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

Ewan McGregor , Liam Neeson , George Lucas    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

Special Features

The spectacular DVD release of Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace--arguably one of the best DVDs ever--will go a long way toward making it up to Star Wars fans who were disappointed by the theatrical release. (But, in case you're wondering, there's no option to delete Jar Jar.) The picture and sound are outstanding, it's loaded with bonuses, and even the menus are action-packed fun. Disc One includes the film with a commentary track by George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, editor Ben Burtt, animation director Rob Coleman, and visual effects supervisors John Knoll, Dennis Murren, and Scott Squires. Rather than a group of people yelling at the screen, this commentary is a compilation of individual comments, very helpfully supplemented by supratitles that indicate who is speaking. Numerous technical details are explained, and Lucas mentions how certain scenes fit into the big picture of all six films (every time dutifully referring to the original film as "Episode IV").

Of Disc Two's cornucopia of bonus features, the most notable are the seven deleted scenes and a long documentary. The deleted scenes, which are all interesting enough to watch at least once, can be viewed individually or as a group along with discussions of why they were cut. These rough scenes were completed for the DVD and parts of them (including an introduction of the individual Podracers and a longer view of the skies over Coruscant) were reincorporated into the version of the film that appears on the DVD. The 66-minute behind-the-scenes documentary was compiled from 600 hours of footage shot during various stages of the film and includes Anakin screen tests, script-reading sessions, location shooting in Italy and Tunisia, and giddy fans on opening night. --David Horiuchi

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2.0 out of 5 stars Bad April 20 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Dec 24 2013
By Harlow
This movie had so many great parts: Jar Jar Binks (although adults hate him) and Darth Maul cut in half. I like seeing Anakin the same age as me, especially when he does the pod racing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old style entertainment Sept. 22 2013
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I purchased this so that our grandchildren could start off their star wars viewing with the first production. Now .we will keep purchasing the volumes in the order that they were produced
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5.0 out of 5 stars Étoile Sept. 12 2013
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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. Il me manquais celui-ci pour avoir la collection complète. Merci. Je le recommande à tous.
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bonjour , J ai recu ce prodiut dans le temps pre etablit,le probleme c est que le disque est arriver avec des egratiguers,le film a mauvaise images et j aimerais bien l echanger pour un autre sans egratugures.pour le reste je n ai rien de negatif a reproché a votre service.STAR WARS :EPISODE - THE PHANTOM MENACE (FULL SCREEN ) FRANCAIS ENGLAIS
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just an entertaining movie, no more June 29 2004
I was one of the only people in the world who did not see "The Phantom Menace" in theaters, and instead waited until it came out on video and all the hype had died down. Perhaps this was why I did not see it as a monumental disappointment, since I didn't watch it believing it was going to be the best movie of the year. This is one of the most bashed films of modern times, and I don't think it deserves all of its negative publicity. Ironically, for how bad everyone says it is, Lucas still got what he wanted out of the movie- it's still the highest grossing post-"Titanic" film (though "Shrek 2" is closing fast, and "Spider-Man 2" may reach it also), and was the third-highest grossing film of the 1990's when adjusted for inflation.
I see "The Phantom Menace" as simply an entertaining adventure. It has a criminally slow first half, but some of the scenes in its second half are truly spectacular, such as the pod race and the Darth Maul fight. Everyone says how bad the acting is, but I found most of the actors passable- only Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker irritated me. The special effects are incredible for the most part, and the final space battle leaves you breathless.
Of course, "The Phantom Menace" is not a great movie by any means. Darth Maul was criminally underdeveloped, and the Trade Federation bad guys were dull and lifeless. Whenever Jake Lloyd appeared on the screen, I wondered if I was watching a dumb kids movie. Overall, "The Phantom Menace" simply cannot compare with "The Empire Strikes Back". Then, of course, there's the immortal Jar Jar Binks.
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2.0 out of 5 stars But for the special features, Just Plain Bad June 10 2004
This movie had one moment that I loved: the lightsaber duel... which is why this rates more than one star.
I was mightily dissapointed with this movie, and I could go on and on about contrived plots and love stories, purile dialogue, and gungans who could insult the intelligence of a horsefly... but I wont.
The DVD in itself was very well made, worthy of the LucasArts logo.
But (and maybe I was expecting too much), I found the movie uninteresting, the stakes not high enough, and I didnt care if any character lived or died.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Give me a break June 7 2004
By Kevin
Format:VHS Tape
Come on people. I was a kid when the the REAL star wars movies came out. Now I show them to my son and they rock...we have a blast and the darn things are almost 30 years old. This recent garbage from Lucas shows he SHOULD NOT be directing adult films!!!! They are flat and lack ANY of the emotional buy-in needed for a legend film series. The orginal series was so good that it became part "religion" to many people. They were so good, you had a frenzy when these new movies were coming out. The orginal movies were made for adults with a story so compelling, you didn't need 100 million in special effects to pull it off. Lucas should have done what he did with the first series...let other people direct them! What a disgrace to the orginal Star Wars trilogy. I think that's the point...the original Star Wars was an adult film that was good for some kids too. The new Star Wars is simply a kids series that seems laughable when it tries to get serious for a few minutes.
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film in the Star War's saga
I've always been quite impressed by this film. It didn't have the same appeal as the original Star Wars Episode IV - but I suspect that had more to do with being 5 years old when... Read more
Published on July 21 2007 by J. Tupone
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Star Wars come on! Great DVD features.
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2007 by Maurice G. Tousignant
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic is Back!!
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. Read more
Published on March 3 2006
1.0 out of 5 stars A universal disappointment
I love Star Wars. I waited years and years to see the next installment. I watched PHANTOM MENACE on midnight the day it opened.
And I fell asleep. Read more
Published on June 23 2005 by Allan Tong
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