Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D

Posted: February 15, 2012 in Movie Reviews

With the phenomenal success of the Star Wars franchise, it’s no wonder George Lucas would think about revisiting his well-loved films and turning them into 3D adventures. After all, the incentive is quite large—right around the tune of $22 million. Georgie boy never misses an opportunity to make a few extra bucks.

This time, using special computer technology, Lucasfilm was able to take the original 1999 release and convert it into superb 3D that would make any Jawa envious. To see exactly how Star Wars was converted into 3D, follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37oHqz9Tfp0

I must admit, I at first wondered if this was worth the $11.50 to go see a movie I’ve seen countless times. But, clearly, I wasn’t weighing the odds. First off, I’m one of those “new generation” Star Wars fans. I was just a young tike when Phantom Menace was released in theaters, and I certainly wasn’t around for the 1983 release of Return of the Jedi.

The only Star Wars film I ever saw in theaters was Revenge of the Sith, my personal favorite. So to see Star Wars in theaters when I missed out the first time around was truly amazing. And the fact that it was 3D sweetened the deal.

Seeing as how Phantom Menace was made in 1998, the quality and special effects weren’t quite as up to par as the more recent films, and certainly wasn’t intended to be in 3D. Therefore, some of the computer-generated pictures seemed a little flat—just slightly unimpressive compared to more modern 3D movies.

However, for its time period Phantom Menace still looks quite extraordinary, and the new technology really adds to the crisp, clean look of the film. There were several shots that left me quite impressed saying, “Wow, that looked pretty cool!” And the opening titles have never looked better.

But perhaps the most impressive scene in the whole film is the Tatooine pod race. That scene alone is worth the dough.   The parts with little action are really not affected by the 3D, and you tend to forgot that it’s there until you arrive at the next action scene, where you are again immersed in the 3D world of the Star Wars universe.

If you are a Star Wars buff like me, I’m sure you will appreciate the amount of nostalgia behind this re-release. It’s a kind of a journey through the past for some, and what better way to revisit the past than in third-dimension?

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