My Phantom Menace 3D Stuff

The 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars film to hit theatres since I started all of this collecting business, so needless to say, I made sure I grabbed some cool stuff amidst the hype of the movie being back in theaters. I would love to get one of the theatrical posters, my local poster shop was selling the originals during the film's release week for $15, but I was too slow. They're now up to $65, which I don't feel like paying, but we'll see, they pop up on ebay from time to time.

Bus Shelter Poster

This poster is HUGE! It's 4 feet by 6 feet, these were put up in bus shelters around Toronto by Astral Media. I contacted them and they were nice enough to put one aside for me. Awesome!

Some other stuff I picked up during the film's re-release. A 35mm film reel of the trailer for the 3D version (the trailer itself is in 2D), a jumbo cup from the theater with the theatrical poster art on it and an R2-D2 spinning top from McDonalds.

35mm Trailer

Probably one of the coolest Star Wars items I own, this is a sealed 35mm trailer that was sent out to theaters in the weeks before TPM was re-released in 3D. This one was shipped with and intended to be shown in front of Alvin and Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, obviously it was never used. The green sticker describes the trailer as being "Version D," I've only ever seen one version of the trailer and I have no way of playing this reel, so I don't know what the differences between trailer versions are. The blue sticker recommends not showing the trailer in front of a G-rated film.

As you can see in the third picture, the leader of the trailer says "FLAT." You know that 99.9% of all modern films are presented in theaters in wide aspect ratios (usually ranging from 1.85:1 to 2.40:1), 35mm film is relatively square, so to be able to project a widescreen image, the film must be prepared in one of two ways.

The image can either be matted on-film, which means that the picture is cropped to the correct aspect ratio before the film prints are made, this method is results in wasted film space, as about 1/3 of each frame consists of the black bars. This is almost exactly like letterboxed video.

The image can also be "squished" horizontally, upon projection a Cinemascope lens is required, which projects the squished, square frame of film at it's intended aspect ratio, this method uses film space much more efficiently and is very similar to anamorphic video.

My trailer has been matted on-film, requiring no special lenses to be played back properly and is therefore called flat. Films requiring a Cinemascope lens to be projected properly are appropriately called "Scope."