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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Our Happy 30th Birthday Empire Strikes Back BTS series keeps on truckin with this installment giving us a little glimpse at the moment the man behind the mask was hinted at for the first time in the Star Wars series. I remember the glimpse of the pale white, scarred bald head really spurned my imagination as a kid. It made me thirst to find out more about the man who was Vader… I guess I should have been careful what I wished for. I’ve always loved this moment, which was an early indicator that Empire was a cut above Star Wars. The whole movie adds to the mythology of the first, improving the richness of the universe and showing that the Rebels have a fight on their hands that is all but impossible. It’s not going to be an easy victory, there are going to be losses… the good guys aren’t always going to win. Yep, Empire sure is badass. What else is new? Here’s the pic! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Oh, and to see that scene put to comedic effect…

Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic is practically perfect in every way. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Stark Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla

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  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by JMG84


  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by JBouganim1

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    by JBouganim1


  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Wait, what movie is this from again?

    by DoctorZoidberg

    It's probably just me, but I hate seeing behind the scenes pics of Star Wars. It kinda kills the magic.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    There's nothing clumsy or stupid about...

    by LordPorkington

    ... this picture, or the movie it came from. Both are absolutely brilliant! Cheers for this Quint! It's a shame I won't get to see the 'Making Of' book about my favourite movie. Oh well, that's life!

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Darth isn't wearing pants

    by Abominable Snowcone

    he's nekkid under there.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    It'll be

    by Mr Lucas

    Mary Poppins then. Do I win a 'No Prize'? I've always wanted one of those.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Darth Vader being a smartass

    by Dapper Swindler

    That had me laughing.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    What a loss. Bring on BERSERK: LIVE ACTION MOVIE

    by JudasPriestly

    Seriously, remake the prequels.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    that video

    by Chocolate_Giddyup

    had me in tears.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    So was the scarred back of Vader's head guy

    by HapaPapa72

    Just some guy? Did he get into the credits? Sure, he just sat there, but his head was one of the coolest movie moments of all time.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    I Always Thought...

    by Pawprint

    That Vader looked 'alien' in that shot, as a kid. I don't know if it was the shitty quality of the pirate VHS I had, or my imagination, but the head always looked too big, too pink, and like it had veins all over it, and I always thought the angle hinted at bug eyes.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Head crack

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Meet but crack.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    that was pretty funny..

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Is he seating

    by REDD

    in a big air filter?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Oh SW OT How do I love thee

    by rogueleader66

    I cannot even count the many ways I love it.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    That scene only

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Makes the prequels tolerable.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    But the rebels defeated the Empire in the first movie

    by Star Hump

    The Death Star was destroyed. Therefore freedom was restored to the galaxy. That's what the fucking opening crawl said.<p> Oh yeah, needed a sequel

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    what is it with star wars and fan videos?

    by durhay

    That get the creative juices flowing? TROOPS, George Lucas in Love, Chad Vader, Redletter Media reviews, Han Solo, p.i., and now this smartass movie.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Why is there a MINI HAND on Vader's helmet?

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    An efficient scene

    by Dreamfasting

    I still remember the schoolyard arguments over whether Vader was really a man or a droid. I've always admired the efficiency of that little wordless opening of the scene - surprise, revelation, tension, sympathy, curiosity.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    So, what was he doing with his helmet off anyway?

    by Ingeld

    That's what I want to know. After a long day destroying planets and mentally squeezing the throats of colleagues does he need to retire to his man cave, flip off his lid, air out his head and kick back--maybe play video games?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Is that David Prowse's back head?

    by Ditko

    Prowse rules. The way Vader moved and his mannerisms helped make the character. Too bad Lucas fucked him over and over.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Nice misleading title.

    by RPLocke

    And I've seen that pic like a million times before. ZZZZZZZZZZZZz

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    and over and over and over.

    by Ditko

    I think the guy can´t even show up at the official Star Wars geek meetings. The poor soul can´t even make a living out of signing a couple of pics.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Ingeld that thing is his revitalization chamber

    by KilliK

    something similar like those special hospital rooms for the urgent and serious accidents.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    RE: Ingeld

    by Dealer

    I believe he is re-living the glory days of pod racing.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    My God a sane world would be burned out on SW by now. How anybody can still have interest in this franchise is beyond comprehension. Really, can we all move on?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    I am I not mistaken, it was Kershner who defined...

