A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Welcome to Episode 38 of “Reel Chat” – a podcast that guarantees week in, week out – the “Reel world as we know it.”

On this very special (and extended) episode of our “Vintage Vault” retrospective series, host Adam Stolfo is joined by co-host Brose Avard, Andrew McCaskill and special guest (and well-established Australian television director) Mark Horpinitch to dive head first into their most ambitious and most intimidating review yet. Today “Reel Chat” discusses 1980’s “Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” – the darkest and most universally beloved film in the all-conquering “Star Wars” franchise.

A film of this magnitude deserves a deeper look than usual, and this episode of “Reel Chat” comes in at an “epic” running time of over 2 hours! But it’s all for a good cause, as the boys break down the legendary second (or fifth!?) chapter of a saga many regard as the most important franchise in movie history.

Learn all about it’s iconic cast, the billionaire filmmaker who handed over his directing reigns (stroke of genius) to a relatively unknown (Irwin Kershner), the legend and origins of the one know only as – “Boba Fett”, John Williams’ incredible score and it’s numerous releases, differences between the 1980, 1997, 2004 and 2011 versions, as well as the ongoing dilemma of having to wait for Disney to release the original theatrical version on Blu-ray in the best possible quality.

This is certainly an “epic” podcast for an “epic” movie. Enjoy our show and “gear-up” in preparation for “Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens.



Adam          4 1/2 out of 5 – RECOMMEND

Brose          4 1/2 out of 5 – RECOMMEND

Andrew      4 1/2 out of 5 – RECOMMEND

Matthew    5 out of 5 – RECOMMEND

Stuart         5 out of 5 – RECOMMEND

Michael      4 1/2 out of 5 – RECOMMEND

Mark           5 out of 5 – RECOMMEND


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