4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great movie. It brought me back to my childhood, and it's obviously a timeless film. My kids love it as much as me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "The Original Trilogy,Once More"
INTRO:For the first time on DVD in 2006 the "original" films of the Star Wars trilogy were released,fans are finally getting the chance to see the original movies,"IV:A New Hope","V:The Empire Strikes Back" and "VI:Return Of The Jedi" as they were shown in theaters back in 1977,1980 and 1983 respectively.Altought those DVDs are said to be for a limited time only,its...
Published on Sep 3 2007 by Tommy Sixx Morais
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic,
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This review is from: Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (Widescreen Limited Edition) (DVD)Great movie. It brought me back to my childhood, and it's obviously a timeless film. My kids love it as much as me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest sequels ever,
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3.0 out of 5 stars "The Original Trilogy,Once More",
This review is from: Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (Widescreen Limited Edition) (DVD)INTRO:For the first time on DVD in 2006 the "original" films of the Star Wars trilogy were released,fans are finally getting the chance to see the original movies,"IV:A New Hope","V:The Empire Strikes Back" and "VI:Return Of The Jedi" as they were shown in theaters back in 1977,1980 and 1983 respectively.Altought those DVDs are said to be for a limited time only,its almost sure that there is going to be another version or release of those "as seen in theaters movies" in a special edition sometime soon.
ORGINAL,REALLY?:This is said to be the original movies,but still some of the mistakes like the blue rod wich held the Millenium Falcon model,that were present in the original version are not present here,making of them not so original,but i beleve that those are minor changes that don`t affect the movie in any way and doesn`t prevent it of being good.
THE MOVIE ITSELF:1980`s Episode V:The Empire Strikes Back is the second movie of the Star Wars series,once again featuring Luke and CO. in this sequel to "A New Hope" they ecounter once again with Darth Vader in perhaps the most beloved Star Wars film,Episode V is a great enjoyable movie from beggening to end.While it might seem dated compared to the prequel trilogy in terms off sounds and effects it remains amazing.
TWO DISCS?:It is a very nice option to choose between two versions of the same movie,the original version and the special edition version.That way you can choose wich you want to watch and compare the two releases,but why didn`t they make a box set ainvailable as well as the separate movies,it would have contained the three movies togheter,seems like a no-brainer to me.
ONCE AGAIN:This marks the what?4rth or 5th time the original Star Wars trilogy has been released!Enough is enough!In 1992 it was released on VHS as "the orginal,one last time",then the 1996 "special dedition also on VHS.In 2004 it was once again released this time on DVD with a bonus disc and then the nest year,2005 they released the same set without the bonus disc and in 2006 this "original and special editions" two discs set of "A New Hope","The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return Of The Jedi".So my question i:how many more times must the original Star Wars trilogy be released?Bad news a boxed set of the 6 Star Wars movies in a "special edition" with changes will be released....
OVERRAL:Its great to have those original movies but there still some changes(minus one star),and its another re-re-re-re...-release(minus one star also).
3.0 out of 5 stars ordering The Empire strikes back,
This review is from: NEW Star Wars-episode 5-empire Str (DVD) (DVD)i ordered a replacement copy of one of my favourite movies (lent it to someone who didn't return it). It took forever to arrive since it was coming from the States and -when I complained to the supplier about why it was taking so many weeks- i got a very curt message back. Won't be using them again. It arrived in a very flimsy envelope without any padding. Did I say I won't be using them again.
The movie however - what bliss to have it back. Why is there ever any debate about which is the best Star Wars movie?
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Series,
My dissertation,lol,on the film is near the final when Vader tells Luke that he is the father. On a Freudian level, this could be called the Oedipus complex theory with Luke deciding to not join his father. I presume Luke was apprehensive to join in because he believed it was a confidence game that would result in his own termination/castration. Just a speculative theory.
When ESB was released in 1997 I had a standing date to go see it on the big screen. Way back in 1980, I remember being on summer vacation and going to see it for the first time. When the movie ended, I could not believe that we (the audience) were left hanging on a cliff for the next 3 years. Talk about tease, lol.......:)
5.0 out of 5 stars The Star Wars Saga Continues. . .,
It was a dark time for the Rebellion.
The now-famous scroll of yellow letters over the movie screen set the tone for the second chapter in George Lucas's Star Wars saga. In The Empire Strikes Back, we see a darker side to the conflict that was first introduced in the swashbuckling Star Wars. The stakes are higher, the battles are more tense, and the characters grow. In the same vein as the matinee movie serials that Lucas was honoring with these movies, Empire begins with a bang and ends on a cliffhangar, but, from beginning to end, showcases the best that the Star Wars Trilogy has to offer.
The Rebellion has just been driven from their base, and are set upon on all sides by the numerically superior Imerial Fleet, leaving the heroes scattered. Luke, yearning to finish his Jedi training, sets out to find a reclusive master, and must come to terms with his first defeat. Han and Leia travel to a magnificent city in the clouds, only to meet with betrayel at the hands of an old friend. Darth Vader, more sinister and evil than ever, has concocted a plan to capture Luke and turn him to the Dark Side of the Force, using Han and Leia as bait.
Lucas handed the directing reins over to Irvin Kershner (Never Say Never Again), who infuses his own brand of vision into Lucas's story, creating a much darker, character-driven narrative, and, arguable, the best film in the series. My first experience with the saga, Empire holds a special place in my heart. Either way, The Empire Strikes Back is filled with exotic worlds, fierce space battles, and climactic lightsaber duels.
