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LucasFilm Confirms PHANTOM MENACE DVD Date!!

Published at: June 19, 2001, 8:21 a.m. CST by staff

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As reported here (exclusively) back on March 18, Fox Home Video is expected to announce the “Phantom Menace” DVD will hit shelves on Oct. 16, according to Variety.

From the starwars.com Website:

DVD: The Wait is Over

June 19, 2001

On October 16, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will begin the worldwide release of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace on DVD. The highly anticipated arrival of Episode I marks the first film of the Star Wars saga to debut on DVD.

Enthusiastic fans of the film will be rewarded for their patience. Clocking in at about 480 minutes in length, it features over six hours of additional bonus material, including brand new visual effects sequences executed just for the DVD release.

Here's what the two-disc set will feature:

The Phantom Menace, mastered by THX for superior sound and picture quality, presented in Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby 5.1 Surround EX (English), Dolby 2.0 Surround (English and Spanish), and Dolby 2.0 Surround (French, for

Canadian release)

Audio commentary by Writer-Director George Lucas; Producer Rick McCallum; Co-Editor and Sound Designer Ben Burtt; Visual Effects Supervisors Scott Squires, John Knoll and Dennis Muren; and Animation Supervisor Rob Coleman, offering personal insights into the making of the film

Seven never-before-seen deleted scenes with full visual effects completed just for the DVD release

"The Beginning" -- an all-new hour-long documentary culled from over 600 hours of footage offering unprecedented access inside Lucasfilm and ILM during the making of Episode I

Multi-angle storyboard to animatic to finished film feature, that lets you flip through the various phases of development of key action sequences

Five behind-the-scenes featurettes exploring The Phantom Menace's storyline, designs, costumes, visual effects and fight scenes

The popular "Duel of the Fates" music video that debuted in 1999

All 12 parts of the Lynne's Diaries, the web documentaries that first appeared here at starwars.com

Galleries of theatrical posters, print campaign, and never-before-scene production photos

Downloaded by millions from starwars.com, the original theatrical teaser and launch trailers, plus seven TV spots including the "tone poems"

The two-disc set is priced at $ 29.98 in the U.S. and $ 41.98 in Canada.

Keep checking starwars.com for more updates on this exciting upcoming release.

Those wondering when the Original Trilogy will bow on DVD may want to check out our original March 18 ”Phantom Menace” DVD story.







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  • June 19, 2001, 8:30 a.m. CST

    DVD Finallly

    by wheelsofsteel

    DVD: The Wait is Over June 19, 2001 On October 16, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will begin the worldwide release of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace on DVD. The highly anticipated arrival of Episode I marks the first film of the Star Wars saga to debut on DVD. Enthusiastic fans of the film will be rewarded for their patience. Clocking in at about 480 minutes in length, it features over six hours of additional bonus material, including brand new visual effects sequences executed just for the DVD release. Here's what the two-disc set will feature: The Phantom Menace, mastered by THX for superior sound and picture quality, presented in Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby 5.1 Surround EX (English), Dolby 2.0 Surround (English and Spanish), and Dolby 2.0 Surround (French, for Canadian release) Audio commentary by Writer-Director George Lucas; Producer Rick McCallum; Co-Editor and Sound Designer Ben Burtt; Visual Effects Supervisors Scott Squires, John Knoll and Dennis Muren; and Animation Supervisor Rob Coleman, offering personal insights into the making of the film Seven never-before-seen deleted scenes with full visual effects completed just for the DVD release "The Beginning" -- an all-new hour-long documentary culled from over 600 hours of footage offering unprecedented access inside Lucasfilm and ILM during the making of Episode I Multi-angle storyboard to animatic to finished film feature, that lets you flip through the various phases of development of key action sequences Five behind-the-scenes featurettes exploring The Phantom Menace's storyline, designs, costumes, visual effects and fight scenes The popular "Duel of the Fates" music video that debuted in 1999 All 12 parts of the Lynne's Diaries, the web documentaries that first appeared here at starwars.com Galleries of theatrical posters, print campaign, and never-before-scene production photos Downloaded by millions from starwars.com, the original theatrical teaser and launch trailers, plus seven TV spots including the "tone poems"

  • June 19, 2001, 8:30 a.m. CST

    finally

    by joemannix

    Maybe I'll go buy a DVD player now..

