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

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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.

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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


Special Features

  • Exclusive deleted-scenes documentary features seven new sequences completed just for this DVD release: 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
  • "The Beginning: Making Episode I," an all-new hour-long documentary film culled from over 600 hours of footage, including an insider's look at Lucasfilm and ILM during the production
  • Multi-angle storyboard to animatic to film segment featuring the Submarine and Podrace Lap 1 sequences
  • Five featurettes explore the storyline, design, costumes, visual effects, and fight sequences
  • Award-winning twelve-part Web documentary series that chronicles the production
  • "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, and seven TV spots
  • "Star Wars: Starfighter - The Making of a Game" featurette from LucasArts
  • DVD-ROM weblink to exclusive Star Wars content

Product Details

  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid
  • Directors: George Lucas
  • Writers: George Lucas
  • Producers: George Lucas, Rick McCallum
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CX5P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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My friends say i'm not a true "Star Wars" fan because i absolutely loved "The Phantom Menace." I guess that is their way of telling me that they didn't like it. I felt the film did a fine job serving as the first episode of the saga. First off, in rebutal to what others may have claimed, the movie didn't exactly have "loose threads" in the story. In my opinion, i saw them as open doors for what is yet to come in Episodes II & III. Second of all, i had no complaints with any of the actors or their performaces. Ewan Mc Gregor and Natalie Portman are just getting warmed up as, the young, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Queen Amidala(mother of Luke and Leia). Liam Neeson's performance as Qui-gon Ginn was as noble as his character was meant to be, from the start of the story to his untimely death. Many people complained about Jar Jar Binks. I never had a problem with him or the Gungans. I didn't mind their comic releif at all. In fact i was more dissappointed when an army of Ewoks defeated the imperial stormtroopers on Endor. Others have also complained about Jake Lloyds performance, I felt he played his role very innocently, just as his character is. Ray Parks' performace as Darth Maul was one to definitely pay attention to, adding some stunning light saber work to the film. I was really happy to see R2-D2, C-3PO and Jabba the Hutt again. New characters such as Watto and Sebulba, were instantly classic. The new computer generated characters, blended in perfectly with the human actors. Some may have felt that some characters lacked the depth of other "Star Wars" characters, but why should there be another Han Solo or Chewbacca? They are in Episodes IV, V & VI.Read more ›
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I saw this film on theatrical release in and was very disappointed. Of course, alot of the disappointment initially had to do with the incredible hype build-up that accompanied the new trilogy. Nothing could have lived up to the public's expectations.

That having been said, The Phantom Menace is disappointing not so much because it stinks, but because, I felt, with some additional tweaking, it could have been much much better. Its almost as if Lucas got the plot ideas and character concepts developed to a schematic level and then sort of lost interest in them and did not develop them any further.

Specific gripes:

1. We never really bond with or understand Qui-Gon's character or his relationship with young Anakin. He states that he thinks Anakin may be the chosen one, but that is not really sufficient. We need to see an emotional bond or some kind of identification between the two, but it just isn't there.

2. Not to pick on Jake Lloyd (he's probably a great kid), but Lucas or whoever just did not get a good performance out of him. Plus, there is no hint in young Anakin at this point of character traits or flaws that might later foreshadow his fall. Yoda says he sees anger and fear in Anakin and the Jedi Council make vague predications that he may eventually be dangerous, but we as audience members just don't see it. We are supposed to infer that Anakin is somehow damaged by his life as as slave and subsequent separation from his mother, but again, we don't see any of this. His life as a slave doesn't seem to indicate any hardship; his big scene saying goodbye to his mom is not particularly moving (mainly due to wooden acting by Lloyd; Pernilla August as his mom does a good job thought).
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When I first heard about these prequel stories back in 1980, I have waited since for this movie to come out. And now...here it is-here it is, indeed... Well, I must confess this Star Wars installment dose not have that same "edge" if you will, that the Classical Trilogy has. The acting by Jake LLoyd and Natalie Portman was not up to par-hardly. I think much more screen time should have been given to the evil Darth Sidious and Darth Maul- and less screen time given to Jar Jar Binks. Truth be told, this movie has more of a Disney look (shudder) than being a Lucasfilm. Now, with that said, there are redeeming factors to this motion picture as well. Clearly, the Pod Race scene was fantastic, cut straight from the grandiose cloth of Ben-Hur. The Lightsaber scenes-Federation Trade battle droids, Tatoonie desert, and finally Darth Maul on Naboo-were Magnificent. Also, the underlying plot with Senator Palpatine subtly manipulating the circumstnaces so he can position himself to become Chancellor was also impressive-an area which Mr. Lucas should of have greatly focused on. Finally, the scenes with Jedi Master Yoda(Frank Oz returning as Yoda's voice) were very welcoming. With those redeeming characteristics, I give The Phantom Menace 4 stars in the overall sense. And it must also be kept in mind that this movie is the set-up movie for the rest of the Star Wars Saga. Now as we go into Episode II, everything is now in place: Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious, if you ask me)is Chancellor. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are starting a friendship while the seedlings of romance with Anakin and Amidala have been planted. Just as the trailer pitch said "Every Saga Has a Beginning...Read more ›
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I have a question for the Star Wars 1-3 haters.
Maybe I shouldn't reply to this post because I'm not in the group you are addressing, i.e., Star Wars fans who bash Episodes I-III and even The Clone Wars TV series because they claim "Lucas ruined the franchise" and that CGI makes the Prequels "soulless," just to name a few... Read More
Jun 6, 2009 by Alex Diaz-Granados |  See all 20 posts
Should Episode One be redubbed?
While they're at it, maybe they could digitally erase any trace of Jar Jar Binks' existence too...
Feb 20, 2010 by SpartanMark05 |  See all 3 posts
Episode I VHS box art chronology confusion
Ep I >>> 32 years before "Ep IV
EP II >>> 22 years before Ep IV
EP III >> 19 years before Ep IV
May 9, 2009 by Roman85 |  See all 2 posts
Sound discrepancy on the SW discs.
If I'm not mistaken, EX is a backwards-compatible extension to Dolby Digital. It creates a matrixed back surround channel. I think the player would still report this as Dolby Digital, but if you have a 6.1 or 7.1 receiver with that many speakers attached, you should hear sound from the... Read More
Sep 9, 2008 by Jason Tovey |  See all 2 posts
A Question For All Those Who Seem to be Comitted to Hating Everything...
I expected the prequels to be pretty much about what they were about. It is *how* they were about what they were about that is the problem, imHo.

Having said this, I'll offer a few specific opinions:
--Episode 1 would have been received well if there was (1) Little to no Jar-Jar and (2) Much... Read More
Jul 1, 2008 by thames |  See all 46 posts
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