Star Wars memories: Secrets of the Empire trailer!

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Dec 18, 2018, 8:00 PM EST (Updated)

In honor of the upcoming 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, we bring back the original trailer for the movie, featuring the hammy voice-over by Harrison Ford, below.

We'd forgotten about Ford's overhyped, weirdly radio-like voice-over for this trailer, which seems so out of character for Han Solo, but I guess George Lucas was really going for that Saturday-afternoon-serial feel for his saga, so whatever. (And, as fans know, this preview was actually the second Empire trailer produced but the first to showcase footage from the film.)

Here's more from the official Star Wars Web site:

... The trailer contains a few noteworthy gems, such as the famously cut "Threepio ripping the sign off the door" shot. Originally, the invading Imperials were to enter the door, sans warning sign, to be subsequently attacked by a pack of angry wampas. The sequence was ultimately cut from the film, but not before this small hint of its existence was forever immortalized by the trailer ...

Also noteworthy is the lack of any mention of Yoda (his appearance was still top secret) as well as the stylized Empire logo we're all familiar with. Since the logo had not yet been finalized, an early, somewhat clumsy-looking title closes the trailer, promising Empire's much-anticipated release "next summer."

Empire's still our favorite Star Wars movie, and we'll have more anniversary coverage in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

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