The Tatooine pod races in “Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace” was one of the franchise’s most exciting, pulse-pounding spectacles — and now we’ll get to see them in 3-D on Feb. 12, 2012.
Although word about the upcoming 3-D version of the “Star Wars” prequel had been out for awhile, news broke Thursday morning about the movie’s release date; Industrial Light & Magic’s John Knoll is heading up the movie’s 3-D conversion. Creator George Lucas doesn’t have any new scenes planned for the re-release, as he did with the digital re-releases of the original trilogy of “Star Wars” films, and there’s no word yet on when the other prequels — “Episode II: Attack of the Clones” and “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” — will get their 3-D releases. [Updated: An earlier version of this post indicated that it was unclear whether the other “Star Wars” prequels would be released in 3D. They will be.]
The debate on 3-D seems to have died down, with most recognizing that the stereoscopic technology seems to be here to stay. But converting a 2-D film to 3-D isn’t easy and certainly isn’t always successful. One can imagine, though, that there will be fairly exacting standards for anything “Star Wars.”
— Jevon Phillips
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