Date: 02/20/2024 at 8PM ET / 5PM PT
Where to Watch: Stream on Disney+, rent or purchase on Amazon, iTunes, etc.


A darker, more sinister sequel to the lighthearted STAR WARS, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is everything a sequel should be. Deepening the drama set up by the original and providing more elaborate, exquisitely-staged action sequences, EMPIRE is also a thrilling showcase for the groundbreaking, Oscar-honored VFX of Richard Edlund and his team. Iconic, quotable, and featuring one of cinema’s most famous plot twists, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is a high water mark for blockbuster cinema that also ranks as one of the greatest American films of all time.


VFX supervisor Richard Edlund, ASC

Guest Bio:

Richard Edlund, ASC, is VFX supervisor and inventor best known for his work on STAR WARS, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, POLTERGEIST, RETURN OF THE JEDI, GHOSTBUSTERS, DIE HARD, and GHOST, among many others. He was a founding member of Industrial Light & Magic and has won two competitive Oscars, three Special Achievement Awards, two Scientific and Technical Awards, and the Academy's Medal of Commendation, along with two BAFTAS, an Emmy, the ASC President's Award, and the Visual Effects Society's Lifetime Achievement Award.