John Williams' lovely and moving score for the sixth Star Wars
film brings thirty years of collaborating on George Lucas beyond-popular intergalactic franchise to a close. (Is this really the end of Star Wars
? Cant Lucas and Williams work together on a prequel to these prequels? Let us hope so, and that Jar Jar Binks is nowhere near it.) As this music accompanies the most exciting Star Wars
film in many a moon, the soundtrack itself is more fun, more evil, more nasty and bumpy. Many of the heroic, anthemic themes woven throughout Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith
will necessarily be familiar to any fan of the series, from the "Imperial March" to the main theme. Its remarkable how stirring the latter can be, no matter how many times youve heard it, and even for those who do not have all their money invested in S.W.
memorabilia. There is a lot of new music here, and the lush, extensive range of both Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra is on display, most notably in the menacing, percolating "General Grievous" and the rousing "New Hope" end theme. --Mike McGonigal
'Episode III Revenge of the Sith' 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 collector's DVD. 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. Sony Classics. 2005.