Star Wars-Episode 5-Empire Strikes Back

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by Dennis on 2/14/2007

didnt care for the enhanced version but this dvd package came with the original theater release which is now disc 1. Some will like the enhanced version especially those that didnt see the original but i prefer the original Read More

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Product Overview

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

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202636476
UPC 024543263838
UPC 14 00024543263838
Format DVD
Release Date 12/8/2008
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Adventure
Big Battles
Blockbuster
Classic
Epic
Fantasy
Good Vs. Evil
Recommended
Science-Fiction
Space Opera
Swashbuckler
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Beware of the Dark Side."--Yoda (Frank Oz) to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)
Quote "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
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
Directors
Irvin Kershner
Actors
Mark Hamill
Harrison Ford
Carrie Fisher
Cast & Crew
Billy Dee Williams - Actor
Carrie Fisher - Actor
Gary Kurtz, et. al. - Producer
George Lucas - Writer
Harrison Ford - Actor
Irvin Kershner - Director
John Williams - Editor
Mark Hamill - Actor
Paul Hirsch, et. al. - Original Music By
Peter Suschitzky - Cinematographer
"Gary Kurtz, et. al." - Producer
"Paul Hirsch, et. al." - Original Music By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1980
Catalog ID 2236383
UPC 00024543263838
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 127 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Nominee (1981) Golden Globe, John Williams, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Oscar, Norman Reynolds, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Oscar, John Williams, Best Music, Original Score
Winner (1981) Oscar, Bill Varney, et. al., Best Sound,Oscar, Brian Johnson, et. al., Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects,People's Choice, Star Wars: Episode V , Favorite Motion Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource The DVD Report
Review "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..."
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Reviewer Britt Gillette
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource DVD Town
Review 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.
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Reviewer John J. Puccio, Yunda Eddie Feng
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource DVD Town
Review "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."
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ReviewPage
Reviewer "John J. Puccio, Yunda Eddie Feng"
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Star Wars
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.
Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune It's a near flawless movie of its kind.
James Berardinelli's ReelViews "...the special effects are more mature, and the tone is deliciously dark and downbeat."
"David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor" Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.
"Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune" It's a near flawless movie of its kind.
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