Star Wars: Empire of Dreams (2004)
Filmmaker George Lucas struggled for years to bring the story of Star Wars to the big screen, and his efforts to remain independent of the studio while making the first trilogy changed the way movies are made. This two-and-a-half-hour documentary culls archival footage, interviews with countless cast and crew members, and yes, fans, to present as comprehensive a look as is possible at the Star Wars phenomenon.
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Empire of Dreams is a well crafted in depth documentary that chronicles the making of the original Star Wars Trilogy. The film features interviews from all those involved in the making of the trilogy, and features plenty of behind the scenes footage. Fans will certainly love this documentary as it is the definitive work on the trilogy. The films have changed the way films are made, and Empire of Dreams is a terrific documentary that gives you the big story of the trilogy. I really loved this documentary, and the amount of content displayed on-screen. The interviews are interesting and entertaining. Star Wars is a milestone in the cinematic medium, and this documentary is a must see for Die Hard fans of the original trilogy. In terms of a documentary, this is a flawless picture that is engaging from start to finish. As well as a making of the trilogy, the film also tells the story about how George Lucas became one of the most ambitious filmmakers in the industry. I've seen plenty of making of documentaries about Star Wars, but Empire of Dreams is the film to watch. Of course the newer trilogy is decent, and nothing compared to the original films and in this one, we get to see a bit of the prequels that are mentioned, but not elaborated upon. The original Star Wars trilogy is for me, one of the most exciting sci fi action films ever to be put on film. Even with all the touch ups that Lucas has done since the release of special edition and Blu Ray versions of the films, the appeal of Star Wars is still there for audiences to enjoy and with the bar that has been set in terms of filmmaking after the release of the original films, Star Wars has a reputation in being one of the greatest films in the genre.More
Excellent documentary about the movie that nobody was interested in producing it. The incredible journey of George Lucas to take his story to the big screen, the problems during the 70's, the preproduction nightmare, the unconvinced cast. And the magnificent result. Two words for those who were not interested: Pfff! Suckers!More
It was a pretty interesting documentary about how Star Wars came to be. However, if you're a fan of the series, you probably already know all the information given. It has a few facts I hadn't heard before, but it didn't dig all that deep into the film-making process which would've been nice.More
Really decent feature that does give you alot of info and insight. The only problem, like other things like this, they always spend loads of time on the first film and not as much time on Empire and Jedi, especially Jedi.
They miss things out which you wanna know more about cos they spend all the time on New Hope. I would love to know more about Jedi and the Jabba scenes, Sarlacc, Jabba's palace etc...they always seem to focus on the same certain scenes.
I think three seperate features dedicated to each film would of been better, all about the same length and with all the deleted scenes from each film :)
Good but still not perfect.
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