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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition) (1999)

Ewan McGregor , Liam Neeson , George Lucas  |  PG |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,833 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,833 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CX5P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,015 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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

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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

Product Description

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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172 of 221 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars -->Money comes in | Innovation goes out--> May 23, 2001
Format:DVD
Int. evening - A dimly lit room.
George: The movie must have a child-friendly comic relief, and we also need some clever doll to sell afterwards... hmmmmm... Jar Jar Binks!
George: Wait it can't be too child-friendly or we'll loose the fans! Throw Maul into the ring, oooooh he's scary... hmmmm... we'll cut his dialogue down to three lines so the action figure can contain them all!
George: Liam Neeson is starting to complain about his lame character and dialogue... hmmmm... let's just give him a noble death at the end of the movie... wait we've already done that.. aaah what the hell! Everybody loves a cliché!
George: Wait! The script is a little thin... hmmmmmmm... Wait I own this cool Special FX company they'll fill out the holes!
George: All the cool authors have expanded my universe making it diverse and colorful... but let's just focus on places we know... like Tatooine!
George: Anakin is really smart... we'll let him build C-3PO... wait why doesn't Vader recognize him later? Oh yes... he's just been ignoring him... heh heh...
George: Oh yeah I've also invented these midiclorieans... which they for some weird reason haven't heard about in the original episodes... well the knowledge has just been lost in the huge Jedi massacres later on!
*George continues like this for months*
Actually I'm a Star Wars fan... and I like Episode I because of the cool action scenes, spectacular special FX and I actually don't think that the acting is so bad, and Jar Jar is pretty funny at times. I just have this love/hate thing for this episode. The whole Star Wars spirit, the innovation behind the old trilogy has been replaced by some kind of Disney oriented commercial family pack! To much money (minus 1 star)too little creativity (minus 1 star)...
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars George, my George, where have you gone? July 6, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
As I'm sure you know, this movie is so extremely average that it is a mountainous blemish on the face of the Star Wars saga. The standards George Lucas had to live up to for this project were immense, but this movie is a letdown all the same. The original three movie arc was a dark, dramatic saga that was perfectly paced, beautifully written, and featured strong, three dimensional characters. Episode I, conversely, lacks the dramatic edge that marked the previous efforts. Instead of Chewbacca we get Jar Jar Binks, an overgrown frog with an ugly pug of a face and a voice that's about as soothing as a drill through the head. Instead of a tightly knit plot propelling the movie forward, the entire film feels like action scenes with numbing drivel inbetween. The importance of Anakin is somewhat underscored. He has "special blood" and can compete in pod races, but that's the only look we get of his abilities.
The core audience for these movies was established 23 years ago. With this movie Lucas is trying to appeal to the next generation, but he's supplying them with inferior product. Summation: kill Jar Jar Binks, up the Darth Maul factor times 10 to make it dark and edgey again, tighten up the plot *A LOT*, cut out the circus/kiddy feel, and focus more on the characters who will be in the forthcoming movies (not Subulba, not JJB, not those weird looking Jedi dudes). Appended to the holy name of Star Wars, this movie is nearly blasphemous.
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By T. Mark
Format:VHS Tape
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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5.0 out of 5 stars star wars fan
I am a big Star wars fan and have been wanting to get all the movies and found it for a good price. it arrived quickly and I have enjoyed watching it.
Published 6 days ago by David H.
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This was my first Star wars, I was taken as a young girl to see it in theatres, and I fell in love.
Now, as an adult, I can watch it, and get the humor to it too. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mallary
5.0 out of 5 stars A good film
I enjoy watching it. I like the story and I recommend it to anyone who likes Star Wars. Its got good acting and plenty of action.
Published 9 days ago by Donald E. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars was great
great and nice surprise for my cousin - she was very surprised and that is what I wanted - excellent choice
Published 16 days ago by lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars Beginning
This was the only disc I needed to complete my Star Wars set. My grandson loves to watch it with the other episodes when he comes over.
Published 27 days ago by DFS
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
Movie was okay, but clearly didn't measure up to the rest. I was disappointed, but it was still worth the watch.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say?
What can you say? ITS STAR WARS. They are all great movies and will be classics for decades to come.
Published 1 month ago by Pete Tomiello
5.0 out of 5 stars grandns into star wars
My son liked the star wars movies when we watched them and now getting his sons into the characters. used but good
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Lach
5.0 out of 5 stars As Described
The package arrived way ahead of schedule. It is as described. The DVD's look to be in perfect condition. Will append this review, if problems arise upon viewing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst of the prequels.
Criticized as the worst of the prequels I still needed it to complete my set. I only give it one star because of the movies content, not a faulty product.
Published 2 months ago by Peter Mckay
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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 2 cents |  See all 45 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 Michael Pettinato |  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
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
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
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