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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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NOTE: A different commentary track was available on the "Definitive Edition" laserdisc box set.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Irvin Kershner, writer George Lucas, sound designer Ben Burtt, visual effects artist Dennis Muren, and actor Carrie Fisher Rating:7.8/10 (22 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by directorscut on September 28th, 2004:Find all reviews by directorscut
This is consistent with “Star Wars” in terms of quality. At the start of the commentary it tends to be very technical minded, but like the film as it goes on it because more about the character and story. Lucas is less dominant to accommodate for Kershner’s inclusion, who is the dominant speaker on the track. Kershner is interesting to listen to as he talks about the expectation and his worriment of following up on “Star Wars”. Occasionally he reiterates what is happening on screen, but it’s not a problem. Lucas again focuses on themes and mythological motifs – some of which I had never picked up on and I now have a greater appreciation for the story. This is something a well done commentary can do. But is does seem strange that Lucas recognises what works in these films and yet, they are the things that are mostly absent from the prequels. Another thing that helps this commentary is that far less of the information is reiterated from the documentary than the “Star Wars” track.
Reviewed by Agressor on August 3rd, 2012:Find all reviews by Agressor
This is an improvement on the first films commentary, which was excellent to begin with. Kershners inclusion mixes things up a little, he really gets into it and seems to have fun doing it. The other talkers, while providing good stuff, are all very prosaic (except for Carrie Fisher but she doesn't contribute that much) but Kersh is lively and he formulates his thoughts in a very humorous way.

All of them contributes valid information that makes my appreciation for the film even greater than it already was, it makes it clear just how much thought was put into every single aspect of the filming. They could've easily made this into two commentaries or more, I think isolated tracks for both Kershner and Lucas would've been very interesting.

favorite bit: Kersh: George always told me "Don't expect things to work". That was good advice.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on August 28th, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
Once again Lucas, Burt and Muren are full of fascinating information and Carrie Fisher imparts some amusing anecdotes, but the real treat here is Irvin Kershner discussing his involvement. As a kid I never heard anything from Kershner, all interviews and documentaries I saw growing up involved mainly Lucas, it wasn't until the 2004 DVD's that I heard anything substantial from Kershner, so it's great to get so much input here.
Another great Star Wars OT commentary. Once again highly recommended.
Reviewed by musíl65 on October 2nd, 2023:Find all reviews by musíl65
Nothing much to add. This track is great and well edited. You got a lot of interesting information about the movie. I liked the parts about the sound. Fastastic.

Don’t miss this track. 10 out of 10.