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17th March 2005 13:05  #1

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Kinda, Sorta Star Wars DVD News
For those who haven't read or heard about the soundtrack's release from Sony Classical and the included John Williams/Star Wars DVD:

EPISODE III SOUNDTRACK TO BE RELEASED MAY 3RD
On Tuesday, May 3, 2005, Sony Classical will release the original motion picture soundtrack of the last episode of the massively popular Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. It features a new score by five-time Oscar winner John Williams, who is also the composer and conductor of the score for each film in the six-chapter Star Wars saga, and an exclusive bonus collector's DVD - Star Wars: A Musical Journey - an unprecedented bonus at no additional cost.

Created especially to accompany the CD release, the thrilling 70-minute DVD features 16 brand-new music videos set to selections from all six of John Williams' unforgettable Star Wars film scores and has been designed around a timeline that will take the viewer chronologically through the entire saga. Each movement is introduced by actor Ian McDiarmid (who plays Senator Palpatine in the films) and features a spectacular montage of images, complete with excerpts of the original dialogue and sound effects, set to Williams' legendary music which has been newly remixed and remastered in 5.1 surround sound. Williams' principal theme from the new score, entitled "Battle of the Heroes," will be featured in a music video created by Lucasfilm.

18th March 2005 1:20  #2

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
As long as this is $13 or less, I'm in. $18 or more for a cd just doesnt cut it anymore.

18th March 2005 7:09  #3

John Oaks Senior Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 951
I'll probably just download it or bum it off a friend.

18th March 2005 10:45  #4

Tom Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 2,497 Send a message via ICQ to Tom
That's the spirit Wink

18th March 2005 11:33  #5

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Must own every film score by John Williams...it's like a nervous tick or something...and the included DVD should be great so this is a no brainer for me, especially when stores like Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Circuit City will carry it dirt cheap the week it is released.

20th March 2005 11:03  #6

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Quote: Originally posted by -MFDOOM-
I'll probably just download it or bum it off a friend.
To sample before buying of course...

5th April 2005 4:43  #7

Edwise Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 184
The bonus DVD...
...for me at least, would make it worth paying full price.  But if I can find a deal, that will be even better.  ;-)

And there are a couple of Christian CDs coming out same day that I'd like -- Amy Grant and Joy Williams.  (Hey, it'll be a Williams-palooza -- Joy and John!)

12th April 2005 20:44  #8

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
The soundtrack is apparently already floating around online for those who would rather turn to the dark side!

Someone also told me that its one of john williams best star wars scores with oodles of crazy, bad ass choral pieces Wink

12th April 2005 21:00  #9

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Quote: Originally posted by Me You
The soundtrack is apparently already floating around online for those who would rather turn to the dark side!

Someone also told me that its one of john williams best star wars scores with oodles of crazy, bad ass choral pieces Wink

It is good and does contain some choral music (Battle of the Heroes), and contains a bit more of the memorable OT themes which should tie it nicely to ANH, but I wasn't doing backflips over it (although I absolutely loved the End Credits track). Empire is still my favorite of the scores...not that I have heard this as of yet unreleased album in its entirety by any means... Wink

12th April 2005 22:10  #10

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
i know im sold on it

13th April 2005 20:14  #11

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Quote: Originally posted by Matt Joseph
[quote]Empire is still my favorite of the scores...not that I have heard this as of yet unreleased album in its entirety by any means... Wink


Ditto. Empire is one of his masterpieces. The little birdy that told me it's floating online, also tells me that a lot of empire flows through the score.

I'd sell a kidney to catch him in concert preforming his best stuff. Unforunately, he doesn't stop around my way often. Sad

3rd May 2005 19:04  #12

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Just picked up this CD set today. The first time I've bought a CD in years. DAMN its good. The DVD is worth the price alone.

Sound is available in both 5.1 AND 2.0 PCM for those music sticklers out there who prefer the other. Mark I'm looking your way Wink

Don't hesitate if you're a fan. Top End Stuff!

3rd May 2005 19:42  #13

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,107 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
I've had it for a few weeks now but I'm still toying with the idea of getting the retail version for the DVD. I'm not as impressed witht his score as his others, but then I think it's a travesty that we only get a single disc release. I much prefer the flow of the scores when heard how they sound in the films themselves (well, as close to as possible). If I can find it cheap enough I'll prbably take the plunge.

