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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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Return of the Jedi: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Special Edition) + The Empire Strikes Back: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Special Edition) + Star Wars: A New Hope: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Special Edition)
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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: #109,837 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

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Jedi score soars September 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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 tracks (including Jabba's Baroque Recital) and two new compositions that replace existing material.
Because Star Wars creator George Lucas made changes to each movie in the trilogy to fit his original vision for the films, composer Williams had to make a few tweaks of his own. For instance, in Episode IV's restored encounter between Han Solo and Jabba the Hutt, Williams borrowed "Jabba's Theme" from Return of the Jedi...perhaps the only time that music for a sequel has been reinserted to the "parent" film. For Jedi's new Jabba's Palace musical sequence, Williams allowed Jerry Hay's "Jedi Rocks" to replace his own "Lapti Nek."
The other major revision comes in the new ending for Return of the Jedi. Instead of the Ewok celebration from the 1983 original version, the Special Edition ends with a Victory Celebration (depicting the festivities on Tatooine, Bespin, and Coruscant, the former throne world of the Empire) with new music. While still using primitive instruments and rhythms, the new music dispenses with the Ewoks' chanting and utilizes new thematic material and vocal performances blended with a virtuoso performance by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Like the previous two soundtrack albums of the Special Edition re-releases, aficionados of the film score genre will find the reorganized tracks are now consistent with the scenes that they appear in, and the liner notes will help both novice and expert Star Wars music lovers keep "track" of things as they listen to this remarkable score.
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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
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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
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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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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 22 months ago by D. Dimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars I've owned it for years, and still listen to it often
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... Read more
Published on April 6, 2007 by D. Becker
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 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 Amazon 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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