Watch the ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’ 3D Re-Release Trailer

Let’s face it. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace wasn’t exactly one of the greatest theatrical releases we’ve ever sat through. But that probably resulted primarily from impossibly high expectations. So maybe, this time around, it’ll go a bit more smoothly. 3D doesn’t hurt. As foretold by the recent poster release, Phantom Menace will be braving theaters once more, early next year.

Some dub this entry the worst of the series. Some claim it actually ruined the entire Star Wars saga for them. Some were so horrified by it, they retreated to a dark cavern and haven’t been seen since (we miss you, Uncle Ferguson). But I maintain: give it another chance. Maybe without those aforementioned impossibly high expectations (really, what could have impressed us?) we might enjoy a theatrical showing of this film. And pod-races in 3D? How on Earth could you not even be a little excited by that?

The 3D release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace begins Feb. 10, 2012.

(via Comingsoon)

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.