Twenty years ago today advance tickets for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace went on sale. I remember my dismay being stuck in school and knowing I had no chance of attending the midnight showing. In what is still one of the biggest and best shocks of my life, one of my friends had secretly skipped class to get in line and surprised me with a ticket the next day. I spent the rest of the day planning how I could convince my mom to let me go to a midnight screening on a school night but my mom, being pretty awesome, told me no problem as long as I still went to school the following day! The movie would debut on May 16th, 1999 at some charity screenings across the U.S with it's wide release being May 19th. Of course, the ticket sales and the premiers are only part of the story. The movie is still probably the most anticipated movie ever, and was preceded by an enormous advertising campaign. There were toy releases, characters on Pepsi cans, music videos, t-shirts....Star Wars was pretty much everywhere. This is the thread to discuss and celebrate twenty years of Episode I. Share your stories about buying tickets, attending the premier (if you could), how many times you saw the movie in theaters, what products did you buy, what commercials do you remember? Who else remembers spending hours downloading the trailer when the internet was a much different place? Even if you didn't see the movie in 1999 please share your experiences with the film; when you first saw it and where does it rank among the other Star Wars films, etc. It is okay when discussing the film itself to mention some things you didn't like but let's please keep this a positive thread, as the intent is to celebrate the film on it's anniversary.