So, of course, today's the day when Lucasfilm expects Star Wars geeks to come out to theaters to fork over more money and see CLONE WARS on the big screen. And I totally would buy right into it-- except that it looks awful. From the trailers, it seems to be an extended advertisement for the forthcoming TV show, complete with animation that is shockingly bad-looking; whatever the faults of the prequels are, you've got to admit he spared no expense to make sure they looked fantastic, and considering that they were basically animated anyway, the quantm leap backwards is surprising to me. Plus, the storyline seems riddled with plot holes (example: Anakin has a Padawan. Okay, so...why would the Jedi Council give him one when they don't trust him, and why wasn't she mentioned in Episode III?) I might or might not end up in the theater seat, but if I do it will only be out of a sense of obligation because I love the franchise proper -- a sort of "Okay, how bad is this REALLY?" morbid curiosity type thing -- and not because I actually want to see it. Instead, it is stirring up memories of the last time CLONE WARS came to animation, the stylized traditionally-animated "micro-series" that aired in 25 brief chapters from 2003-2005 leading up to Episode III's release. Even though they are obviously skippable, they were an exciting new interpretation of the Star Wars universe with a truly unique look, and I enjoyed them very much. They wetted my appetite for Episode III and providing the direct link into it by animating the opening crawl to boot -- more direct relevance to the film series than the new ones will probably ever have. Now, instead of seeing the new movie and TV show, I want to see those again. Except... I own the DVD release of Volume 1 of these, which edits together the first 20 chapters that aired in 2003-2004. For some reason, even though it was long available, I never got around to completing the set with Volume 2 (the remaining chapters 21-25.) I always meant to do so sooner or later, but I believe I had something else to buy on its release week, and as a result it went on the list of one of those DVDs that was on my list to buy when I happened to see it get a price drop or something. Now I see that instead of using them to promote the new CGI version, the DVDs for both volumes of the previous series are unavailable, backordered, or outright unlisted at all the websites I have checked (Amazon, BN.com, BestBuy.com, etc.) I was wondering if anyone knows what's up with these. Even though Warner Bros. has a contract to act as distributor of the new Clone Wars material, I do not believe that this extended to the prior series as well, which was distributed by Fox as the movies proper have always been. My biggest fear is that Lucas has decided to abandon them and pretend they do not exist, as he previously tried to do with the original trilogy, because he has recently claimed in interviews and such that the old series was nothing more than an experiment for this one. Could anyone shed any light on this for me? If they aren't going to come back into print, do you know where I might still be able to find a stray copy? I am regretting not having gotten it sooner and really do want to complete the set, but I don't want to pay inflated prices on eBay, where they seem to have gone up recently. Thanks.