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“The Empire Strikes Back” Original Trailer

A long time ago (May 21st, 1980), George Lucas’ space opera Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was unleashed onto the cinema-going world and became the highest grossing film of that year. Seen by many fans as the most compelling episode in the Star Wars saga, Lucasfilm intend on celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back by holding a one-night-only digital screening of the film, followed by an on-stage Q&A with Harrison Ford.

Speaking of Harrison Ford, did you know that he narrated the original trailer to the film using his best 1930s-style radio voice? Seriously. Check it out.

According to Star article, the trailer contains a few scenes that didn’t make it into the final cut.

…the trailer contains a few noteworthy gems, such as the famously cut “Threepio ripping the sign off the door” shot. Originally, the invading Imperials were to enter the door, sans warning sign, to be subsequently attacked by a pack of angry wampas. The sequence was ultimately cut from the film, but not before this small hint of its existence was forever immortalized by the trailer.

Also noteworthy is the lack of any mention of Yoda (his appearance was still top secret) as well as the stylized Empire logo we’re all familiar with. Since the logo had not yet been finalized, an early, somewhat clumsy-looking title closes the trailer, promising Empire’s much-anticipated release “next summer.”

Incidentally, did you know that an original “one sheet” film poster such as this could cost as much as USD 495.00? Holy sith!

[via Pixelated Geek]

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Han Solo, P.I.

When I was growing up I wanted to be a private dick – by dick I mean a detective and not a rent boy or someone called Richard. Magnum, P.I. was a role model for me – he lived in a fancy house, drove a Ferrari 308 GTS, had unlimited supplies of beer, and always got the ladies. I dreamed of living a life like but minus the bushy moustache and overflowing chest hair that Magnum had – that was just nasty. But I digress (I seem to do a lot of that don’t I?)

Han Solo, P.I. is another fan-made Star Wars TV intro mashup of the Magnum, P.I. main title sequence but with Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Check it out.

This mashup is pretty remarkable in how closely it follows the original. Watch the side-by-side comparison below.

Check out more Star Wars TV intros after the jump.

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Blu-ray Review: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The fourth and in all likelihood the final installment in the Indiana Jones franchise sees a 65-year-old, virtually indestructible, Harrison Ford still slugging it out with the bad guys 27 years after he first cracked his iconic whip on the silver screen.

To be honest I wasn’t holding out much hope for this film considering Ford’s age and the huge amount of time that has passed since the last Indi movie. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that nothing changes in the alternate universe of Indiana Jones – he’s still a dead eye with his whip, ever ready with a sharp quip (that usually gets him a smack in the mouth from a bad guy), and devoted to hunting down the weirdest and most powerful artefacts in order to prevent the baddies getting their hands on them.