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Star Wars Lego: The Empire Strikes Out (2013/Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox DVD)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: D/Toy: B+     Animated Film: C+



I love Star Wars (as everyone should); I can even put up with Episodes I, II, & III, but this recent Lego Star Wars craze leaves a bit to be desired.  It started with the actual Lego Star Wars toys, then it was taken to the next level with the video games (which were excellent), and now has transformed into television series and straight to DVD/Blu-ray films.  As previously mentioned the Video Game incarnations were excellent as they held true to the established mythos, but poked fun at it with the Lego brand.  Star Wars Lego: The Empire Strikes Out is the latest straight to DVD release for the franchise (no Blu-ray available at this time), following the Star Wars Lego: The Padawan Menace which was also released straight to DVD/Blu-ray.


Star Wars Lego: The Empire Strikes Out has nothing to do with the actual established story arch of Star Wars but instead has fun with the toyline and characters in a very childish manner.  It is more than apparent that this release is purely for children as hardcore Star Wars fans will find little to enjoy, outside of seeing some familiar faces.


The story follows Luke Skywalker and crew after the destruction of the first Death Star.  There is no time to waste as the Emperor and Darth Vader (and somehow Darth Maul) are on a mission to build a second Death Star (out of Legos of course).  It is up to Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewy to stop them, but do to Luke’s new fame being ‘the guy who blew up the Death Star’ it is hard to be covert and get work done.  Luke is constantly plagued by screaming, adoring fans; making it extremely difficult to blend in, especially among Storm Troopers.


Again this is a short film (20 minutes) and is directed at children.  It is fun enough, but being so short and without much depth makes the animated feature somewhat worthless to hardcore fans.  Children may enjoy this, but would not have adults run out to grab it for themselves.


The DVD is basic at best presented in an anamorphic 1.78 X 1 widescreen format with solid enough animation that boasts nice clarity and color; though would fare much better on Blu-ray, especially being a CGI feature.  The sound is also pretty basic in a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround that does make use of the surrounds and is without distortion, but being only 20 minutes long not many thrilling things were demonstrated.


There are no extras or shorts here, but what is included is a mini (EXCLUSIVE) Darth Vader Lego figurine which can only be obtained by purchasing this set, perhaps making the purchase VERY worthwhile after all.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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