    by ricarleite2

    ... how Anakin looked like, there was nothing defined. So he made it as gruesome as possible, and yet not revealing. Once again, GL is an idiot who has NO idea how to handle a saga.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by HapaPapa72

    This is anything but a sane world. SW geeks are the least of its problems.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    David Prowse is another Star Wars hater

    by RPLocke

    If you've ever read an interview he always slams SW. Before Jedi came out, he even gave an interview that gave away some story pints. Also, I've met him once, he was kind of a jerk.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I hate Star Wars haters

    by Retlaw Kciuq

    Guys, it's been FIVE YEARS! And there have been worse movies... The Matrix Revolutions comes to mind! Why don't you attack the Tea Party or something?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    RPLocke, Prowse is way too cool

    by Ditko not be a jerk to you. I mean, he played fucking Darth Vader uknow broda?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    He didn't really play Vader. Bob Simmons did all of the Vader stunts. He played Vader more than Prowse did.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Too funny. Just what I needed.

    by Se7en

    Bwa ha ha

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    OK, so now Prowse barely played Vader.

    by Ditko

    Poor soul.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST


    by David_Lynch_Wears_Socks_In_The_Shower

    WTH? Matrix Revolutions was awesome! Out of all threee movies, the only sequence I didn't like was the big rave scene in Reloaded. But 5 mins out of 7 hours of solid, intelligent entertainment? I'll deal with it.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Is that Kurtz?

    by secretcylon

    Touching up Vader? It looks like the bottom of his beard/face.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I always thought Vader was meditating

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    in his chamber, which is why he took his helmet off. But the medicinal thing makes more sense. Also the slash across the back of the head - always assumed that was Obi Wans lightsaber.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    No, Kershner didn't define Anakin

    by RPLocke

    That was probably due to Ralph McQuarrie.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Re: RPLocke

    by ricarleite2

    I'm not sure. Let me find out here.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Star Wars was the first move I recall seeing in the

    by Dingbatty

    theater; I was four. I clearly remember seeing ESB at the movies as well, but these scene totally escaped me, the first time. I must've looked away for a moment. Also missed the brief glimpse of the emperor.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    You'd think Vader would be able to

    by Dingbatty

    regenerate his cells with the force.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Wow, an ESB pic

    by THAT__SAID

    Been a while since we've had one.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Can we get a cartoon behind the scenes pic?

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    It would be nice...

    by 11ZOMBIES have a Star Wars post on the internet that DOESN'T get a jab in at the prequels. Get over it already, that's just sloppy writing.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    Would've been an even cooler photo if...

    by JTStarkiller

    someone hadn't left the hand cursor on the left of the screenshot. Nice going, idiot.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    My mistake. It was on Leigh Brakett's 1st draft

    by ricarleite2

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    "I guess I should have been careful what I wished for"

    by angelopoulos

    We get it you don't like the movies, you pretentious douche.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    re: KilliK

    by Ingeld

    Revitalization chamber--like a special care unit in a hospital? If you say so. My conception of Vader did't include a belief that his health was fragile in that it needed to be maintained routinely by some machinary separate from the mechanical units grafted into and onto his body. Vader undergoing routine biological services by being hooked up to machines as if he was a dialysis patient make him seem far weaker--more human--even a bit less threatening.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Star Wars Question for the ner masses:

    by fiester

    How come Chewbacca did not get a medal at the end of "A New Hope"? I always found that really offensive--he did as much as anyone else!

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    Says the one guy on this site obsessed with (500) days of Summer. Let it go man. Move on.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Thr gushing about ESB is getting out of control

    by AsimovLives

    People taking highly of ESB stoped being about the acessment of themovie's quality and became a blindly followed dogma. This is no longer opinions, it's frigging dogma.<br><br>Yes, ESB is a good movie. It is the best Sw movie. It is not the best Sf movie ever made. It is not the best special effects movie ever made. It is not the best movie ever made. It's a very well made, smartly ploted SF pulp type of a movie. Nothign absolutly wrong with that at all. Unless people elevate it to heights it doesn't belong. And you people are elevating ESB to heights it doesn't belong. All this dogmatic gushing about the movie, soon enough i'll start to hate it as a reaction. And i don't want that. I don't want tohate this movie. But you guys ar enot helping. Yes, ESB is a fun nice good movie, but go easy on it.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Aint it ESB Pics.

