Phantom Menace 3-D trailer awesome even on 2-D computer screen

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Dec 15, 2012

Forget those over-edited Blu-rays—Star Wars is returning to theaters! The first trailer for the 3-D release of Episode I has premiered. The revamped print, which was converted by Industrial Light & Magic, will debut in theaters early next year.

The trailer for Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace hit theaters over the weekend attached to Paul W.S. Anderson's The Three Musketeers. If you missed it (and judging from the film's $8 million gross, most of you did), it also debuted online.

The first prequel in the trilogy focuses on a young Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson). Aside from Palpatine/Darth Sidius (Ian McDiarmid), the villain of choice is the devilish-looking Darth Maul, played by the amazing Ray Park. (But you know that, right?)

During its original theatrical run, The Phantom Menace earned more than $924 million worldwide. Granted, this was before word spread about the questionable special effects, the cardboard characters and the annoying presence of Jar Jar Binks. Do you think the 3-D will help distract from those problems?

Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace returns to theaters Feb. 10.

Will you be buying a ticket?