Hosted By Mark Hamill, with a Special
Appearance by R2-D2
In 1980, PBS aired this special, called 'SP FX Special Effects of Empire
Strikes Back'. Mark Hamill , located in a movie theater, hosted the
special, taking a look at the miniatures, animation, and all the other special
effects of Empire Strikes Back. He also talks about the history of
special effects: the special effects in early movies from the twenties,
to the cult films from the fifties.
The special itself is very much different from The Making of Star Wars As
Told By R2-D2 and C-3PO. The Making of Star Wars takes a step-by-step
look at the movie, while SP FX, on the contrary, takes a less spoiling, albeit
more in-depth look at the movie.
The hourlong dose of special effects was not successfull. Empire Strikes
Back is a magical film, where the special effects don't play a large part.
After a matter of minutes, the show becomes boring.
The upside of the show is a a quick glanse of missing Wampa footage.
Empire Strikes Back originally was supposed to feature a scene in which
the Wampa carried Luke to its cave. However, it wasn't done good, since
the Wampa is twice as big as Luke, and the actor had to walk on stilts. In
any case, a second or two of that deleted scene was included in this
Near the end of the show, R2-D2 stops by the theater, and bleeps a few remarks.
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