Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom MenaceDirector: George Lucas,
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The two-disc special edition of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was a long-awaited item, but should keep both serious and casual Star Wars fans happy for a while, thanks to a slightly expanded version of the film and a plethora of extras. Disc one contains the film, transferred from a new print (as made clear by producer Rick McCallum some time ago). The transfer is anamorphic, at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is quite simply gorgeous to look at. The image is crisp and clean throughout, with vivid and subtle colors both, and deep, detailed blacks. There is no sign of edge enhancement and no indication of compression artifacts. The original soundtrack was recorded in Dolby Digital Surround 6.1 EX, but has been downmixed to 5.1 EX for this release. Again, the soundtrack is flawless, with excellent surround effects, excellent separation, and beautiful mixing work. The directional effects alone are worth hearing. The standard Dolby Surround downmix sounds quite good, though it does lose the directional definition of the 5.1 EX mix. The disc also includes a Spanish Surround mix which deserves notice for a combination of an excellent voice cast and perfect matching. Disc one also includes an audio commentary by George Lucas and Rick McCallum, along with other crew members. This commentary is highly entertaining, informative, and helped tremendously by supertitles above the image that identify the current speaker. Disc two is simply packed. There are seven deleted scenes to start with, completed especially for this DVD release. Some are hardly worth looking at, but the expanded pod race is quite an eye-opener. The scenes can be viewed separately, or as part of a documentary. Other documentary pieces include "The Beginning," which is a new one-hour documentary, the 12 web documentaries originally carried on www.starwars.com, and five featurettes covering aspects of the production. Another section includes the teaser and theatrical trailers, TV spots (including the "Tone Poems" spots), and the "Duel of the Fates" video. There is also a section of animatics, and a further section of stills and graphic images. A featurette about the making of the Starfighter game completes the disc. All told, disc two alone takes hours to work through. Additional content is available through the www.starwars.com DVD section, which is accessible via the Interactual player/browser utility included on the disc. The feature has 50 chapter stops. Menus and transitions are animated, with some cute and funny moments to be found. Both discs are single-sided, dual-layered, and come in a slimline dual disc case.
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- Original Release:
- 20th Century Fox
- Region Code:
- [THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Cast & Crew
|Ewan McGregor||Obi-Wan Kenobi|
|Liam Neeson||Qui-Gon Jinn|
|Natalie Portman||Queen Amidala / Padme Naberrie|
|Jake Lloyd||Anakin Skywalker|
|Pernilla August||Shmi Skywalker|
|Ian McDiarmid||Senator Palpatine|
|Oliver Ford Davies||Sio Bibble|
|Hugh Quarshie||Captain Panaka|
|Ahmed Best||Jar Jar Binks|
|Samuel L. Jackson||Mace Windu|
|Ray Park||Darth Maul|
|Ralph Brown||Ric Olie|
|Terence Stamp||Chancellor Valorum|
|Brian Blessed||Boss Nass|
|Keira Knightley||Decoy Queen|
|George Lucas||Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
|Trisha Biggar||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Gavin Bocquet||Production Designer|
|Ben Burtt||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Rob Coleman||Special Effects|
|Fred Hole||Art Director|
|Industrial Light & Magic||Animator,Special Effects|
|Tom Johnson||Sound Mixer|
|John King||Art Director|
|John Knoll||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Rod McLean||Art Director|
|John Midgley||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Dennis Muren||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Shawn Murphy||Sound Mixer|
|Christopher Newman||Asst. Director|
|Gary Rydstrom||Sound Mixer|
|Ben Scott||Art Director|
|Scott Squires||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Peter Walpole||Set Decoration/Design|
|John Williams [composer]||Score Composer|
1. Opening Logos [:21]
2. Queen Amidala [1:31]
3. The Phantom Menace [1:31]
4. Short Negotiations [1:31]
5. Landing on Naboo [:09]
6. Jar Jar Binks [:09]
7. The Planet Core [:09]
8. Otoh Gunga [5:52]
9. Boss Nass [:54]
10. Invasion of Theed [1:05]
11. Surprise Rescue [1:22]
12. Watto's Shop [2:05]
13. Running the Blockade [1:25]
14. Tatooine [1:31]
15. Fateful Meetings [:52]
16. Dinner Conversation [3:26]
17. Meet the Podracers [1:44]
18. Preparing for the Race [:53]
19. A Wager With Watto [1:53]
20. Begin the Race [4:19]
21. Lap Two [:50]
22. Choosing a New Path [1:18]