  • June 19, 2001, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Phantom Edit?

    by Darth Ewok

    When I erad the news that Lucas wanted a copy of the Phantom Edit, The first thing I thought was that it will be added to the DVD release. How awesome would that be! DVD Quality, Possibly DTS audio and hardly any Jar-Jar!!

  • June 19, 2001, 9:03 a.m. CST

    It's about friggin' time

    by Dr Jimmy

    Although I'm happy his royal highness is finally releasing the extremely over-hyped Phantom Menace, I just hope it's really worth the wait. I must say I'm really looking forward to the deleted scenes(maybe the interesting part of the plot will be found here). The real pisser is that he's probably still hanging on to extras that he'll release at a later time---possible title: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the really final special edition (until I find another way to sell it again, you gullible bastards) We still haven't seen the clips with George smoking a cuban cigar lit with a 1000 dollar bill. All cynicism aside, it does sound like it could be the coolest DVD (if not movie) yet. Now if only he can concentrate on making a cool film.......

  • June 19, 2001, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Who cares? Release the classics!

    by Sgt. Bilko

    Or do they need more "improvement?" Good Grief.

  • June 19, 2001, 9:41 a.m. CST

    It's a start

    by BBF

    Ok, so The Phantom Menace is finally coming out on DVD. Cool! Although the film was largely crap it will be good to have all the stunning CGI work in the proper format and the extras look very interesting, especially the multi angle storyboards:) But what I think ALL true DVD fans want are the other three, much better, films which will hopefully be following shortly afterwards so COME ON GEORGE, LETS SEE THEM OR AT LEAST SEE A DATE THAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO.

  • June 19, 2001, 9:41 a.m. CST

    former starwars fan

    by Stimpson J Cat

    WOW maybe ill get it if i get a wild hare up my ass,but i still have a bad taste is my mouth,you people remember thinking "it took 20 years to that wright that crap"im looking more forward to startrek TMP to come out...

  • June 19, 2001, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Is this a good sign , or a forboding omen of future "special" re

    by Puddleglum

    I guess only time will tell if Lucas is going to release 5 differnt versions over the next ten years of this movie like Lucasfilm has done with the original trilogy. Cynacism aside, lets hope that with TPM now being released, it will open the gates for the rest of Lycasfilm's collection. I if certain Raiders fans don't get a full-fledged DVD of indy soon, there's going to be a spot more pessimism directed at Lucas and Co inregards to their seeming indifference to release the films on DVD (despite whatever legitimate reasons Lucasfilm may have for their enlongated delay of DVD releases).

  • June 19, 2001, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Sweet!

    by robopimp

    I find it funny how Lucas said that he was going to wait until ALL films are done before they make it to DVD. I guess Lucasfilm really feels the pressure from New Line and the Lord of the Rings as they are obviously in competition. I'm going to buy the DVD anyway, it sounds promising.

  • June 19, 2001, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Told you I did...

    by elwen

    Yes! Finally Episode I will be released on DVD, this will be a day long remembered!!! I can't wait to get it, the specs look awsome, everything I could've asked for (and then some). Now Mr Lucas could you be nice enough to start working on the original trilogy??

  • June 19, 2001, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Does anyone even care anymore?

    by IAmLegolas

    I can definitely *wait* on this title.

  • June 19, 2001, 10:55 a.m. CST

    ZeroCorpse dont' be an asshole

    by You Ate Sand?

    What a dumbass, look in a dictionary and look up Film, or here, i did it for you: http://www.dictionary.com/cgi-bin/dict.pl?term=film. It doesn't have to be shot on film to be a film you irrelevant dumb fuck.

  • June 19, 2001, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Forget the dvd, how long do we have to wait for an update to AIC

    by Mister_Pink

    Seriously though. You think it a coincidence that it's coming out right before christmas? Godfather's definitely on my list. TPM is at the bottom, below fruit cake. In the true spirit of Lucas, I won't buy any Star Wars movie on DVD until all of the movies have been completed.

