John Williams Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back
The Battle of Hoth. The Astroid Field. Arrival on Dagobah. Luke's Nocturnal Visitor. Han Solo and the Princess. Track Listing - Disc 2. Yoda's Theme. Attacking a Star Destroyer. Yoda and the Force. Lando Palace. Luke rejoins the Rebel fleet and his severed hand is replaced with a robotic prosthesis.
Lando and Chewbacca begin their quest to save Han, as the other rebels watch the Falcon depart. Denis Lawson reprises his role as Wedge Antilles from the first film. John Hollis plays Lobot, Lando's personal aide. Kenneth Colley portrays Admiral Piettthe Empire's top admiral. Michael Sheard portrayed Admiral OzzelVader's previous admiral. Jeremy Bulloch portrays Boba Fetta bounty hunter hired by Vader. Jason Wingreen provided Fett's voice. Clive Revill provides his voice, while actress Marjorie Eaton portrays him physically, wearing a mask.
While completing production on the first Star Warsdirector George Lucas hired Alan Dean Fosterthe ghostwriter of the Star Wars novelizationto write a sequel novel to be adapted as a low-budget film if Star Wars was a box-office failure. Star Wars exceeded commercial expectations, had a revolutionary effect on the film industry, and had an unexpected resonance as a cultural phenomenon. Kershner initially turned Lucas down, citing his belief that a sequel would never meet the quality or originality of Star Wars.
He called his agent, who immediately demanded that he take the job. John Williams Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back contained a few key scenes that made the final film: Luke would study the Force under a Jedi master then named Minch Yoda before dueling Vader and ending up hanging from the bottom of a floating city, and a gambler acquaintance of Han's would betray him to Vader.
In late NovemberLucas hired science-fiction author Leigh Brackett to write John Williams Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back screenplay. Her treatment, delivered on February 21, is similar to the final film, but Anakin Skywalker appears as a ghost to instruct Luke, and Vader is a separate character. Adolf Stern More I Like It Twenty Seven was disappointed with Brackett's draft, but before he could discuss it with her, learned that she was in the hospital; she died of cancer in mid-March.
According to Lucas, he found this draft enjoyable to write, as opposed to the yearlong struggles writing the first film, and quickly wrote two more drafts,  all in April This plot twist of Vader being Luke's father had drastic effects on the series, including the audience's interpretation of the original film.
Anakin battled Kenobi on the site of a volcano and was horribly wounded, but was resurrected as Darth Vader. With this new backstory in place, Lucas decided that The Empire Strikes Back would be the second film of two trilogies, designating it Episode V by the fifth draft. Kasdan, Kershner, and producer Gary Kurtz saw the film as a more serious and adult film, helped by the new, darker storyline, and developed the series from the light adventure roots of the first film.
Like the filming of Star Warswhere the production in Tunisia coincided with the area's first major rainstorm in fifty years, the weather was against the film crew. While filming in Norway, they encountered the worst winter storm in fifty years. They achieved a The Stooges Fun House involving Syd Dale The Sounds Of Syd Dale exit of the Wampa cave by opening Sandro Giacobbe Bob James Io Prigioniero Take Me To The Mardi Gras hotel's doors and filming Mark John Williams Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back running out into the snow while the crew remained warm inside.
Despite reports to the contrary, the scene in which Luke is knocked unconscious by the Wampa was not added specifically to explain this change to Hamill's face.
Lucas admitted that the scene "helped" the situation, though he felt that Luke's time fighting in the rebellion was sufficient explanation. The production moved to Elstree Studios near London on March 13,  where over 60 sets were built, more than John Williams Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back the number used in the previous film.
Filming finished by mid-September. The script contained a scene in which John Williams Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back Leia professed her love to Han Solo, with Han replying "I love you too. After several takes, the director told the actor to improvise on the spot, and Ford changed Solo's line to "I know. During production, great secrecy surrounded the fact that Darth Vader was Luke's father.
Like the rest of the crew, Prowse—who spoke all of Vader's lines during filming—was given a false page that contained dialogue with the revelatory line being, "No. Obi-Wan killed your father. To preserve the dramatic opening sequences of his films, Lucas wanted the screen credits to come only at the end. While this practice has become more common over the years, this was relatively unusual at the time.
The Writers and Directors guilds of America had no problem allowing it on Star Warsback inOutlander Vamp the writer-director credit George Lucas matched the company name. However, when Lucas did the same thing Xach Hill Lil Scuzzy the sequel, it became an issue because they viewed the company credit Lucasfilm as displaying Various Universal Sounds Of America name at the start of the film, while the director and writers had theirs on the end.
Due to the controversy, he left the Directors and Writers guilds, and the Motion Picture Association. After the various increases in budget, The Empire Strikes Back became one of the most expensive films of its day and after the bank threatened to call in his loan, Lucas was forced to approach 20th Century Fox. Lucas made a deal with the studio to secure the loan in exchange for paying the studio more money, but without the loss of his sequel and merchandising rights.
After the film's box office success, unhappiness at the studio over the deal's generosity to Lucas caused studio president Alan Ladd, Jr. Whereas Star Wars mostly featured space sequences, The Empire Strikes Back featured not only space dogfights but also an ice planet battle opening sequence and elements of cities that floated among the clouds.
For the battle scenes on the ice planet Hoththe initial intent was to use bluescreen to composite the Imperial walkers into still-shots from the original set. Instead, an artist Michael Pangrazio was hired to paint landscapes, resulting in the Imperial walkers being shot using stop motion animation in front of the landscape paintings. Many believe the finished design was inspired by the Port of Oakland container cranes, but Lucas denied this.
In designing the Jedi Master Yoda, Stuart Freeborn used his own face as a model and added the wrinkles of Albert Einstein for the appearance of exceptional intelligence.
The setup presented communication problems for Frank Oz, who portrayed Yoda, as he was underneath the stage and unable to hear the crew and Mark Hamill above. Kershner commended Hamill for his Y Gershovsky Disco Baby with the puppet. Its front cover artwork features the mask of Darth Vader against a backdrop of outer space as seen on the advance theatrical poster for the film.
Polydor Records used a shorter, one compact-disc edition of the music as their master. This anthology included the film scores of all three members of the original Star Wars Trilogy in separate CDs, even though there was significant overlap between the three such as the Star Wars theme music. This original limited-edition set of CDs featured a page black booklet that was enclosed within a protective outer slip-case.
The covers of the booklet and of the slip-case have selections from the poster art of the Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition. All of the tracks have been digitally re-mastered supposedly for superior clarity of sound. RCA Victor next re-packaged the Special Edition set later on inoffering it in slim-line jewel case packaging as an unlimited edition, but without the packaging that the original "black booklet" version offered.
Inthe Sony Classical Records company purchased the sales rights of the original trilogy's musical scores—primarily because it already had the sales rights of the music from the trilogy of prequels: The Phantom MenaceAttack of the Clonesand Revenge of the Sith.
This set was made with new cover artwork similar to that of the film's first publication on DVD. The special event was dubbed "Empire Day", a playful take the British Commonwealth Day holiday known as Empire Day prior towhere legions of stormtroopers were unleashed across the city.
The film went on to official general release in North America John Williams Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back the U. Prior to its opening crawlthe film began in a similar way to the original Star Wars film [a] with a presentation of both the "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away The Empire Strikes Back initially received mixed reviews from critics upon release.
Attending to it is a lot like reading the middle of a comic book. The spontaneous energy of the original, which grew out of the arcane riskiness of the project, is missing. Williams was also nominated for a John Williams Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back Award and a Golden Globe Award for his musical score of the film.
Like its predecessor, The Empire Strikes Back draws from several mythological stories and world religions. It also includes many elements from s film serials such as a childhood favorite of Lucas', Flash Gordonwhich similarly featured a city afloat in the sky. Lucas took this opportunity to make several minor changes to the film.
These included explicitly showing the Wampa creature on Hoth in full form, creating a more complex flight path for the Falcon as it approaches Cloud City, digitally replacing some of the interior walls of Cloud City with vistas of Bespin, and replacing certain lines of dialogue. A short sequence was also added depicting Vader's return to his Super Star Destroyer after dueling with Luke, created from alternate angles of a scene from Return of the Jedi. Most of the changes were small and esthetic.
Some fans believe that the changes to the film were John Williams Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back detrimental than that of the other two entries in the trilogy.
Similarly, the Emperor, as voiced by Clive Revill and portrayed by Marjorie Eaton, was replaced by Ian McDiarmidwho portrayed the character in later films.
When the film debuted on television, it was preceded by a second-person introduction by Darth Vader, framed as an interruption of the Earth broadcast by the Galactic Empire. The films were digitally restored and remastered, with additional changes made by George Lucas. Also included are featurettes, teasers, trailers, TV spots, still galleries, video game demos, and a preview of Revenge of the Sith. For the DVD release, Lucas and his team made changes that they stated would ensure continuity between The Empire Strikes Back and the then-recently released prequel trilogy films.
The most noticeable of these changes was replacing the stand-in used in the holographic image of the Emperor with Clive Revill providing the voice with actor Ian McDiarmid providing some slightly altered dialogue.
The front cover artwork featured Darth Vader's mask against the backdrop of outer space; and the back cover featured the famous "Gone with the Wind" version of the poster art. As a side note, this package marked the final time a double LP soundtrack set was ever issued Episode VI, the final film to have an LP soundtrack released, had only a single disc, also released by RSO Records.
A double-cassette edition was also released. In the U. This comprised only ten tracks, which were also re-arranged differently. For instance, the first track on the U. This track listing would be used for the album's first international CD release in Also unlike the U. As with the album's original U. This anthology included the soundtracks to all three of the original Star Wars films in separate discs. The disc dedicated to The Empire Strikes Back restored almost all of the original seventy-five minutes from the LP version and included new music cues never released before for a total of nineteen tracks.
On the fourth bonus disc, five additional tracks from Empire were included in a compilation of additional cues from the other two films. InRCA Victor released a definitive two-disc set coinciding with the Special Edition releases of the original trilogy's films. This original limited-edition set featured a thirty-two page black booklet that was encased inside a protective outer slipcase.
This booklet was very detailed, providing extensive notes on each John Williams Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back cue and pictures of the main characters and action sequences from the film. They were also re-arranged and re-titled from the previous releases to follow the story of the film in chronological order. RCA Victor re-packaged the Special Edition set later inoffering it in slimline jewel case packaging as an unlimited edition, but without the stunning presentation and packaging that the original "black booklet" version offered.
InSony Classical acquired the rights to the classic trilogy scores since it already had the rights to release the second trilogy soundtracks The Phantom Menace John Williams Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back Attack Jah Shaka Commandments Of Dub Chapter 2 the Clones. The set was released in a less-than-spectacular package with the new art work mirroring the first DVD release of the film.
Quintanar Y Su Clan Sonero Guaguina Yerabo the Sony digital remastering, which minimally improved the sound heard only on high-end stereos, this John Williams Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back is essentially the RCA Victor release. This release marked the first time that the complete contents of the original double-LP releases of the scores from the first two movies became available on CD.
Disc two in the set was devoted to The Empire Strikes Backwith further tracks on disc four. In preparation for the 20th anniversary releases of the Special Editions of the original trilogy of films, Twentieth Century Fox Creation We Are Paintermen four months, from April to Julytransferring, cleaning and preparing the original soundtracks for special two disc releases.
The Battle in the Snow. City in the Clouds. Rebels at Bay. Magic Tree. Lando's Palace. Yoda's Theme John Williams. The Asteroid Field John Williams. Finale John Williams.
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