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Star Wars - Episode I, The Phantom Menace VHS

Special Edition, Limited Edition, VHS video

VHS | Box Set

4.2 out of 5 stars 3,122 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: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Limited Edition, Special Edition, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: April 4, 2000
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 3,122 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305750750
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,764 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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-breather 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

Additional Features

This limited-edition boxed set (only 1.5 million made) contains a widescreen version of the film, a behind-the-scenes documentary, a 48-page collector's book excerpted from The Art of Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace, and a mounted 35mm filmstrip. The documentary and widescreen version of the film are only available in this set.


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