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'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace' Will Hit Theaters in 3D

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Mar 03, 2011 | 8:45am EST

Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace 3d posterWell, at least this isn't making me angry. in fact, it's failing to elicit that much of a reaction above a groan. There's been chatter for a while about George Lucas' desire to release the Star Wars films in 3D and many of us die hard fans have been shaking our heads ever since it all started. Now it's time for us to collectively sigh apathetically because the first installment of the newer Star Wars trilogy, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, has got a 3D release date set for Feb. 10, 2012. Sure, the pod-races will be great in 3D (they were the most fun part of the movie anyway) and the lightsaber fight between Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson's last film role ever, my ass) will get some new life, but is this really necessary? The films weren't made in 3D and 3D conversions aren't nearly as breathtaking or epic as films that were made for the format. Sure, I'll shell out the 15 bucks to see it because even though it's the worst of all the Star Wars movies (though I guess it's probably tied with Episode II: Attack of the Clones for that title) it will come out in February when it's cold and dismal and the only other things coming out are crappy romcoms and terrible fantasy/action movies that merit little more than a half-star rating, but will I be completely and totally stoked like I was up until the midway point of Episode I after waiting in line for three hours to see the midnight showing (can you say "disappointment")? No. No I will not.

Source: Deadline

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