Happy 10th anniversary, “Star Wars: Episode I”!!!
On this month nearly 10 years ago, “Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace” was unleashed to the moviegoing public to record box office despite backlash from die-hard fans and critics. This film started the so-called prequelogy and was the first Star Wars film (and major film) to use Dolby Digital Surround EX, a 6.1 surround sound format that was installed in a handful of theaters before the movie came out, and the first to be shown digitally at select theaters in the country, although the movie was shot on 35mm film; starting with Episode II and then III, it was shot in HD while most theaters were showing it in 35mm. It was nominated for an Oscar for best special effects, but lost out to the much better first “Matrix” movie.