23. Home Stretch [4:10]
24. Collecting the Prize [1:24]
25. Darth Maul Attacks [3:31]
26. The Queen's Worries [3:27]
27. Senate Session [:03]
28. Arrival on Coruscant [6:10]
29. The Jedi Council [:13]
30. Testing Anakin [:08]
31. Palpatine's Nomination [1:12]
32. A Plea to the Gungans [2:59]
33. Anakin's Future [2:34]
34. The Queen's Gambit [:49]
35. Battle Plans [2:06]
36. 'Wipe Them Out' [1:53]
37. Duel of the Fates [3:05]
38. Retaking the Palace [4:12]
39. The Conflict Continues [:21]
40. Gungan Retreat [1:10]
41. Qui-Gon vs. Darth Maul [5:02]
42. Control Ship Destroyed [:27]
43. Capturing the Viceroy [1:19]
44. Obi-Wan vs. Darth Maul [2:18]
45. A Sith Vanquished [3:31]
46. Chancellor Palpatine Arrives [:20]
47. Naboo Celebration [2:26]
48. New Knight New Apprentice [3:09]
49. Farewell to a Jedi [1:07]
50. End Credits [:08]
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX
Audio: English 2.0 Dolby Surround
Audio: Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround
Audio: Audio Commentary Featuring George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires
Side #2 -- Star Wars: Disc Two
Trailers and TV Spots
Go to TV Spots
"The Saga Begins"
"All Over Again"
Music Video: "Duel of the Fates"
Deleted Scenes and Documentaries
Deleted Scenes Documentary
"The Beginning" Making Episode 1
Deleted Scenes Only
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
Featurettes, Web Documentaries and Starwars.com
All I Need Is an Idea
Thousands of Things
Home Sweet Home
Boys in Paradise
This Is a Creature Film
Prime of the Jedi
It's Like War Now
Bad Droid Karma
Animatics and Still Galleries
Introduction to Animatics
Podrace Lap One Animatics
Submarine Sequence Animatics
Exclusive Production Photos
"Star Wars" Starfighter: The Making of a Game"
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While not a favorite, it has its moments. This was okay but not as good.
George Lucas intended the prequel trilogy to about Anakin, Padme, and Obi-Wan. But it turned out to be Palpatine's/Sidious's trilogy. This is the first of the Sith Trilogy. The beginning of how the Repubic fell. At the beginning Sidous has the trade federation blockading his home-world - Naboo. Intending to use the suffering of the Naboo people to remove Valorum and get himself elected Chancelor. Obi-Wan and his Master Qui-Gon arrive to force an end to the blockade. Sidious naturally wants them killed. They escape and reach the planet. They befriend a Gungan and eventually reach the Naboo capital. The Federation needed Queen Amidala to sign a treaty, to legalize their invasion. The jedi rescue her, and persuade her to seek senate aid on Coruscant. They break the blockade, and escape into hyperspace. Sidious sends his apprentice Darth Maul to track them. Maul finds them on Tatooine. Maul is eager to battle, to at last reveal the Sith to the Jedi. On Tatooine Qui-Gon finds a human boy, Anakin Skywalker, in whom the force is stronger than any Jedi. It's thanks to Anakin that they are able to repair their ship and return to Coruscant. Maul attacks and nearly prevents their escape, but fails. When Sidious learns Amidala has reached Coruscant he revises his plans, realizing that she could be convinced to call for a vote of none-confidence of Chancelor Valorum. That he could use to get himself, as Senator Palpatine, elected Chancelor. His revised plan is successful. Afterwards Amidala returns to Naboo. Where the trade federation's battle droids engage an army Gungans. The Jedi battle Maul. Maul kills Qui-Gon, and is then cut in half by Obi-Wan. Anakin guided by the force destroys control ship for the droid. army, and saves Naboo. Palpatine arrives on Naboo and greets Obi-Wan and Anakin. At the end Palpatine is chancelor, and Sidious is already coveting Anakin as his apprentice. Willing to be patient,he didn't need to claim Anakin at that point. Sidious let's Obi-Wan teach Anakin about the force. So when the time is right, all Sidious would need to do is teach him the Dark-Side.
amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
in 1977 we had mark hamill harrison ford and carrie fisher in our present time now we have jake lloyd and hayden christen as anakin skywalker/darth vader this prequel trilogy is a joke george lucas proves that he is the worst director in hollywood
I've never seen a more anticipated DVD have this many quality extras before. The movie was great for the next generation of Star Wars fans and I liked what they were able to do to provide this awesome Extras package. I thought the video and sound transfer were great with maybe the lone exception of not having a DTS sound option. I still have more of the extras to see, but what I have seen so far with the Deleted Scenes and the Making of Feature is great...Really gives you a feel of what it really takes to make these movies! I am Glad Lucas finally has gone DVD. Now how about the First Trilogy!
