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This documentary chronicles the making of the original Star Wars trilogy from start to finish. We get some background on George Lucas' start in the business and then continue with the making of Star Wars (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). The visual/special effects and financial problems are explained as well as casting, editing, scoring and releasing the films with tons of archival footage and interviews with plenty of cast & crew members. Written by
This feature-length documentary is featured on the 4-Disc Star Wars Trilogy DVD set, released in September of 2004. See more »
During a segment on merchandising for the original Star Wars, pictures of Princess Leia dolls wearing 'space fashions' are shown. However, this clothing line never made it into production. See more »
George was enormously farsighted. The studio wasn't. They didn't know that the world was changing. George did know the world was changing. I mean, he changed it.
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Bloopers, outtakes and deleted scenes shown during the end credits: George Lucas and Richard Marquand clowning around inside the AT ST cockpit. Rough black and white footage of the Death Star Trench. Luke's medical face mask being removed by 21B. Han kissing his girlfriend (Jenny Cresswell) in the Mos Eisley cantina. Early bluescreen tests in the Millenium Falcon cockpit. Behind the scenes footage of Solo firing at Vader in the Bespin dining room (also used on the blooper reel). Kenny Baker inside R2D2 in Tunisia. Mark Hamill falling over in the Finse snow wearing a blue ESB parka over his orange flight suit. Hamill and Carrie Fisher relaxing on Jabba's tummy. Lucas and daughter Amanda on the sail barge. Jack Purvis and Mike Edmonds enjoying a cigar on a break in their Ewok costumes. R2D2 picking up a squirrel with a mechanical arm. More shots on location in Tunisia. A stormtrooper costume and R2 Unit under construction at ILM. Closeup of a Jawa's glowing eyes. Ewok mask under construction. Lucas on the sail barge. Fisher and her stunt double sunbathing on the barge set. Alec Guinness' birthday party in Tunisia. X-wings and a Taun Taun on location in Finse. A model Snowspeeder being blown up. See more »
An impressive insight into the making of the original classic trilogy.
My love for Star wars is very conspicuous indeed. Growing up with both trilogies was one of the best, if not the best thing, to happen to my life and the saga as a whole has become my favourite movie of all time. So what greater pleasure would it be to a fan to understand what went into the making of this grand wonderful saga. Empire of Dreams, a documentary that aired on T.V and made its way to the special features disc of the Star Wars DVD releases in 2004, is a great watch to understand the history of Star Wars, what went into making it and the appeal of the franchise.
The documentary chronicles everything a fan needs to know about the saga. It discusses George Lucas' background in crafting the saga, his career before he started developing his dream project with his first two directorial works THX 1138 and American Graffiti, the troubled production of the original in 1976 including casting, principal photography and post-production, the development of the two sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the post-Star Wars mayhem, the Special Editions and touches upon the two Star Wars prequels The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones (Revenge of the Sith wasn't released at the time of this documentary) a little bit. The interviews are all from Lucas himself, Irvin Kershner who directed Empire, many of the original trilogy actors like Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, the special effect team, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, Lucas' former producer and friend Gary Kurtz along with insight from journalist Walter Cronkite and friend and fellow director Steven Spielberg.
Listening to Lucas speak, it's clear that the guy is more than just the merchandising whore and sell-out businessman that people make him out to be. This guy is a very talented filmmaker who cares for his franchise and wanted the saga to become a timeless classic for all ages to enjoy. There is some nice insight as to where the inspiration for Star Wars came from Flash Gordon serials, ancient mythology and Joseph Campbell's work on the journeys of heroes. And it's quite interesting to hear about Harrison Ford not being the original choice for Han Solo and was only an understudy for the auditions whom Lucas decided to cast when he was impressed by Ford's line readings with the potential actors.
There are a few issues I have with the documentary. It fails to touch upon many key aspects of the saga like the making of the infamous Holiday Special (probably because of Lucas' regret over its existence) and I would've liked to have seen more about Ian McDiarmid who played Emperor Palpatine and even an interview with him. There is also only a brief mention of David Prowse who played Darth Vader under the suit of armour and Sebastian Shaw who played the redeemed elderly Anakin Skywalker at the end of Return of the Jedi is not mentioned once. Aside from that, this provided almost everything fans need to know about the making of the classic trilogy.
This is a terrific look at one of the most impressive film franchises of all time and worth the watch if you're a Star Wars fanatic like me. It's truly an impressive look at such a unique and intriguing film series.
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