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The Phantom Menace 3D gets a theatrical release date

Mar. 3, 2011by: Paul Tassi

A long time ago, in uh, this galaxy, we announced that George Lucas had devised yet another way to earn millions off of his existing franchise by converting all six STAR WARS movies to 3D and re-releasing them in theaters.

Now we have an official date for when this exercise begins. THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D will be released February 10, 2012. If the technology had existed at the time, Lucas obviously would have made the new trilogy 3D for the extra cash, but he’s got so much leverage with this series, he can just have a do-over and re-release them all again.

Is there really an audience to see PHANTOM MENACE in 3D? I can foresee eight year olds who were too young when the movie first came out, and a few die-hard Star Wars nerds who despite their railing usual railing against Lucas for tactics like this, will still shell out for the ticket regardless.

I can see the original trilogy having greater success in theaters, as even I’m a bit curious to see how it’s going to look in the format. But with the movies released in 1977, 1980 and 1983, is there any possible way they’re going to look good? Even movies shot today in 2D and then upconverted to 3D look like shit (CLASH OF THE TITANS and ALICE IN WONDERLAND, despite its two Oscars). I can't imagine even with all the digital wizardry at Lucas’ disposal that he can make 30 year old films look good in 3D.

What say you about this latest cash grab?

Extra Tidbit: The universe he's created is far bigger than himself. He needs to let go and let competent directors and writers make movies that will get fans excited again.
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3:15PM on 03/04/2011
Here is a thread that was made 3 months ago [link]
Here is a thread that was made 3 months ago [link]
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1:10PM on 03/04/2011

Extra Tidbit

Couldn't agree more.
Couldn't agree more.
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1:41AM on 03/04/2011

I'm so excited!

I can't WAIT to miss this in theaters!!
I can't WAIT to miss this in theaters!!
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11:30PM on 03/03/2011
i hope this spawns a whole new set of toys and action figures in 3D.
i hope this spawns a whole new set of toys and action figures in 3D.
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10:34PM on 03/03/2011
Aw shit, double post!
Aw shit, double post!
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10:23PM on 03/03/2011
I'm glad he's doing this, I also hope he CGI's all of the laser gun into walkie talkies and digitally imposes the Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man over Jar Jar.
I'm glad he's doing this, I also hope he CGI's all of the laser gun into walkie talkies and digitally imposes the Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man over Jar Jar.
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10:04PM on 03/03/2011
Anything to see them on the big screen again. I suppose I have a bit of a bias since I am one of those die hard Star Wars fan, and I also love the prequel trilogy. Love Star Wars, hate 3D, but you never know...maybe it can look good in 3D. And I don't think the theaters will be empty. Maybe for the first two episodes, but I think the original trilogy will appeal to more people, of an older generation. Well, lets see how many thumbs down this gets...
Anything to see them on the big screen again. I suppose I have a bit of a bias since I am one of those die hard Star Wars fan, and I also love the prequel trilogy. Love Star Wars, hate 3D, but you never know...maybe it can look good in 3D. And I don't think the theaters will be empty. Maybe for the first two episodes, but I think the original trilogy will appeal to more people, of an older generation. Well, lets see how many thumbs down this gets...
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9:33PM on 03/03/2011

Dear god...this is redic

Honestly. Fuck George Lucas. There I said it. But he more than deserves it. The man no doubt has made some classics. American grafitti and a new hope. But he hasn't made anything original in years. He's lost the touch I guess so he just keeps milkin the starwars cow because it's too easy. Once he makes something original and good then I'll applaud him but as of now he's a huge douche.
Honestly. Fuck George Lucas. There I said it. But he more than deserves it. The man no doubt has made some classics. American grafitti and a new hope. But he hasn't made anything original in years. He's lost the touch I guess so he just keeps milkin the starwars cow because it's too easy. Once he makes something original and good then I'll applaud him but as of now he's a huge douche.
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8:59PM on 03/03/2011

Star Whores?