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    What's "pretentious" about disliking the prequels

    by Kaitain

    They're fucking rubbish, bar a few sequences in Sith. <p> Maybe I'm a total snob for disliking Battlefield Earth.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    As for the "Vader beign an asshole" video...

    by AsimovLives

    ... i know it for about 3 years already. And it's always funny, no matter how many times i watch it.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    The interesting thing about ESB for me

    by Kaitain

    Is that it's a (fairly) rare example of a sequel that, in retrospect, defined its narrative universe more than the original did. With ESB Star Wars would have been thought of as a fun fairy-tale sci-fi universe with some very good (for the time) effects. <p> ESB added a streak of darkness and bad-assery that most SW fans now think of as being paradigmatic for the SW universe. (Actually, when you look back, it's the *only* one of the six movies that has this true sense of darkness, grittiness and foreboding about it.)

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST


    by Kaitain

    "WithOUT ESB Star Wars would have been thought of as a fun fairy-tale sci-fi universe..."

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    If Lucas had made episodes 7,8,9

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    instead of the prequels, and those eps featured all new characters and sucked, I don't believe we'd be talking about them anywhere as much as we bring up the prequels. The problem with the prequels is that they feature the characters we invested so much in during our childhoods - Vader, Obi Wan, Yoda, the droids, the Emperor. And because they were bad films they stain the OT. Hence all the hate. If Lucas was smart he would have done eps 7, 8 and 9. That way he could have still done what he wanted and avoided the rabid hate from SW fanboys.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I liked the prequels

    by lochkray

    But I don't think its pretentious to dislike them. I see why people didn't like them, but I thought they were fun specticle filled movies. Don't understand why there's this post-modern geek agression, where every opinion has to be spoken in hyperbole, and every contrary opinion has to be visciously derided. I think geeks and nerds used to get along better in the past. Maybe its just blind nostalgia.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    It's also one of the two SW movies that has a darker and losing ending whith a glint of hope. The other being REVENGE OF THE SITH.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Ingeld well thats how the chamber is described in the

    by KilliK

    official handbooks.Basically Vader is a cyborg like Robocop,and in the same way that Robocop needs his special chair to re-power his robotic body and eat baby food to keep alive his organic brain,Vader needs his chamber to help him maintain his own human/cyborg body.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    I think all the SW movies are pretty dark

    by RPLocke

    TPM is generally the most light hearted one. Even ROJ has Luke's dad Dying, and Luke almost being killed.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    @LordPorkington - not seeing the making of book?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    dude, it comes out in a few weeks just buy it like the rest of us..don't be such a jew

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Trawn Trilogy

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Just bought the Dark Horse adaptation of those novels an it's really freaking cool. Anybody here with similar opinion?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    fiester thats easy: he didnt get a medal while the others did

    by KilliK

    in the same way that Nu Kirk was promoted to captain while the rest of his crew who HELPED him to achieve his victory got the low end of the stick.<br /> <p>truth to be told,its how real life works.if you belong in a group which is discriminated in a way (Wookie is the only alien in an all-human space adventure) or you dont have some kind of a privilege (Nu Kirk being favored because of nepotism through his famous dead father),well you can bet your ass that most of the time, life is going to spit on your face although you are performing equally or even better than others who are luck to find themselves in a "better" position.thats life.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    I like the prequels, and I have very pretentious reasons for doi

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Marvellous political allegory and clever subversion of the audiences' emotions!

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Has anyone been to the forums recently?

    by RPLocke

    Apparently the site was reported as an attack site and SHUT DOWN! Weird. I was just there yesterday.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Everyone involved in Star Wars except Lucas is a genius

    by Thunderbolt Ross


  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Rplocke are you using firefox? if so then ignore the

    by KilliK

    warning message,since FF is a bit problematic with those warnings.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    I did. but when I got to the site there was a big

    by RPLocke

    warning on the front page of the actual site that said the site was still trying to figure out what's going on.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Google actually FLAGGED the site

    by RPLocke

    It's weird. You can't post on it, as far as I know.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    ESB was the weakest of the series

    by belasco_house

    Juuuuuuuust trollin' :)

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    yeah you are right.give it some time,until they figure out

    by KilliK

    whats going on.i am sure they will fix it.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Vader spanked it in his chamber....

    by alienindisguise

    to pictures of Padme taped to the walls. That, or he just checked out Twi'lek porn.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    I just don't see why Chewie didn't get a medal too.

    by fiester

    That's some racist bullshit right there.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    "Lord Vader, the ship has moved out of light-speed...

