International TV Spot for Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace 3D
01.19.12 by BJSprecher
Though we may never get the chance to see any new Star Wars movies in theaters now that creator George Lucas is talking retirement, we will at least have one more chance to see each of the six original movies one last time, with the added enhancement of 3-D technology. This time around, Lucas is releasing the movies in the "proper" order, with Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace opening in theaters next month and subsequent chapters following on a yearly basis. Check out the new international TV spot (which announces a Feb. 9th release, but it's Feb. 10th here in the States) for the re-release and prepare to return to that "galaxy far, far away" all over again.
Just in case you never saw The Phantom Menace — or you saw it, but wiped it from your mind because of the taint of Jar Jar Binks — here's the synopsis of the 3-D re-release:
Set against the thrilling and exotic backdrop of a "galaxy far, far away," Star Wars is perfectly suited to the immersive 3D theatrical experience, and Episode I delivers some of the Saga’s most stunning and spectacular sequences — from the Naboo invasion to the Tatooine Podraces to the climactic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and the Jedi. Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions.
Naboo, a peaceful planet governed by the young, elusive, but wise Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman), is being threatened by the corrupt Trade Federation, puppets of an evil Sith lord and his terrifying apprentice, Darth Maul (Ray Park). The seemingly benevolent Senator Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is chief advisor to the queen, though there are suspicions surrounding him. Jedi knights Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) are called on to intervene in the trade disputes. Along the way, they acquire an apprentice of their own in the form of young prodigal Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd). They also encounter Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best), a goofy, lizardlike creature who has been banished from his underwater world for his clumsiness. When the Trade Federation launches an attack on Naboo, the queen and her allies must battle hordes of robot troopers while Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan face off against the sinister Darth Maul.