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Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

released on October 16, 2001


Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Terrence Stamp, and Pernilla August
Director: George Lucas
MPAA rating: PG
Genre: Science Fiction - Action - Adventure
Studio: Lucasfilm Ltd. & Twentieth Century Fox
(Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)

DVD fans everywhere have much to celebrate -- Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have announced the release date for Episode I The Phantom Menace, the first Star Wars movie to be released to DVD, for October 16.  This highly anticipated release comes as a 2-disc set that features over six hours of bonus material.


The DVD will be THX digitally mastered for superior sound and picture quality, though nothing else is formally announced yet with regards to the video and audio transfer.  We do expect the video transfer to be anamorphic widescreen, and hope that the audio will include a THX Surround EX soundtrack.  After all, it is one of the first theatrical releases to feature Dolby Digital EX (the cinematic version of THX Surround EX).  Stay tuned...

Bonus Features

Promising to "transport the viewer deeper into the Star Wars universe than ever before", bonus features include:

  • an audio commentary by George Lucas, a first-ever for the director

  • an exclusive deleted scenes documentary featuring seven new sequences completed just for this DVD

  • an extraordinary hour-long documentary film culled from over 600 hours of behind-the-scenes footage

  • interactive featurette with a glimpse into the process of creating scenes from storyboards to animatics to final film composites

  • five featurettes that provide an insider's look at The Phantom Menace's storyline, design, costumes, visual effects and fight scenes

  • a gallery of never-before-seen cast and crew photos

  • an award-winning twelve-part web documentary series

  • original theatrical trailers

  • TV spots

Pricing & Pre-Order Information

Suggested retail is $29.98.  You can pre-order this 2-disc set now at for $18.95 or for $19.94.

For more details on this title, read the full press release.

Keep in mind that the release date, disc specifications, and content are subject to change by the studio.

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- DVD-Video

- Single-sided

- Dual layer

- Region 1

- Run time: unknown

- Subtitle: unknown

- Menus: unknown

- Scene selection: unknown

- Package: keep case

- THX Certified


Video Features:

- unknown


Audio Features:

- unknown


Release Dates:

Theatrical Release:

DVD Release:

Review Date:
expected late October


List price:
$ 29.98

On-line price:
$ 18.95

Pre-order price was:
$ 18.95



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