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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
This is a classic movie for our culture with many innovations that have become standards in the movie making worldPublished 10 days ago by David Riddles
Please do NOT buy this product! Lucas Production Company are suing a brewery in New York, called Empire Brewing , for trademark infringement. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Björn Arvidsson
Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back is set three years after Princess Leia was rescued.The Galactic Empire, under the leadership of the villainous Darth Vader, is in pursuit... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Desertman84
I'm not gonna get into the re-releases. They suck but they don't detract from the overall experience, just a quick cash in for LucasFilms. Read morePublished 1 month ago by soundstudio
I've been a starwars fan for a long time. This one appears to have the most adventure out of all 3 of them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by brett
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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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