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Return of the Jedi: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Special Edition) [Soundtrack]

John Williams , London Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: May 25, 1983
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003G91
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare
2. Main Title/Approaching The Death Star/Tatooine Rendezvous
3. The Droids Are Captured
4. Bounty For A Wookie
5. Han Solo Returns
6. Luke Confronts Jabba/Den Of The Rancor/Sarlacc Sentence
7. The Pit Of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault
8. The Emperor Arrives/The Death Of Yoda/Obi-Wan's Revelation
9. Alliance Assembly
10. Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Parade Of The Ewoks
2. Luke And Leia
3. Brother And Sister/Father And Son/The Fleet Enters Hyperspace/Heroic Ewok
4. Emperor's Throne Room
5. The Battle Of Endor I (Into The Trap/Forest Ambush/Scout Walker Scramble/Prime Weapon Fires)
6. The Lightsaber/The Ewok Battle
7. The Battle Of Endor II (Leia Is Wounded-The Duel Begins/Overtaking The Bunker/The Dark Side...)
8. The Battle Of Endor III (Superstructure Chase/Darth Vader's Death/The Main Reactor)
9. Leia's News/Light Of The Force
10. Victory Celebration/End Title
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear-jerking soundtrack... May 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Normally I am indifferent to movie soundtracks, but Star Wars is an exception, and the music of Return Of The Jedi is definitely the most powerful of the lot. Three minutes and fifty seconds into track seven on disc two, I can actually hear Vader in my head, saying "you cannot hide forever, Luke..." as the most moving piece of classical soundtrack music ever concieved begins. By the time the music for the end of Vader and Luke's duel is finished, it is hard for me not to burst into tears. I grew up with this film and this piece of music, and I feel massively priveleged being able to say that. Williams is the greatest composer of the 20th century, hands down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Luke and Leia's theme, although barely used in the movie, IS the reason to buy this soundtrack. This is my favorite Star Wars theme, because it is so beautiful. Not to say it is the only good thing. The emperor's theme is very nicely done, as is the duel music between Vader and Luke. And CD 1 provides you with Jabba's French Horn theme, which is a playful, quirky number similar in style to Superman's March of the Villains, although I like this one more. There is a LOT of action music on these CDs, and a lot of the Ewok theme and their source music, but most of it is enjoyable and specific parts make you remember scenes from the movie. And the listener also gets a very distinguished and serene Force theme during Vader's burial that is appropriate for the end of the movie. But during the final credits one learns that the best piece of music is by far Luke and Leia's theme, which is so dynamic yet so placid. It concludes the trilogy in perfect fashion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return Of John Williams January 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
John Williams does it again with the music in Return Of The Jedi. He introduces new themes, but still includes old themes. This is good because it closes up the CD and movie by summing up all the main themes of each of the original Star Wars movies.
Disc one includes the Main Title song which has evolved since A New Hope into more of a powerful version. The orchestra seems to be giving it all they have, and it sounds better than ever. Williams adds the music for Jabba into the movie, which consists mainly of horns. The second part of song 7, Sail Barge Assault, is a mayhem filled Luke's Theme, perfectly used for the 5 minute battle scene above the hungry jaws of a Sarlacc. Song 8 brings back the Imperial March that was first heard in the Empire Strikes Back, and a new theme for the Emperor, which consists mainly of a chilling men's choir. Halfway through song eight we get a tired and ominous version of Yoda's theme, tired as the Jedi Master is dying and ominous as the truth of Luke's heritage is revealed and warnings of what might become of Luke if he succumbs to the Dark Side. At about 7:02 into song eight we get a last time version of Yoda's Theme in horns, which dies away into a set of strings that capture the sadness of Yoda's death perfectly. We later on in the disc get into some more ominous music in a very tense scene where Luke and his friends are flying in a stolen imperial shuttle towards the moon of Endor. Then we get into the music on Endor which consists mainly of music that is used for the primitive Ewoks.
Disc two starts off with the ewok theme and then continues into 2, and 3 where some more new themes are presented, like the Luke and Leia theme, "Brother and Sister", and "Father and Son".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally stirring, and satisfying. July 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I love this CD, especially the music played during Vader and Luke's duel. I listen to that, and my stomach gets in knots, my heart leaps to my throat, and I feel tears come to my eyes. There are other great songs here as well. The celebration music is very moving as well, I'm almost sad when this CD is over; I don't want it to be over!
Accompanied by these great songs is some of the best liner notes I've ever seen. Giving in-depth, behind the scenes info on the songs, they will open your ears to things you'll be glad you didn't miss.
Listening to this brings Lucas' stunning images to mind, letting you escape to that galaxy, "far, far away." A true Star Wars fan should not pass this up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant February 17, 2000
By Tim M
Format:Audio CD
Another brilliant Star Wars score from John Williams. He is, I would say, the best composer around today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack has everything on it a Star Wars fan could love. Good sound quality, and every song on it is enough to enable true fans to replay the entire movie in their heads.

