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The Digital Bits on Episode I

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Welcome to The Digital Bits' coverage of Star Wars: Episode I on DVD. It's here that you'll learn everything there is to know about this awesome 2-disc set from Fox and Lucasfilm, which streets on October 16th. We've got a full-length review of the DVD, as well as a look at the menu screens and even a Q & A with the man himself, director George Lucas, along with several others who were involved in the DVD's production.

But first, the good news. We know when the next Star Wars film will be released on DVD. If all goes well, it'll be Episode II - Attack of the Clones and it will come out late next year at the same time as the VHS release, after the film's theatrical run. But there's bad news too... the next DVD after that will be Episode III, some three years later. And the original Trilogy won't appear on DVD until after Episodes II and III are complete. The reason is that Lucas needs more time to create special edition materials for those discs (his staff didn't really start documenting the productions until Episode I). And there have been all kinds of rumors that Lucas plans to shoot and add still more scenes to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi before he releases them on DVD - rumors made somewhat more believable given the comments that Lucas himself makes in the Q & A you'll find below.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. It's not every day that you get an invitation to visit the Skywalker Ranch, and yes... it is every bit the cool experience you'd expect it to be. But this story isn't about the Ranch... it's about the DVD. So here's everything you need to know about Star Wars: Episode I on disc. I think you'll agree, it's been worth the wait.

Star Wars: Episode I DVD review

Episode I DVD menu screens

Q & A with Van Ling, Rick McCallum, Richard Dean, Pablo Helman, Jon Shenk and George Lucas

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace on DVD


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