Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

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Director: Irvin Kershner, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Cast: Irvin Kershner, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

     
 

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The second entry in George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy finds Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the green-as-grass hero from the first film, now a seasoned space warrior. Luke's Star Wars cohorts Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) are likewise more experienced in the ways and means of battling the insidious Empire, as represented by the

Overview

The second entry in George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy finds Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the green-as-grass hero from the first film, now a seasoned space warrior. Luke's Star Wars cohorts Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) are likewise more experienced in the ways and means of battling the insidious Empire, as represented by the brooding Darth Vader (body of David Prowse, voice of James Earl Jones). And, of course, "The Force," personified by the ghost of Luke's mentor Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness), is with them all. Retreating from Vader's minions, Luke ends up, at first, on the Ice Planet Hoth, and then the tropical Dagobah. Here he makes the acquaintance of the gnomish Yoda (voice of Frank Oz), whose all-encompassing wisdom comes in handy during the serial-like perils of the rest of the film. Before the film's open-ended climax, we are introduced to the apparently duplicitous Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) and are let in on a secret that profoundly affects both Luke and his arch-enemy, Vader. Many viewers consider this award-winning film the best of the Star Wars movies, and its special-effects bonanza was pure gold at the box office.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
When George Lucas hit pay dirt with the original Star Wars in 1977, he was given the freedom to explore other aspects of the saga in this ’80 sequel, a much darker film that many fans still believe to be the best of the entire series. Empire remained a space opera played out on a galactic stage, but it toned down the devil-may-care heroics of A New Hope and introduced a more sinister villain in the Emperor. Together with his dark lieutenant, Darth Vader, the Emperor seeks to quash the rebellion and annihilate the slender "new hope" posed by young rebel Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Skywalker pursues his ambitions of becoming a Jedi knight following a near-death vision of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), who dispatches him to a distant swamp planet for further instruction by Yoda (making his series debut here as a puppet whose voice is provided by Frank Oz). With Luke off in training, the romance between Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) gathers steam, and they wind up on the mining planet, Bespin, overseen from the Cloud City an old colleague of Solo’s, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams). They’re soon tracked down by Vader and his storm troopers, leading to Solo’s capture and a momentous Skywalker-Vader lightsaber duel. This Limited Edition contains both the original 1980 version -- heretofore unavailable on DVD -- and the 1997 "enhanced" version preferred by producer George Lucas. More than a quarter century after it was made, Empire remains the high point of the series, and this new edition is definitely cause for celebration.
All Movie Guide
Proof that a sequel can be as good as (or better than) its predecessor, The Empire Strikes Back is frequently considered the best of the original Star Wars trilogy. The 1980 film, which picks up a few years after the original movie, contains perhaps the most substantial plot developments of the three films, interweaving spiritual and romantic development and serving up a genuinely shocking cliffhanger. It also features more of the special effects that endeared Star Wars to many an audience member, further catering to its audience's growing appetite for bigger, better effects. Dark and downbeat, Empire is at its core the most human of the trilogy, allowing its characters -- generally two-dimensional in Star Wars -- to flesh out to more convincing proportions. Part of this change may be due to Irvin Kershner's directing the film; where George Lucas was a master with technology, he was not really an actor's director, and the actors here seem noticeably more at ease. The film's enormous success was proof that audiences were more than eager to see the Star Wars storyline continued in the years to come, something that still held true when the special edition of The Empire Strikes Back was released 17 years after the original version. Exhilarating and timeless, it remains one of the most compelling adventures ever brought to the screen.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
UPC:
0024543263883
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:09:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren, and Carrie Fisher; DVD-ROM weblink to exclusive Star Wars content; Original theatrical version of The Empire Strikes Back; Lego Star Wars II video game Xbox demo and trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Hamill Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford Han Solo
Carrie Fisher Princess Leia
James Earl Jones Darth Vader
David Prowse Darth Vader
Billy Dee Williams Lando Calrissian
Anthony Daniels C-3PO
Peter Mayhew Chewbacca
Frank Oz Yoda
Alec Guinness Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi
Kenny Baker R2-D2
Jeremy Bulloch Boba Fett
John Hollis Lobot, Lando's Aide
Jack Purvis Chief Ugnaught
Des Webb Wampa Snow Creature
Kathryn Mullen Performing Asst. for Yoda
Clive Revill The Emperor
Kenneth Colley Admiral Piett
Julian Glover Gen. Veers
Michael Sheard Admiral Ozzel
Michael Culver Capt. Needa
John Dicks Other Imperial Officer
Milton Johns Other Imperial Officer
Mark Jones Other Imperial Officer
Oliver Maguire Other Imperial Officer
Bruce Boa Gen. Rieekan
Christopher Malcolm Zev
Denis Lawson Wedge (Rogue 3)
Richard Oldfield Hobbie, Rogue 4
John Morton Dak, Luke's Gunner
Ian Liston Janson, Wedge's Gunner
John Ratzenberger Maj. Derlin
Jack McKenzie Deck Lieutenant
Jerry Harte Head Controller
Norman Chancer Other Rebel Officer
Norwich Duff Other Rebel Officer
Ray Hassett Other Rebel Officer
Brigitte Kahn Other Rebel Officer
Burnell Tucker Revel Officer
Irene Lamb Actor
Ralph McQuarrie General McQuarrie

