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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition)
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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
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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.
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).Read more ›
I will make this as short, sweet and painless as possible. Let's start out just by saying this has got to be THE biggest disappointment in film history. Mr. Lucas, claimed on `Episode IV' that there was more to the story to bring us up to the 1978 masterpiece `Star Wars' (and I'm not talking about the tainted Special Edition version either.). With the coming of `Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace', this film has proved to me that there was no story of the sort. I feel that what was once a grandiose, intricately visioned perception of an outer-worldly saga is now all worth nothing.
`Phantom Menace' starts out with the traditional mammoth text run. The almost-holy yellow letters that grace the screen and flow upward into space accompanied by the magic theme that millions of people have grown to love. What could go wrong...right? This unfortunately proves to be the best part of the whole film. The damage could be seen within a few short moments. Before we know it, Ewan McGregor appears on screen as a young Obi-Wan Kenobi and utters the now famous line, "I've got a bad feeling about this." Well let me tell you, as I sat in the theater in anticipation, $10 ticket-stub in hand, third row from the front, opening night, a tiny voice in my head whispered, "So do I, Obi-Wan...So do I."
With acting bad enough to make you cry, a COMPLETE lack of plot and absolutely tasteless "looky-what-we-can-do" effects this piece of trash carries on and on getting worse by the minute forming a self-satire, if you will, a cartoon of the modern myth Lucas has created thus far.Read more ›
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I bought this marked as used from the warehouse, I think it was. I was skeptical that it would be beat up or scratched and our movie would skip. However it was great. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Too long and too much Jar-Jar Binks, but even if you only watch the podrace scene and the Darth Maul - Qui-Gon - Obi-Wan battle scene, this movie is worth it.Published 3 days ago by Matthew McCleary
Thank you very much. I had needed to get this one to complete my collection. I am very glad to have it now.Published 9 days ago by james
Some of the worst acting, and characters I've ever seen. I remember reading George Lucas said this movie was his best. Read morePublished 11 days ago by daniel h
Love this movie. The layered symbolism is very well done. The symbiotic concept that permeates the film is something that is relevant and needed in our current society.Published 13 days ago by TDMax
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