Jedi knights return in 3D
A recent trend involves blockbuster films being revived in 3D for cinematic rerelease. This week witnesses one of the most successful franchises ever follow suit.
Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace (2D) was originally released in 1999. It is part one of a six-part saga, yet it was actually movie four in the topsy-turvy franchise, which started in 1976.
Franchise creator and director, George Lucas, released the films as two trilogies. The original trilogy featured Star Wars - A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi. The prequel trilogy, which was released some two decades after Star Wars, featured The Phantom Menace, The Attack of the Clones, and The Revenge of the Sith.
Episode I tells the story of Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), the future Darth Vader, as a boy. Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) chance upon young Anakin and Qui-Gon comes to believe the boy is the Chosen One who will bring peace to the galaxy.
Despite misgivings by Jedi master Yoda (Frank Oz) and Obi-Wan, the boy is accepted to be trained as a Jedi. The stage is set for the epic battles.
Lucas plans to convert the rest of the Star Wars films to 3D in coming years.
Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace 3D opens tomorrow