
Re-score scene where Luminara is looking for Ventress with "Qui-Gon's Noble End".
Cut scene where Luminara and Ahsoka find the droid in the rubble.
Cut Ahsoka "we'll take her together".
Cut Anakin "it's okay snips".
Cut Ahsoka/Luminara goodbye scene.
Included are the scenes up to the appearance of the Zillo Beast.
Opening battle scene has introductory dialogue removed and added battle effects and re-scored using "The Clones".
Cut initial dialogue of the doctor.
Add in dialogue of Mace "this is a mistake".
Add in dialogue of Palpatine "i did not take this decision lightly master Jedi".
Remove Battle Droid "oh no" before bomb detonates.
Reduce length of bomb detonation sequence.
Combine multiple scenes to discuss the failure of the bomb, have the treaty signed and for Palpatine to send Mace and Anakin in search of the Malevolence.
Add in manufactured Malevolence scene of it destroying a Republic fleet - brings the Malevolence I tot he story and ties with Anakin And Mace being sent to search for it. Scored using "Ion Canon".
Shorten opening cruiser approach scene.
Remove Clone Cadet scene aboard the cruiser.
Recut scene to make it appear that Anakin and Mace are boarding the ship, not the clone cadets.
Add in scene from a Cloak of Darkness where Anakin, Luminara and Ahsoka discuss re-capturing Gunray.
Cut scene where Cadets use the gun turret.
Alter initial Boba/Aura communication scene - remove reference to Boba's name, and replace with call name "traitor".
Cut clone telling Boba he's lying.
Cut "lets show these troops how the clone youth brigade rises to the challenge.
Cut cadets talking about a seppie attack.
Cut Admiral dialogue "I won't have it, Killian out".
Cut Boba "But what about the crew, it's not about them only Mace".
Cut Aurra "If you want Windu dead, do as I say".
Cut Boba "I couldn't help it Aurra".
Cut Aurra "They're living witnesses honey"
Cut Boba "That was never part of the plan, I just want to kill the Jedi who murdered my father".
Cut Aurra "Well that will have to wait, grow up. You'll get your revenge in time. Or you can go with your friends who I'm going to jettison into the unknown".
Cut Boba hesitating to press the release button and Aurra "Do it!".
Lair of Grievous
Cut Ahsoka "Good Hunting".
Cut Gunray "Double shifts for everybody".
Cut battle droid "Errrr" and "they're right behind you".
Cut Gunray "What.... Where?"
Cut Battle droid "Have you ever killed a Jedi". "No". "Me neither."
Cut Battle droid "Don't even think about it Republic dogs".
Cut Fisto "at the first sight of us he would have run like the coward he is".
Cut Grievous "You expect victory over Jedi, but all you give me is battle droids".
Cut Grievous "Gore where are you".
Cut Doctor "Don't be upset with me master, if you were a better fighter we wouldn't be having this conversation. Look what you let those Jedi do to you, you're a walking scrap pile. It gong to take me forever to get you back into decent shape. I'll go fetch your spare parts."
Cut Killian scene telling the Cadets to get into the escape pods as a drill practice.
Cut "Lucky, stay with the group".
Move escape pod launch scene to after Anakin discusses abandoning ship.
Cut Cadets "We missed the rendezvous"
Cut scene where Mace and Anakin tell the Admiral he must abandon ship and Killian refuses.
Cut scene where clone cadets discuss the pod malfunction and being lost.
Cut Grievous "It has been prepared for uninvited guests like you".
Cut Grievous scene sending Gore to attack the Jedi.
Prolong the Grievous evil laugh to aid scene transition.
Cut doctor "your armour patches are getting cold and I do have other things to do"
Move Gore scene to after Grievous is repaired.
Trim down Jedi v Gore scene.
Cut Grievous "playing with" and "Gore!".
Cut doctor "In your condition you need to rest".
Cut Grievous "I'll rest when the Jedi are dead".
Cut Nahdar "you were right master".
Cut Doctor "The uninvited guests".
Cut doctor "How exciting".
Cut Fisto "Is that you?"
Cut Grievous "The Jedi Fisto Escaped"
Replace Dooku "so there is room for improvement" with "return to the Malevolence immediately".
Add evil Grievous laugh.
Cut scene of Fisto and Jedi Council.
