Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 science fantasy film directed by Irvin Kershner. It was the second film to be released in the Star Wars saga, but it is the fifth film by chronology of events. Among fans, it is commonly
referred to as TESB or ESB.
The film concerns the continuing struggles of the Rebel
Alliance to resist and fight the Galactic
Empire. The Empire learns that the Rebels have established a new base
on the ice world of Hoth.
Following a suggestion from Obi-Wan's
Skywalker begins his major Jedi training
with the wise Jedi Master Yoda.
In an emotional confrontation with Darth
Vader, Luke must face his destiny.
Debuting on May
the film initially received mixed reviews, but over time, has proven to be
one of the most popular films in the series among many fans and critics.
The original 1980 version was released on VHS and LaserDisc multiple
times during the 1980s and 90s. It was re-released
with changes to theaters in 1997, and this version was later released
on VHS and Laserdisc, and finally on DVD in
2004. A 3-D release
is rumored for 2007.
The novelization was released in April 1980, and a radio
adaptation was broadcast on National
Public Radio in the United
States in 1983. (Wikipedia)