Yet another money making ploy by George Lucas! I will not be attending any future screeings of 1-3 retreads!
Yet another money making ploy by George Lucas! I will not be attending any future screeings of 1-3 retreads!
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8:30PM on 03/03/2011
I wont see ep 1-3, they are truly unbearable to watch. If 4-6 are the original releases and not the special edition shit I could be tempted just because. I think ep 4-6 will bring in more bank than 1-3 just because Star Wars and Empire are far superior than the rest, and Jedi is still a damn good time ewoks be damned.
I wont see ep 1-3, they are truly unbearable to watch. If 4-6 are the original releases and not the special edition shit I could be tempted just because. I think ep 4-6 will bring in more bank than 1-3 just because Star Wars and Empire are far superior than the rest, and Jedi is still a damn good time ewoks be damned.
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8:21PM on 03/03/2011
Theaters will release them in 2-D also I'm sure, they always do that with films like this. Besides, I'm certainly not going to watch a film like Star Wars with 3-D glasses on like a moron. It wasn't meant for that.
Theaters will release them in 2-D also I'm sure, they always do that with films like this. Besides, I'm certainly not going to watch a film like Star Wars with 3-D glasses on like a moron. It wasn't meant for that.
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8:20PM on 03/03/2011
I laugh at this. These theaters are gonna be empty. Only the most die hard fans are going to go see this. What is Lucas thinking? Besides money, I mean.
I laugh at this. These theaters are gonna be empty. Only the most die hard fans are going to go see this. What is Lucas thinking? Besides money, I mean.
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8:18PM on 03/03/2011
This is a bad idea for Lucasfilm to get more money out of us. As if the upcoming Blu Ray trilogy isn't enough.

The only good thing about the prequel is Liam Neeson & Ewan MacGregor vs. Ray Park's lightsaber dueling at the end of Phantom Menace.
This is a bad idea for Lucasfilm to get more money out of us. As if the upcoming Blu Ray trilogy isn't enough.

The only good thing about the prequel is Liam Neeson & Ewan MacGregor vs. Ray Park's lightsaber dueling at the end of Phantom Menace.
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7:58PM on 03/03/2011

>: (

The Prequels and 3D The two most insidious cash grabs together at last
The Prequels and 3D The two most insidious cash grabs together at last
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7:55PM on 03/03/2011
Call me when empire goes to theaters in 2D, thanks.
Call me when empire goes to theaters in 2D, thanks.
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6:18PM on 03/03/2011
are those releases only US or also Europe?? 'cause I'm there! (yeah I know Lucas sucks and all, but come on! We'll all be there!)
are those releases only US or also Europe?? 'cause I'm there! (yeah I know Lucas sucks and all, but come on! We'll all be there!)
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4:52PM on 03/03/2011
I'll see it. It's been several years since I saw Episode 1, and I wouldn't mind checking it out on the big screen, again. I'm neutral on the 3D aspect, though.
I'll see it. It's been several years since I saw Episode 1, and I wouldn't mind checking it out on the big screen, again. I'm neutral on the 3D aspect, though.
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4:48PM on 03/03/2011

All for 1 and 3, ep2 ill call out sick

Ep1 has a great opening and end fight. Obiwan vs Maul may be the best lightsaber fight in the series. ep, "he went into the club"? "death sticks" lame end fight. Watch it again its just a bad movie.
Ep1 has a great opening and end fight. Obiwan vs Maul may be the best lightsaber fight in the series. ep, "he went into the club"? "death sticks" lame end fight. Watch it again its just a bad movie.
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4:28PM on 03/03/2011

You can add as many dimensions as you want....

The prequels still suck.
The prequels still suck.
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4:27PM on 03/03/2011
Sorry peeps - I'm totally down for all 6 movies in 3D. ANY reason to see a Star Wars flick in the theatre (again) is a good one IMO.
Sorry peeps - I'm totally down for all 6 movies in 3D. ANY reason to see a Star Wars flick in the theatre (again) is a good one IMO.
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4:21PM on 03/03/2011

Ugh..

Just no. Not even going to read the article. NO.
Just no. Not even going to read the article. NO.
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3:56PM on 03/03/2011

What is it with this guy?

I don't get it. Its not like Lucas needs the money, and although I haven't paid too much attention I don't believe there has been a whole lot of people wanting to see this in 3D.

Doesn't George have any desire to express his creativity in any other way then continually screwing with these movies...

I just don't get it...
I don't get it. Its not like Lucas needs the money, and although I haven't paid too much attention I don't believe there has been a whole lot of people wanting to see this in 3D.

Doesn't George have any desire to express his creativity in any other way then continually screwing with these movies...

