Begin your STAR WARS DVD collection with STAR WARS: Episode 1 THE PHANTOM MENACE. Packed with over six hours of additional material, including exclusive documentaries and never-before-seen deleted scenes, this 2-disc set provides the perfect showcase for the incredible detail and breathtaking scope of George Lucas's first episode in the mythic STAR WARS saga.
"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 NelsonSee all Product Description
there is something wrong with the disc,,,have to skip a chapter cause it won't play..Published 4 months ago by Guy Martin
love the cd .
this is one of my favourite cd beside the original Star war set ( the first hope,,Empire strike back, Return of the Jedi, ) tare the best, this is very good ,... Read more
My natural life, occurring everywhere out of nothing containment, helper, they have to be formatted like the menu space ship and buildings and menu or it causes technical... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Chenthura balasubramaniam
I know that the original Star Wars films had their weaknesses but this film is just horrible. One interesting reaction to how bad this film is is the screening of the film to all... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nikonfan74
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 16 months ago by neneng46
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 19 months ago by Martin Pitchon
This movie had so many great parts: Jar Jar Binks (although adults hate him) and Darth Maul cut in half. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Harlow