  • June 19, 2001, 11:22 a.m. CST

    A post about Star Wars in a sea of posts about Star Wars.

    by First

    "Does anyone even care anymore?" - Bah! Of COURSE people care! You just posted your question underneath 15 other talkbacks of people that care! Pay attention! . . . . . . . . . . . . On another topic: For all the Phantom Menace bashing that goes around, the sort of bashing that compares the original three movies more favorably, I feel people are missing something quite important: Return of the Jedi sucks. It really does. And it's going to suck even more once this six movie series is completed. Trust me, if these movies are ever judged objectively, Return of the Jedi will emerge as the weakest installment of the series. You've got your crappy special effect "glow" around the Rancor, you've got the cast of Fraggle Rock breaking into song twenty minutes into the picture, you've got the death of fanboy-favorite Boba Fett played for laughs as an incidental "burp joke". (and even more tragically, you've got the mass fanboy denial of said death. "No no no! If you read the comics and books, you would know that Boba Fett ESCAPED the pit and came back and killed the Sarlac with Slave II!" they explain, usually to some poor soul that they've trapped in a one-way conversation. The hapless victim TRIES to respond, but can't tear their eyes away from the fanboy's sickly grease-coated forehead or soft, peach fuzz mustache. Sad, really.) Don't get me wrong, the Vader/Luke duel is pretty good, and the space battle is grrrreat. But other than that, it's a pretty weak finale to the whole story. Why would the death of the emperor necessarily mean the end of the Empire? Aren't there millions of military personnel still around with a vast arsenal at their disposal? Aren't there other high ranking officials around to take the reigns? And perhaps more importantly, are the Ewoks going to get a seat in the new galactic senate? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Finally, enough with the "George Lucas is a money grubbing hack!" Please! Just because he re-releases the Star Wars trilogy on video cassettes consistently does not mean he's trying to milk fanboys dry. He just keeps the movies in circulation. This is a pretty common practice. How come no one raises holy hell about the fact that "Three Men and a Little Lady" is consistently available at their local Wal-mart? "Emile Ardolino is such a greedy bastard! I was in Target the other day and I saw that Three Men and a Little Lady is STILL out on video! To top it off, this version had a box with a different publicity photo with a pose of Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenburg, and Ted Danson that I've never seen before, so of COURSE I HAD to buy it! What an ass! When is there going to be a DEFINITIVE version of this fine film classic on DVD???" (Note: I had to look up the director's name, and it turns out that he's dead. So this example is even more far-fetched than it initially appeared.) So lay off.

  • June 19, 2001, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Your all idiots

    by CrapHole

    Just shut your faces..I read the posts and your all morons...that's it....

  • June 19, 2001, 11:56 a.m. CST

    England release

    by earthtone

    for any English readers wondering about the R2 release it comes out the day before on the 15th - hahaha that's a turn out for the books beating the yanks to the post.

  • June 19, 2001, 12:01 p.m. CST

    It's about time!

    by Han Ol' Buddy

    Just wanted to sound off here. 2000 and 2001 are and will be some pretty awesome years in the history of DVD. We have one of the holy trinities, "The Godfather" being released. We also have "Close Encounters" (which rates just below "Indiana Jones" on my all-time favorite list) which was recently released on DVD. And finally we have Luca$, finally buckling under the pressure of all the dollars that have been had by DVD in the past few years. DVD is here to stay, DVD-buyers and afficiandos are a force to be reckoned with, and we'll get what we ask for. Luca$ is actually the last holdout for a film medium where we can actually say "Here is my money! Please, take it! Just give me 'Star Wars'/'Indiana Jones'/'Back To The Future'/etc. on DVD!!! Please!!!" and they won't do it. I know Luca$ has other things going on with Episode II, and from the specs of the DVD, it sounds like he actually did some audio commentary. But, people are getting tired of waiting around for the Trilogy on DVD. I know, I've been eyeing that widescreen Phantom Menace VHS tape (The horror!) at the shelves at Best Buy. But, I waited, and I'm glad that I did. Will they release this again and again as part of a set with added features? Probably. Will I buy it again? Probably. But, it'll probably be a better product with more features, etc. First, you have some good points. I also think that Jedi was pretty weak in the scheme of things. In the words of Kevin Smith, "It was just a bunch of Muppets." And the special edition didn't do too much to help things out. Empire is definitely my favorite of the three. I seriously hope that Luca$ is listening to the fans and releases the original trilogy without special effects, but remastered and cleaned up (but with the original Mono/Stereo/Surround mixes included as well as 5.1 or whatever) as well as the Special Editions. Why they ever had to have Greedo fire first and erase all the laser blasts from the stormtroopers is beyond me. And YouAteSand?, film is film, a tangible piece of material. It is not 1's and 0's. That doesn't diminish the feelings I have for Digital films though. There are and will be some amazing movies put out on digital, Episode II included. Just don't jump on someone for something like that. Calling him all those names on border-line PSYCHO. Later y'all.

