As great as the original Star Wars may be, The Empire Strikes Back remains the best film in the series. As the years pass, the real achievement of Empire only grows. While the original film has grown somewhat dated in appearance, and Return of the Jedi feels a bit silly now, Empire has maintained remarkable staying power. The effects in the film feel as fresh now as they did in 1980, and as importantly the story and tone of the film still hold an ominous feel and lend the series the grandeur that made it so lasting. Without Empire, Star Wars would have been remembered but not nearly in the same way. Everything that was begun in Star Wars was expanded and improved upon here, right down to the score Remember, this was the movie that introduced the now-famous and ridiculously overplayed Imperial March composed by John Williams. And virtually every scene is now iconic--the Imperial Walkers in the snow, Luke's training in the swamp, the asteroid field chase of the Millennium Falcon, the...
This "enhanced" version, as I call it, is all fine and dandy, but it would be nice of Disney to also include the original version in its entirety in the special bonus material. Just a thought. At any rate, Empire Strikes Back is one of the finest "Second Acts" in film, right up there with Godfather 2 and Rocky 2; a brilliant bridge between A New Hope and Jedi. I'd go so far as to say that this is now my favorite Star Wars film, though growing up I was partial to Jedi mostly because that was the first Star Wars film I saw in the theatre, and I was enthralled by the epic light saber duel between Vader and Luke. Little did I realize that I had yet to see an even better duel whilst watching Empire Strikes Back. Everything about Empire is great; the music, especially the now well recognized Imperial March, the initial Imperial assault on the Hoth Rebel Base, the cat and mouse pursuit between the Imperial Fleet and the scattered Rebels, the voice Frank Oz bringing Yoda to...
This is the two-disc Limited Edition which is the one you really want. Includes both the Special Edition and the rare 1980 original!
The Plot: After destroying the Death Star, the rebels have been relentlessly pursued across the galaxy by the Empire. Tracked to the ice planet Hoth, the rebels find themselves in a desperate battle for survival. Despite putting up a brave fight, the rebels are forced to retreat. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO all manage to escape. While Luke trains to be a Jedi Knight on the swamp planet of Dagobah under the teachings of Jedi Master Yoda, the rest of our heroes find themselves under constant attack by Imperial forces. Escaping to the beautiful Cloud City on Bespin, Han Solo and Leia think they have finally found a safe refuge. But not for long. Capturing Luke's friends, the evil Darth Vader lures Luke into a trap. In a fierce lightsaber duel with the dark lord,...
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