INTERGALACTIC BULLETIN: 'Star Wars: Episode 1' Zooms to DVD Oct. 1619 Jun, 2001 By: Hive News
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will unleash Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace in a worldwide DVD release on Oct. 16, the first film of the Star Wars saga to debut on DVD.
The two-disc Episode 1 package comes with over six hours of additional material, including exclusive documentaries and never-before-seen footage. The DVD set contains a total of approximately 480 minutes of material.
The Episode I DVD was digitally mastered by THX for the superior sound and picture quality required by writer/director George Lucas to bring the sci-fi epic to DVD.
Special features on the disc include the first-ever running commentary by Lucas, a deleted-scenes documentary featuring seven new sequences completed just for the DVD, and an hour-long documentary film culled from over 600 hours of behind-the-scenes footage.
Also included is an interactive featurette with a glimpse into the process of creating scenes from storyboards to animatics to final film composites. Additional features include the original theatrical trailers, TV spots, a gallery of never-before-seen cast and crew photos, an award-winning 12-part Web documentary series, and five featurettes that provide an insider's look at The Phantom Menace's storyline, design, costumes, visual effects and fight scenes.
The VHS debut of Episode 1 sold around 5 million copies and generated nearly $176 million at the rental and sale counters. The film is the second highest-grossing motion picture of all time worldwide.