The Phantom Menace Re-Release May 2024

Just because it can corrupt anyone does not mean it will; the thing is that anyone who is not careful and allows themselves to dabble with evil or does not take it seriously (scoffing at warnings, ignoring clear signals, etc.) can find themselves falling into what they thought they were "too good for".

But some do heed the warnings and take it seriously. Luke is an example in this case: he was headstrong and a bit cocky like his father, but unlike him, he took the danger seriously enough in time to escape it (albeit not without cost). He realized the path he was about to take and rather than follow his father, let himself fall to what he thought would be his death. It did turn out that he would live, but he decided that Vader's way was not compelling enough to follow.

You don't need to know someone's past to know their character; you simply need to watch what they do over time, and see who they are as they make choices and treat others. We do this everyday with people we meet, become friends will, even fall in love with. Eventually we may find out about their lives, but we don't need an entire biography to see their character

Lastly: our character defines how we will react in any given situation, Dark Side or "disaster movie". And events like disasters leave their marks on people in very tangible ways, both physical as well as emotional. We can end up changing and even becoming a different person due to events, seeing things through "a different lens" than we used when we started. I prefer to see Anakin in that light; a good Jedi who ventured a little too close to the Dark Side, events went sideways and he was seduced slowly, whittling away at his defenses and lulling him into a false sense of "being in control", until it overtook him and snuffed out the rich, vibrant man he once was.

THAT is more of a tragedy in my book; the trainwreck that others around him would have watched slowly happening, yet did not/ could not stop.

Scriptwriting 101 teaches "Show, don't tell." It's true for pretty much anything related to character. Things can be told in dozens of different ways (even just an opening text crawl) but showing it is still the most emotionally impacting way.

If you wanna argue that Anakin's path to the dark side should have been something different than Lucas went with, okay. That's a valid opinion.

But any path works better if the audience can SEE his behavior patterns that lead up to it. If Anakin wasn't taking the threat of the Dark Side seriously enough, then the movie needs to make it clear that he had a history of being cavalier about threats and getting away with it. In other words it needs to show how his past history led up to his current weakness.


As for the path/reason - what is a valid reason for somebody to become Adolf H. or Stalin? That's about how evil Darth Vader was in the OT.

I don't think "Anakin failed to appreciate the threat of the Dark Side" comes near to explaining that level of evil turn. It takes something emotionally MASSIVE to do that. On a scale of 1-to-10 that takes a 10. If he was turned by anything less, then either he wasn't really such a good guy beforehand, and/or the Dark Side is so powerful that he had little free will in the matter.
 
Still have this magnet in my truck. I think I got it from “Star Wars Insider” magazine.

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I remember all the toy stores and Walmarts looking like this..
So do i... I was there...literally every day...lol, and it didn't help that we had a movie theater joined to our Wal-Mart building. The anticipation was enormous!!! I had just become a father too, which was crazy timing since I was born when filming began for the original Star Wars. It was exciting times.
 
Scriptwriting 101 teaches "Show, don't tell." It's true for pretty much anything related to character. Things can be told in dozens of different ways (even just an opening text crawl) but showing it is still the most emotionally impacting way.

If you wanna argue that Anakin's path to the dark side should have been something different than Lucas went with, okay. That's a valid opinion.

But any path works better if the audience can SEE his behavior patterns that lead up to it. If Anakin wasn't taking the threat of the Dark Side seriously enough, then the movie needs to make it clear that he had a history of being cavalier about threats and getting away with it. In other words it needs to show how his past history led up to his current weakness.


As for the path/reason - what is a valid reason for somebody to become Adolf H. or Stalin? That's about how evil Darth Vader was in the OT.

I don't think "Anakin failed to appreciate the threat of the Dark Side" comes near to explaining that level of evil turn. It takes something emotionally MASSIVE to do that. On a scale of 1-to-10 that takes a 10. If he was turned by anything less, then either he wasn't really such a good guy beforehand, and/or the Dark Side is so powerful that he had little free will in the matter.

