Written September 30, 2016
It was great to see this movie again on the big screen. The movie theater gives you an immersive experience, and the 3D added to that experience. It was not over-done, in-your-face 3D; it really just added another dimension (haha, literally) to the film. 3D is best when it feels like you are looking through a window into another world, not when that world is jumping out of the screen at you. There were a few moments when the 3D didn't work for me, but I enjoyed it for the vast majority of the time.
As far as the movie itself, I don't want to spend too much time discussing that. It's been out for almost 13 years; you either like it or you don't. If you are still angry about aspects of this movie (like, say, Jar Jar), it's time to let go. Star Wars is supposed to be something you sit down and have fun watching, and that's exactly what I got.
Written February 21, 2017
I've been a huge fan of Star Wars from the beginning, but I have to admit the same as most fans feel about Episode I: The Phantom Menace... it didn't have the same heart as IV, V, and VI. However, I just had to experience it again in 3D IMAX ... and I'm glad I did.
The film felt a lot faster and more enjoyable this time around, and maybe that's because there's been enough time since it's first release, to more appreciate and have affection for the actors and their characters. Even Jar-Jar didn't jar me as much this time! I also have a lot more clarity for the complete storyline now, having let them sink in for a dozen or more years.
As far as the 3D experience, considering the original wasn't made for 3D, and there's no gimmicky in-your-face gotcha's...the process did help give the film a richer depth of field without looking 'layered'. And the pod-race scene alone was worth the extra 3 bucks, for sure! All 6 eps will come out in 3D, now...and I will be there for them all!
Written February 11, 2012
I enjoyed the movie, but it was not exciting. How is the '3D' done? It looks like a computer altered version of the original, not true 3D.
Written April 26, 2017
There were no noticeable changes other than the credits and leading scroll up at the beginning that looked to me like any 3D enhancements.
The Darth Maul battle could have been enhanced but was not.
The Pod Races could have been enhance but were not.
The Battle for Naboo could have been enhance but was not.
Darth Sidious should have been enhanced, but was not.
Please George Lucas, just let the Blu-Ray versions stay the way they were.
This was not worth the money nor my time.
Written May 04, 2016
It's better than all the critics bashing it say, and Jar Jar Binks is ridiculous but not terrible. Really, the movie is pretty entertaining and the key sequences are definitely worth the price of admission. The 3D effects weren't that great unfortunately.