The Empire Strikes Back To Be Released In Cinemas In 4K And I’m Cynical About It

The Empire Strikes Back

Updated: Removed incorrect statement about 4K release of The Empire Strikes Back not being available outside of Disney+. 

The Empire Strikes Back is to be released in cinemas in 4K. The news broke earlier this week through Variety. The move is seen as a way to boost theaters post-lockdown. However, this plan is only for the U.K. and will be shown by the Vue theatre chain. Empire is commonly regarded as the best Star Wars movie, and is set to release early July. That’s if Vue movie theaters open in early July as planned.

Rival Cineworld has confirmed they will be reopening on July 10th in both the U.K. and the U.S. According to Variety The Empire Strikes Back is one of a number of titles Disney are providing to restart theaters. Of course, to begin with, there are going to be many new restrictions on a visit to a cinema. I’ll guess that ticket’s will be harder to get, once the new movies start to appear. However, at the same time, I can’t help but be cynical about this move from Disney.

The Empire Strikes Back is my number one movie of all time, I love it. Regular readers probably already know of my love of Empire. I’ve watched the film over 300 times conservatively across my life. I guess as a movie buff, and a super fan of Empire, I’m the kind of audience Disney and Vue are hoping will turn up? Well, I’m  sorry to disappoint you Disney, but I’m out.

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The Empire Strikes Back

If theaters had the Star Wars trilogy in 4K as an event a year ago, I might have considered it. However, not with the world is the way it is now. I just don’t see the point to go see a movie I’ve already watched hundreds of times, because it’s in 4K. For a start, I paid for a year subscription to Disney+, and I have a 4K setup. That means I have already watched Empire, and the other original movies in 4K, and can do so anytime.

I see a situation here where the movie studios are using their back catalogs as a testing ground. ‘Hey theaters, here’s a bone to throw you because we are not giving you any new movies yet.’ Every studio is in a panic that if they release a new movie too soon, audiences won’t come. I feel like this attempt to test the water is a disguised science experiment to maximize the revenue on hotter movies. But hey, maybe you don’t care and just wanna see Empire in 4K at theaters, and if so, I do understand. In different circumstances, I think I’d be there as well.

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Campbell Clark

Cam is Senior Editor at LRM Online, and has a passion for all things geeky, including sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book movies.

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