Re-release of the Star Wars soundtracks to take place on same day as Lucasfilm launches the original Star Wars Trilogy on DVD. With a 30 million dollar advertising campaign, this is going to be a monumental event! All 3 CD packages will include never-before seen photos as collectable fold-out movie posters. Special slipcase housing all three titles also available with exclusive 3D lenticular front card of key art. CDs will include special CD extra screen saver featuring exclusive Star Wars images. CD features all new cover art - same key art featured on DVD release.
John Williams's music for Star Wars
looks back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, particularly to the sweeping grandeur of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's The Sea Hawk
and The Adventures of Robin Hood
. Korngold, himself an opera composer, drew upon the Wagnerian leitmotif
technique of assigning a melody to each important character, and Williams followed this approach, creating a series of memorable themes developed throughout all the Star Wars
movies, including The Phantom Menace
. The result is a vast, surprisingly unified tapestry of music, a veritable space-operatic Ring
cycle for our times. This rich, glittering, boldly orchestrated music is filled with rousing action, wistful reflective passages and moments of playful humour (including some witty retro-alien jazz for the Mos Eisley cantina band). Epic in scope and wearing it's romantic heart on its sleeve, Williams's music is a galaxy far, far away from the ecstatic, modernistic score he produced the same year for Close Encounters of the Third Kind
. Although various Star Wars
albums have long been available, this double-disc Special Edition at last presents the entire score in original running order. The performance of the London Symphony Orchestra is superb, and the remastered sound a significant improvement on previous issues. In 1977 Star Wars
heralded a revival of traditional orchestral scoring which continues today, paving the way for such composers as David Arnold, Bruce Broughton, Patrick Doyle, James Horner and many more. This is the definitive presentation of perhaps the pivotal score in all film history, and an essential part of any collection. --Gary S. Dalkin
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.