Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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Director: George Lucas, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman

Cast: George Lucas, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman


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Episode I of the Star Wars films comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the movie. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital 2.0. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials


Episode I of the Star Wars films comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the movie. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital 2.0. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by George Lucas and many of the people who worked behind the camera on the film, deleted scenes, storyboards, numerous featurettes, a music video, trailers, and a 12-part documentary that was produced for the Internet. This is a great disc for what it is, but the same extras are available on another edition that also has a widescreen image. That version is superior to this one.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ben Wolf
Fans waited 16 years for this latest entry in George Lucas's epic space opera, and the payoff was big. Advances in digital imaging technology gave Lucas the tools to bring his most extraordinary visions yet to dramatic life. Episode I: The Phantom Menace -- an action-packed intergalactic adventure -- introduces an eye-popping parade of new aliens (such as loopy amphibian Jar Jar Binks) to populate future installments, as it begins the backstory to the phenomenally popular Star Wars trilogy. Brave Jedi Knights Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor join forces with young Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) to save her civilization from invaders, setting the stage for political intrigues to come in future episodes. The film also sets sci-fi history in motion by bringing Queen Amidala face-to-face with prodigious Jedi-to-be Annakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), a sweet boy with the darkest of destinies. From its breathtaking Pod Race to the exhilarating light-saber battles with the villainous Darth Maul, The Phantom Menace dazzles with its technical wizardry and whets the appetite for Lucas's next adventure.
New York Times
Stripped of hype and breathless expectations, Lucas' first installment offers a happy surprise: it's up to snuff. It sustains the gee-whiz spirit of the series and offers a swashbuckling extragalactic getaway, creating illusions that are even more plausible than the kitchen-raiding raptors of Jurassic Park. Janet Maslin
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
As surely as Anakin Skywalker points the way into the future of Star Wars, so does The Phantom Menace raise the curtain on this new freedom for filmmakers. And it's a lot of fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Full Frame]

Special Features

Disc 1:; Commentary by George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren, and Scott Squires; Pan & Scan (Aspect Ratio 1.33:1); Sound: English Dolby 5.1 Surround Ex; French Dolby 2.0 Surround; Spanish Dolby 2.0 Surround; Subtitles: English; Disc 2:; Exclusive deleted scenes documentary features seven new sequences completed just for this dvd release, including extended podrace scenes; All-new hour-long documentary film culled from over 600 hours of footage, "The Beginning" takes you where few people have been before-inside the Lucasfilm and ILM during production of Episode 1; Multi-angle storyboard-to-animatic-to-film segment featuring the submarine and podrace lap 1 sequence; Five featurettes explore The Phantom Menace's storyline, design, costumes, visual effects and light scenes; Award-winning twelve-part web documentary series that chronicles the production of Episode 1; "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, plus seven tv spots; "Star Wars: Starfighter-The Making of a Game" featurette from LucasArts; DVD-ROM weblink to exclusive Star Wars content

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Obi-Wan Kenobi
Liam Neeson Qui-Gon Jinn
Natalie Portman Queen Amidala / Padme Naberrie
Jake Lloyd Anakin Skywalker
Pernilla August Shmi Skywalker
Frank Oz Yoda
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
Sofia Coppola Sache
Anthony Daniels C-3PO
Greg Proops Beed
Keira Knightley Decoy Queen
Kenny Baker R2D2

