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Star Wars Sets First 3D Date

Phantom Menace will strike 3D theaters February 10, 2012.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 04, 2011
Source: Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox

The Star Wars saga set to hit 3D theaters
© Lucasfilm/Fox

Six months after officially confirming their plans to bring back the Star Wars saga for the 3D age, 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm have locked down a specific release date for the first installment, Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. That 3D release date is February 10, 2012.

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.

After last year's press release, the trades suggested that each 3D re-release would be revealed in order around the same time frame in consecutive years. With the rapid growth of 3D projectors across the globe, we're not sure whether Fox and Lucasfilm are still going by long term release plan for all six films. Time will tell on that decision but fans can now jot down February 10, 2012 as the date when the first Episode flies into 3D theaters.



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ddiaz28 3/4/2011 7:33:41 AM

Sweet.  Can't wait to take my son to see that.  He'll be 5 by then.  Perfect age.  Hope my wife agrees.  LOL  Hopefully they keep it to one a year, that way by the time Ep. 3 is released, he'll be 7 and I'll feel comfortable enough with taking him to see that one seeing that it is considerably darker than the first two.

MrGarabaldi 3/4/2011 7:52:02 AM

Um...   WHY???

I hate 3D!!!!!

evilbeagle 3/4/2011 8:05:48 AM

Does anyone really want to pay theater prices to see Phantom Menace again?  3D cannot save episodes 1-3 from having poor scripts and bad acting.

mike10 3/4/2011 8:08:42 AM

It would be nice if Mr. Lucas put his efforts into making NEW movies instead of rehashing the old movies just to milk more money out of the fans.

If anyone can make a great 3D movie it would be George Lucas, but if I have to pay $15 or $20 to see it I would rather see something new.

ndahl 3/4/2011 8:09:24 AM

Great, so on Feb. 10, 2012, I can see bad writing AND bad acting presented in 3D

Calibur454 3/4/2011 8:20:56 AM

I love star wars but i dont care for this one bit- i just keep watching the clone wars instead

Bryzarro 3/4/2011 8:25:32 AM

 Thats why you have the option to ignore it and not see it. My kid is big into Star Wars thanks to Clone Wars so he'll be 7 by Feb 2012 so I figure i'll be there.  Myself I couldn't care less.

CastBroad 3/4/2011 8:53:42 AM

The only thing worse than being presented with the crap that is the Phantom Menace again, is being presented with that crap "pushed in my face"

Cerak 3/4/2011 8:58:57 AM

Still, despite it's flaws, I am looking forward to seeing the end lightsaber duel in 3D. Actually, that's what they should do: just release a highlight reel of all the duels from the prequels in 3D. That would save everyone time, money and irritation.

silversurfer 3/4/2011 9:45:23 AM

Dude, really? Don't get me wrong, it was cool to watch when it FIRST came out. That was also back when dinosaurs ruled the earth. It's 2011, please find something else to do with all of the money you've made from it; instead of subjecting everyone to Episodes 1 and 2 in 3D. Episode gets a pass because at least you got to see how Vader became the imbodiment of evil.

So it's safe to say if/when virtual reality shows up at the box office, we'll be looking at this again.

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