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Format: DVD
Sku: 202636476
UPC: 024543263838
UPC 14: 00024543263838
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"THX Digitally Mastered, For Superior Sound & Picture Quality."
For the first time ever and for a limited time only, the enhanced versions of the Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi will be available individually on DVD. Plus, these 2-Disc DVD's will feature a bonus disc that includes, for the first time ever on DVD, the original films as seen in theaters in 1977, 1980 and 1983.System Requirements:Running Time: 127 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE

"Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.  David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"It's a near flawless movie of its kind.  Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
""...the special effects are more mature, and the tone is deliciously dark and downbeat."  James Berardinelli's ReelViews
"Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.  "David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor"
"It's a near flawless movie of its kind.  "Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune"

Editor's Note
Considered the most morally and emotionally complex of the original Star Wars trilogy, THE EMPIRE STRIKE BACK continues creator George Lucas's epic saga where STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE left off. The Rebel Forces--which include young adventurer Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), rogue pilot Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and the beautiful but seemingly humorless Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)--have been successful in destroying the Evil Empire's Death Star. However, the Empire's top commander, the terrifying Lord Darth Vader (played by David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones), is scanning the galaxy for the Rebels' secret location. After a visually stunning showdown on the ice planet Hoth, the Rebels are forced to flee, and Luke separates from Han and Leia. Masterful storytelling weaves multiple, archetypal plotlines that pit Vader against Han and Leia as he desperately attempts to capture Luke for political--and, secretly, personal--reasons. Luke, meanwhile, finds himself under the tutelage of the tiny but powerful old Jedi Master Yoda, who teaches him the ways of the Force and warns the impatient but talented student against the threat of the Dark Side. Greek tragedy meets a philosophical hero's journey in EMPIRE, a remarkable sci-fi epic in which the performances are as powerful as the spectacular special effects.

In 1997 a special edition of the film was digitally remastered with enhanced visual and sound effects. Several scenes--including the one in which Luke Skywalker encounters a deadly Wampa on Hoth--were reedited with more detail while other scenes--such as the one on Cloud City--were added for the rerelease.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/8/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 127 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1980
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2236383
Video UPC UPC: 00024543263838
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Billy Dee Williams
Video Cast Info Carrie Fisher
Video Cast Info Harrison Ford
Video Cast Info Mark Hamill
Video Cast Info Gary Kurtz, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info George Lucas - Writer
Video Cast Info Irvin Kershner - Director
Video Cast Info John Williams - Editor
Video Cast Info Paul Hirsch, et. al. - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Peter Suschitzky - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info "Gary Kurtz, et. al." - Producer
Video Cast Info "Paul Hirsch, et. al." - Original Music By
Plot Summary
In this stirring sequel to STAR WARS, the forces of the Rebel Alliance are under constant attack from the Galactic Empire as Luke travels to the planet Dagobah to learn the secrets of the Force from the last great Jedi Master, Yoda. Han and Leia must evade the forces of the Empire while Luke draws ever closer to Darth Vader and his destiny. Academy Award Nominations: 4. Academy Awards: 2, Best Sound, Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects.

Awards


Nominee (1981)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, John Williams, Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Winner (1981)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Bill Varney, et. al., Best Sound

Nominee (1981)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Norman Reynolds, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
   Video Award Name Oscar, John Williams, Best Music, Original Score

Winner (1981)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Brian Johnson, et. al., Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects
   Video Award Name People's Choice, Star Wars: Episode V , Favorite Motion Picture

Memorable Quotes

"Beware of the Dark Side."----Yoda (Frank Oz) to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)

"The Force is with you, but you are not yet a Jedi Knight."----Darth Vader (played by David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones) to Luke

Professional Reviews

Variety
"...From the first burst of John Williams' powerful score and the receding opening title crawl, we are back in pleasant surroundings..." 05/14/1980

New York Times
"...As polished and technically proficient as [STAR WARS]....Ford's Han Solo steals the show..." 05/21/1980 p.C25

Entertainment Weekly
"...The storytelling is the series' best....The boffo action sequences are more gracefully integrated into the whole than they are in STAR WARS..." -- Rating: A 03/07/1997 p.47

Chicago Sun-Times
"...THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is the best of the three Star Wars films, and the most thought-provoking....This one plunges into darkness and even despair, and surrenders more completely to the underlying mystery of the story..." 02/21/1997 p.35

The DVD Report 10 of 10
"No personal film library can possibly be complete without the greatest trilogy in cinema history (sorry Lord of the Rings fans, but Star Wars is the true king). The complete DVD trilogy offers the three original episodes (which are really episodes four, five, and six) with even more changes made by creator George Lucas for the DVD release...Without a doubt, Star Wars is the defining movie series of its generation, spawning entirely new industries to sell its merchandise and quench the desires of its loyal fans for more of anything whatsoever that's Star Wars related..." - Britt Gillette

DVD Town 10 of 10
By now everyone knows Lucas's inspirations for "Star Wars." Besides the adventure serials he so loved so well, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and the like, Lucas acknowledged the influence of mythologist and mythographer Joseph Campbell, which also helps explains why the plot and characters in "Star Wars" seem so familiar...Not to forget John Dykstra's special effects; the production department's still-amazing miniatures, modelled after the pioneering work in "2001"; John Williams' epic soundtrack music; Gilbert Taylor's sweeping cinematography; and the work of a legion of filmmakers and crafts people who brought it all to life. - John J. Puccio, Yunda Eddie Feng

DVD Town 10 of 10
"By now everyone knows Lucas's inspirations for ""Star Wars."" Besides the adventure serials he so loved so well, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and the like, Lucas acknowledged the influence of mythologist and mythographer Joseph Campbell, which also helps explains why the plot and characters in ""Star Wars"" seem so familiar...Not to forget John Dykstra's special effects; the production department's still-amazing miniatures, modelled after the pioneering work in ""2001""; John Williams' epic soundtrack music; Gilbert Taylor's sweeping cinematography; and the work of a legion of filmmakers and crafts people who brought it all to life." - "John J. Puccio, Yunda Eddie Feng"

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Star Wars
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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