Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack
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MP3 Music, May 3, 2005
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'Episode III Revenge of the Sith' features a new score by five-time Oscar winner John Williams, who is also the composer and conductor of the score for each film in the six-chapter Star Wars saga, and an exclusive collector's DVD. Created especially to accompany the CD release, the thrilling 70-minute DVD features 16 brand-new music videos set to selections from all six of John Williams' unforgettable Star Wars film scores and has been designed around a timeline that will take the viewer chronologically through the entire saga. Sony Classics. 2005.
John Williams' lovely and moving score for the sixth Star Wars film brings thirty years of collaborating on George Lucas beyond-popular intergalactic franchise to a close. (Is this really the end of Star Wars? Cant Lucas and Williams work together on a prequel to these prequels? Let us hope so, and that Jar Jar Binks is nowhere near it.) As this music accompanies the most exciting Star Wars film in many a moon, the soundtrack itself is more fun, more evil, more nasty and bumpy. Many of the heroic, anthemic themes woven throughout Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith will necessarily be familiar to any fan of the series, from the "Imperial March" to the main theme. Its remarkable how stirring the latter can be, no matter how many times youve heard it, and even for those who do not have all their money invested in S.W. memorabilia. There is a lot of new music here, and the lush, extensive range of both Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra is on display, most notably in the menacing, percolating "General Grievous" and the rousing "New Hope" end theme. --Mike McGonigal
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The Revenge of the Sith represents an exploration of the dark side of the Force--but don't assume this score has a lot of overblown Imperial March themes and the Gothic emperor theme written all over it. No, this score represents a triumphant mix and return to the best of the Star Wars music with all kinds of themes new and old woven in to the musical tapestry that is Star Wars. The skies of the capital planet are a cauldron of battle in track one which features an aerial fight of titanic proportions. Drums and strings lend this track a powerful introduction. Battle of the Heroes is our concert piece and the one features on compilations of this CD. Heavy choir and swirling strings make this track an awesome accompaniment to the galaxy-shaping fight of two lifelong friends--with each other. Anakin vs. Obi-wan is a reprise of this with percussion, strings and some choir. The choir is both men's and women's, the London voices who sang Jurassic Park, the other Star Wars, The Passion of the Christ, and The Lord of the Rings. My favorite track is number 15, a suite of all Star Wars themes from the two trilogies: Luke's hopeful theme, the Star Wars main title march, Princess Leia's romance, and the throne room parade theme from the finale of the original film in 1977.
Overall, the tone is one of epic sadness, conflict, and triumph for the good guys. The story is a tragic one as a young Jedi succumbs to the darkness within himself and murders all his comrades in war. For decades democracy has been crumbling, and the peacekeepers (or the Jedi Knights as they are called) can no longer be trusted. The galaxy is on the brink of a universe-shattering decision: will Jedi Anakin Skywalker embrace his destiny as the "chosen one" of prophecy, or will he be swallowed by the dark inside and around him? This score is the long awaited bridge between the gap in the two trilogies. The prequel trilogy is a groundbreaking artwork of film, writing, and score--just the way the 70s and 80s trilogy was. Nothing in film can be compared to it except for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the new Hobbit trilogy just out this year. Star Wars is a very militaristic score and very patriotic--very "happy."
Included with the original score is a CD called "A Musical Journey" which are basically themes from all the films' soundtracks in chronological order set to video and artwork from the films. It's a keeper, even though mine got scratched and no longer plays well.
I highly recommend the complete two CD set of Episode I: The Phantom Menace--one of the greatest soundtracks of the twentieth century in my mind. Check it out and may the Force be with you as you do.
It was quite interesting to listen to this powerful score as an independent artistic collection. The visual imagery, various conversations, dialogues and sounds that are layered within a movie often obscure to a degree the underlying music. It's hard to suppress the powerful imagery in fast-paced action in order to focus just on the music. I don't remember hearing some of this music in the movie, though perhaps it was there, but simply greatly muted.
Anyway, when listened to on its own, the score bestows a deeper meaning to the story embodied in the Star Wars saga, and Episode III in particular. For example, the music enabled me to feel more deeply the heartrending sadness in Anakin's betrayal, his eventual immolation, and Padme's death, as well as the vast scope of the events leading to the destruction of democracy and the establishment of the totalitarian galactic empire. This powerful, moving music is relentlessly dark, tragic and apocalyptic in tone.
Though one may appreciate John William's score as a great musical accomplishment, it may not be easy for everyone to listen to. The majority of the pieces certainly didn't feel relaxing or soothing. It's basically 20th century classical, orchestral music created as a movie soundtrack. Nevertheless, I loved the opening theme of the finale ("A New Hope and End Credits"), and in fact that was the real reason I bought the collection. If you're interested in an easier, more relaxing score, I suggest you consider that of Episode II ("Attack of the Clones"), which is much more lyrical.
Just a word or two about the DVD. It was great to be able to review portions of other Star Wars episodes (which I don't own on DVD). And as a plus, it was nice to hear Ian McDiarmid's (Emperor Palpatine) narration in his "normal", eloquent voice. Consider the DVD to be like one gigantic trailer. I'm not sure whether all the music in the DVD actually came from the movies. Some of it seemed made especially for the commemorative album.
The bonus DVD makes this soundtrack really worth buying! I had not expected a DVD as part of the package, but I was thrilled to have it. It offers most of the saga's musical themes with accompanying scenes from all six movies. It's only about an hour long, but it's dazzling. If you love John Williams' work, then you'll find the DVD to be a real treat.