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... a conspiracy is forged, a world engulfed in terror, a dark lord is rising, companions are devastated and alliances torn, a boy is about to confront his destiny, and a prophecy as old as the Jedi Order itself is about to be fulfilled. They say every saga has a beginning. This one is about to enshroud a galaxy. And, by the way, Qui-Gon is THE Jedi.
This is a great movie, don't get me wrong. I see movies in a diffrent view. 1 wouldn't watch it. 2 wish I didn't watch it. 3 Good movie at the theaters, wouldn't own it. 4 Great movie want it for watching in the futur. 5 Excelent movie could never get tired of watching it. That's why it's a four out of five. Did a great job but it lacks what the other 3 had. To kiddy, but George Lucus has done what he has always done, made me want to ''know the rest of the story.'' can't wait for the next part. Glad he finally dicided to release at least one of his movies on DVD format. Maybe now I can collect the rest of his films. Must have movie.
The Phantom Menace was the best movie of 1999, and a great addition to the Star Wars Saga. Just seeing once is not enough, and when you see it, you'll know what I'm talking about.
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is certinly one of the greatest of the saga. With the most stunning lightsaber duels in the entire series (Duel of the Fates - Darth Maul vs. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan which determines the fate of the Chosen One and concludes the life of the greatest of the Jedi), heartrending decisions of a young boy confronting his apparent destiny and powerful dreams while unwilling to sever his childhood, and fascinating insight into the trials and tribuations of young Obi-Wan Kenobi. Needless to say, Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor are phenemonal, and Episode I is good for Natalie Portman's first time. (She improves in the following episodes.) I admit, Jar Jar becomes rather irritating at times, yet his significance to the story is revealed in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. May the Force be with you, and remember, be mindful of the living Force!
I always enjoy these movies they are all great and i enjoy them so much. Its very inspiring.
Come on, this is Star Wars, it's a modern day classic, who couldn't love it? The Phantom Menace captures all the outstanding onscreen storytelling that made the original trilogy so great. While The Phantom Menace alone is a brilliant movie, full of laughs, drama and action, it is the full story that the Star Wars saga tells which makes it the best movie in cinematic history. This is but a bite of a bigger piece of cake, a chapter in a story that should be recorded in the history books. The final duel, I would have to say, is the highpoint of this film- many applauds to the actors, effect artists and most of all, the writer George Lucas on, not only that specific bit, but the entire series. This movie will take you into a world of imagination and when the story is done you'll find yourself sad that it's over, but not to worry, this is but the beginning! The saga tells a classic good vs. evil story, bringing to light the true corruption of darkness and the power good has to conquer it. If you have imagination, a childlike spirit and love the thrill of a good adventure, this is the movie for you!
To all movie lovers that haven't seen Starwars. You don't know what your missing. This is a must see. See the entire six episodes. Trust me you'll love it.
This is a well intended but drawn out movie. The kid who plays the young Darth hams up the screen with poor acting. Jar Jar is just plain annoying and over used. Great special effects highlight this movie.
Episode 1 does not live up to the standard set by the orginaly trilogy... period. This film way over used computer generated effects and killed off a cool bad guy in Darth Maul a character who should have stuck around at least through Episode 2. The character of Jar Jar Binks was just plain bad... his childish antics went over the top and came off as silly and juvenile not funny at all. Another flaw was the robots used by the Trade Federation... weak and skinny and not really well thought out for bad guys to root against. Overall Lucas just got a little to childish with the humor and went too crazy with the Computer generated effects... some of the acting was very poor as well. Some good things about this film included a great peformance by Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobi and a fantasic light saber duel between Qui Gon Jin, Obi Wan and Darth Maul. This DVD is part of my collection because I am a fan... but Episode 1 could have... and should have been better.
I did not think that I would like this episode as much as the first. George Lucas did I wonderful job and I could not wait for the rest of the episodes to come out.
The story of Star Wars begins with Episode 1, and everybody you knew are young. Anakin Skywalker, soon to become Darth Vader, is a young boy, and Obi-Wan Kenobi is a learing apprentice! It tells you the whole story of your favorite characters' pasts. Darth Maul was awsome, and his his double bladed lightsaber and fight was cool! Jar Jar was hilarious! Star Wars Episode One is soon to become a classic!