by George Grant
Published: June 26, 2001
So come on then, who knew this was going to happen? I didnt. The DVD world has been whipped into a frenzy with the news that Star Wars: Episode One, will get its worldwide DVD release on October 16th. However, the UK, will be receiving this feature rich release a day earlier on the 15th. (Even better seeing as I am scottish).
Already it is shaping up to be a superb package, being a 2-Disc set, it looks like this may be a record breaking seller. The details are as follows:
Commentary by George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires
Anamorphic Widescreen (Aspect Ratio 2.35:1)
Sound: English Dolby 5.1 Surround EX English Dolby 2.0 Surround Spanish Dolby 2.0 Surround
Exclusive Deleted Scenes Documentary features seven new sequences completed just for this DVD release
All-new hour-long documentary film culled from over 600 hours of footage, "The Beginning," takes you where few people have been before-inside Lucasfilm and ILM during the production of Episode I
Multi-angle storyboard to animatic to film segment featuring the Submarine and Podrace Lap 1 sequences
Five Featurettes explore The Phantom Menace's storyline, design, costumes, visual effects and fight sequences
Award-winning twelve-part web documentary series that chronicles the production of Episode I
"Duel of the Fates" music video featuring John Williams
Never-before-seen Production Photo Gallery with special caption feature
Theatrical posters and print campaign from around the world
Theatrical teaser and launch trailers, and seven TV spots
"Star Wars: Starfighter-The Making of a Game" featurette from LucasArts DVD-ROM weblink to exclusive Star Wars content
The two-disc set is priced at $ 29.98 in the U.S. and $ 41.98 in Canada
Feature-Length Audio Commentary
The creators of Episode I give you insight into the film like no one else can. Hear from: writer/director George Lucas, Producer Rick McCallum, sound designer and film co-editor Ben Burtt, ILM animation director Rob Coleman and ILM visual effects supervisors John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires.
Making Episode I Documentary Film Culled from over 600 hours of behind-the-scenes footage, this all-new hour-long documentary film takes you inside Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic during the making of The Phantom Menace. Sit in on the film's production process including: pre-production, casting, principal photography, editing, rough-cut reviews, visual effects meetings and other events that few people have had access to before.
Exclusive Deleted Scenes and Documentary
All-new documentary featuring George Lucas, Rick McCallum and guests discussing the painstaking process every director must go through in determining what scenes make the final cut. View seven exclusive deleted sequences that were created specifically for this DVD and learn why they were eliminated from the final version of the film.
Discover the amazing techniques used to create two memorable sequences (Submarine and Podrace Lap 1) from storyboards to animatics to final composites.
Five mini-documentaries give you an insider's look at The Phantom Menace's Storyline, Design, Costumes, Visual Effects and Fight sequences through behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and filmmakers.
Originally released on starwars.com during the production of Episode I, this award-winning twelve-part web documentary series gives you a fly-on-the-wall perspective into the making of the film as it was happening.
Exclusive Production Photo Gallery
Scroll through a never-before-seen gallery of candid cast and crew shots, each with captions.
"Duel of the Fates" Music Video
One of the most popular music videos during its release in May 1999, the "Duel of the Fates" video intertwines live footage of John Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra with behind-the-scenes clips and dramatic footage featured in Episode I.
Posters and Print Campaign
Examine the Episode I theatrical posters (Teaser and Launch) and the International Outdoor advertising used to support the release of Episode I around the world.
Trailers and TV Spots
Watch the theatrical teaser and launch trailers, plus seven TV spots (including the five original "Tone Poems" along with "The Saga Begins" and "All Over Again").
"Star Wars: Starfighter-The Making of a Game" from LucasArts
This featurette offers insight into the making of the popular flight action combat game along with information on other Star Wars games from LucasArts.
Exclusive DVD-ROM Content
Your Episode I DVD is a key that unlocks exclusive Star Wars content only available through a special DVD-ROM website.
Personally I am very excited about this. And I haven't even ever watched any of the Star Wars films. So with the fact that we were told that none of the films would be released until they were all finished, could we see any other movement in the future? Highly doubtful, but a guy can speculate cant he?