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LucasFilm Confirms PHANTOM MENACE DVD Date!!

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As reported here (exclusively) back on March 18, Fox Home Video is expected to announce the “Phantom Menace” DVD will hit shelves on Oct. 16, according to Variety.

From the Website:

DVD: The Wait is Over

June 19, 2001

On October 16, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will begin the worldwide release of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace on DVD. The highly anticipated arrival of Episode I marks the first film of the Star Wars saga to debut on DVD.

Enthusiastic fans of the film will be rewarded for their patience. Clocking in at about 480 minutes in length, it features over six hours of additional bonus material, including brand new visual effects sequences executed just for the DVD release.

Here's what the two-disc set will feature:

The Phantom Menace, mastered by THX for superior sound and picture quality, presented in Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby 5.1 Surround EX (English), Dolby 2.0 Surround (English and Spanish), and Dolby 2.0 Surround (French, for

Canadian release)

Audio commentary by Writer-Director George Lucas; Producer Rick McCallum; Co-Editor and Sound Designer Ben Burtt; Visual Effects Supervisors Scott Squires, John Knoll and Dennis Muren; and Animation Supervisor Rob Coleman, offering personal insights into the making of the film

Seven never-before-seen deleted scenes with full visual effects completed just for the DVD release

"The Beginning" -- an all-new hour-long documentary culled from over 600 hours of footage offering unprecedented access inside Lucasfilm and ILM during the making of Episode I

Multi-angle storyboard to animatic to finished film feature, that lets you flip through the various phases of development of key action sequences

Five behind-the-scenes featurettes exploring The Phantom Menace's storyline, designs, costumes, visual effects and fight scenes

The popular "Duel of the Fates" music video that debuted in 1999

All 12 parts of the Lynne's Diaries, the web documentaries that first appeared here at

Galleries of theatrical posters, print campaign, and never-before-scene production photos

Downloaded by millions from, the original theatrical teaser and launch trailers, plus seven TV spots including the "tone poems"

The two-disc set is priced at $ 29.98 in the U.S. and $ 41.98 in Canada.

Keep checking for more updates on this exciting upcoming release.

Those wondering when the Original Trilogy will bow on DVD may want to check out our original March 18 ”Phantom Menace” DVD story.

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