  • June 19, 2001, 12:11 p.m. CST

    When you're right, you're right. ROTJ sucked.

    by Michel Delving

    Dude, you are so right about ROTJ. Teddy bears. Teddy bears with sticks and rocks. They beat the Storm Troopers? I didn't buy it when I was a kid. ROTJ is when Lucas jumped the shark.

  • June 19, 2001, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Here is the total scoop

    by islander

    Check out this link http://www.newsday.com/ap/text/entertainment/ap26.htm

  • June 19, 2001, 12:31 p.m. CST

    What the hell is...

    by azscott

    "The Phantom Edit", and does anyone have a link?

  • June 19, 2001, 1:16 p.m. CST

    The guy just cant win, you beg and cry for SW on DVD, he deliver

    by Brian 2000

    Oh well I guess I would cry too if The Phantom Menace not being as good as the other three was a matter of life and death for me. Yet since there are more important things, and I did enjoy the film I wont go bitching about every little thing about sw. You pricks can leave SW Fandom, stay with "MATRIX RELOADED" if there is any title worse than TPM that one is definately it. Not to mention one of the taglines "RELOAD YOUR LOVE!" ha ha ha ha ha

  • June 19, 2001, 1:18 p.m. CST

    OUR OWN "NO JAR JAR" EDITS!

    by Anai

    Personally I can't wait to get the DVD of TPM so I can make my own Jar Jar free edit of the film. I still think the Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan characters were pretty cool - if I could whittle everything else out and make a good hour long film about just them confronting Darth Maul, I would even watch it once in a while! I'd also delete most of Jake Lloyds "Wizard!" and "Yippee!" lines too. I wish Lucas would include all deleted footage of Darth Maul in order to make his charcter more prominent. One of the greatest villains in film history and he gets mere minutes of screen time while Jack Jack Ass hogs the screen for an interminable amount of time...

  • June 19, 2001, 1:21 p.m. CST

    THAT'S IT! I'm finally buying a DVD player!!!

    by Tall_Boy

    This tears it, I was waiting for Star Wars and that is it. Did you all see the specs on this puppy anyway? check out the list of the deleted scenes: pod race "starting grid" sequence, complete pod race "2nd lap" sequence, "waterfall" sequence, Coruscant "aero-taxi" sequence, "sunrise before the podrace", "Anakin and Greedo" and "farewell to Jira". I wonder if they threw in the Darth Maul/Qui Gon landing platform battle (or two shots)on there too? In any event, yeah, DVD world, here i come!

  • June 19, 2001, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by aviator

    This movie was terrible. When is the 'Star Wars' going to be released?

  • June 19, 2001, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Would you disown your mother if she cooked you an assy meal?

    by Fredo'sbrainfood

    The way a lot of you bash Lucas because of TPM, I really have to ask. Personally, Empire was the first flick I watched on the big screen and was my figurative "birth" into a life-long love of movies. I can't measure how much enjoyment the trilogy has given me over the years and I'm sure many of you feel the same. No matter how big, brown, and corn filled a turd you feel TPM was, remember all that George has given us. Would you be happier if Star Wars never existed? I think TPM is a small price to pay. Oh and Episode II will most definitely be projected off FILM when it does hit the 99% of theatres that don't have digital projection. SO technically...