It was simply poorly handled for the reasons you said in the first half of the post. As for taking the threat seriously or not, it simply wasn't addressed, but the epic failure is that no one is going to kill off a K-12 school including teachers, staff, and the school administrators, plus more, to save their wives. You may want to, but you're not going to do it. Made worse by the fact that as we were told, it was only a 'possible' version of the future.

The reason and execution were simply not done well at all. And i have no doubt it suffered from having to be illustrated from the midpoint of e2 to the midpoint of e3. I don't think anything was done in E1 that was necessary to what had to occur to get to E4. And i think E1 is the best of the PT. But, they wasted 2.5 hours of exposition there that had little or nothing to do with 2 and 3.
 
Ep1 gets a lot of hate for all the major cgi, but there was still many practical effects, and major sets built for this movie
There was cig in there that most people don't even know was CGI. But, that's what GL always did - push the envelope of the technology.

The naboo waterfall is still the biggest mind-@$%( to me from the effects.....dishwashing glove and salt!
 
I appreciate the movie for what it offers. That being, an awesome pod-race scene, an amazing battle intro to Darth Maul on Tatooine, one of the best lightsaber duels in the whole franchise at the end, and maybe the best piece from a Star Wars score in Duel of Fates.
 
Big Star Wars fan here, since 1977. I remember the 10 year anniversary of the original film, 1987. There was/were poster(s) in the local mall book store. I thought: "Wow, 10 years... huh... "

But I was excited 10 years later to take my girlfriend to see the 1997 Special Editions.

And then the letdown of The Phantom Menace... I think the term "disjointed" film works best for me. Lots of talent, lots of money on the screen, a John Williams score... but more a mish-mash of set pieces and scenes, than a coherent whole.
 
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remastered TRAILER, sure why not. I think this is the original internet release everyone downloaded on dialup and played in quicktime...scrubbing through it frame by frame over and over again.

Actually this may be the very very first trailer available online

I remember going to the theater with friends and walking in a different movie (maybe Austin Powers?) just to see that trailer. I think we discussed it for several hours that night. :D Also, at home it probably took like 3+ hours to download it over a dial up connection.
 
I remember going to the theater with friends and walking in a different movie (maybe Austin Powers?) just to see that trailer. I think we discussed it for several hours that night. :D Also, at home it probably took like 3+ hours to download it over a dial up connection.
Austin Powers 2 came out after. Around 2 weeks later.
The first movie to have the Phantom Menace trailer was Meet Joe Black.
Just looked on Google to double check, and it says this.

Why did people walk out of the film Meet Joe Black?


Meet Joe Black - Wikipedia


As Meet Joe Black was one of the few films showing the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, it was reported that Star Wars fans bought tickets for the film, only to leave after the trailer showed.


At yep, working at the theater at the time, I can totally confirm that that happened. Says the box office was $142.9 million for MJB, but I wonder, if it hadn't had the Ep. I trailer, how much less it would have actually been. Its pretty funny actually.
 
Some might remember my thread from last year for our little Star Wars fan film, Darkside Story. That was made to go along with the upcoming Episode II. We filmed it all early 2002.
So just like ILM, we were also doing a ton of tests, trying out different things. Even by then, I was also still pretty infatuated from the Matrix, and wanted to include some muti-blurring effects into a light saber battle, which we did.
So I just found my four tests, which I added some sounds to. Each one is slightly different, and I wanted to see what everyone else thought looked best for the final shot. (and I found out later on, was an extreme pain in the butt for our CGI guy to animate....oops)
I'm posted here because of the ending....which I think everyone will like.

 
remastered TRAILER, sure why not. I think this is the original internet release everyone downloaded on dialup and played in quicktime...scrubbing through it frame by frame over and over again.

Actually this may be the very very first trailer available online
I swear yoda was played by Al Sharpton with very little makeup work to hide his identity.
 

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