Episode 387 – The 70mm EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Experience

This week we’re unleashing something that we have been obsessed with lately, the original EMPIRE STRIKES BACK 70mm version!  Sure we all know how this version opened in May 1980 and Lucas had ILM change the ending adding new effects for the 35mm version that came out 3 weeks later … but what ELSE changed?  And what do people think was in the 70mm version that actually wasn’t?   Join us as we listen to and examine over 80 examples of Empire madness!  What surprised us and what changed scene made us reexamine our lives?  It’s a super sized Empire extravaganza episode so celebrate the love and listen today!  

Forum Discussion on the various changes

https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Empire-Strikes-Back-Two-1980-Theatrical-Cuts/id/79148

Star Wars.com article on Empire 70mm

https://www.starwars.com/news/empire-at-40-star-wars-the-empire-strikes-back-ending-changes

Digital Bits article on Empire 70mm

https://thedigitalbits.com/columns/history-legacy-showmanship/empire-at-40-remembering-the-early-70mm-cut

Version of the 70mm Empire ending