The Special Edition of Empire adds less than it's predecessor, mainly placing in bits and pieces of effects shots that were never finished, and giving more substance to the ice monster that attacks Luke early in the film. However, the meat of the film is untouched, thankfully, and simply looks the best it has in more than twenty years. When it comes to film, there are movies, then there's Star Wars, and Empire holds its own against the original with talent to spare.
If you own Star Wars, chances are you own The Empire Strikes Back. If not, give yourself a good kick in the butt, and get it. NOW.
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a dark time for the Rebellion...,
So what has been changed with the already perfect, in my opinion, STAR WARS: EPISODE 5 - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK? For starters one may want to familiarize themselves with Donald F. Glut's storybook novelization to read any scenes that are not included in the original 1980 release. Despite many of the key scenes occuring out of sequence in the novel and comic book version - for instance, the Bounty Hunters are introduced following Yoda bringing Luke's X-Wing out of the swamp, and the arrival at Cloud City occuring after Luke's imaginary duel with Darth Vader inside the dark cave. What has been changed?
There are many unnecessary, in my opinion, changes seen throughout. When R2-D2 is nearly swallowed by the swamp monster, Luke's "You're lucky you don't taste very good!" is changed to "You were lucky to get out of there!" WHAT? WHY? A more visual look at the Wampa eating carrion while Luke struggles to free himself from the ice cavern. Plus an actual look at Luke slashing off the monsters' arm. The best changes made are a wider view of Cloud City. There are open windows making the city look more like a real metropolis instead of a very confined set as it was in the original 1980 release. When Luke takes his fall from the reactor core, his cry as he falls is a recycled sound effect of the Emperor falling down the shaft in RETURN OF THE JEDI. There are also added scenes of Darth Vader's shuttle departing for the EXECUTOR Star Destroyer's landing platform, which looks very similar to the set used for the uncompleted Death Star in RETURN OF THE JEDI. Probably recycled footage.
What's still missing? Following Luke's recovery from the Bacta Tank there was to have been a scene where 2-1B the medical droid removes an adhesive mask from Luke's face to heal the injury scars, and rebel officers discovering Luke's dead tauntaun. Plus the capture of a wampa, and Threepio removing the warning sticker to lead stormtroopers to their "Wampa Chow" fate. Also missing are longer scenes during Luke's Jedi Training where he levitates glowing magical balls or cleaves sticks with his lightsaber. Also missing for probably good reason is Han Solo enduring the shock torture which was to have gone longer, but according to interviews director Irvin Kershner cut it short, fearing it would be too gruesome for chidren. As if stuffing Luke inside a dead tauntaun wasn't bad enough. It's also strange that the Computer Graphics crew weren't able to remove the classic bloopers where Luke flees from the Wampa cave with his lightsaber activated just after you hear him turn it off, and C-3PO's body on the conveyor belt with the camera crew briefly reflected. I'm not going to argue anyhow because EMPIRE still remains a classic entry in the series as it is. It's one of those movies that stands alone as a great film in a series.
As an added bonus the Special Edition trailers to THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI are also included on this video release.
All things considered, it's a shame that only the SPECIAL EDITION films will be released on DVD on September 21, 2004. If George Lucas really wanted to monopolize on the Star Wars franchise he should have both the original and special edition releases available in the same set. Similar to how on some DVDs one side is standard edition and the other is widescreen format. That would be some heavy duty technology to pull that off, but it would be worth it. Still I am definitely going to buy the DVD releases, since I strongly feel that the films will be given their long overdue justice - not to mention fantastic picture and sound quality, which with STAR WARS is a must. I also hope for Special Features the original, yes you read me correctly, ORIGINAL trailers will be included. After 2005 when EPISODE 3 is released, fans all over Earth will no doubt have their visual dreams realized - if still lacking the old time freshness.
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!
5.0 out of 5 stars we are back again!,
Leia seems to have gotten more lovin mushy on Han Solo but WON'T admit it! She seems like she's not as toughy any more.Han saves helpless kid from Wampa teeth! Empire blasts the snow cave
to bits, and the rebels are 'omeless. They try to escape but not many make it for there's a lota popping off at them from Vaders guns.Now Wukey hates Phoooeeeyy,and wants to KILLUM EM!
Lukey goes to Yodey on Dagobah and learns to not give in to hate.When Vader kidnaps poor luke's buddies with the help of Han
Solo's bad ol' bUddy Lando, Wukey rushes into Vader's trap to save his friends. Aphooooeeey forces Lukey high above a trash pit into a brilliant lightsaber Duel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!will Lukey give in? and join Vader in asassinating Darthy's Sithy Master,
PULPATINE?(Pilpaton,Palpatine)? Chewie the magic walking carpet
might save the day with his howling and blasting everything in sight!With the help of Highness Princess Leier and Lando who twice double-crosses Han and Vader. The SCUM! Will Threepio ever be able to talk again after being destroyed by his old maker Anakin's stormtroopers? Oh you don't know who Anakin is?Watch the prequels with Padme-Ani lovie story.I'll give you a hint:Ah...Pooh....Ah...Pooh...Ah.....
5.0 out of 5 stars LUKE, I AM YOUR FATHER!!!!!!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best film of the best sci-fi series ever,
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