Technical Credits
Irvin Kershner Director
Bob Anderson Stunts
Jim Bloom Producer
Leigh Brackett Screenwriter
Ben Burtt Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Casady Animator
Leslie Dilley Art Director
Richard Edlund Special Effects
Michael Ford Set Decoration/Design
Kay Freeborn Makeup
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Dominic Fulford Asst. Director
Paul Hirsch Editor
Brian Johnson Special Effects
Joe Johnston Art Director,Special Effects
Lawrence Kasdan Screenwriter
Peter Kuran Animator
Gary Kurtz Producer
Irene Lamb Casting
Harry Lange Art Director
Terry Liebling Casting
George Lucas Executive Producer,Original Story
Nick Maley Makeup
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
John Mollo Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis Muren Special Effects
Bruce Nicholson Special Effects
Norman Reynolds Production Designer
Nina Saxon Animator
Ola Solum Asst. Director
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer
Peter Sutton Sound/Sound Designer
David Tomblin Asst. Director
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Robert Watts Associate Producer
Bill Westley Asst. Director
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Star Wars: Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
1. Opening Logos
2. The Empire Strikes Back
3. Ice Planet Hoth
4. The Rebel Base
5. Escape From the Wampa
6. Closing the Doors
7. Obi-Wan's Instructions
8. Search Party
9. Luke's Recovery
10. Imperial Probe Droid
11. The Imperial Fleet
12. Preparing for Battle
13. First Transport Away
14. Battle in the Snow
15. The Tide Turns
16. Rebels in Retreat
17. Escape Aboard the Falcon
18. Leaving for Dagobah
19. The Empire in Pursuit
20. Asteroid Field
21. Crash Landing on Dagobah
22. Hunting the Falcon
23. "Found Someone, You Have"
24. Interrupted Kiss
25. The Emperor's Message
26. Yoda's Hut
27. "This is No Cave"
28. Jedi Training
29. Faulire at the Cave
30. Bounty Hunters
31. There is No Try
32. Out With the Garbage
33. Seeing the Future
34. City in the Clouds
35. Meeting Lando
36. Leaving Dagobah
37. Leia's Concerns
38. Imperial Surprise
39. The Deal Gets Worse
40. Carbon-Freeze
41. Luke ENters the Trap
42. Confronting the Dark Lord
43. Lando's Second Surprise
44. Lightsaber Duel
45. Escape From Cloud City
46. Vader's Revelation
47. Falcon to the Rescue
48. The Empire Closes In
49. The Rebel Fleet
50. End Credits
Disc #2 -- Star Wars: Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
1. Opening Logos [:20]
2. The Empire Strikes Back [1:36]
3. Ice Planet Hoth [2:18]
4. The Rebel Base [4:02]
5. Escape From the Wampa [1:48]
6. Closing the Doors [2:42]
7. Obi-Wan's Instructions [2:14]
8. Search Party [1:16]
9. Luke's Recovery [2:00]
10. Imperial Probe Droid [1:15]
11. The Imperial Fleet [1:37]
12. Preparing for Battle [2:35]
13. First Transport Away [1:50]
14. Battle in the Snow [3:39]
15. The Tide Turns [1:59]
16. Rebels in Retreat [2:08]
17. Escape Aboard the Falcon [2:17]
18. Leaving for Dagobah [:56]
19. The Empire in Pursuit [1:42]
20. Asteroid Field [2:02]
21. Crash Landing on Dagobah [3:43]
22. Hunting the Falcon [1:48]
23. Found Someone, You Have [4:04]
24. Interrupted Kiss [2:03]
25. The Emperor's Message [:03]
26. Yoda's Hut [1:37]
27. This is No Cave [3:20]
28. Jedi Training [:25]
29. Failure at the Cave [2:52]
30. Bounty Hunters [2:49]
31. There is No Try [1:59]
32. Out With the Garbage [2:25]
33. Seeing the Future [5:11]
34. City in the Clouds [3:09]
35. Meeting Lando [1:45]
36. Leaving Dagobah [1:06]
37. Leia's Concerns [3:09]
38. Imperial Surprise [2:42]
39. The Deal Gets Worse [2:04]
40. Carbon-Freeze [2:37]
41. Luke Enters the Trap [4:10]
42. Confronting the Dark Lord [3:49]
43. Lando's Second Surprise [1:56]
44. Lightsaber Duel [1:19]
45. Escape From Cloud City [2:05]
46. Vader's Revelation [1:33]
47. Falcon to the Recue [1:37]
48. The Empire Closes In [2:14]
49. The Rebel Fleet [4:19]
50. End Credits [2:05]

