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What do you lose by watching the 1980 version? Dolby Digital 5.1 EX sound, for one thing (only 2.0 Surround here), and digital cleanup. But for home-theater owners, the biggest frustration will be from the non-anamorphic picture. On a widescreen TV, an anamorphically enhanced (16x9) picture at a 2.35:1 aspect ratio will fill the screen with the exception of small black bars on the top and bottom. The original edition of Empire, however, on a widescreen TV will have large black bars on the top, the bottom, and the sides unless you stretch the picture (and distort it in the process, especially considering the substandard picture quality). If you're watching on a standard square-shaped (4:3) TV, though, you won't notice a difference.
Yes, it's true that serious home-theater lovers who want spectacular sound and anamorphically enhanced picture can always watch the 2004 version of the movie also included in this set. But chances are good that they already picked up the trilogy edition of all three films, so their decision to buy the 2006 two-disc edition depends on how much they want the original film. The official LucasFilm stance is that this is an individual release of the 2004 version of The Empire Strikes Back, and the 1980 version of the film is merely a "bonus feature." Common speculation is that the only reason the original versions are seeing the official light of day at all is to undercut the booming black market for the laserdisc version. Star Wars fans will have to decide for themselves if that's worth the purchase. --David Horiuchi
I think it's fair to say that Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back is every bit as legendary as Episode IV. It upped to anti of the original on every level. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Richard Costa
Bought this for my son. Arrived in record time!!! Exactly as advertised!!! Thank you so much!!! May the Force Be With You!!! LOL DEFINATELY WILL BUY FROM YOU AGAIN!!!Published 12 days ago by Marianne Murabito
Does ANYONE need a review about this movie? Everyone alive nearly has seen this. So I'll just talk about what matters the most, which is the fact the limited edition here contains... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Thandronen
Like the title says, the absolute best sequel in movie history!! Period! But I still like A Hew Hope better, but not by much. Not gonna review the movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Conde
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|high-def preservation of the 1997 Theatrical SE Empire Strikes Back.||
If it's the 1997 version, it shouldn't need much if any color correction as the horrible blue tint happened in 2004.
Having this version in HD would be very impressive as it has much proper coloring and contrast levels, features a true film restoration and has a lot of the compositing shots... Read More
Sep 14, 2011 by Knightmessenger | See all 2 posts
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Toy Story 2 should be on that list...
Jun 6, 2010 by ttarkA113 | See all 2 posts
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Fans are upset primarily because the films haven't been restored and they are being released from inferior masters. The original negatives were in bad shape (at least for the first film episode IV)but that doesn't prevent Lucas from doing a restoration. The fans that want to see them in their... Read More
Sep 12, 2006 by Wayne Klein | See all 7 posts
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