Star Wars 3D

Star Wars 3D

The time is drawing near, 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm have announced the release date for the first Star Wars 3D release being Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. The film is scheduled for release on February 10, 2012 and will start off the series of 3D releases which are currently planned for one film a year over the next six years.

It’s going to be very interesting to see how the first three films perform particularly given some controversy around the recent trend in 3D film releases but also the far more controversial prequel films themselves.  As all Star Wars fans will know the prequel releases drove something of a wedge dividing the fan base on the quality of various aspects in those films, as well as a perceived (by some) detrimental effect on the enjoyment of the original trilogy.

On a technical level the post-conversion 3D process has so far produced mixed result, and rarely anything as impressive as films shot specifically for a 3D release. Can Lucasfilm improve on previous post-conversion efforts? We’ll have to wait and see.

Regardless of any debate, the 3D conversions will no doubt proceed as planned, further details are within the press release below.

Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox announced today that the 3D theatrical launch of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace now has an official release date – February 10, 2012! 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. Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.