  • June 19, 2001, 1:24 p.m. CST

    PS - what's the cheapest DVD player I can get?

    by Tall_Boy

    I'm a poor university student, so I don't have any money. Semi-Decent & in Canadian dollars, any suggestions would get you crack. Uh, I mean, thanks.

  • June 19, 2001, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Holy motherfucking shit! That could actually be worth the wait!

    by Lenny Nero

    Damn...how much time does Lucas really have, putting into perspective that he should be making EpII.

  • June 19, 2001, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Phanton Menace and Ep. II

    by Gasgano

    I have to agree with the above posters. I order of quality, I'd have to say ESB, TPM, ANH, and finally ROTJ. Looking forward to Ep. II, and the TPM DVD should rock as well. Can't wait to see the Lucas interview where he explains Jar Jar to a bewildered public...

  • June 19, 2001, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Finally!

    by Lobanhaki

    Well, I guess that ends that debate. If you have doubts, the DVD announcement is on the official Star Wars Website, and they are announcing that The TPM DVD will have over 6 hours of footage, including special "making of" segments, and a commentary on the disk by the head Jedi himself, George Lucas. It most likely will be a double DVD, like Castaway and Fight Club. Goody. --------------------------------------------------------------------On another note, I want to repeat something I'd heard elsewhere about Lucas's earlier reticence about the release of the Star Wars movies on DVD: That he feared piracy would occur. What are your thoughts on that? E-mail me with your perspectives.

  • June 19, 2001, 2:13 p.m. CST

    TPM - the most debated movie in AICN history??

    by vekt0r

    Geez, seems like everytime this movie is mentioned the same talkback pops up. Personally, I found that Lucas aimed low with the maturity of the story and tried to please everyone. I was pretty disappointed as a hardcore Star Wars fan. I was born in 72, so i basically grew up with the movies and stuff. I'm sure if someone said to me, "hey, here's the script to TPM - now go direct it." I'm sure I would have come up with something closely resembling Battle Beyond the Stars.

  • June 19, 2001, 2:15 p.m. CST

    But when is the Phantom Edit release date?

    by superninja

    I was surprised Lucasfilm didn't respond more harshly about the bootlegs. Maybe they're finally learning that alienating the fans doesn't help anybody? NAH....

  • June 19, 2001, 2:33 p.m. CST

    R2 before R1?

    by Sabreman

    If that's true it's probably only because they're going to stiff us on the extras like they usually do, probably do a 1-disc set with a trailer thrown in for us poor Brits. Anyways, the thing I'm most looking forward to is old George himself on the commentary track explaining the particular brand of insanity that gave us Jar Jar. I hope that 'commentary' means throughout the whole film, not just snippets here and there like the lame-ass LaserDisc set of a few years back. Oh yeah - and like everyone else, I say get the first two out with this level of care and extras (fuck Jedi, it truly does suck).

  • June 19, 2001, 3:19 p.m. CST

    How about the original trilogy

    by cooper2000

    I am not looking forward to this DVD because frankly I didnt like the movie. It was a mess. Yes, its a big news that they are finally releasing this but how about the original trilogy already? I could care less about the PM. About the original trilogy, Empire was definitely the best with Star Wars second and ROTJ third. Yes, it was the weakest of the three. You could see Lucas started his decline. He obviously needs help from Laurence Kasdan who helped write the original. I am so glad I got my Phantom Edit in the mail yesterday. Long live the Phantom Edit.

  • June 19, 2001, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Now we can hear Jar Jar in Espanol!

    by Bickus Dickus

  • June 19, 2001, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Ep. 1 on DVD??! Yippee! Wizards! Huzzah!

    by DearGodMySpleen

    <BLAM!> <Thud> Lucas whore that I am, I'll still be there bright and early to pick up my copy. Yes, Massa George will have his way with me yet again that day.

  • June 19, 2001, 3:51 p.m. CST

    best way to watch it

    by Bickus Dickus

    It's a lot better with the sound off. It really should have been a silent movie, with insert cards. The horrible, grating voices of nearly everyone involved, along with the inane, totally unbelievable dialogue, were the main reasons why everyone (including me) hated it. The visuals are mostly OK.

