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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Enhanced, Soundtrack, Import, Collector's Edition

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Product Details

  • Conductor: John Williams
  • Composer: John Williams
  • Audio CD (Feb. 20 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Enhanced, Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Sme
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002YCVIS
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare
2. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner
3. Imperial Attack
4. The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler
5. The Moisture Farm
6. The Hologram/Binary Sunset
7. Landspeeder Search/Attack Of The Sand People
8. Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force
9. Burning Homestead
10. Mos Eisley Spaceport
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Princess Leia's Theme
2. The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit
3. Destruction of Alderaan
4. The Death Star/The Stormtroopers
5. Wookie Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush
6. Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga
7. The Trash Compactor
8. The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire
9. Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack
10. The Battle of Yavin
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

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.

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Format: Audio CD
This is one of those discs that has had a long life in my house - I first had the soundtrack of Star Wars on cassette tape, then when that broke (from being overplayed), I got the vinyl version (so I could re-record the tracks in a better order). When that record set got worn and poppy, I got the CD, and then when this special edition came out, I got it too. So, I guess one could say that this is a perennial favourite.
Even the design of the discs is fun - the round discs are overprinted with a graphic of the Death Star on them; were I still a kid (I was 12 years old when Star Wars first came out), I would be thrilled (and I must confess, that small part of me does still enjoy this quite a bit).
Unlike the tape and record albums of old, this is in fact the complete score of the film, done in the order in which it plays on the film. The classic pieces are still there with force - the gigantic orchestral crash as an opener, the heavy brass fanfare trumpeting major events, the timpani and low tones giving ominous emotional feel to events, all is still here in glorious remastering.
This disc includes the Twentieth Century Fox fanfare, a piece that made its debut in the 1930s but is still considered an important prelude to the Star Wars experience - the gap in the sound between the Fox Fanfare and the opening crash of the main title theme is one with great anticipation. There is also a 'main title archive' on this disc, in which all five recorded takes of the theme are presented.
One thing that I credit this music for is helping me to appreciate the emotive power of orchestral music at an early age.
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There are few Composers in this world who can pull off a soundtrack like the Maestro John Williams, and this one is no exception. The score to Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition is, how can one put it(?), Marvellous? Brilliant? Excellent? Exquisite? Beautiful?, even if I were to use all of these words at once, you still wouldn't be able to imagine just how good this Soundtrack really is. This 2CD edition, features not only the entire score, but also some music not heard in the film, and as an added bonus, at the end of track "Binary Sunset-Alternative" features the very first recording of the Main Title. My personal favourite is CD1, Track 6: HOLOGRAM/BINARY SUNSET, this piece of music, especially the latter, sums up Star Wars, musically. I can just imagine Luke Skywalker standing on the edge of his Homestead and gazing into the future, whilst Williams' Force Theme is played over the top, sheer brilliance. If you are a Williams, Soundtrack CD fan or Classical Music Lover without this CD in your collection, you should buy it right now, don't wait, buy it and enjoy every minute.
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Who says so? A rabid Star Wars fan? A great admirer of John Willaims' epic scores? Yes, but there's more. I've loved movie music since I was a kid, and my appreciation and collection continues to grow. From Henry Mancini to James Horner, from Alan Silvestri to James Newton Howard, I love film scores. My sister (the oft-mentioned Codemaster Talon) knows even more about movies than I do, and she agrees with me. This is the GREATEST film score of all-time. Why?
A long time ago...
Movie music has a grand and glorious tradition that goes back a long way. But just as George Lucas pretty much single-handedly brought back science fiction films, John Williams pretty much did the same thing with symphonic scores. In the 70s everyone was moving away from classical style scores in favor of the rock n' roll soundtracks and such. But that's not what George wanted. He wanted classical music (ala 2001:A Space Oddessy). Thank GOODNESS Speilburg talked him out of it.
It is a period of civil war...
The grand and glorious sweeping epic (and I am NOT exaggerating) score is greatly helped by the use of a technique Wagner liked to use. Every person in our story has their own theme, and that theme comes back again and again in differnet ways throughout the film (sadly, bravely, tenderly) to give emphasis to key moments. The effect works tremendously. John Williams has always been fond of using drums and brass sounds (horns and such) for dramatic effect, and it suits the FEEL of Star Wars perfectly.
Before I was but the learner...
Some have argued, and perhaps justly so, that Williams stole a lot of his technique from earlier film composers and classical composers. Certainly, the influence greats like Rosa (of Ben Hur fame) cannot be denied.
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More than 25 years after "Star Wars" initial release, what can be said about the film or its score that hasn't been said already? John Williams made music history with this classic 1977 score which has continued to be an important component of American pop culture. With this 1997 release, the original master tapes of the scoring sessions have been carefully restored to digital clarity and are presented, for the first time ever, in sequence as heard in the film. The "Main Title" requires no discussion; everyone who hasn't been living underground their entire life knows it by heart. "Binary Sunset" is a beautiful track using Ben Kenobi's theme to express Luke's desire to leave Tatooine, although Williams's original take on the scene can be found at the end of Disc One. The "Cantina Band" source music is a change of pace, written in the style of Benny Goodman. "TIE Fighter Attack" is still one of the greatest action cues ever written for the screen, and the album concludes with the grand "The Throne Room/End Title", bringing the score to a brilliant conclusion. Accept no other release: buy this disc and enjoy Williams's most memorable masterpiece.
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