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    and we're preparing to GLLLRRRGH!" Always loved the way the guy that played Ozzel sold that line!

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST


    by Anything But Tangerines

    Thanks for finally acknowledging the stupidity of BTSPOTD

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by Crobran

    Thanks for the quote. Not funny in the movie, but funny to see it written.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    "Should have been careful what you wished for"?

    by D.Vader

    Bullshit. They may not be perfect but I'm still gla we have them, and I don't believe for one second that Quint would rather they not exist as he implies.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Darth's medical chamber

    by pushthebuttonmax

    I can't remember which one it was, but one of the EU books took that chamber and made a whole side story with it. Vader would remove his helmet, turn off the life support systems, and use the force to maintain his body functions. He could do it a bit longer each time, and his plan was to eventually get strong enough to never need his suit again. Shadows of the Empire maybe?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    As a kid

    by Amity75

    When I saw that scene in the movies for the first time I actually thought that it was just a brain being held on a stand thing inside his helmet.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Jar Jar raped me personally.

    by UtinniPuccini

    The prequel bashing is getting old. Yes, they were bad movies. Parts of TPM and AOTC are downright unwatchable. But it's been years and people still aren't over it. They look for the tiniest excuse to bitch about Jar Jar, who had only a minor role in the second one and didn't even have lines in the third. That means it's been 11 years since Jar Jar last had a starring role. 11 years after ROTJ, the bitching about Ewoks died down and now people love them. Jar Jar was annoying. Hayden was bland. The CGI was heavy. Dialogue was horrible. We get it. It's time to move on.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Vader's hyperbaric chamber

    by D.Vader

    I always assumed it was a way for him to live as breathe without needing to have his helmet on. Also good for relaxing, recharging, and eating. <p> Anyone read Darth Vader's blog a Few yrs ago right before Ep.III was released? It was brilliant. Some posts detailing Vader out to eat with Imperial officers and narrowly escaping a Rebel terrorist's bomb. Other posts had him reflecting on Padme or being visited/haunted by Qui-Gon's ghost warning him that the Prophecy of the Force will soon be fulfilled. His last entry is just before he is to take Luke to the Emperor, and he has a feeling it will the final one.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    I think that was Shadows of the Empire

    by D.Vader

    Didn't it work like every time he released his anger and hate he could last longer, but as soon as he got angry again, the pain consumed him?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    "Vader spanked it in his chamber...."

    by Tigger Tales

    If Vader had a libido, I'm sure he had a really cool mechanical wang. I wonder how many wires were connecting it to his body?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Empire was not a cut above Star Wars.

    by Baryonyx

    Star Wars is, and will always be, the best Star Wars movie. All the rest are additional.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Quint hates Revenge of the Sith?

    by RPLocke

    Damn, that's harsh.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST


    by secretcylon

    Re-watched Episode IV with my son last weekend and was blown away by how good that movie was. Beautiful cinematography, unique story structure, love all the tatooine scenes, so "real world." And the trench run has never been topped.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Say, I have an ESB question...

    by CountryBoy

    When the destroyers are coming up on Hoth at the beginning, they mistakenly come out of lightspeed "too close" to the planet, giving away their presence. Shouldn't they mistakenly come out "too far away"? That way the Rebels see them early, have time to prepare a defense, etc. Wouldn't the Empire WANT to emerge from lightspeed closer to the planet? I've never understood that.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Too close to the planet

    by UtinniPuccini

    From what I remember, Vader wanted them to stay safely out of the range of any possible scanners the Rebels had, bomb their shield generator from space, then go in and do a quick cleanup. By coming out too close, that instantly sent up a red flag and the Rebels powered up their shield, therefore forcing them to go through a tedious ground invasion to get the shield down.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Wookie medals

    by Doktor_Avalanche

    Chewbaca didn't get a medal because Lucas is an unorganized mutha fucka and probably ordered the wrong amount of medals to be manufactured for the film.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    CountryBoy the movie explains that

    by KilliK

    if they arrived from hyperspace far away from Hoth, the rebel base wouldnt have detected them because of their limited scanning range from the surface of the planet.That would have given time for the imperial forces to organize their attack against the unsuspected base.<br />