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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have gotten my copy of The Empire Strikes Back DVD, original and special edition in one DVD release. This is very worth getting. I was not expecting the nice quality in the release, but the original version is cleaned up and restored and the sound is terriffic. The original version is on the second disc, while the 2004 version is on the first disc. There is a 2004 commentary on the first disc and there is a newely recorded commentary on the original version on the second disc. There is also a very detailed documentary, over an hour long about the original versio on the second disc. I was surprised by the release, because I was hearing that the original versions were not going to be cleaned up, so I was shocked to see it has been cleaned up. THIS IS A GREAT RELEASE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, I open my copy of the steenbok version of "The Empire Strikes Back" and I find only one disc. I play the disc and almost immediately, I realize that it is the 2004 remaster instead the actual theatrical version. The only reason that I bought this product was because I believed that it would include this cut. Now, I've spent money on the edition of a movie that I already have, regardless of whether it's blu-ray or not, and I honestly believe that the fact that I wasn't informed properly of the product information is something I find utterly atrocious.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
One of the better sequels in a trilogy. Everything about it is good, the story, the characters and near the end especially. A lot happens in this one.
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ThrillerReturns More than 1 year ago
awesome from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a one of a kind, it really is. It has the 2004 DVD release and also the original 1980 theatrical version of 'The Empire Strikes Back'. It has been cleaned up and restored, and is in 5.1 surround sound, both versions have this. Even the original. It seems Lucasfilm have changed their mind and cleaned up the originals and gave them the best DVD treatment. Also, there are a few more extra extra's. The extra's include a new (and very large) photo gallery, and a one hour (and 34 minutes) documentary on the original version. Also, a new commentary!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nearly thirty years later, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back remains one of the greatest of the all-encompassing saga, and certinly reigns unsurpassed in the Original Trilogy. ESB not merely chronicles the beginning of Luke Skywalker's destiny as the first of a new generation of Jedi Knights, expands upon the lovable tension between Han and Leia, and contains possibly one of the greatest Star Wars lines of all time (Luke...I AM your father), but is the only episode to end entirely in a cliffhanger with Han forzen in carbonite and the fate of the galaxy uncertain. May the Force be with you!
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