VOTD: The (Totally) Phantom Menace

I’m going to say something that may shock you: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is not a good movie. But let’s set aside for the moment any talk of the film’s qualities with respect to writing, acting and so on. Instead let’s focus solely on one aspect: the lightsaber battles.

Some might argue that the film’s climactic fight between Darth Maul and the team of Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan is the highlight of the movie. But this video, The (Totally) Phantom Menace, suggests that there is a curious principle at work in that fight. It’s almost like the participants were all trained in some arcane martial art that prioritizes the avoidance of injury. Or, as this helpful video suggests: “swing like a drunkard.” Read More »

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Oh, look, there’s a poster for the post-converted 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. This poster is missing three key elements. Two are among the worst aspects of the film, Jar-Jar Binks and Jake Lloyd as young Anakin Skywalker. Also absent is the best thing about the movie: Liam Neeson.

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Raise your hand if you went to see Meet Joe Black in 1998 just to catch the first teaser trailer for The Phantom Menace. (And, unwittingly, to see Brad Pitt bounced around by cars.) Now raise your hand if you would pay to see an unrelated movie just to catch the first glimpse of Star Wars post-converted to 3D. I think the numbers will be a lot different this time.

But the October 21 release of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s 3D The Three Musketeers will be the first chance for most people to see the new 3D-converted Phantom Menace trailer. Get your tickets now! And speaking of The Phantom Menace, turns out the death of Darth Maul in that film wasn’t actually the character’s end, as he’s due to be resurrected this fall in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Details on that are below. Read More »

We’re so far beyond the point where complaining about George Lucas making changes to Star Wars is actually an expression of surprise or outrage. It’s just a ritual. We expect him to change things around every time the films hit a new format, so much so that I think there would be more genuine surprise expressed if the saga hit Blu-ray and didn’t feature any new alterations.

Not to worry however, as the films are hitting Blu-ray soon and changes have indeed been made. Perhaps not as many as we thought might have been the case yesterday, but there is at least one big one: the version of Yoda puppeted by Frank Oz in The Phantom Menace has been replaced with a fully CGI character. You can see side by side clips of the old and new versions below. Read More »

When Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace would be released in 3D on February 10, 2012, the /Film readers spoke their minds. Here are some gems from the almost 100 comment thread:

  • oh good so i can go and not see it again..
  • You know George, when everyone called the movie flat and completely lacking in any depth, this wasn’t what they meant.
  • Hey, this proves that the world will end in 2012!
  • This franchise is deader than shit, for the love of god, stop raping its corpse.
  • Nothing about this is appealing to me……..and Natalie Portman doesn’t get hot till the next one.
  • Public distaste for Lucasfilm is at an all time high. This is going to be an epic fail at the box office. Why would anyone subject himself to the one of the worlds dullest movies AGAIN?

Well fans, Lucasfilm might have heard you.

According to a recent interview, Star Wars producer Rick McCallum suggested if The Phantom Menace 3D doesn’t live up to box office expectations, they might not release anymore Star Wars films in 3D. We explore the pluses, and minus, of that after the jump. Read More »

You may have wondered why do so many movie trailers premiere on Apple.com. Chad Little, a former Apple.com employee has posted a public response to this question. The answer? Blame it on Jar Jar Binks and Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace….

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If the Star Wars blu-rays didn’t seem like exciting enough news for you, this might be the report you’ve been waiting for. We’ve heard for some time that George Lucas was prepping 3D versions of his signature franchise, with one of the primary holdups on the release schedule being the number of 3D screens in the US.

Looks like Lucas decided that we’ll have enough screens by 2012, because there’s a new report that newly mastered 3D versions of all six films may be released by Fox starting in early 2012. Read More »

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