THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Original Rolled NSS with PG Ratings Box GWTW Movie Poster

Empire Strikes Back GWTWTHE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, 1979. Original rolled NSS with PG Ratings box Insert (14″ x 36″) movie theater poster. Also known as the Gone With The Wind style (GWTW) this poster is for sale and starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, director Irvin Kershner and producer George Lucas. The second movie made in the Star Wars franchise is Episode V (5). This Style is also known as the “GWTW” version because of Han and Leia’s romantic pose very similar to the Gone With the Wind poster; the epic pose between Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. This beautiful artwork was done by Roger Kastel and there are two original versions of this poster, there is the international Intl version without the PG ratings box and the US version with. This is the US release version.

The difference between the with and without PG Ratings box can be seen below.

Typically, movie posters made in the USA for international audiences are more rare when they exhibit the same artwork like this one, but many collectors still prefer the US version to the international version. Despite the international versions rarity the US version seems to sell for more.

Either way, these insert posters are very uncommon and are highly reproduced. Buyer beware there are literally thousands of fakes floating around on the internet. We have provided some guides for novice and experienced collectors alike for authenticating these posters.

Empire Strikes Back Insert

Authentication Tips:

This insert  can be very difficult to authenticate unless you have an original to compare to the poster in question. It is thought the posters were illegally re-printed in the mid 80s and a convincing patina wont necessarily authenticate one of these posters. There are two methods by which to authenticate.

  1. The reproduction has reddened browns and often times appears minty white. Refer to Hans face for comparisons
  2. The artwork is slightly enlarged and cropped.
  3. Beware of too good to be true deals on ebay. Also beware of Bradburied and Rokmodel out of rochester New York. Its believed they acquired the original plates years ago and have been pumping repos onto the market ever since.


ESB Cropped ImageA side note. The reproductions for the international and US both have reddened skin tones and cropped artwork.

This original 100% guaranteed authentic US release insert movie poster for the Empire Strikes Back Star Wars movie is in good conphdition, but does have some major flaws to note. This originally unfolded poster was folded at one time in its history and has left a single horizontal fold line which is plain to see if you click on the photo to enlarge. Linen backing the poster will help, but this imperfection will never be removed and will always be obvious with or without restoration.

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Condition C6. Sold $495

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