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The blockbuster release of the year, STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE is now available exclusively in video CD (VCD) format and is selling for only $13.88 at CoolVCD.com.

Koay Al Vin of CoolVCD sells VCD movies exclusively and has an extensive library of titles in VCD format and only sells original & legal VCD's. VCD video is MPEG-1, which is a file format supported by the QuickTime on your iBook.

I have ordered form them in the past and they were friendly, courteous and fast. A few weeks ago I ordered "The Matrix", "The Blair Witch Project" and "Life is Beautiful" and received the order in just 2 days!

Koay said the only requirements to play The Phantom Menace are QuickTime 4.1 and the iBook's CD-ROM drive. This is good news as some VCD titles, as I found like the "The Matrix" require the use of CD-ROM Speed Tools cd drivers from Intech Software to playback. As quicktime can't play all VCD's. CD-ROM Speed Tools costs $40 and is an afordable option compared to buying a DVD player and it is the best option for iBook Users playing full length feature movies.

Some say that the video quality of VCD is equal to VHS + however I found it to be slightly better than VHS. At full 800 X 600 resolution the picture quality's not bad but it depends on the movie. In "The Blair Witch Project" some scenes were pixelated. The sound quality's very good with either headphones or external speakers. Through the single iBook speaker forget about it and get a headphone or external speaker and you'll love it !

One program I recommend to make running VCD's easier is FreeVCD It is very basic, free program that will automatically detect and run the proper file on the VCD instead of searching for the right files to run in QuickTime. See the FreeVCD Home Page for some of it's options while playing a movie.

Download verion 1.0.3 of FreeVCD (20K)


 According to Go2Mac:

"Currently, there are no plans to release any of the Star Wars movies on DVD until the next two films are completed. That probably won't be for at least another six to eight years! "

So maybe we'll be seeing more Star Wars movies on VCD first ! Enjoy !



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