The Empire Strikes Back, As Seen In 1950

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The Empire Strikes Back, As Seen In 1950

What would The Empire Strikes Back have looked like if it had been released thirty years earlier in 1950?

Star Wars was a product of its time when it came out in 1977, as were Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in '83. But without question, Lucas' beloved space opera took cues from older science fiction stories, like the serials seen in the 1950s.

A Star Wars fan cut together this "Premake" (we in the industry call them "demakes"), showing what would have happened if Empire had been a 3D sci-fi serial released in 1950. It's incredibly camp, but it works oh-so-well - and it just goes to show you how easily Star Wars' interpretation of the classical "Hero's Journey" can be molded into other flavors.

Interestingly enough, almost all of the footage comes from actual 50s serials like Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Outer Limits, Forbidden Planet, and many more - as well as classic films like Metropolis. It just goes to show you how much of Lucas' visuals for Star Wars drew inspiration from these older sci-fi stories, no?

I'm kind of happy with the '80s version myself, but this is awesome.

(Via Kotaku)

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Oh [deity]... that was terrible... in a good way, but horrific to imagine.
I think we should stick with our current version...

I actually think if would of still done just as well, but it wouldn't of been able to hold up as long as the originals have.

Hah, what a coincidence. I'm watching The Empire Strikes Back as I'm typing this post.

I'll watch this later, but if previous 'demakes' are anything to go by, this will be awesome in it's awfulness.

Edit:
Wonderful timing for a commercial break. Yeah, that's hilarious. Those AT-AT's cracked me up. And I friggin' want that Vader costume.

I think that could actually work. I liked it.

Oh, those crazy Youtubers. What will they think of next?

I hate it and love it at the same time...

That was the best thing I've seen this week. They nailed every aspect.

This is great! It fits so well.

Hehe. Unique at least. Made me chuckle!

That was simply epic, I can not even begin to think of how they created this awesomeness.

Kudos to the makers on using Maria (The Robot) from Lang's Metropolis for C-3PO.

They should really make these! It is so cool! Haha, I had to laugh at the AT-AT scene. Thanks for showing us this John!

Funny how it looks even better with older tech !

Honestly, I think it would have done extremely well anyways. See, the original trilogy lived up to George Lucas' claim that (actually, let me find the quote..... *scrummage scrummage*) "A special effect is a tool, a means of telling a story. A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing."

Sadly, the prequel trilogy proved that claim exactly true. While it was fancier and prettier than the original, it lacked the great, engrossing story, and the humanity of it. The prequel was just a bunch of special effects, and rather boring.

I don't think it would be the same. Less popular.

Oh, and you do know it's the 30th anniversary this Friday? I was planning on having a party with my friends, but I have to work -_-

Meh it still would have been huge.

1950s Star Wars? Well, I'D pay to see it!

Damn, I wanna play Movies now

That just tarnished the greatest Star Wars Movie ever. There's a small place in hell for people that make crappy Star Wars movies

MgsTheFury:
That just tarnished the greatest Star Wars Movie ever. There's a small place in hell for people that make crappy Star Wars movies

If it's so small, how can it fit Lucas?

Mr. Win:

MgsTheFury:
That just tarnished the greatest Star Wars Movie ever. There's a small place in hell for people that make crappy Star Wars movies

If it's so small, how can it fit Lucas?

Ba-bum-dum-tish!

Oh he'll fit... I'll make him. Maybe he'll have company. Steven Spielberg will join him for desecrating Indiana Jones

Mr. Win:

MgsTheFury:
That just tarnished the greatest Star Wars Movie ever. There's a small place in hell for people that make crappy Star Wars movies

If it's so small, how can it fit Lucas?

Oh he'll fit... I'll make him. Maybe he'll have company. Steven Spielberg will join him for desecrating Indiana Jones

well, it was a specticle back then.....so i guess it would have done well.

MgsTheFury:
Oh he'll fit... I'll make him. Maybe he'll have company. Steven Spielberg will join him for desecrating Indiana Jones

Mr. Win:

MgsTheFury:
That just tarnished the greatest Star Wars Movie ever. There's a small place in hell for people that make crappy Star Wars movies

If it's so small, how can it fit Lucas?

Oh he'll fit... I'll make him. Maybe he'll have company. Steven Spielberg will join him for desecrating Indiana Jones

Honestly, I thought Crystal Skull was infinitely better than the Temple of Doom. I'm not quite sure where the hate comes from for Indy 4.

Very cool; but I'm glad Empire was made in the 80's instead of the 50's.

Wow, I don't know what to say. Happy with the 80s version. This is kinda horrifying.

Great now I want to see it.

Thankfully Empire will never be remade today...=)

Ah shit I feel like I spoke too soon...0o

Mr. Win:
Honestly, I thought Crystal Skull was infinitely better than the Temple of Doom. I'm not quite sure where the hate comes from for Indy 4.

Oh no you didn't just say that...=O

Amusing but thank the maker I grew up with George Lucas' version

Without "The Black Hole" - star wars would have been rubbish...

I'm happy with the 80s version too (I mean, what kind of a hero has "Starkiller" for a last name?). But this is really neat, though. Pretty incredible what they managed to do back when computers were taking their first baby steps.

This is awesome.
I want to see a full retro remake now.

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