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Directed By:
George Lucas

Starring:
Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Pernilla August, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, Ahmed Best, Anthony Daniels and Terence Stamp

Rated PG
Genre: Science Fiction
Format Used: My own DVD
Contains: Graphic Violence
Also Known As:
Star wars: Episodio I - La amenaza fantasma Argentina / Mexico / Panama / Peru / Spain
Star Wars: Episódio I - A Ameaça Fantasma Brazil / Portugal
Star Wars: Episode I - Die dunkle Bedrohung Austria / Germany (poster title)
Star wars - det mörka hotet Finland (Swedish title) / Sweden
Amenaza fantasma, La Spain (working title)
Csillagok háborúja I. - Baljós árnyak Hungary
Guerra de las galaxias: Episodio I - La amenaza fantasma, La Venezuela
Guerra nas Estrelas - A Ameaça Fantasma Brazil
Guerre stellari: Episodio I Italy (promotional title)
Gwiezdne wojny: Czesc I - Mroczne widmo Poland
La guerra de las galaxias: Episodio I - La amenaza fantasma Venezuela
Razboiul stelelor - Amenintarea fantomei Romania
Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace USA (video box title)
Star Wars: Episode I USA (working title)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Beginning USA (working title)
Star wars episodi I: Pimeä uhka Finland
Star wars: Épisode 1 - La menace fantôme France
Star wars: Épisode I - La menace fantôme Canada (French title)
Star wars: Episode I - Den skjulte trussel Norway
Star wars: Episode I - Den usynlige fjende Denmark (poster title)
Star wars: Episodi I - Pimeä uhka Finland
Star wars: Episodio I - La minaccia fantasma Italy
Star wars: H aorath apeilh Greece
Sutâ wôzu: Fantomu menasu Japan
Tähtien sota: Episodi I - Pimeä uhka Finland (TV title)
The Phantom Menace USA (short title)

THE PLOT:

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The planet Naboo is having a distute with the Trade Federation and the Trade Federation has set up a blockcade of Droid ships. Threatening to destroy any two ships.

Two Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi have been asked to fix this delicate policical time bomb. But they soon learn the twisted truth, the Trade Federation is worth with a dark Sith Master to invade the Planet Naboo.

After fleeing Naboo, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan end up on a remote desert planet to repair their ship. But meet a promising young man named Anakin Skywalker who agrees to help them win a Pod race to get the money they need for the parts they need to fix their ship, can they win the race to seek help in the galatic senate?

ZEDD'S OPINION:

Now some "true" Star Wars fans were disappointed in this new series of movies, while I say their idiots. They were still sore over the redo on the old Star Wars movies and I say they were stupid about that to. I thought the older movies had flaws that needed fixing. How can anyone like effect errors? Anyway, about the Phantom Menace. Jar Jar Binks was annoying at times, but comedy relief can get a little annoying at times plus, sometimes it was hard to understand him at times. But basically I did like Jar Jar. He has a good heart, clumsy, but a good heart. The early years of Anakin Skywalker is interesting. But I think Greg Proops did a great job as the English speaking alien announcer of the Pod Race. 91/2 STARS.

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VOLTRON'S OPINION:

Zedd makes very solid points, but there are some other things that needs mentioning, the plot seemed somewhat weak in places, the Pod Race for one. But that didn't really hurt it that much for me, being a true Star Wars fan and I can enjoy the characters and the action despite the thinned plotline. 9 STARS

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ON THE POSITIVE SIDE (+ HITS):

+ CAST (The cast does a great job.)
+ ACTING (Marvelous acting, but does anyone get nominated for an Oscar? NO!)
+ EFFECTS (The effects are amazing.)
+ CREATURES (I love the monster.)
+ FIGHTS (Unbelievably cool.)
+ DARTH MAUL (He is one cool villian.)
+ GREG PROOPS (Does a great job as the English speaking part of the two head alien annoucer of the Pod Race.)

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES):

- JAR JAR (Jar Jar does get annoying and hard to understand at times.)
- THIN (VOLTRON feels that this first prequel the plot is a bit toward the thin side.)

...AND FINALLY...

- FAN BASED (If for some reason you aren't a fan of the Star Wars series, and I know there must be some out there. You won't like this first prequel.)

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MARCH MOVIE MADNESS '07