|1. Star Wars And The Revenge Of The Sith Medley|
|2. Anakin's Dream|
|3. Battle Of The Heroes|
|4. Anakin's Betrayal|
|5. General Grievous|
|6. Palpatine's Teachings|
|7. Grievous And The Droids|
|8. Padme's Ruminations|
|9. Anakin Vs Obi-Wan|
|10. Anakin's Dark Deeds|
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|1. Chapter 1: A Long Time Ago - 20th Century Fox Fanfare / Star Wars Main Title [From All Films]|
|2. Chapter 2: Dark Forces Conspire - Duel Of The Fates [From Star Wars Episode 1 'The Phantom Menace']|
|3. Chapter 3: A Hero Rises - Anakin's Theme [From Star Wars Episode I 'The Phantom Menace']|
|4. Chapter 4: A Fateful Love - Across The Stars [From Star Wars Episode II 'Attack Of The Clones']|
|5. Chapter 5: A Hero Falls - Battle Of The Heroes [From Star Wars Episode III 'Revenge Of The Sith']|
|6. Chapter 6: An Empire Is Forged - The Imperial March [From Star Wars Episode V 'The Empire Strikes Back']|
|7. Chapter 7: A Planet That Is Farthest From - The Dune Sea Of Tatooine / Jawa Sandcrawler [From Star Wars Episode IV 'A New Hope']|
|8. Chapter 8: An Unlikely Alliance - Binary Sunset / Cantina Band [From Star Wars Episode IV 'A New Hope']|
|9. Chapter 9: A Defender Emerges - Princess Leia's Theme [From Star Wars Episode IV 'A New Hope']|
|10. Chapter 10: A Daring Rescue - Ben's Death / The Fighter Attack [From Star Wars Episode IV 'A New Hope']|
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The bonus DVD, Star Wars: A Musical Journey, will feature film excerpts and music from all six Star Wars soundtracks. Chronologically, it will take the viewer through the entire saga in 16 glorious movements. This is the first time that a bonus DVD has been offered with a Star Wars soundtrack.
John Williams' score is a far more sombre affair this time. Of course, there are still the rousing battle themes such as 'The Revenge of the Sith' and 'Grievous and the Droids', but the majority of the material here is shot through with a mixture of overwhelming evil and tragic despair. The main new theme, 'Battle of the Heroes', is a perfect example; menacing and exciting, but with more than a hint of sadness running through it. For those like me who love 'Duel of the Fates' from Episode I, there's plenty of the same spine-chilling choral work, and the emotive 'Across the Stars' also appears in some of the more melancholy moments. As this film forms the link to the original Star Wars trilogy, it's good to see some old favourites making a reappearance, most notably 'The Force Theme' and the 'Imperial March'. The End Credits piece also raises a nostalgic tear to the eye with excerpts from 'Leia's Theme' and 'The Throne Room' (although surely not all this will be heard on screen - the credits can't last for more than eleven minutes, can they...?)
Far from 'dropping the ball', John Williams has produced a work which easily exceeds the other two Prequel soundtracks, although it cannot match 'The Empire Strikes Back' - surely the finest soundtrack ever produced. As for plagurising elements from a lesser composer's work on a lesser film, the idea is risible. It's a marvellous album, and promises a thrilling, emotional journey come May 19th.
My only complaint is.. why only a selection from the film? Whay not the full, double-CD treatment?... Read more ›
The DVD is also exceptional with Ian McDiarmid presenting some the best combinations of music and excerpts from the saga in 70 minutes of musical and visual delight and if you haven't already seen the 'A Hero Falls' music video on Star Wars.com it will give you some more insight into the film its self without totally spoiling it such as 'Duel of the Fates' did.
One of the highlights is 'Anakin's Betrayal', a track similar to 'You are the Pan' from 'Hook' that is full of tragedy and endlessly playable. There is plenty of sorrow in this soundtrack such as 'Anakin's Dream', 'The Immolation Scene' and 'Padme's Destiny' and it really does give you the sense that things are looking bleak. The CD then ends full circle with a welcome return of themes from 'A New Hope'.
Overall, the CD is okay but suffers a little from the bad editing that plagued the original release of 'The Phantom Menace' and it's obvious that a lot of the tracks were just not intended to be presented this way. It does have fortune of growing on you after a few listens and it gets a lot of bonus points for a superb extra DVD that revisits all the great themes from the saga. As a two-disc set, it's a great buy.
Fortunately, I WAS WRONG! This is, as I suggest, a real 'grower' and the themes just get better and better after each listen, so much so that this is just an addictive soundtrack that I rate right up there with the best. There are subtleties here among the more familiar themes (Williams relies on the Force Theme as well as Luke and Leia's Themes, and of course Vader's March) but tracks like the absolutely stunning Anakin's Betrayal flesh out the musical language of Episode III.
The new theme, Battle of the Heroes, is at first seemingly not as striking as Duel of the Fates, but listening to this and the album highlight Anakin Vs. Obi-Wan reminds you that Williams is a quiet genius at integrating themes of doom and tragedy for this final chapter even while he is injecting (a new) hope through familiar themes and weaving a totally masterful Star Wars listening experience. An absolute must-buy, rewarding you on many levels and after many listens. This demands, and deserves, your full attention.
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