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Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition) [Import]

Ewan McGregor , Liam Neeson , George Lucas    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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"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-breathing 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 mélange of creatures, flora, and horizons rendered in absolute detail. The action and battle scenes are breathtaking in their complexity. And one particular sequence of the film--the adrenaline-infused pod race through the Tatooine desert--makes the chariot race in Ben-Hur look like a Sunday stroll through the park.

Among the host of new characters, there are a few familiar walk-ons. We witness the first meeting between R2-D2 and C-3PO, Jabba the Hutt looks younger and slimmer (but not young and slim), and Yoda is as crabby as ever. Natalie Portman's stately Queen Amidala sports hairdos that make Princess Leia look dowdy and wields a mean laser. We never bond with Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), and Obi-Wan's day is yet to come. Jar Jar Binks, a cross between a Muppet, a frog, and a hippie, provides many of the movie's lighter moments, while Sith Lord Darth Maul is a formidable force. Baby-faced Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) looks too young and innocent to command the powers of the Force or wield a lightsaber (much less transmute into the future Darth Vader), but his boyish exuberance wins over skeptics.

Near the end of the movie, Palpatine, the new leader of the Republic, may be speaking for fans eagerly awaiting Episode II when he pats young Anakin on the head and says, "We will watch your career with great interest." Indeed! --Tod Nelson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Star Wars come on! Great DVD features. Feb. 11 2007
Okay this is old now I know, but re-watched it the second time.

Overall - better then I remembered and worse all at once, the DVD had some awesome special features though.

Summary: that start of the Star Wars series. Don't think I need to sumarize this one. See Anikin Skywalker as a kid, see young Obi-Wan, see Jar-Jar and a pod race.

The good: the effects are awesome. It's Star Wars, sure it's not the best Star Wars but it's still better then 90% of the movies that come out. Darth Maul rocks. Young Obi-Wan is awesome. The pod race is pretty cool. Seeing Corusant for the first time was sweet. The battles are great.

The bad: Darth Maul dies too easily (now not as easy as Dukoo or General Grevious). The pod race is cool but long. Kids can't act and Anakin is no exception. The budding love between Amidala and Anakin is creepy. Jar-Jar annoyed me. I much prefered 3P0 for comedic releif. He wouldn't have been that bad if they didn't have to slip him into every scene.

The ugly: Midicloriens and the virgin birth of Darth Vader. WTF?!? I can overlook Jar-Jar, but not the scientific explanation for The Force. Why not leave it mystical like it was. Why not leave every viewer with that faint hope that The Force does exist and if they just try enough they can use it. Why rationalize it. Argh I hated that, and still do and always will.

Overall: worth seeing if you are a Star Wars fan. There was no way in hell no matter how good it could have been that it would live up to the original series. Some people will love it, some will hate it, but its still Star Wars and it's still a good time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic is Back!! March 3 2006
By A Customer
I have waited a long time for this. When I was a young lad of 4 when the original came out, I laid witness to one of the best movies I would ever see. Unfortunately, I was too young to really appreciate it. I also don't really remember the hype of the movie back then. I feel quite privileged to have been part of the magic of Episode I.
I was in university when the trailers for Episode I came out and my brother and I would watch the trailers over and over again. We thought we would die waiting for the movie to be on the screen in front of our faces.
Fortunately, the seemingly long wait ended and I can still feel that chill running up my spine when those immortal words came upon the screen: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..
The movie hit a home run on many counts. First of all, the casting of Ewan McGregor as Obi-wan Kenobi. Anyone who has seen his movies know how much of a powerhouse he is in his roles. Obi-wan was no exception. Ewen's portrayal made me wish I was young again so I could pretend I was Obi-wan(sorry Luke, Obi-wan's a better Jedi).
Another reason this was a great entry was the special effects. George Lucas and his camp of wizards made this the most amazing Star Wars movie experience.
Now, I am not betraying the originals, they are still the best movies ever, yet, I can't turn my head away from this entry. It was simply breathtaking. The various worlds, the amazing creatures, and an important look at the Jedi and the masters of peace-keeping they once were. The only look at the Jedi we've seen was Darth Vadar picking on an old man and then a fledgling teenager.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars: The Phantom Menace June 18 2004
By GregC
This was a nice way to begin the Star Wars Saga. Immediatly, we are introduced to Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn and of course our main hero, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The film takes off from the Federation Control ship to the awesome Pod Race and then on to the final battle on the planet Naboo. This film is action packed and worthy of being called a Star Wars movie. The characters are well set up for Attack of the Clones and gives us a whole new look on Star Wars. Best Scene: The Three Way duel between Darth Maul, Jinn, and Kenobi is a Star Wars fans dream!
"We'll watch your future with great interest!"
- Chancellor Palpatine to Anakin Skywalker
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2.0 out of 5 stars To Lucas: Eye of the Tiger, Man!! July 13 2004
To quote the famous lines by Apollo Creed from Rocky III, "You lost for all the wrong reasons, you lost your edge. Eye of the tiger, man!"
A good analogy when you think of it...
When Lucas made the first trilogy he was a relativly unknown up-and-comming writer/director full of desire and well, "hunger" to make his mark. That drive lead to the masterpieces of pop culture we know as ANH and ESB. By ROTJ his edge was already waning but thankfully it was the last one... or so we thought.
By the time TPM came out he lost it completely and produced a quite mediocre if at best ordinary film. Living like a king for the past 20+ years made him not "hungry and full of desire" but fat and content. He lost his edge.
Peter Jackson's LOTR Trilogy is so much better than Lucas' last 2 efforts for this same reason. Jackson has the "eye of the tiger"!
Lucas HAS to get his edge back. Most agree AOTC is better than TPM but not by much. Will episode 3 prove that Lucas got it back??
If only reality played out like the fantasy of Rocky III and Lucas brings home a REAL winner....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Service is good. Pa king and DVD are excellent
Bought for my special need son as the previous one he had has lots of scratches already. He likes this movie. Service is good. Pa king and DVD are excellent.
Published 1 month ago by neneng46
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad
Well... i am about an old fashion guy. I prefer the three last chapters. They were made when I was young. Less special effects, more good acting.
Published 5 months ago by Martin Pitchon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This movie had so many great parts: Jar Jar Binks (although adults hate him) and Darth Maul cut in half. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Harlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Old style entertainment
I purchased this so that our grandchildren could start off their star wars viewing with the first production. Now . Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gary Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Étoile
J'ai choisis 5 étoiles pour le service de livraison rapide et pour le service aux clients. J'adore les 6 épisodes de la série Star Wars. Read more
Published 12 months ago by FORTIN, Ginette
2.0 out of 5 stars Star wars :episode 1 -the phantom menace full sceen francais englais
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Published 12 months ago by martinlecompte
5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase
The video came in good condition and at the time that was estimated. I am happy with my purchase from the person.
Published on Dec 31 2011 by JimmyJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars, Episode 1: Phantom Menace (W/S)
I am pleased with my purchase. It came within the time limit advertized and it was in good condition. I would buy from them again. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2011 by Doddsster
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably horrible
This movie 'The Phantom Menace' is not only the worst 'Star Wars' movie made but it is also a disgrace to cinema-lovers, it is aptly titled a Menace. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2008 by J. Bird
3.0 out of 5 stars the first prequel to the original trilogy(chapter 1)
"The Phantom Menace was the most hyped movie since "Gone with the
Wind"(1939)to say it was eagerly anticipated is an understatement. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2007 by falcon
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