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Happy 20th Anniversary, "TPM"!

Discussion in 'Prequel Trilogy' started by CTrent29, May 19, 2019.

  1. CTrent29

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    Happy anniversary!! "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" was released in theaters, 20 years ago, on May 19, 1999:

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    I would say TPM is my third least favorite Star Wars movie, but I still enjoy watching it from time to time. Contrary to AOTC and ROTS the special effects aged well, mainly because George Lucas and his team used a lot of practical effects. The score is still the best.

    Happy Anniversary!
     
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    Oh brother. Thank you for ruining my mood . . . and this thread.
     
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    What did I do? I gave a honest opinion about TPM, which was mainly positive...
     
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    Happy B day ! (dual)
    https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/the-p...e-star-wars-prequel-revolutionized-movie-tech
     
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    My favorite SW movie! I could go on & on about why but no one cares. And I have to be honest: on opening night, the audience didn't like it. As the movie went on, you could feel the temperature in the room drop, the enthusiasm dipping with every passing minute. The audience was quiet when it was over. But I was over the moon! To this day, it's my favorite. But again, I have to be honest, it makes Finnegans Wake look easy to digest. It's either your kind of thing or not. Anyway, has it been 20 years? Go to the movies now & you see its influence, especially Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Aquaman, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. I'll always love this movie!
     
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    Thanks for the reminder. :) I remember seeing this with 2 friends opening day and we were awe struck by what we saw. Light sabers cutting through doors, jedi in their prime, sith lords, fully CGI characters, and a great move score. I saw it many times again in the theater, probably 5 or 6. The hype and marketing surround it's release has not been matched since and that was just fun to experience. So many good memories. :)
     
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    I still remember when Obiwan and QuiGon removed their hoods at the beginning of the movie and that was when it really hit me that we were getting new SW movies for the first time in 16 years. I went into TPM totally unspoiled so I had no idea what to expect. I remember being satisfied when we got out of the theater, but (like any SW movie) there is a lot to process and requires more viewings to truly gauge a film. 20 years does make me feel old as I was 26 at the time.
     
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    On Thursday 15th July 1999, The Phantom Menace was released in the UK.
    Today is 15th July 2019, the 20th anniversary of the release. I still have the cinema tickets!

    Today is also the 20th anniversary of the day I became a Star Wars fan.

    Happy 20th Anniversary, Phantom Menace! (amidala)(r2-d2 2)(fighter)(vicious)

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    Ah, memories!

    Speaking of which, I remember my first screening on opening night-- Darth Maul did NOT get cut in two! He fell down the shaft intact. This is a true story, and not a figment of my imagination. The next day, I saw the movie again, and it was the "altered" ending where Maul is quite beside himself as he falls to pieces! I even reported it to TheForce.net that day.

    I saw the ending on the right on opening night:

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    I wish it was included as a deleted scene on the DVD or Blu-ray.
     
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    I have such good memories of seeing TPM theatrically, can't believe how long it's been already. Until this year it was still the film I'd seen the most times in cinemas (Alita: Battle Angel stole the crown... TRoS might win it back, we'll see!).

    Of course there was a mixed reaction to the film but honestly I didn't 'feel' the negativity until some time later and the internet seemed to amplify it (not saying it wasn't always there).

    I still love the film, both in its own right and for what it brought to Star Wars, I think it broadened the scope universe more than it gets credit for, had a wonderfully different yet consistent (IMHO) design aesthetic and started the whole 'poety/it rhymes/Ring Theory/parallelism' (whatever you want to call it) stuff off wonderfully.

    On a personal level it was not long after TPM I visited the USA for the first time (I'm in the UK), and I picked up a boxed copy of the Episode I: Racer game and an Obi-Wan Lightsaber (yes I put a lightsaber in my baggage, it was a more elegant thing to bring home for a more civilised age!).
     
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    As part of my 15th July TPM 20th anniversary celebration, I just watched TPM at exactly the same date and time (2pm - 4:10pm) , but seperated by exactly 20 years and 3 miles from the cinema. I knew the exact date and time as I have kept my tickets from 1999!

    That same cinema at which I saw TPM at in 1999 was today showing Jaws (2019), Spider-Man Far From Home and Annabelle Comes Home. But no TPM. Obviously.
     
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    Really?? That's pretty bizarre. And a cool story!
    I specifically remember seeing him cut in half. Where did you see that opening night screening? And where did you get those screenshots?
     
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    Those screenshots came from TheForce.net, but I saw the movie in Framingham, MA. One of the the theaters had this version opening night. The next day, I saw it again at the same Framingham theater, just a different print in a different house, and it was the altered "cut-in-half" version. Weird, right?
     
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    This has randomly come up in a few conversations I've had over the years, where someone says they don't remember seeing him cut in half. I have always chalked it up to either not noticing it or "mis-remembering".... but you're the first person I ever heard of who says they saw two different cuts! Definitely makes me wonder how many people actually only saw him fall "whole" and thought I was the one who saw it differently.... Really weird is right!
     
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    I found the original TheForce.net article from 1999 where i am mentioned by name at the end (Bryan Ferreira):
    https://www.theforce.net/episode1/story/Alternate_Versions_of_Episode_I_playing_80366.asp

    And I personally know Brett, the guy who was the primary source for that article.

    And here's a follow-up article on the same topic, using other eyewitness accounts:
    https://www.theforce.net/episode1/story/Print_Variations_80328.asp
     
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    Thanks, Bferr. :cool:
     
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    Wow. 20 years already? I was 16 when the movie was released.
    Such good memories about everything surrounding the new SW movie.
    The firsts rumours around 1995 and 1996.
    The firsts pictures around 1997 and 1998.
    Then that amazing teaser trailer! I recorded in VHS and rewatched more then 100 times...hahaha
    I waited years for this movie.
    Good memories indeed.
     
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    The hype leading up to The Phantom menace will always be one of my favorite movie experiences. Standing in long lines to buy tickets. Standing in huge lines to get a good seat. Toys R Us opening at midnight. The camaraderie among total strangers in all those places. Someone had Star Wars Trivial Pursuit cards and it was like being on a game show. There was an outlet on the side of the building and someone plugged a TV with VCR built in and had the VHS trilogy playing. The theater brought out donuts and coffee. Great times.
     
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    Wow. That's an interesting discussion @DarthSnow @bferr1972
    I too remember him not being cut in half, that's so weird...
     
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