  • June 19, 2001, 3:52 p.m. CST

    "The Phantom Edit"ors? Get to work on...

    by damn_freemasons

    Making Star Trek:Insurrection a better movie. I wish you all the luck in the world.

  • June 19, 2001, 4:01 p.m. CST

    OH DEAR JUSTIN

    by Anai

    Since you didn't have the balls to post your comments here, but instead send them to me at my email address - I'll post them here in public for you so other's can consider them. "This is in response to your post on the AICN board in regards to The Phantom Menace DVD release... most notably the number of wrong comments you made. Jar Jar wasn't a horrible character, and really doesn't deserve shit for as many reasons as some people claim. Darth Maul was a horrible char and nothing could be added to the film to make him worth being in it. He was a bad excuse just to have a villain with a face. He had no other reason to be in the movie. Be realistic:Those are the parts that should be edited out. And, there was no character in the movie named "Jack Jack Ass," so that reference really makes no sense. Try watching the movie before you make comments on it, as you obviously never saw it, based on your comments. Justin Oh, and don't bother responding. I will just delete it when it gets here without reading it." Thanks for you comments Justin.

  • June 19, 2001, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Episode II teaser on TPM DVD?

    by arjaybee

  • June 19, 2001, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Episode II teaser on TPM DVD?

    by arjaybee

    By October, shouldn't we have a Episode II trailer or teaser hidden somewhere on TPM DVD? I would think so.

  • June 19, 2001, 4:36 p.m. CST

    BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH: YOU ALL KNOW YOU'LL BUY THIS DVD, SO ST

    by Electric_Monk

    Yes, Phanton Menace was not the best film, and was a bit of a disappointment, but with the DVD release coming, I'm sure even the bitchest fan will eventually buy the film, if not for the film, all the the extra stuff. Some will pay full price, while others will get it cheaper. But, you will buy it. So stop all this moaning an d groaning. All of you morons think your so superior and that you are more brilliant than everyone else. We made Lucas rich. But, because he's a perfectionist (God, how many of you out in this cyberworld are also?) he takes his time in producing the highest quality in presenting his film (s). So get off you high horse, boys. When you can write a movie that gets made, makes millions, and have loving fans, then you have a right to bitch. Until then, grow up.

  • June 19, 2001, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Fox Home Video is my new best friend!!

    by SW7797

    First we get the announcement of season sets of 'The Simpsons', and now, only a week later, "The Phantom Menace"! Paramount should do the same kind of double whammy by following up their "Godfather" announcement with an Indiana Jones trilogy press release. (I can dream, can't I?)

  • June 19, 2001, 6:26 p.m. CST

    YYYYEEESSSSS!!!!!

    by Insane Tiki

    Good God, it's about frickin' time! I'm so glad that this isn't going to be just a basic release (just movie and trailers). I'm surprised we haven't seen Star Wars DVDs yet... George Lucas is one of the pioneers of new media, you'd think he'd jump at the chance to have his movies released on the newest and best form of digital home entertainment. But oh well, I'm sated for now. I'm just a little worried we won't get the Original Trilogy (yes, it deserves to be capitolized) on disc until episodes II & III are out. With EPIII scheduled for a 2005 release now, that means we'll have to wait at least that long to watch Luke, Han, Vader, Chewie, Lando, and Leia in all their digital glory. I'm sure it'll be worth the wait though.

  • June 19, 2001, 6:37 p.m. CST

    ORIONSAINT : Nice SUPERMAN II analogy...

    by Eugene O

    Very perceptive. I have nothing wiseass to say, dammit!

  • June 19, 2001, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Don't forget Charlton Heston...

    by Dirty_Bird

    wasn;t he at the beginning of planet of the apes 2, and then dissapeared into the forest, it's been a while since i saw that movie.

  • June 19, 2001, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Not interested

    by twitaman

    I'm not really interested in TPM on DVD. It diminishes each and every day in my mind. There were some worthwhile things in there: Ewan McGreggor's performance was good, I especially liked the way he was able to capture the speech patterns of Sir Alec Guinness; Darth Maul was cool -- at least the little bit we saw of him (reminds me of Boba Fett in Empire); and Natalie Portman was stunning and interesting in a poorly written role. So, I really am not interested in The Phantom Menace on DVD. George, give us what we really want...and that's Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back on DVD (without the crap you added a few years ago when you tinkered with it to add some buzz) Yeah, I notice I left out Return of the Jedi...but I'm not really interested in that either. May the Force be with us on the next one. Right now, we're batting 500 and that ain't bad.

