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Star Wars - Episode I, The Phantom Menace


 

"I have a bad feeling about this," says the young Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Ewan McGregor) in Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace as he steps off a spaceship and into the most anticipated cinematic event... well, ever. He might as well be speaking for the legions of fans of the original episodes in the Star Wars saga who can't help but secretly ask themselves: Sure, this is Star Wars, but is it my Star Wars? The original elevated moviegoers' expectations so high that it would have been impossible for any subsequent film to meet them. And as with all the Star Wars movies, The Phantom Menace features inexplicable plot twists, a fistful of loose threads, and some cheek-chewing dialogue. Han Solo's swagger is sorely missed, as is the pervading menace of heavy-breather Darth Vader. There is still way too much quasi-mystical mumbo jumbo, and some of what was fresh about Star Wars 22 years earlier feels formulaic. Yet there's much to admire. The special effects are stupendous; three worlds are populated with a m

  • Starring: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, and many more
  • Director: George Lucas
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, THX, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Aspect Ratio(s): 2.35:1
  • Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 133
  • DVD Features:
    • Available subtitles: English
    • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
    • Commentary by writer-director George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, editor Ben Burtt, animation director Rob Coleman, and visual effects supervisors John Knoll, Dennis Muren, and Scott Squires
    • Exclusive deleted-scenes documentary features seven new sequences completed just for this DVD release: Complete Podrace Grid Sequence, Extended Podrace Lap Two, The Waterfall Sequence, The Air Taxi Sequence, Dawn Before the Race, Anakin's Scuffle with Greedo, Farewell to Jira
    • "The Beginning: Making Episode I," an all-new hour-long documentary film culled from over 600 hours of footage, including an insider's look at Lucasfilm and ILM during the production
    • Multi-angle storyboard to animatic to film segment featuring the Submarine and Podrace Lap 1 sequences
    • Five featurettes explore the storyline, design, costumes, visual effects, and fight sequences
    • Award-winning twelve-part Web documentary series that chronicles the production
    • "Duel of the Fates" music video featuring John Williams
    • Never-before-seen production photo gallery with special caption feature
    • Theatrical posters and print campaign from around the world
    • Theatrical teaser and launch trailers, and seven TV spots
    • "Star Wars: Starfighter - The Making of a Game" featurette from LucasArts
    • DVD-ROM weblink to exclusive Star Wars content
    • Number of discs: 2
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