3rd May 2005 20:16  #14

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
I picked it up at lunchtime myself for $10.99 and from first impressions, Star Wars: A Musical Journey looks like a very well put together disc with some nice animated menus and good video and audio quality with a nice array of scenes and dialogue interlaced with Williams and artwork stills from the films. I especially like the option of listening to the disc in PCM audio, nice touch. Also nice is the option of watching the music videos in a 'Play All' manner without Ian McDiarmid's introduction of each piece, which makes the entire presentation flow a bit better. I would have bought the soundtrack anyways being a John Williams completist and all, but this DVD made the purchase a no-brainer, even if I wasn't all that impressed with most of the new score when I heard it several weeks ago.

3rd May 2005 20:41  #15

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Quote: Originally posted by Chris Gould
I've had it for a few weeks now but I'm still toying with the idea of getting the retail version for the DVD. I'm not as impressed witht his score as his others, but then I think it's a travesty that we only get a single disc release. I much prefer the flow of the scores when heard how they sound in the films themselves (well, as close to as possible). If I can find it cheap enough I'll prbably take the plunge.


If you mean you had it by using the dark side, so did I Wink

Like I said, I hardly buy any music. The boost in audio quality was more then worth it though. It's literally a new experience. I got it for the DVD though myself. I just finished watching it, if you can find it cheap enough definately get it. The DVD is essientially a bunch of Duel of the Fates type videos so if you like that kinda stuff (like I do) it's a no brainer.

3rd May 2005 20:57  #16

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
Im torn whether i should get this or the new NIN cd.

4th May 2005 3:06  #17

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
FANTASTIC!
This is by far the best PT soundtrack (with exceptions to the main themes in Ep. I and II (Duel of the Fates and Across the Stars))
I agree that the last track is one of the best on the album (kinda a tie with "Battle of the Heroes" and Spoiler  "The Birth of the Twins and Padmé's Destiny" (not as good as Battle of the Heroes, but still noteworthy)

On the whole, a great album, worthy of getting, plus the entire 5th chapter on the DVD is Episode III "preview" with "Battle of the Heroes" playing throughout (great stuff).

4th May 2005 3:33  #18

- - Senior Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 594
To buy the Score Music of a movie, you really need to be a hardcore fan.  I never buy them.  It would be cool if all soundtrack (or score) would be included will all DVDs

4th May 2005 14:41  #19

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Don't you think you should watch the movie first, so you know which scenes the music scores are from?

4th May 2005 17:51  #20

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,107 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
It's hardly difficult to know what scenes they're taken from given the names of the tracks (especially if you know the plot fo the film).

4th May 2005 18:57  #21

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
It hardly matters with a good score what scenes from a film the musical cues are from, good music is good music. With the exception of 'Duel of the Fates' from PM, this is the best score Williams has produced for the prequel trilogy.

5th May 2005 0:37  #22

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
 It's hardly difficult to know what scenes they're taken from given the names of the tracks (especially if you know the plot fo the film).

Chris Gould
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You don't need to even know what "Star Wars" is really to figure it out.
Plus, if you haven't figured out what has to happen in this movie (the obvious if you've seen the Originals(read at own risk): Spoiler  Anakin turns to the dark side and turns into Darth Vader, Luke and Leia are born, Padme dies, and all that other stuff that we know has happened if we've watched "A New Hope", "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" ) So, I guess Lucasfilm knows that most (not all mind you) fans know what has to happen.

5th May 2005 16:02  #23

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
All I'm saying is that the movie is not even out yet, so how can you people enjoy the music when you haven't even seen the movie yet? I think it's better listening to the music when you then can have a picture in your head, reminding you where in the movie it is from.

5th May 2005 18:17  #24

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Quote: Originally posted by Mark Lim
All I'm saying is that the movie is not even out yet, so how can you people enjoy the music when you haven't even seen the movie yet? I think it's better listening to the music when you then can have a picture in your head, reminding you where in the movie it is from.

Good music is good music...you don't need visual imagery to enjoy it.

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