Monday, 13 February 2012

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D Review











Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D


Release Date: 9th February 2012 - Australia


Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Lucasfilm Ltd

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 136 minutes


Budget: $115,000,000

Box Office Gross: $474,588,301
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
(32 years before Episode IV)
Stranded on the desert planet
of Tatoonie after rescuing
young Queen Amidala from the
impending invasion of Naboo,
Jedi apprentice Obi Wan
Kenobi and his Jedi master
discover nine-year old Anakin
Skywalker, a young slave
unusually strong with the Force.
Anakin wins a thrilling Podrace
and with it his freedom as he
leaves from his home to be
trained as a Jedi. The heroes
return to Naboo where Anakin
and the Queen... face massive
invasion forces while the two
Jedi contend with a deadly foe
named Darth Maul. Only then
do they realize the invasion is
merely the first step in a
sinister scheme by the re-
emergent forces of darkness
known as the Sith.


Cast
Liam Neeson - Qui Gon Jinn
Ewan McGregor - Obi Wan
Kenobi
Natalie Portman - Queen
Padme Amidala
Jake Lloyd - Anakin Skywalker
Ian McDiarmid - Senator/
Supreme Chancellor/Palpatine/
Darth Sidious
Ahmed Best - Jar Jar Binks
Pernilla August - Shmi
Skywalker
Ray Park - Darth Maul
Peter Serafinowicz - Darth Maul/Various (Voices)
Anthony Daniels - C3PO
Kenny Baker - R2D2
Silas Carson - Nute Gunray/
Various
Jerome St. John Blake - Rune Haako/Various
Hugh Quarshie - Captain
Panaka
Andy Secombe - Watto (Voice)
Frank Oz - Yoda (Voice)
Samuel L Jackson - Mace
Windu
Terence Stamp - Supreme
Chancellor Finis Valorum
Brian Blessed - Boss Nass
(Voice)
Lewis Macleod - Sebulba (Voice)
Keira Knightley - Sabe
Oliver Ford Davies - Sio Bibble
Warwick Davis - Wald/Pod Race Spectactor/Mos Espa Citizen
Ralph Brown - Ric Olie
Steve Speirs - Captain Tarpals
James Taylor - Rune Haako (Voice)
Greg Proops - Fode (Voice)
Scott Capurro - Beed (Voice)
Dhruv Chanchani - Kitster

Crew
Writer/Director/Executive Producer - George Lucas
Producer - Rick McCallum
Production Designer - Gavin Bocquet
Design Director/Visual Effects Production
Designer: ILM - Doug Chiang
Live Action Creature Effects Supervisor - Nick
Dudman
Costume Designer - Trisha Biggar
Director of Photography - David Tattersall
Stunt Coordinator/Sword Master/Fight Unit Director -
Nick Gilllard
Visual Effects Supervisors - Dennis Muren, John Knoll
& Scott Squires
Animation Director - Rob Coleman
Supervising Sound Editor/Designer/Film Editor - Ben
Burtt
Film Editor - Paul Martin Smith
Music - John Williams


Review
The 3D version of STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE looked good in some part, but it still has its flaws such as that dopey Jar Jar Binks. Fans of Star Wars will find the pod-racing sequence to be very exciting in 3D. I'm fine with the character of Yoda being changed from a puppet to CGI and is the way what Lucas intended.

For those who have seen the 2D version (click here) and did not know about the STAR WARS franchise will get a chance to watch this 3D experience of a movie that they have finally waited. If you prefer the 2D one, you might have to get it on Blu-ray. Please comment on what you thought of this version.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


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