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Finally Some Good Posters for 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' 3D

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January 12, 2012
Source: Kino Gallery

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 3D

Most of the posters we've seen for the return of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 3D have been unimpressive and lackluster at best (see here). However, someone in the marketing department at Lucasfilm Ltd. finally got on the ball and used the best points of the film, lightsabers, the pod racing sequence and Darth Maul, to get audiences back into the theaters and send George Lucas some more of their money. My personal favorites are the ones that utilize the glowing lightsaber blades and still keep the aesthetic of the original poster from all the way back in 1999, but you can decide for yourself. See ’em below!

Posters for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 3D from KinoGallery (via ComingSoon):

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D - Blue Lightsaber Poster

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D - Red Lightsaber Poster

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D - Podracing Poster

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D - Darth Maul Lightsaber Poster

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D - Darth Maul Face Poster

George Lucas' Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, originally released in late May of 1999, will be re-released in digital 3D in theaters everywhere starting February 10th early next year. This is the first of six planned re-releases for the entire Star Wars saga, progressing in numerical order (as long as this one is a success). 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. The 3D conversion was supervised by Industrial Light & Magic.

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  • I like how all promotional material has lacked in JarJar.
  • Al
    You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies. 
    • Jericho
      more like you like cant have 5 million Jedi without making a few Sith.
  • Anonymous
    The first one reminds me a little bit of "Star Trek: Generations". But they're looking better than the ones before.
  • Brandon
    Make it stop!!!!
  • Neuromancer
    I like the one with the pod racers, simple yet somehow effective due to the engines coming out of the frame. The last one tells me Darth Maul can make 500 million friends but at the cost of a few enemies.
  • Love
  • the 2nd one is meh... but i love the rest! 😀
  • Xerxexx
    I love the fourth one.
    • Anonymous
      Reminds me of the "Thor" posters... :p
  • Rossthx
    Where's Drew Struzan when you need him - these all suck!
  • Anonymous
    And not a Gungan in sight. :)
  • Anonymous
    Too late. Every attempt at making Episode I look good is doomed to failure. Everyone already knows it sucks. Unless 3D can re-write dialogue and plot.
  • Dochopper
    lol these are all terrible. 
  • Anonymous
    George...  you know it's still not too late to stop. You could just hold a press conference and say "Yeah, this was a really bad idea, guys. I know none of you actually like or would ever want to pay $15 to see these piece of shit movies in a theater again. I can't even get my artists enthused enough to turn in decent poster designs for these turds. Sorry, everyone." These movies give me a headache when they're NOT in 3D. There's no fucking way I would pay twice as much money to go see a shit movie that's only guaranteed to piss me off and give me a headache. The posters give me a god damn headache. Default photoshop lens flares? REALLY!? How much do these people get paid. Fucking pay me to do this shit. If I wanted to actually put effort into anything related to the phantom menace, I could grab a few images off the internet and cobble them into a mock-up for a poster, and that mockup would look better than any of these abominations. You know who should be painting these posters? Not Drew Struzan. I wouldn't want to see him lower himself further by revisiting this crap. No, get the guy who painted the bluray covers. Not the shitty full set cover with anakin. I mean the two trilogy set covers. Those are fucking masterful and far better covers than I would have expected. Surely the prequel trilogy has a better cover than it deserves. Why not hire that guy to do these posters? Afraid they'll actually be eye-catching and interesting to look at? Not enough lens flares?
    • Rossthx
      I do agree with you on all points. My reference to Drew Struzan really was in the faint possibility that he would conjure up some classic re-interpretation of his previous work and in doing so maybe touch the emotional side of our un-jadded original passion for the Star Wars franchise......oh, but then there's JarJar!
    • aeleaene
      • Anonymous
        So it was the same guy. That's crazy, cause that complete set painting is so stiff and washed out while his other stuff is pretty loose and contrasty in comparison. Those two bluray covers look very much unlike his other stuff, aside from a few of his 'narrative' pieces. His DVD covers for old 40's movies is is strongest stuff by far, tho. Thanks for the link, tho. I'll keep an eye on him. He'd still make better posters for these movies, tho 😛
    • Derp
      NERRRDDD RAAAAAGGGGGE!!!
  • David Banner
    They should have gone with some new, painted posters. The Epi 1 3D posters are the worst Star Wars posters ever.
  • I think the Podracer poster is the only one I like. Everything else feels like its from 1992. There's no element or allure of '3D'
  • Evil
    I'm with Brandon - please make it stop :-(
  • Draw4food
    Too bad the posters won't make the story and acting suck less... unless they kill Jar Jar in this re-release.
  • Dresden King
    Was 12 when this film originally came out. Fuck everyone who has to say something about how it "raped" their childhood. There's nothing wrong with these films and if you expected them to be the same as the Originals then you were setting yourself up for disappointment long before George even started scripting the prequels. You don't like it, fine, we get it. But there are some of us that love Jar Jar and see that he represents an innocent. Besides this, every one of you that's bitching about it being in 3D don't realize that it's getting a DECENT 3D conversion, not one of those cheap chop shop pieces of shit that get released with a lot of shit movies. On top of this, every one of you that's bitching about the 3D release will probably buy a ticket, if not for the story, at least for the Podrace in awesome 3D, and you know it. You can moan and complain and say that's not true, but you know it is. And you'll be fighting between your stubbornness and desire until it's out of theater and realize you wasted all of your energy on hating it instead of just going like you think you should. Plus if the prequels do well in 3D (over the next 3 years) then a few years from now we'll be getting the originals in 3D. They've been working a LONG TIME on the conversion process for ALL  of the films. They will be good conversions. Flame me, hate me, whatever. But realize that when you were kids, adults hated Threepio as much as todays adults hate Jar Jar. But did that keep you from enjoying the originals? No. So don't let Jar Jar keep you from enjoying episode I.
    • Max Renn
      LOL
      • Dresden King
        Your statement makes me reconsider my entire viewpoint. The master of colloquialisms are you. Come on dude, if you're going to  debate, then put some effort into it.
  • Qwerty
    How about a new Star Wars Movie forget all the re-hashing
  • salber on cinema
    why doesn't he (GL) just get to the point and release A NEW HOPE for it anniversary, he knows episodes 1 - 3 movies suck anyway. 
  • posterfan
    What is this? Why wasn't Drew Strruzan hired again?
  • feelingfine99
    These are shite too. Drew Struzan and Tom Jung are the kings of Star Wars art!!

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