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Star Wars Trilogy Box Set [Deluxe Remastered Version] Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (20 Sept. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002W2KR2
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With the long-awaited DVD release of the first three films in the Star Wars trilogy, come the CD soundtrack companions. This box set includes three 2-CD sets each with an exclusive lenticular cover. Each set also includes never-before-seen Star Wars images and a fold-out poster--a different poster in each CD. Each set also includes a link to an exclusive screen saver web site. All the music has been re-mastered using the latest DSD technology.


Given that it's largely credited with reinventing Hollywood--or at least fostering its overweening box office expectations--it's hard to imagine that the genesis of George Lucas' sprawling, multi-billion dollar Star Wars franchise was once considered a risky studio proposition at best. But Lucas himself has wisely singled out the robust, retro-romantic music of composer John Williams as the unlikely artistic linchpin that holds all of the saga's disparate dramatic, thematic and technical elements firmly together. Boxed together here then are three of the most successful and influential film scores of modern Hollywood, work that draws as much on Williams' masterful sense of classical music history as it does his own well-studied melodic and arranging instincts. Each of the three double-disc collections here contains all of the music written for Star Wars: A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (and even Alfred Newman's introductory "Fox Fanfare"), newly upgraded via Direct Stream Digital remastering that adds stunning new presence and clarity to Williams' rousing, epochal scores. Each chapter also features a lenticular 3-D cover and newly designed fold-out film poster; the ultimate musical compendium of the original Star Wars triptych. --Jerry McCulley

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. B. Morgan on 19 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
....nope - this is one case where the re-mastering shows.
Using the latest DSD processing, these soundtracks (which are track-for-track identical to the Special Edition SOundtracks released on 1997) have been given a good dust-off and now sound better than ever. Even the Return of the Jedi Soundtrack sounds astonishing, although it seemed to generally have the worst sound quality in the 1997 releases.
Why only 4 stars then? OK - here we go with a whinge or two..
1) There is STILL some music missing - the Return of the Jedi 2-disc set is missing some cues, most noticeably Lapti Nek and the original Ewok Celebration
2) The more the sets are re-mastered and tinkered with, the more the original sound quality disappears, which in the case of Star Wars (or Episode IV, if you must...) is a bit of a shame - there was a very distinct sound on the original releases which is missed....
3) The perfunctory extra content - there is nothing that isn't already available somewhere else....with the minor exception of the physical contents of the booklets...
These things aside, this is a set well worth spending a few quid on, even if (like me) you already have the 1997 re-issues.
May the force be with you...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Darran on 2 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Considering that there are Cds out there that cost the same but contain,(at best)12 songs, this CD is more than worth the money with 75 tracks.
Not to mention that some tracks contain more than one piece of music.
To be fair, the CDs do contain a fair amount of filler material that you probably won't listen to. However these are overshadowed by the amount of wonderful atmospheric tracks.
I would recommend the following tracks:
Disc 1:
2. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner Medley
4. The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler Medley
10. Mos Eisley Spaceport
11. Cantina Band
Disc 2:
9. Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack Medley
10. The Battle of Yavin
Disc 3:
2. Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth Medley
5. The Battle of Hoth Medley (Ion Cannon/Imperial Walkers/Beneath the AT-AT/Escape in the Millennium Falcon)
Disc 4:
1. The Imperial March
12. The Rebel Fleet/End Title Medley (The under appreciated Star Wars Classic)
Disc 5:
8. The Emperor Arrives/The Death of Yoda/Obi-Wan's Revelation Medley
14. Jedi Rocks (although the scene its in is dreadful)
Disc 6:
7. The Battle Of Endor II Medley (Leia Is Wounded - The Duel Begins/Overtaking the Bunker/The Dark Side Beckons/The Emperor's Death)
10. Victory Celebration/End Title Medley
If you're a Star Wars fan this is more than a bargain and if you're not its an excellent example of Epic Film music from one of the World's best modern composers.
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Format: Audio CD
The best upgrade in the galaxy? Possibly, but only if we discount the recent blu-rays!

I bought this set recently, after purchasing the blu-ray set of the films. My love of the Star Wars universe rekindled and my addiction for purchasing things with Star Wars written on it increased.

I was the owner of the original soundtracks. A New Hope was a double CD, but Empire and Return both single CDs, all of which contained pretty much just the main themes from the movies, often in unchronilogical order and, for some tracks, two main themes put into a single track. After watching the films again, I turned to the soundtracks, often listening and feeling somewhat let down that these soundtracks that I possessed felt incomplete and disjointed. I needed an upgrade. So after searching the galaxy, I decided on this purchase. For me it was the most reasonably priced and for me, what appeared to be the most complete. I was not disappointed.

As far as I can tell, what I was presented with was the complete score for all three films. In this set, there were themes that I had wanted in the original releases, but were never present, notably the Emperor's theme.

From reading other reviews, I can see that time has been spent re-mastering the music, and from listening, it's clearly evident. The back ground hiss is minimal, the clarity is crisp, and for me, one of the best parts was hearing the members of the orchestra moving pages of the score or moving in their seats... through headphones, it was like having a private performance of the score!

I have to agree with some reviews, that the re-mastered New Hope is different from the films and original soundtrack album... it appears more in-keeping with Empire and Return now... but not such a bad thing.
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It is remarkable how much the Star Wars Original Trilogy has become part of our culture - and how taken for granted the stunning soundtracks to the trilogy and the supposedly inferior Prequil trilogy are. Of course, Williams uses famous classical composers for inspiration, but he has lifted the movie soundtrack above any one else with these and his work on Jaws, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park.

This is my son's introduction to orchestral music - he loves the films - and what a great way to start. The themes are simply excellent - from the opening fanfare, to the Darth Vader March, the Force theme, Leia's theme - these really are great to hear. The Prequil trilogy also has great music, like Battle of the Heroes and Darth Maul's theme and the recording of these 'lesser' film soundtracks are wonderful.

I am a musician, but I am not a technician. These just sound great to me. Clear, bright recordings, played superbly by the LSO, conducted by the composer. Not the kind of thing I normally buy, but you'd have to have a hole in your soul and collective memory not to rise in your chair when you hear this recording.

It might not be as original as Beethoven, Wagner or Strauss, but it's damn good music just the same.
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