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    PORKINS deserves a backstory!

    by Sir Loin

    He should've been in the prequels.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST


    by jameskpolk

    A fair point you make. I believe the answer is that Vader was just pissed that he wasn't just going to be able to blast the base from space and then scoop up the few that escaped. There was no report Ozell could have given that would not have resulted in his death...

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    The Live action series will be about Kitster!!!

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I honestly thought this was gonna be-

    by TedKordLives

    REMO WILLIAMS:THE ADVENTURE BEGINS. <P> And I got really excited. <P> Damn you Quint! Get some Remo action happening stat!

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Thanks Utinni et al...

    by CountryBoy

    for the explanations. By the way, is "Utinni" taken from Jawa-speak? It's always stuck with me that one of then says "Utinni!" when they shoot R2...

  • Is the vacuum seal noise when the helmet goes back on. Great sound. Oh and there's quite a few deleted scenes(not pictures..scenes) go to YouTube and type in Star Wars deleted magic and there's like 8 parts. The ones from a new hope we've seen but the ones from empire I've only seen still has luke getting th facemask from his attack with the wampa I duno how these guys got the footage(the sandstorm from ROTj is seen) but it's awesome. Also has alternate takes. If anyone wants a link track down the article about the ESB behind th scenes book trailer from last week or the week before. It should be at the bottom. I sent Harry AND QUINT an email but i guess they don't care about O.T deleted scenes

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Your use of the word "spurned"

    by Wapkaplet

    is as clumsy as it is stupid.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    **bottom of the talkback

    by ndally

    Not the article. Regarding the YouTube link for these scenes. Again go to YouTube type in Star War deleted Magic and it almost looks like something off a DVD but ya check it out. Link is in the talkback of the ESB making of book trailer from last week or so

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Vader was trying to breathe sans-helmet

    by Tall_Boy66

    At least, that's what Shadows of the Empire novel told me about a decade ago.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    my favorite movie, ever

    by sith_rising

    I would say, "my favorite Star Wars movie", since I consider myself more of a TESB fan than a Star Wars fan. But I started doing the list of runners up (Aliens, The Yakuza, Wrath of Khan, Blade Runner, T2, Goodfellas, Schindler's List, Empire of the Sun, Braveheart, Heat, Godfather 1/2, Predator, Jaws, Gone With the Wind, Forrest Gump, Shawshank, etc), and honestly can't say that any one of them is better than TESB. We all have our tastes, but for me TESB is about as good as it gets. A near perfect movie. Of course I'll destroy it in my OT review, coming to youtube soon.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    I'm a Jawa

    by UtinniPuccini

    Yeah, I took Utinni from the Jawas.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Very cool pic Quint!

    by NeverTalksBack

    I feel the exact same way you did about this moment, it just intensified my curiosity about Darth Vader ;)

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    No pants,

    by ObiBen

    no medal!

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Revenge of the Sith is the best Star Wars film

    by Joely_Boy

    Never again will you see that many worlds so fully detailed in a movie. In Avatar you get to see one planet. In ROTS you see about 20. It is good.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    And the whole opening battle

    by Joely_Boy

    is so fuckin' spectacular! Especially that two minute shot... AWESOME!

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    I would donate a few dollars

    by HansBubi

    to get the Keri Russell pics on Esquire tagged onto an article, even if they don't relate to anything content-wise.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Vader being smartass

    by gantoo

    Had both General Veers and in some shots Admiral Piett both representing the same person, in case no one else noticed. General Veers was killed in a scene cut out of a ESB television version I remember seeing a long time ago, but he did appear in RTJ, so that must not be cannon. It was obvious that Vader had more admiration for Veers then those two baffoons Ozell and Peitt, so Veers death would carry some weight, maybe they should of left that scene in.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST


    by UrbanSamurai

    Ever noticed that (with the exception of Lando, of course) there is no brother or sister in the original trilogy. THAT was what really bothered me: Guys were green, blue, had fur or bug eyes, but god forbid a black man is seen sitting in the cantina. Bullshit!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by UrbanSamurai

    Anyone else has wondered as a kid what the name Darth Vader actually means. As far as I understand Darth is a title like Duke or Count, right? And I always assumed "Vader" was coming from "in-vading". But maybe Lucas just chose it, because it sounds so goddamn cool... What it does!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    I was wrong

    by gantoo

    Not the first time. Veers was not in RTJ, so yeah, they should of just killed him.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST


    by nolan bautista

    there is a brother walking in Mos Eisley in the original cut(before they enter the cantina)..keep your eyes open if you get a chance to see this version..