Technical Credits
George Lucas Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Trisha Biggar Costumes/Costume Designer
Gavin Bocquet Production Designer
Ben Burtt Sound/Sound Designer
Rob Coleman Special Effects
Robin Gurland Casting
Fred Hole Art Director
Industrial Light & Magic Animator,Special Effects
Tom Johnson Sound Mixer
John King Art Director
John Knoll Special Effects Supervisor
Rick McCallum Producer
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
David Tattersall Cinematographer
Peter Walpole Set Decoration/Design
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace
1. Opening Logos [:21]
2. The Phantom Menace [1:31]
3. Short Negotiations [1:31]
4. Queen Amidala [1:31]
5. Landing on Naboo [:09]
6. Jar Jar Binks [:09]
7. Otoh Gunga [:09]
8. Boss Nass [5:52]
9. The Planet Core [:54]
10. Invasion of Theed [1:05]
11. Surprise Rescue [1:22]
12. Running the Blockade [2:05]
13. Tatooine [1:25]
14. Watto's Shop [1:31]
15. Fateful Meetings [:52]
16. Dinner Conversation [3:26]
17. Preparing for the Race [1:44]
18. A Wager With Watto [:53]
19. Meet the Podracers [1:53]
20. "Begin the Race" [4:19]
21. Lap Two [:50]
22. Home Stretch [1:18]
23. Collecting the Prize [4:10]
24. Choosing a New Path [1:24]
25. Darth Maul Attacks [3:31]
26. The Queen's Worries [3:27]
27. Arrival on Coruscant [:03]
28. The Jedi Council [6:10]
29. Senate Session [:13]
30. Testing Anakin [:08]
31. Palpatine's Nomination [1:12]
32. Anakin's Future [2:59]
33. The Queen's Gambit [2:34]
34. A Plea to the Gungans [:49]
35. Battle Plans [2:06]
36. "Wipe Them Out" [1:53]
37. Retaking the Palace [3:05]
38. The Conflict Continues [4:12]
39. Duel of the Fates [:21]
40. Gungan Retreat [1:10]
41. Qui-Gon Vs. Darth Maul [5:02]
42. Capturing the Viceroy [:27]
43. Obi-Wan Vs. Darth Maul [1:19]
44. Control Ship Destroyed [2:18]
45. A Sith Vanquished [3:31]
46. Chancellor Palpatine Arrives [:20]
47. New Knight, New Apprentice [2:26]
48. Farewell to a Jedi [3:09]
49. Naboo Celebration [1:07]
50. End Credits [:08]


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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
TheHalfBloodPrinceRises More than 1 year ago
amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
While not a favorite, it has its moments. This was okay but not as good.
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 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.
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ThrillerReturns More than 1 year ago
amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ICPForever101 More than 1 year ago
this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
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
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As with any movie, there are good and bad qualities. Since the release of George Lucas's Episode 1, critcis have been quick to point out what they feel ''ruined'' the Star Wars saga. I, for one, feel they should stop their whining. Persoanlly, I really enjoyed this film. I can see how veteran Star Wars fans would be annoyed by the likes of Jar-Jar Binks, but keep in mind the movies are intended for younger audiences, just like we were when we first met Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and the dreaded Empire so many years ago when we were kids. More mature audiences love the film for it's mythological themes and suspense. That's what makes the Star Wars saga so fantastic, there is something there for everyone. The theme of oppression and the struggle for freedom will remain timeless, which everyone can relate to. Regardless of what other critcis have said, Star Wars Episode 1:The Phantom Mencae is a great addition to the Star Wars universe. The good outweighs the bad,...easily. Darth Maul more than makes up for any corny jokes critics rant about. View these movies as chapters to one fantastic story, one that should not be missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Phantom Menace was a great movie. If you are a true Star Wars fan you would say the same thing and know it deserves a 5 star. It had all of the element of a great Star Wars movie. I know all of the Star Wars movies are 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Epic Star Wars prequel dazzled and amazed both young and old alike. The Phantom Menace had an interesting plot, some dazzling special effects, and some very interesting insight into the minds, and hearts of the characters. C3P0 was simply amazing, and as for the Pod Races, simply stunning. I would recommend this movie to absolutely anyone who wants to live the adventure one more time, or be lucky enough to just be able to see it for the first time. Congratulations to the cast and crew of this one. Leo Sieczka (
Guest More than 1 year ago
The long awaited movie was without a doubt worth every penny we spent to see it in the theater...7 times. the traditional ''star wars'' mentality was highly evident. THANK YOU LUCAS!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Star Wars Episode 1 would have been good if not for the un-needed comic relief of Jar Jar Binks. The story really has no real drama therefore there is no need for a jive talking alien. The movie is good but the story has to many side storys so you never really know what the main plot is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy these movies they are all great and i enjoy them so much. Its very inspiring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the podrace was great, the final duel was amazing, jar jar was a little much though, but what can you do, the kid who played anakin's performace left a lot to be desired, but hey, it's the movie that starts the whole saga so its bound to be a little rocky, i loved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you must be a moron to rate this movie with only 2 stars. were you expecting lucas to breed alien species to create life-like creatures? i think he has done a fine job as always with the special effects. back off and never rate something so good so poorly again. we don't want your opinion ''mike''
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.