Star Wars Building Empire
- NTSC DVD-5
- PAL DVD-5
Duration: 2hrs 11m (main doco)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Format: MPEG2 Video, 720 x 576 Anamorphic, PAL UK, 25fps,
DVD: Single Layer 4.7GB
Data Rate: 3509.02 kbits/sec
There also is a similar NTSC version
also correcting the PAL speedup.
Extras: Restored Music Sequences, Alternate Opening Crawl, Trailer, Easter Egg
A List of some of the resources used:
- Empire of Dreams
- Featurettes on 2004 DVD
- Clapperboard: ESB
- Laser Disc Supplementals
- Deleted Magic
- When Star Wars Ruled the World
- AOTC Webdocs (thanks to babyhum for the heads up)
- 20/20 John Williams (thanks ocpmovie!)
- THX Soundtrack
- Story of Album
- ESB Radio Interviews 1980
- Behind the Masks
- The Stars of Star Wars
- Moth3r ESB (PAL)
- Skywalker, BBC Radio 1 programme 1996
- 1979/80 Interviews with cast
- Super 8mm 2 reel Version
I first watched this when it came out and was blown away by the amount of effort that went into producing it. Definitely one of the best Star Wars documentaries out there.
Second documentary from Jamie Benning’s Star Wars trilogy is another outstanding labor of love.
The menu design is better than Jedi, though not as breathtaking as New Hope.
Biggest plus for this edition is the extras. Building Empire boasts more bonuses, more “bang” if you like, than both Returning Jedi and SW Begins combined!
Video - As with the other two Star Wars installments, one must be forgiving in video quality disparities. While the quality varies, the editing does not. Well thought out presentation.
Audio - 2.0 channel stereo throughout. No dialogue subs, only info subtitles. Dialogue is clear throughout.
Narrative - Does not really apply here. The editor assumes the viewer is familiar with this movie, with the trilogy. Documentary follows onscreen action more or less chronologically. There are times speakers wander off point, but Benning lets them complete their thought.
Enjoyment - First off, a tremendous amount of bonus features. Highlights include the entire radio series, as well as the vinyl “Story Of.” This is extremely generous, and will afford listeners an extra 7-8 hours of pleasure.
There are a couple nice sequences of Hoth’s wampas that were cut. C3PO’s prank to the stormtroops remains a gem.
This is essential.
Not much to say that hasn't already been said. Extremely detailed and very informative. I love the candid moments of the cast in crew in the behind-the-scenes footage, as well as comparisons to how the scripts were revised.
I did notice a couple video glitches during transitions that could have been smoother. Also, one major audio glitch where Mark Hamill is talking about something, but the stereo tracks aren't matched creating a really bad echo. This glitch made what he was saying almost impossible to understand.
Overall enlightening and very entertaining. Kudos!