  • June 19, 2001, 9:02 p.m. CST

    TPM on DVD

    by Bad Guy

    Alright! Just what I wanted. A two disc set with a ton of extras. Though some cast commentary would've been nice, Lucas tends to be a little dry, but oh well, minor quibble. I hope this kind of treatment is what they're planning for the original trilogy as well. And as usual, the same guys who claim to have hated TPM just have to post something on any talkback related to SW, just so they can remind us, once again of how bad TPM sucked. Grow up, we get it already. Hurry up October!!

  • June 19, 2001, 9:25 p.m. CST

    3-pack

    by All-ighty Ollar

    I'd rather wait for the three episode pack, but the cut scenes are tempting.

  • June 19, 2001, 9:51 p.m. CST

    a few questions answered..

    by FingerLickingGod

    Here's a quick interview with a Lucasfilm representative which addresses a few things, including the exclusion of a DTS soundtrack.. http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/starwarsdvd/jimwardqanda.html personally, I think they could have milked this product alot more (releasing Ep1 with just a trailer for Ep2 and then re-releasing this edition next year alongside the theatrical release of Ep2)and am relieved and impressed at the content.

  • June 19, 2001, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Whoop de Shit

    by Jonny Quest

    All the extras in the world can't change the fact that The Phantom Menace was a crappy movie. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.

  • June 19, 2001, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Whoop de Shit

    by Jonny Quest

    All the extras in the world can't change the fact that The Phantom Menace was a crappy movie. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.

  • June 20, 2001, 1:49 a.m. CST

    The commentary....

    by Lorenski

    Does it say anywhere if it is screen specific? Could it just be a commentray editied together from interviews and so forth ala T2:UE. I really would pray for a screen apecific one, that would swing it for me, I would have to buy it. I like the cover for the DVD as well, even if it is the videos cover.

  • June 20, 2001, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Phantom Edit

    by boogertwilliams

    Where can I download this? Anyone???

  • June 20, 2001, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Worth it for the extras

    by ewem

    The movie isn't worth shit barely...and it sure ain't worth all the extras and other gems that this set is going to be packed with. I am willing to bet right now that most people who buy this thing are going to be buying it for the extras. Well, at least this is hopefully a glimpse of things to come, but for crying out loud! Where are the Indy's and why the hell is there such a delay on the real Star Wars films? Get on with it, already!

  • June 20, 2001, 8:32 a.m. CST

    More Special Editions?

    by Deathstar

  • June 20, 2001, 8:34 a.m. CST

    More Special Editions?

    by Deathstar

    Here's what I'd like to know. Now that there's a firm date for TPM on DVD can we expect there to be a release of EPS IV, V, and VI? Will this be followed by a DVD release of EP II and III? Then to top it all off how about a box set release of all six episodes together in some psycho special edition guise after EP III leaves the theatres. How about countless new special editions after that? All this boils down to: How much fucking money does this SOB need?

  • June 20, 2001, 2:40 p.m. CST

    I'M NOT GOING TO BUY IT!!!!!

    by DomisInnerChild

    Extras won't make me buy a bad movie. I didn't buy ID4, I didn't buy Starship Troopers, I won't buy EP1. You can't shine a turd.

  • June 20, 2001, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Bunch of Whiny Babies

    by Bad Guy

    "I'm not gonna buy it!!" Big fuckin' deal! I'm sure Lucas is really gonna miss your $30.00!

  • June 20, 2001, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Bunch of Whiny Babies

    by Bad Guy

    "I'm not gonna buy it!!" Big fuckin' deal! I'm sure Lucas is really gonna miss your $30.00!

  • June 20, 2001, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I can hardly wait

    by Orpheus

    It is great to see one of the greatest movies ever made getting put on DVD. Let's hope my DVD-ROM will play it. I'm sure Lucas will make at least another 100 million off this. Take that, you low-rent, acne-faced, Jawa-reject, Jar Jar-hating, Boba Fett- creaming, OT-worshipping, slepping in your Chewbacca pajamas, Lucas bashing SONS OF BITCHES!!!! Rock my world, Amidala.

