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Star Wars Trilogy (Box Set) [Box set, Soundtrack]

John Williams Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Performer: John Williams
  • Audio CD (September 21, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Soundtrack
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002YCVLU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
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. Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare
2. Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth
3. The Wampa's Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight
4. The Imperial Probe/Aboard the Executor
5. The Battle of Hoth: Ion Cannon/Imperial Walkers/Beneath the ...
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Yoda's Theme
2. Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score: The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)
3. Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score: Yoda's Theme
4. The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)

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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.

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 intyroductory "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, as well as encoded disc features allowing online access to elaborate new Star Wars screen savers; the ultimate musical compendium of the original Star Wars triptych. --Jerry McCulley

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Say what you will about the Star Wars Trilogy DVD set, but one undeniable fact is that one thing that has not changed is the enduring appeal of John Williams' classic scores for the 1977-83 trio of films that pitted Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Obi-Wan Kenobi against the forces of the evil Empire and the Jedi-turned-Sith Lord, Darth Vader.

To mark the release of the 2004 DVD set, Sony Classical has revamped and reissued the 1997 Special Edition soundtracks and created a beautiful box set that complements the packaging of the Widescreen Edition DVDs. In an elegant silver and black slipcover, the three slimline 2-CD jewel cases include holographic cover art that matches that on the DVD cases, a collectible poster/track list, and the scores on newly remastered Digital Stream Discs (which have improved sound quality and clarity, especially on top-of-the-line stereos) , as well as exclusive screensavers accessible through Sony Classical's Star Wars web page.

As expected, John Williams' music for A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi is brilliantly performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. With 74 tracks and over six hours of music, this six-CD set is arguably the most complete collection of original soundtrack material yet released.

If you own the 1997 RCA Victor Special Edition soundtracks, however, there is no new unreleased material here. Indeed, track sequences and titles are identical, and there are no detailed program notes.

Still, the box set is reasonably priced; it's actually cheaper than buying each soundtrack album separately, so if your older CDs are getting worn out or you just want these CDs for their extra features, then it's certainly worth considering.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good remastering, but blatant repackaging January 1, 2005
By Yi-Peng
Format:Audio CD
This reissue of the original Star Wars Trilogy soundtracks was released to coincide with the DVD debut of the original films. However, there is really little to gain in this reissue over the RCA special edition releases. Of course, the music is presented with all the integrity it needs, with every note of the score in a seamless chronological presentation, so that's one basic requirement cleared for this reissue. Plus, it has been remastered with Sony DSD technology, which greatly improves the sound. So what's wrong? Well, I'm sure that many collectors miss the in-depth booklets from the 1997 reissues with a comprehensive and lucid soundtrack annotation and full-colour photo stills from the three films. This would mean that those who listen to the music might not be able to follow what happens. At least the music is presented in chronological order, which is a tremendous asset. In its place we get a fold-out poster for a CD insert, which is in itself as useless as the 3-D covers. Also, the Enhanced CD features are perhaps junk, because the screensavers and book covers are not entirely necessary on soundtrack reissues. They are merely a marketing gimmick so that fans can spend more money, despite the fan requests. But even though these two gripes are subjective, this can't stop many fans from enjoying the music in all its glory and integrity. And perhaps, with the release of Revenge of the Sith, Sony, George Lucas and John Williams might allow the entire unedited scores for all six films to be released in a seamless chronological presentation, with extensive booklet notes. Maybe that will give the STAR WARS soundtracks some integrity than this skimpy reissue does, and maybe we will be able to see the Ewok Celebration finale from Return of the Jedi, as well as Lapti Nek, restored.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars Trilogy Sound Track Boxed Set December 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I personally have found the trilogy boxed set to be of generally high quality. The CD's are basically the same as the 1997 Special Edition releases. Their pictures are different and they are said to contain extras such as screen savers, but so far I have been quite unsuccessful in discovering them. The CD's themselves are much the same in quality as well. There is little noticeable improvement over the 1997 releases, except that you can, in some places, hear less background noise and hissing. I personally enjoy all the extra music and alternate takes. For those who merely want some of the music without all the extras and alternate takes the 1993 boxed set release would be a better purchase. The three CDs as a set, all told, have a total running time of just under six hours, which provides plenty of listening time. However, there is one rather annoying problem. The cases for the CD's are rather flimsy, so I would strongly advise putting the CD's themselves in another place to conserve the cases, which have some neat pictures on them. On the whole, this was worth its cost in my mind. For those who already have the 1997 releases and don't care about packaging or screen savers this set would be a pointless purchase. However, for someone such as I who wishes to buy the whole lot for a cheaper price this is just the thing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality could be better February 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the best way to get the soundtrack collection of the three original films. With some minor exceptions, the tracks are in the same sequence of the films so you can follow the story unfold the same as watching the movies.

The sound quality does leave a bit to be desired overall. Granted there is only so much that can be done from the original recordings, but it seems as though they tried to over-remaster most of the tracks and did not do enough with others. This has left many of the scores sounding thin, bright and shallow. For the price of this boxed set, I would have expected a little bit more time put into making this collection sound better. Ideally, having the entire saga re-performed would have likely offered the best solution for audio purists, though likely not capatured exactly the same feel as the original performance.

Essentially, this boxed set is a trade off between having the original scores of Episodes 4 through 6 and sacrificing the overall sound quality that a John Williams performance deserves.

For a point of reference, my sound system is a B&W and McIntosh combination with the speakers being the same model as what was used in nearly all recording studios at the time of the later half of these films.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movies
Well what can you say. We really enjoyed these movies, for the umpteenth time. Saw them in the theater every time they were released and were not disappointed. Glad we ordered it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars Trilogy (Box Set)
if you like the movies and the music then grab this one
Published 2 months ago by Matthew J. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars True Greatness.
By far the most influential fictional work of my life, what can I say that hasn't already been said? Masterpieces, through and through.
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Tibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars star wars music
have always loves the trilogies music , John Williams at his best ( IMHO) these disks not only have the "base" music but have a lot of extras 00the benefit of CD over... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Daniel Rousch
5.0 out of 5 stars Good package
Music was very crisp -sounded good on a old but expensive in its time stereo system. Brought back good memories. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Serafin Ochoa
5.0 out of 5 stars Music
Star Wars lives and dies by music. This is the only movie where if you play a piece of music, you will know exactly where in the movie you are. Read more
Published 8 months ago by G. Carson
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 CD Extended Star Wars Soundtracks 2004 Box Set.
This soundtrack box set is a great companion for the 2004 DVD Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen/Fullscreen)

I bought these 6 CDs because I love to listen to Star Wars music... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Trey T. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars The Star Wars Trilogy Soundtrack Collection is awesome!!!
The Star Wars Soundtracks by John Williams are some of the best collections of film music and scores of all-time and this CD collection is a must own for any movie fan and Star... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kenneth Kraly Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Music. Poor Service
I loved the audio quality of the remastered set. Unfortunately, I had to send this back twice. The first set was missing the 6th CD. The Second had a cracked 4th disc.
Published 19 months ago by Captain Awesome
4.0 out of 5 stars CD
I like it however, I thought I was purchasing the DVD movie trilogy. I already had the sound track to Star Wars on LP so I can listen to the sound track on CD.
Published 22 months ago by Rosalie Montagna
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Victory Celebration music???

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