Two words of caution:

First, it has the newer Ewok celebration song that was dubbed over the original when the film was redone by Lucas.

Second, at all costs, avoid track 14 from Disc One, "Jedi Rocks." This is an unbearably stupid song that somehow got included in this album rather than on the Holiday Special soundtrack.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art December 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is probably the best work of music ever.This is true art!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE MASTERPIECE September 5, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Everytime I listen to this soundtrack, I can hear the characters speaking to eachother and feel the emotions. It is amazing what the songs on the this soundtrack can play with one's mind as they are listening to it. Sometimes you feel the evil just listening to the Emperor's Throne Room song. At times you feel the love between Luke and Leia as they speak about being brother and sister. The screams of Luke and the aggression of Darth Vader you can sense as you hear the final battle song and the excitment when he finally kills the emperor. To top it all off there is the Victory Celebration which is wonderful with the people singing in the background chorus, the soothing instruments. You are just as happy for the victory as they are, just by listening. This soundtrack is highly recommended. The music is just amazing. John William and the London Orchestra was AWESOME on this one. I wish I could give it more stars than just five...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars okay
product came with a cracked case...I don't know if it was damaged in transport or at which point it became damaged.
Published 18 months ago by D. Dimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless...
Any fans of Star Wars or Classical Music will love this CD. Not one, not two -- but three successful soundtracks for the Star Wars trilogy and later films were composed by John... Read more
Published on November 24, 2003 by T. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite record
This is my favorite record I like when the Ewoks dance around and Luke sees the ghosts of Yoda and the two guys. It's a scary soundtrack because the movie is scary. Read more
Published on October 3, 2003 by misterb1020
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Jedi score soars
The 1997 Special Edition soundtrack is more than a mere reissue with a new package. Rather, it's the complete score composed by John Williams, with more previously unreleased... Read more
Published on September 20, 2003 by Alex Diaz-Granados
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent score for an OK film
Many people have criticized "Return of the Jedi" for not living up to its predecessor, "The Empire Strikes Back. Read more
Published on July 31, 2003 by "ebounder620"
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Star Wars musical experience
This is my favorite Star Wars Soundtrack, probably because in this particular movie the music evolves just as the characters do. Read more
Published on April 19, 2003 by Oscar Saborío
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 CDs of great stuff
All three of these new 2 CD releases for these movies are just wonderful. There is so much music that was previously lost that is now present. Read more
Published on April 2, 2003 by Jimmy Verona
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as �Empire�
First of all, we must get things cleared for you guys who say the score of "Empire Strikes Back" is the best. There's no best Star Wars score. Read more
Published on October 17, 2002 by scottie
5.0 out of 5 stars best of the trilogy
come on people this music is the best quality of the trilogy! There may not be any new memorable tunes like the Imperial March, but if you listen to tracks like Luke confronts... Read more
Published on September 25, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Star Wars Scores
RotJ, is the best of all five of the Star Wars scores on cd. It has all the great themes from the first two movies, but the new themes especially the theme for Luke and Leia make... Read more
Published on September 25, 2002 by Kindle Customer
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How will the original versions look on a regular TV?
The non-anamorphic original theatrical versions look fine on a regular TV. The bit-rate on the discs is high (typically around 7-9) so the motion is good, although the prints don't appear to have been cleaned up at all so they have that 'old film' look, i.e grainy, fluttery, and with... Read More
Oct 22, 2006 by Neal Vincent |  See all 5 posts
The songs! It's all about the SONGS! Don't let them be lost to time!
I completely agree!
The first time I saw the "Special Edition" I was game for what I thought would be minor "improvements". Instead I ended up confused, and I felt like crying at the lame ending. The music's all wrong at the end and at Jabba's Palace; young Annikin ghost at... Read More
Mar 15, 2007 by Angel Rowe |  See all 5 posts
a question about special features before buying
Commentary track on disk 1
Aug 11, 2009 by Daniel B. Waldman |  See all 3 posts
How can you give a star rating to stuff that isn't out? MORONS
Thank you, Ronin. I was considering starting a discussion on this very issue elsewhere on Amazon; I still might, but the fact that this one is already up may alter my decision one way or another. What DOES give people the idea that they can--that they SHOULD--review products that have not been... Read More
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