Finally Some Good Posters for 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' 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!
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.
Reader Feedback - 29 Comments
I like how all promotional material has lacked in JarJar.
Anthony Lopez on Jan 12, 2012
You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.
Al on Jan 12, 2012
more like you like cant have 5 million Jedi without making a few Sith.
Jericho on Jan 12, 2012
Make it stop!!!!
Brandon on Jan 12, 2012
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.
Neuromancer on Jan 12, 2012
Michael Baldwin on Jan 12, 2012
the 2nd one is meh... but i love the rest! 😀
Said Samayoa on Jan 12, 2012
I love the fourth one.
Xerxexx on Jan 12, 2012
Reminds me of the "Thor" posters... :p
Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012
Where's Drew Struzan when you need him - these all suck!
Rossthx on Jan 12, 2012
And not a Gungan in sight. 🙂
Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012
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.
Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012
lol these are all terrible.
Dochopper on Jan 12, 2012
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?
Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012
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!
Rossthx on Jan 13, 2012
aeleaene on Jan 14, 2012
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 😛
Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012
Derp on Jan 15, 2012
They should have gone with some new, painted posters. The Epi 1 3D posters are the worst Star Wars posters ever.
David Banner on Jan 12, 2012
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'
Nick Sears on Jan 13, 2012
I'm with Brandon - please make it stop 🙁
Evil on Jan 13, 2012
Too bad the posters won't make the story and acting suck less... unless they kill Jar Jar in this re-release.
Draw4food on Jan 13, 2012
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.
Dresden King on Jan 13, 2012
Max Renn on Jan 14, 2012
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.
Dresden King on Jan 14, 2012
How about a new Star Wars Movie forget all the re-hashing
Qwerty on Jan 14, 2012
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.
salber on cinema on Jan 14, 2012
What is this? Why wasn't Drew Strruzan hired again?
posterfan on Jul 4, 2012
These are shite too. Drew Struzan and Tom Jung are the kings of Star Wars art!!
feelingfine99 on Feb 2, 2013
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