  • June 20, 2001, 7:41 p.m. CST

    not getting my money

    by kojiro

    classless

  • June 20, 2001, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Black plastic bricks...

    by Essemtee

    There's a store in my city's biggest mall called Starstruck Entertainment. They sell only movies, and in this store's corner under the TV displays, is a very large stack of (obviously pre-ordered) Phantom Menace VHS tapes, both regular and widescreen special edition. It's about the size of a kid's fort. And they've been sitting there since the damn thing was released on video!! Quite a sorry sight. I'll buy the DVD... for the extras!

  • June 20, 2001, 11:13 p.m. CST

    To all the whiny talkbackers (you know who are)

    by TalkbackersSuck

    I have no life (obviously) if I'm wasting a beautiful night sitting in front of a computer. But I can always take some solace that I'll alwys be better than pathetic losers who cry about a movie that came out two years ago that they didn't like. I didn't particularly like The Matrix and I don't particularly care about The Matrix: Reloaded (snicker) so I don't go to those stories and I don't piss and moan and say that the movie sucks on their talkback sections. In other words: Fuck off, no cares that you didn't like it! If you like the movie: buy it on DVD. If you don't like it: don't buy it. If it doesn't live up to the high standards of your DVD collection: don't buy it. Most of the people on this board want Lucasfilm to release a DTS version or a new special edition or a box set later on just so they can complain and cry about "Luca$". Most couldn't give a fuck about any of it as long as they can complain about how evil Lucas$ is. All The Phantom Editors and arm chair director/fanboy loser fucks in the world can cram it straight up their asses because they're nothing more than a sad group of obsessed jerk offs. Obsessed with a fucking kid's movie that came out long ago. Christ it's not like you're saying how unjust things are in the world, you cry about a MOVIE! In closing if you don't like the movie ask yourself this question: Why would I come to a story on a movie I don't like it? When you find the answer and realize how worthless your life has been, do the world a favor and jump out of your fucking window because you're a useless waste. XOXO TalkbackersSuck

  • June 21, 2001, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Question for all you people

    by spike fan

    How many of you bought TPM on Video and are now going to buy it on DVD. A lot I bet. Christ Lucas is lauging his way to the fucking Bank. Hell the only reason its coming out on DVD is cause Lucas is feeling the heat from Lord of the Rings and knows he is going to be blown out the fucking water. Sorry George but your greed and ego are sinking your own franchise.

  • June 21, 2001, 2:36 a.m. CST

    starship troopers

    by adam61550

    hey starship troopers kicked ass, damnit...!

  • June 21, 2001, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Re: TalkbackersSuck

    by Bad Guy

    I totally agree with you. I don't post comments on movies I don't like or care about. What's the point? But , some talkbackers who hated TPM and/or "Luca$",(They're so clever), keep popping up on these talkbacks. You know who you are. Did Lucas ruin your life so much that you feel the need to blast him every chance you get? Get over yourselves. I saw the Matrix when it was in theatres. I thought it was an okay movie. Cool visuals and costumes, but it's not nearly as deep as some of you seem to think. Anyway, I don't bother going to Matrix 2 talkbacks. What the hell am I going to contribute there? I didn't think the first one was all that. And I'm not very interested in seeing the sequel. But don't kid yourselves into thinking that the Wachowskis(?) and everyone else involved aren't making big bucks for this sequel. You guys act like Lucas is the first filmmaker to make money off his movies. Why shouldn't he? He created the damn thing. He can write it, direct it and market it anyway he sees fit. And correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I've seen some Matrix action figures in the stores. I'll bet Keanu makes some money off of each figure sold with his likeness. That bastard! How dare he?!! Isn't this suppossed to be art and not commerce??!! Oh wait, I guess it's both. What a concept.

  • June 23, 2001, 3:56 a.m. CST

    this isn't stgar wars

    by Gus Goldby

    who cares when this shit film comes out. this isn't star wars its rick mccallums jerk off kid movie. Wank

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