Delete scene of bounty hunters discussing the hostages and needing proof of Windu's death.
Add Aurra "Bossk, fire up Slave 1".
Cut all scenes where he bounty hunters return to the wrecked cruiser to look for Windu.
Cut R2 firing oil at the gundark.
Cut Mace "I thought your astrometry was supposed to call for help, not take off and leave us here".
Alter Bossk's dialogue from basic to Trandoshan and add subtitles.
Cut Bossk "We've knocked out his communications" and "You've got one shot at this kid".
Cut Boba "Which one".
Cut scene where R2 returns to the Jedi Temple.
Insert second scene of Malevolence destroying a Republic ship.
Insert scene from R2 come home where Anakin and Mace discuss Boba and Anakin is after revenge - alter Plo Koon dialogue to "we have received a transmission from our fleet along the Hydian Way".
Insert Jedi council scene using multiple clips and audio, including 2 audio lines from Clone Wars cartoon.
Cut Dooku "this will be a suitable test for our new weapon".
Cut Kenobi "the separatists are being unusually tidy".
Cut scene where Kenobi finds out from Austen that Anakin has redeployed himself.
Cut Ahsoka "R2 set the scanner, modulate for incoming mystery weapons".
Cut Plo Koon "that signal is weak".
Cut Battle Droid "go get them boys", "let's cut this can open" and "there they go".
Cut Ahsoka "I think someone noticed we're gone.
Cut Battle droid "let's finish the job", "what's a Jedi doing out here" and "time to put the squeeze on them".
Cut Anakin "patience we're trying to boost the power, hang on".
Cut battle droid "what the...".
Change Ahsoka "R2ooey" to "R2".
Cut clone "general, this is another fine mess we've gotten into".
Cut Plo Koon "your sense of humour is improving".
Cut Medical droid dialogue.
Cut Ahsoka "you forgot, we turned him off".
Cut Ahsoka "we're clear".
Cut closing scene.
Shadow of Malevolence
Cut clone "the head clanker, Skywalker is getting pretty ambitious".
Cut clones aggressive chatter.
Cut Anakin "I so enjoy your company my padawan".
Cut Ahsoka "only General Grievous would go after clones who can't fight back".
Cut Ahsoka "I had a feeling you would be coming along. Your ship has already been prepped".
Cut Ahsoka "I know R2ooey, this is gonna be a tough one".
Cut Anakin "Cut the chatter Ahsoka".
Cut Grievous "I want to get there before too many wounded clones escape".
Cut Ahsoka "Does anyone care what the Padawan thinks" and "thanks R2ooey".
Cut Anakin "Of course we care snips, but we're still going through that nebula".
Cut Ahsoka "Right now I can't see anything at all".
Cut Clone "I know where I'm going... I'm going to blow up that battleship".
Cut Plo Koon "A clear path if ever there was one".
Cut "Ahsoka "so sky guy".
Cut Ahsoka "Those gas gulpers are huge" and "They'll panic, I'm about to panic".
Cut Battle droid "but Sir, the fighters will be caught in the blast".
Cut scene where Shadow squadron checks in after initial battle.
Cut scene on medical base discussing the loss of half the bombers.
Cut Battle droid "I have a bad feeling about this".
Cut Battle droid "station has been targeted".
Cut Grievous "Start the Ion canon acceleration".
Re-score scene where Kenobi's fleet arrives to add more tension using "The First Battle".
Cut Anakin "the battle was pretty rough on my men. We're heading for the medical station".
Move final scene of Anakin and Ahsoka aboard the medical station to the end of the movie.
Cut Battle droids & Grievous discussing the state of the Malevolence.
Cut Padme "This isn't right".
Cut scene of Grievous using internal ship transport.
Cut Plo Koon "There he goes again, craving adventure and excitement".
Cut Ahsoka "You get used to it".
Cut Battle Droid "Looks like the engines are set to destroy themselves" and "hey, that's just rude".
Cut scene where battle droids attempt to put out the ship fire.
Cut Kenobi "oh, brilliant. Let's get going".
Cut scene where Grievous walks back to the bridge.
Cut scene where Battle droids talk about a ship docking at the emergency airlock.
Cut Battle droids "I knew it, it's them...... Oh no".
Cut Ahsoka "That's my master".
Cut battle droid "we don't know, we didn't catch it in time".