I just don't get it...
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3:54PM on 03/03/2011
Okay, let's see the phantom menace came out in 1999 so that's 12 years ago. So those eight year olds gotta have a bad memory.
Okay, let's see the phantom menace came out in 1999 so that's 12 years ago. So those eight year olds gotta have a bad memory.
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3:30PM on 03/03/2011
Jar Jar Binks in 3D. Just what I've always wanted.
Jar Jar Binks in 3D. Just what I've always wanted.
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3:01PM on 03/03/2011
To me, this doesn't make much sense. Why not just release the whole saga on Blu Ray 3D instead? Ticket sales probably will be OK for Ep1, and will drop off significantly for Ep2. The Ep1 sales will come from fanboys and those in the public with a curiosity for seeing it in 3D. Once that curiosity is gone, you are relying on fanboys for Ep2 ticket sales.

By the time Ep4 comes out, who's gonna give a shit? To me he should just skip the theaters and release the saga on Blu Ray 3D
To me, this doesn't make much sense. Why not just release the whole saga on Blu Ray 3D instead? Ticket sales probably will be OK for Ep1, and will drop off significantly for Ep2. The Ep1 sales will come from fanboys and those in the public with a curiosity for seeing it in 3D. Once that curiosity is gone, you are relying on fanboys for Ep2 ticket sales.

By the time Ep4 comes out, who's gonna give a shit? To me he should just skip the theaters and release the saga on Blu Ray 3D instead.
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2:47PM on 03/03/2011
Fuck Lucas.

I honestly hope that 2011 is the year that pisses off enough moviegoers about 3D prices and "experiences", that it makes this 1950's technology go away again. Hopefully this happens just in time for the backlash to occur when Lucas re-releases this piece of shit so that he loses money for change.
Fuck Lucas.

I honestly hope that 2011 is the year that pisses off enough moviegoers about 3D prices and "experiences", that it makes this 1950's technology go away again. Hopefully this happens just in time for the backlash to occur when Lucas re-releases this piece of shit so that he loses money for change.
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2:10PM on 03/03/2011
I'll wait for EPIII to come out in 3D just for Anakin and ObiWan's duel on mustafar. though I've never had the privilege of seeing the Original Trilogy in theaters, 3D is certainly not the way.
I'll wait for EPIII to come out in 3D just for Anakin and ObiWan's duel on mustafar. though I've never had the privilege of seeing the Original Trilogy in theaters, 3D is certainly not the way.
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2:07PM on 03/03/2011
Best Extra Tidbit ever, it said everything I was thinking. I still love Star Wars despite the prequels and there have been enough graphic novels, books and certain episodes of Clone Wars that proove that in the hands of competant writers the Star Wars Universe can be and still is amazing. I would do anything to have a great new Star Wars movie to be proud of. Why do the Trekkies/Trekkers get to have all the fun.
Best Extra Tidbit ever, it said everything I was thinking. I still love Star Wars despite the prequels and there have been enough graphic novels, books and certain episodes of Clone Wars that proove that in the hands of competant writers the Star Wars Universe can be and still is amazing. I would do anything to have a great new Star Wars movie to be proud of. Why do the Trekkies/Trekkers get to have all the fun.
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2:07PM on 03/03/2011

Noooooooooooooo ...

... ooooOOOOOOO!!!! [link]
... ooooOOOOOOO!!!! [link]
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1:54PM on 03/03/2011
Put on some 3D glasses and look in the toilet next time you use it. Same experience, for free.
Put on some 3D glasses and look in the toilet next time you use it. Same experience, for free.
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1:47PM on 03/03/2011
Yay.
Yay.
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1:46PM on 03/03/2011
I'd rather stay home and watch it at my own comfort on dvd.

Screw going to the movies and dealing with everyone else's shit.
I'd rather stay home and watch it at my own comfort on dvd.

Screw going to the movies and dealing with everyone else's shit.
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1:31PM on 03/03/2011

NO

no way I'm going to spend money to watch this,not a single penny..
no way I'm going to spend money to watch this,not a single penny..
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1:24PM on 03/03/2011
Star Wars was like believing in a God, and then finding out he's a Scientologist.
Star Wars was like believing in a God, and then finding out he's a Scientologist.
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1:22PM on 03/03/2011
Oh screw this crap.
Oh screw this crap.
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1:21PM on 03/03/2011

No thank you

I already made George Lucas rich back in the 1990's. I stopped after 2005.
I already made George Lucas rich back in the 1990's. I stopped after 2005.
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1:19PM on 03/03/2011

We'll see

Unlike most, I actually liked the special edition rereleases of the original trilogy. Minus instances where plot and character were screwed with, like Han Solo shooting first or Luke screaming like a fancy lad when he fell.