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST


    by nolan bautista

    oops..that post for @fiester above was for you..

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:09 a.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    I think you hit the nail on the head by saying it was 'real world': that's what makes part IV so good - real locations!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5 a.m. CST


    by Pawprint

    Yeah! Because nobody gives a fuck about acting, well delivered dialogue, excitement, suspense, and believable (not X-Box like) locations - just give us loads of different planets! THAT'S what makes an awesome SW film!<p> Tit.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:19 a.m. CST

    That was such a great shot. Creeped me out.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:24 a.m. CST

    @nolan bautista

    by UrbanSamurai

    Thanks pal, check this out next time it's on TV. Never was convinced enough to buy that SE on DVD... But this talkback kind of makes me itchy to buy just ESB. PEACE!!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    @ UrbanSamurai

    by Crude

    The Dutch word for father is vader, but it's pronounced differently. So, somewhere in his mixed up mind, Lucas was dropping a clue. All by accident, I'm sure. And "Darth" is just the title of various Sith lords.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    My "Prose in Shakespeare" teacher was in this scene...

    by BoStrike1

    Sorry to brag but it's properly geeky enough to include here I think. Julian "The shield generator will be down in moments. You may begin your landing." Glover was one of my teachers in a shakespeare program I took in London years ago. He was a huge name on stage at that point and had just played Cassius at the RSC. EVERYONE only wanted to know about Empire Strikes Back though. He was awesome about it and took it with a smile. He even repeated his two lines for us one day. Awesome guy and great teacher.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST


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  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Utinni, I can't believe we rememeber those 3 syllables

    by CountryBoy

    I salute your dedication...

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Hey anyone know who that head belongs to?

    by subtlety

    Is that David Prowse under there? Or did they use a head double?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Meaning of Darth Vader

    by GeneralKael

    Well, Vader is the Dutch word for father and Darth is kinda like Dark so you get Dark Father. Which people should have used as a clue but apparently nobody did.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Vader was thinking about Padmes rack, jerking it.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Can he wank if he's just a torso with mechanical limbs, though?

    by Tall_Boy66

    I know his crotch was still left after Mustafar, but it's entirely possible his dick burned up along with the rest of his skin. And even if it didn't burn off, it must have at LEAST been damaged. And he has mechanical arms and hands. That would be hard to do anything "sensitive"

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Sir Loin-Porkins backstory, Hell Yes!!!

    by TurquoiseNapalm

    Feel guilty for mentioning my brother and I laughed our collective asses off each time he ate it... "boys awwwwwrrrggghhhh!!!!" I surmise the X-wings, Y-wings and such woulda been hampered by his...generous proportions. Plus Lucas named him PORKins. Was amazed to finally put 2 and 2 together regarding the same actor (William Hootkins) played Lt. Eckhardt in Burton's Batman.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Porkins in the prequels

    by TurquoiseNapalm

    woulda been played by Haley Joel Osment in a fat suit. Eh, scratch that, probably CGI-fat. Or entirely CGI for that extra "jiggle".

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Damn it...

    by catlettuce4

    I thought it might be a pic revealing the FACE. I've always been curious what the front of that looked like... are you telling me nobody thought to photograph it from the front, for posterity? Hell, maybe it was forbidden to preserve the mystery. I'm just a nut for this stuff...something magical about the idea that all the stuff in these movies existed on a stet somewhere at one point in time, and it was documented so well.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Meaning of Darth

    by EpilepticLurcher

    Does noone else get it? Its nothing to do with dark. DArk lord of the siTH. It ain't rocket science.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Damn no edit

    by EpilepticLurcher

    DARk lord of the siTH. Call yourself fanboys....