Cut battle droids "Shoot...... No, wait......I knew that was a bad idea".
Cut 3PO "someone stop this contraption please..... I suppose I did ask for that".
Cut battle droid "that was impressive".
Cut battle droids jumping off the ledge and missing the train.
Cut battle droid "I guess repairs are finished, prepare to charge up the hyperdrive".
Cut battle droid "you heard the general".
Cut Padme "beginner's luck".
Cut 3PO "Excuse me general, but R2 says the enemy ship's hyperdrive is activating".
Cut Anakin "don't worry about it".
Cut battle droid "Quick, reset the navicomputer".
Cut Dooku "have you made your escape yet".
Cut Battle droid "We're gonna die, abandon ship".
Insert end scene from Shadow of Malevolence at end of movie, scored with "The Rebel Fleet".
A superb edit, that uses the freedom of not having the obligation to include moments that just don't fit to create a thrilling adventure film.
Grievous becomes properly menacing and the plots of the sith grow darker and more intriguing. Totally recommended.
Once again, this is a very well put together edit. This one is perhaps slightly more disjointed than his other two edits, the two main plotlines have little connecting them together. The edits were for the most parts seamless and well integrated. However, the dialogue track sometimes would jump from the centre to the right speaker between scenes. This may just be a problem with the Vimeo version. Overall, this is a good edit and I would recommend this.
Disclaimer: I know TCW quite well at this point, so am hyper-aware of where narratives come from and how they interlock. In this sense, what smudger9 is achieving is brilliant - he is condensing the show into accessible films that tell the story, and where necessary he is able to cleverly repurpose a scene for a new narrative.
Unfortunately the problems of the show still plague this edit, but some of the narrative choices are a tad questionable. For example, by the time the film wraps we have seen about 6 plots and subplots introduced, with at least half of them going unresolved. That's a lot of plot for 2 hours 10 minutes, and the first half is very disjointed for this reason.
Overall I can't recommend these edits highly enough if - like many - you'd rather not trudge through the series itself. Smudger's video/audio editing is superb, and if there are problems with the narrative that's at least partly the source - TCW was *very* condensed (some would say ambitious) in the way it told big narratives in short time frames.
Overall, a very very good edit.
I think this EP II is somewhat less than EP I. In terms of narrative i think it is not very cohesive, we jump from one story to another and back too quickly and a bit confusing. Audio editing is good but could be better, sometimes lines would feel a little out of place. Although i'm pointing out this things i won't give you anything less than a 10 because you, and other fans, who can make these excellent edits with such passion don't deserve otherwise. Face it as a good "critic" and i'm looking forward to see the EP III.
PS: Hope you continue to silly droids and other character moments as much as you can, and if possible to make the droids more voice menacing and soulless or silent for the most part. I for play the mod empire at war for forces of corruption and I've used as much as i could of star wars battlegrounds droids voices as much as i could. =)
As a huge fan of The Clone Wars series, I went looking for something else to get a look at the series in a new light. It was such a gem to find that someone was making films out of the episodes to enhance the stories.
The stand-out point of this film was the visuals. From the title crawl to the end credits, it was perfect. Brilliant transitions and swipes were seamlessly edited in.
The quality of the video and audio were also perfect, I heard everything and it all looked beautiful.
A slight downside would be the audio editing, sometimes lines would feel a little out of place, but it didn't detract from the experience.
The narrative focused mainly on two arcs from season 1 and the season 2 finale. I liked how the overarching plot was about the Malevolence, culminating in the destruction of it.
The Boba Fett arc however, felt a little unresolved. With the omission of Lethal Trackdown, Fett's story was left hanging. Personally after crashing an entire cruiser on a planet and then executing the survivors, if I found out my target survived. I wouldn't just stop there and then.
Perhaps in future there could be a film starting with Lethal Trackdown togive Fett closure, maybe an improvised plot concerning Padme and Ziro the Hutt using footage from the Clone Wars film, Assassin and Hunt for Ziro, the episodes could also intertwine with Dooku Captured so as to introduce Hondo Ohnaka (a favourite of mine).
It would make for some good Ahsoka scenes and character development, as I think she has sort of been neglected so far, with her meant to be one of the main cast.
Of course this is all just an idea though. It's all up to the editor.
Overall, this film was great and I'm easily anticipating the coming seven. Keep up the outstanding work! ;)