Having said that, the prequels were awful, awful stuff.

So let's hope that Lucas does in fact screw around with plot and character in the prequels. We may end up with some watchable Star Wars prequels.

I won't mind seeing the original trilogy in the theaters
Unlike most, I actually liked the special edition rereleases of the original trilogy. Minus instances where plot and character were screwed with, like Han Solo shooting first or Luke screaming like a fancy lad when he fell.

Having said that, the prequels were awful, awful stuff.

So let's hope that Lucas does in fact screw around with plot and character in the prequels. We may end up with some watchable Star Wars prequels.

I won't mind seeing the original trilogy in the theaters again, I'm guessing like with any 3D movie there will be a few screens that just show the traditional 2D.

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1:18PM on 03/03/2011

I hope it's Unsuccessful.

I would love to see a reimagining of all the movies by different directors. More of an Artsy-thing, and probably won't happen now, but in 20 years I can forsee it happening. It's the only untouchable franchise right now.
I would love to see a reimagining of all the movies by different directors. More of an Artsy-thing, and probably won't happen now, but in 20 years I can forsee it happening. It's the only untouchable franchise right now.
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1:16PM on 03/03/2011
i would never begrudge anyone for a "cash grab" the movie industry is all about making money after all. but the only Lucas cash grab I want to participate in is a release of the original trilogy (not the special editions) until that happens, George... no more money from me
i would never begrudge anyone for a "cash grab" the movie industry is all about making money after all. but the only Lucas cash grab I want to participate in is a release of the original trilogy (not the special editions) until that happens, George... no more money from me
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1:13PM on 03/03/2011
They should release RedLetterMedia's Reviews in 3D. I can't stand when people write those reviews off as stupid and trying too hard... he studied those films to point out the incredibly obvious character flaws, double standards with the original trilogy and atrocious plot holes.
They should release RedLetterMedia's Reviews in 3D. I can't stand when people write those reviews off as stupid and trying too hard... he studied those films to point out the incredibly obvious character flaws, double standards with the original trilogy and atrocious plot holes.
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1:11PM on 03/03/2011
I don't know if I think this is a bad idea or if I just don't care.I think I'm leaning a bit toward anger, so I'll say bad idea. Yeah, Lucas needs to stop. The Clone Wars are so far removed from what I love about Star Wars.(and when I say Star Wars I mean the original movie, not that New Hope re release with the extra shit)
I don't know if I think this is a bad idea or if I just don't care.I think I'm leaning a bit toward anger, so I'll say bad idea. Yeah, Lucas needs to stop. The Clone Wars are so far removed from what I love about Star Wars.(and when I say Star Wars I mean the original movie, not that New Hope re release with the extra shit)
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1:10PM on 03/03/2011

Maybe

It's an obvious cash grab, but I enjoy the prequels enough where I might check it out (considering I still see movies for free then).

I would definitely shell money out for the OT, though. It would be awesome to actually see those in theaters.
It's an obvious cash grab, but I enjoy the prequels enough where I might check it out (considering I still see movies for free then).

I would definitely shell money out for the OT, though. It would be awesome to actually see those in theaters.
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1:10PM on 03/03/2011
I'm a HUGE SW nerd, however even I will not be swayed into watching TPM in 3D. I can't even sit through the movie in 2D!!
I'm just not a fan of 3D, it hurts my eyes but also as we all know the prequels mostly suck. I still say there are elements of all 3 movies that you could take out certain bits from each and make 1 cracking film, alas that is not what happened. Anyway my point is bollocks to 3D.
I'm a HUGE SW nerd, however even I will not be swayed into watching TPM in 3D. I can't even sit through the movie in 2D!!
I'm just not a fan of 3D, it hurts my eyes but also as we all know the prequels mostly suck. I still say there are elements of all 3 movies that you could take out certain bits from each and make 1 cracking film, alas that is not what happened. Anyway my point is bollocks to 3D.
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