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Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace [VHS] [1999]

Ewan McGregor , Liam Neeson , George Lucas    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 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: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 20 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCNN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,852 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 it is 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-breathing 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 Qui-Gon 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 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 sceptics. 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

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This record-breaking global blockbuster was the first new instalment in the Star Wars serial for 16 years, and recounts the events which occured a generation before the original Star Wars film. Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) have come on a diplomatic mission to the planet Naboo, intending to open discussions between the planet's leaders and the heads of the Trade Federation. But when they are ambushed by Federation robots, they quickly realise that the negotiations are merely a cover for a hostile invasion organised by the evil Sith master. Hooking up with Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best) and the Naboo Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman), the Jedis manage to escape from Naboo and journey to the trade planet of Tatooine, where Qui-Gon meets a young slave boy named Anakin (Jake Lloyd), whom he identifies as a potentially powerful Jedi.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't sense anything..... 14 Mar 2014
Format:DVD
As imminent conflict brews between the powerful Trade Federation and the peaceful planet of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi travel to Naboo to warn the Queen of the galactic fallout which is to follow.

Eventually, Naboo is invaded forcing the Jedi to evacuate the planet with the Queen and her court.

They travel to the desert planet of Tatooine where they meet a slave boy named Anakin Skywalker who is evidently one with the Force.

They enlist his help in fighting the war, while the Jedi confront one of the Dark Jedi behind the invasion, Darth Maul.

Mauls master Darth Sidious continues to lead the invasion as a "phantom" behind the scenes.....

OK, so there is nothing really more to say about one of the biggest pillagings of a beloved franchise, so I won't hit on it too much.

I just wanted to see it again after all these years, Just to see if it really is an insult to 'real' fans. I have the Blu Ray but never once put it in my machine.

I just wanted to know, is it really that bad? No, it isn't, it's visually stunning, and Maul is one of the most iconic villains this side of Hans Gruber, but when it comes to direction and acting, the film just loses it's way.

People dog on Lloyd for 'bad' performance, the kid was ten for crying out loud, and wasn't really that bad.

You want to see the bad acting in this? see Macgregor, who just spends the duration of the film doing a really bad impression of Alec Guiness, and Portman, why is it whenever she is wearing make-up, she has to do a really silly voice.

Neeson, knows what he is making and walks around with a swagger, acting cool and basically telling Obi-Wan to chill out.

So all in all, it's not a good story, the narrative is awful, as is a lot of the acting, but it's visually stunning.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ***Money For Nothing*** 8 Oct 2001
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Format:DVD
It's not that Phantom Menace is a bad movie, far from it, but then any franchise that waits 22 years between chapters is going to suffer. It also didn't help Episode One's cause that it was a prequel. It serves as an explanation exercise into characters and events that have already been well established....it presented the audience with little in the way of originality and invention. Indeed, the fact that Darth Maul...the films big selling point...only amasses a handful of screen minutes and is despatched to Sith heaven all too quickly seems testament to the fact that George Lucas has money to burn.
In 1977, with a meagre budget and considerable studio restrictions, Lucas created a small sci-fi movie that captured the hearts of millions. Myself included. But now, after the original Star Wars trilogy has been immortalised in cinematic history and it's profits firmly bulging Lucas's bank account....there are no restrictions or money considerations to be adhered to.
Phantom Menace...and the entire Star Wars universe...is George Lucas's baby, but with the cash coming from his own pocket he was free to do what he wanted. This lack of restriction seems to have ruined an otherwise golden opportunity to give us what WE all wanted...More of the same!
Phantom Menace is a movie of clean, dazzling effects, a movie of composite digital flare that leaves all in it's wake gagging in envy. It's a movie of dynamic design that HAS stood the test of time whilst alsorans strive to recreate it's undeniable power and attention to detail. It's a movie filled with references to characters that we know and love...it strikes a note within anyone who's ever been absorbed by the Star Wars phenomenon....BUT!
It's a movie of hollow, empty acting. It's a movie of idiotic religious leanings.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many graphics, not enough plot... 9 Aug 2002
Format:DVD
I have to say that Episode I was slightly disappointing...but only slightly. The special effects are amazing, the battle outside Naboo being one of the best, and the lightsaber fight between Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul is, put simply, AMAZING.
Most people I've spoken to find Jar Jar extremely irritating. I can never understand why: he adds a comic aspect that, given the slightly bad plot, is very welcome. He does get a bit annoying at times, but he's still very funny to watch.
Only one major gripe: THEY CUT SOME OF THE BEST BITS OUT!
When you watch some of the deleted scenes, and read the novel, you'll see what I mean.
The music, as usual, is unfaultable. "Duel of The Fates" has to be one of the best pieces of music in the film.
As for the plot...well, it fades in places that it shouldn't. For example, in the fights involving the Naboo and the Battle Droids...well, they don't really seem that worried about being shot at, especially not Padme Amidala, which is slightly worrying.
Nevertheless, Episode I is a worthy beginning for the Star Wars saga, and well worth viewing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
TPM: so what was it? Star Wars! More or less.
In a nutshell, it was good, but not *that* good.
Pro's:
Fantastic explanative film - one of the most important parts was explaining how the Emperor got into power.
The overall plot was nicely done, the special effects were eye watering.
Also revealed what a lot of people wanted to know - what happens if you shove a lightsabre into a solid metal door.
Con's:
Needed more outstanding dialog, more one liners, stronger characters. More space battle clips would have been nice too. The final part was too similar to Jedi, several battles going on at once. Although well put-together, I couldn't help thinking of Ewoks, Death Star attacks and "If you will not turn, you will meet your destiny".
Some incredibly cheesy one liners. "What does your heart tell you"
Ewan McGregor is FAR too 'English'
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I've now seen this 5 times. 3 times at the cinema and twice on Video. As with the original, you see more as you watch it....possibly not as 'profound' or revealing as watching 4, 5 and 6, but still there.
Summary:
"Careful, there might be more of them out there" "Hey, it's Star Wars"
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