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Star Wars: Episode V: Empire Strikes Back

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Contains:Watch With Your Kids,Sci-Fi Violence

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Star Wars: Episode V: Empire Strikes Back

UPC: 024543263838

Studio: 20th Century Fox

MPAA Rating: PG   Contains:[Watch With Your Kids, Sci-Fi Violence]

Summary: 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Science Fiction

Awards: Anthony Asquith Award – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Score – null Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture – People's Choice Awards

Features: Commentary by George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Carrie Fisher
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Star Wars: Episode V: Empire Strikes Back

Format: DVD

Release Date: 09/12/2006

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: DD-EX Dolby Digital Surround EX (simulated 6.1), DDS2.0 Dolby Digital w/ 4 channels

Runtime: 129 Minutes

Sides: 2

Number of Discs: 2

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: 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. Failure 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 Ckoud City [2:05]
46. Vader's Revelation [1:33]
47. Falcon to the Rescue [1:37]
48. The Empire Closes In [2:14]
49. The Rebel Fleet [4:19]
50. End Credits [2:05]

Rebecca Flint Marx

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. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Jim Bloom  Producer 
Leigh Brackett  Screenwriter 
Lawrence Kasdan  Screenwriter 
Irvin Kershner  Director 
Gary Kurtz  Producer 
George Lucas  Executive Producer 
John Williams  Composer (Music Score) 
Mark Hamill  Actor 
Harrison Ford  Actor 
Carrie Fisher  Actor 
David Prowse  Actor 
James Earl Jones  Actor 
Billy Dee Williams  Actor 
Anthony Daniels  Actor 
Peter Mayhew  Actor 
Frank Oz  Actor 
Alec Guinness  Actor 
Kenny Baker  Actor 
Jeremy Bulloch  Actor 
John Hollis  Actor 
Jack Purvis  Actor 
Des Webb  Actor 
Kathryn Mullen  Actor 
Clive Revill  Actor 
Kenneth Colley  Actor 
Julian Glover  Actor 
Michael Sheard  Actor 
Michael Culver  Actor 
John Dicks  Actor 
Milton Johns  Actor 
Mark Jones  Actor 
Oliver Maguire  Actor 
Bruce Boa  Actor 
Christopher Malcolm  Actor 
Denis Lawson  Actor 
Richard Oldfield  Actor 
John Morton  Actor 
Ian Liston  Actor 
John Ratzenberger  Actor 
Jack McKenzie  Actor 
Jerry Harte  Actor 
Norman Chancer  Actor 
Norwich Duff  Actor 
Ray Hassett  Actor 
Brigitte Kahn  Actor 
Burnell Tucker  Actor 
Irene Lamb  Actor 
Ralph McQuarrie  Actor 

Country: USA