Nothing can quite match seeing a Star Wars epic on the big screen, but for children that can't get to theaters as frequently as obsessive twentysomethings, the read-along adaptation of the eagerly anticipated prequel The Phantom Menace will be a pleasant way to while away the hours. The story is condensed to 30 minutes and the narration features contributions from actors Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Samuel L. Jackson and Natalie Portman, along with excerpts from Williams' score. The entire package is exciting, entertaining and fun -- even if it isn't quite the same as actually watching the film itself.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine