Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

It was a boring summer, and I saw on a newspaper a full page commercial of a cinema related magazine called Cinemanía. It featured the current issue: a triple page cover with the most anticipated movie of the year: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I knew almost nothing about Star Wars back in those days. I believe I saw the old ones on TV someday, but I wasn't much into movies anyway. I also remember having watched an animated series that aired on the Basque TV, but didn't like it too much either. The thing is, that Dragon Ball, both the manga and the animated series I grew up with, ended a couple of years ago, and for a long time I was looking for something new to follow. I gave a small try to the Evangelion manga, but I didn't enjoyed too much. But when I saw this Commercial, I began to realize how Star Wars was a big influence for Akira Toriyama, the author of my beloved Dragon Ball, so, I decided to give it a try. I bought the magazine and I immediately started to get interested on this new universe created by George Lucas.

When summer vacations ended, a friend let me the original trilogy on VHS. I saw the three classics films and then went to the cinema to see the newly released Episode I. I really enjoyed it, and got hocked to it. Some time later, another friend let me the the original trilogy again, but this time it was the Special Edition VHS set that was released on 1997. This was the first time I saw some behind the scenes features on the making of any movie. The introductory videos showed how they restored the films and  how they added some new special effects. This featurettes changed my life forever. Here  is what I saw: