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CT The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary

Discussion in 'Classic Trilogy' started by Princess_Tina, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. TIE Mechanic

    TIE Mechanic Jedi Padawan star 1

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    Am I a heretic for not thinking TESB is better than ANH?
     
  2. n8storm

    n8storm Jedi Master star 1

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    I saw the movie in the theaters today with my kids. I went to the earliest showing, so there was not much of a crowd. My kids enjoyed it. They had seen it before, but it is always nice to see it on the big screen. I had debated about going, but the theater I went to had good safety protocols and it was not busy. I saw the original run in theaters as a kid, the special editions when in college, and now this re-release with my kids.

    Empire was number 1 at the box office this weekend. It only made about 500K this weekend, but with it playing in less than 500 theaters and the virus still around, not a bad haul.
     
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  3. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    Yes. Kidding; they are my 2 favorite movies.
     
  4. Dagobahsystem

    Dagobahsystem Chosen One star 8

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    I think there are a lot of people who like Star Wars 1977 the best. I'm pretty sure my dad liked that one the most.

    Empire has always been in my top 5 movies of all time though.
     
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  5. someoneinpassing

    someoneinpassing Jedi Knight star 2

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  6. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    ESB was the number one movie for 8 weeks in 1980.
     
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  7. Arwen Sith

    Arwen Sith Jedi Master star 4

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    Still my favorite SW movie! Just saw it in theater yesterday and it was wonderful. COVID safe, only about 20 percent of the seats were taken and my family had an entire row to ourselves, as well as empty rows behind us and in front of us. Still, it was great to see it on the big screen, as I'd never seen it in theater before, just on VHS, DVD, and blu-ray.
     
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  8. themoth

    themoth Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    It was never going to be dethroned as the best SW movie. And never will be. It’s just too good, and the nostalgia factor makes it untouchable.
     
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  9. bb8isno1

    bb8isno1 Jedi Youngling star 1

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    just finished watching it on disney plus still a classic movie still my second favourite after ANH, one of the greatest films of all time and one of the greatest sequels ever made
     
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  10. AndyLGR

    AndyLGR Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Just got back from watching Empire at the cinema. There’s not much more to add that I haven’t said already. It’s a timeless classic.
     
  11. themoth

    themoth Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    How full was the cinema? And how did they react to the movie during key scenes?
     
  12. AndyLGR

    AndyLGR Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    The Odeon cinema closest to me that is playing it has it on for 4 days, with 2 showings a day and its only on a small screen, capacity of 60 people. With social distancing between each group I’d estimate it was half full last night. As for reactions, it was as usual for most films I go to, nothing over the top, people chuckling at some of the funny lines but no cheering and hollering.
     
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  13. Jedi Daniel

    Jedi Daniel Force Ghost star 5

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    The OT but especially ESB I hold dearly. First saw it on VHS in 1990 with my mum at 7 years old. I watched it again for the umpteenth time on Blu-Ray however this time was different. I watched it with my 7 year old daughter after watching ANH last weekend. This is a moment I've been waiting a long time for, the reaction to the twist. I even recorded it on my phone and I wasn't disappointed :)

    For a movie that's 40 years old, I still consider it a masterpiece in many ways and it's a sequel I hold many others up to. It's impact on fans and culture is still felt to this day. One day, I will see it on the big screen.
     
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  14. Bor Mullet

    Bor Mullet Feige's #1 Fan and Ryan Church Aficionado star 6

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    Such a great movie, and firmly established as tied for my second favorite Star Wars film with ANH (behind Rogue One, which is at the top).
     
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  15. TCF-1138

    TCF-1138 ST/Anthology/Fan Films Manager and Ewok Enthusiast star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    TESB is the only SW movie I haven't seen on the big screen (saw ANH and ROTJ in '97), but that's changing tonight. Got tickets for a screening at my local cinema. Large theater, but few tickets, so it should be safe (and we have next to no spread of the virus in my region right now).
    Really looking forward to it! Two and a half hours to go. :D
     
  16. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    Good. Our first catch of the day.
     
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  17. TCF-1138

    TCF-1138 ST/Anthology/Fan Films Manager and Ewok Enthusiast star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    It was a blast to see the film in the theater. Even though it was the older transfer, it still looked gorgeous when projected onto the big screen. And the sound was fantastic.
    So many little things I noticed that I haven't before, both in the visuals and in the sound. It was a really nice experience, and I hope I'll get the chance to see it (and the other OT films) like that again. :)
     
  18. themoth

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    ANH is coming to my cinema soon and I’m really excited. Hoping TESB and ROTJ are added soon after.
     
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  19. TCF-1138

    TCF-1138 ST/Anthology/Fan Films Manager and Ewok Enthusiast star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    That's awesome!
     
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  20. R.D.

    R.D. Jedi Knight star 3

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    Envious of all who get to see it on a big screen lately! I have seen TESB for a special release a few years back, but would really like to now as well.

    They're both great. TESB, having a higher budget, is more polished, but on the other hand, ANH is a self-contained story (for the most part), and of course was the one that started it all. :)
     
  21. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    ESB and ANH are definitely my favorites. ANH almost looks low budget next to ESB. ANH has the better ending, but I'd give the edge to ESB myself.
     
  22. AEHoward33

    AEHoward33 Jedi Master star 4

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    I feel that ANH had a "happier" ending, but not a better one.
     
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  23. TIE Mechanic

    TIE Mechanic Jedi Padawan star 1

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    True, and I love all SW movies, but I found TESB contained elements which I found somewhat ridiculous (e.g. the Space Slug on the asteroid, inter alia).
     
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  24. themoth

    themoth Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    It’s true, however ANH has a very special atmosphere. Particularly the scenes on Tattooine. An intimate, low key charm.
     
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  25. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    Absolutely. It plays like a futuristic western, the Tattooine scenes.
     
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