Lucas, Fox guard 'Wars' posters

Fox and LucasFilm were taking no chances with last week’s print run for the “Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace” one-sheet.

At all times during what was called “an unusually large” print run at L.A.’s Kater Litho, either a Fox or LucasFilm rep was on hand to ensure print quality and that no extras were taken home by employees. If a poster was not up to grade, it was immediately torn into pieces.

The one-sheet, whose image includes a young man standing in a desert, was done with a special five-color process as an anti-counterfeiting device — the Fox logo in the corner changes color beneath a blacklight.

Sources said the sheet should be in theaters by Nov. 20, the same day the film’s two-minute trailer begins screening.

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