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The Phantom Menace - anyone want to chat about TPM? — Page 4

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Disney isn’t that keen on 3-D Blu-ray these days. It’s a miracle their own films and Marvel stuff have 3-D home releases overseas at all anymore.

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Where were you in '77?

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I’m not sure how well 3D was doing in the theaters prior to current events, but I think most TV manufacturers are no longer making 3D TVs. I used to see movies theatrically in 3D occasionally, but Dolby Cinema @ AMC Prime was usually my first choice, at least where I currently live.

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Currently made video projectors still have 3-D.

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Where were you in '77?

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I want to read the earlier drafts of the script for Phantom Menace, but other than some excerpts that were on a CD-ROM at some point they have never surfaced in public.

I know they supposedly had Obi Wan and no Qui Gon Jinn in the earlier drafts. Naboo was called Utapau i think.

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RUKUSBUILD3 said:

Anyone own TPH on Video CD? I’m fondly interested in that topic particularly?

I actually own legit Fox Australia Indonesian VCDs of the OG Trilogy and The Phantom Menace. They are English language with Indo Subtitles. Even though I haven’t been the kindest to the packaging over the years, they are currently my most prized Star Wars collectibles.

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I approach Star Wars movies in two ways: critically, in terms of narrative and characters etc, and aesthetically. I generally dislike how futuristic, shiny and CGI the settings look in episodes II and III, particularly Coruscant, but with The Phantom Menace it’s totally different. I love the depiction of Coruscant, and I feel overall the film’s aesthetic fits in more with that of the original trilogy.



I’ve never really been able to put my finger on it. Maybe the colours are duller, sometimes more naturalistic, the sets and buildings seem/are practical, something like that. It’s just something I love about TPM and I wondered if any others have the same feeling. Aesthetically, with everything up to the costumes, it genuinely FEELS like a prequel to the original films more than AOTC and ROTS.

This shot in particular from the theatrical cut is a great example of advanced technology combined with ornate and old-fashioned architecture, much like Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept art for Had Abbadon in the early 80s.

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