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Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Collector's Edition, Soundtrack

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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.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 2004)
  • Collector's Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Soundtrack
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002YCVK6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As always, John williams brings masterful composing to the Star Wars movie screen. The sweeping and spine-tingling score will leave you breathless and stick with you for years.

It starts out a little slow, but of course all the classic themes are present. The action picks up at track 7 (Dsic 1) The Pit of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault. The moving track 8 will announce the arrival of the infamous emperor with deep male voices and dark themes, then we are swept back to Degobah for Luke's final meeting with Yoda in slow trumpets proclaiming Yoda's news and final announcement to Luke, finally we meet Obi Wan once again, whose conversation with Luke reveals stunning news with the trumpet theme of Skywalker and the warm, comforting violins. Comical additions such as Jabba's baroque recital and Jedi Rocks close the first disc with a slower pace, almost as if it were intermission.

Disc 2 opens with the playful Parade of Ewoks, a new theme created to portray the cute but deadly inhabitants of Endor, played on flutes, trumpets, and a variety of other instruments. Next we are introduced to the change in Luke and Leia's relationship with a slow flute and violin piece showing how strong their bond has become.

Track 3, Brother and Sister, Father and Son, finds the Skywalker theme as Luke tells Leia a wonderful secret, which transitions into their new theme. The Emperor's throne room conveys the serious danger of our heros in deep male voices and sweeping music. The three battle pieces are, of course, wonderful, but by far the best part is the piece matching when the rebels prepare to charge the Death Star in a great instrumental piece.

Last is the calm after the storm, the two tracks that are by far my favorite from this soundtrack.
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Prior to the emergence of the prequel trilogy, this particular Star Wars score is probably the darkest of the saga. From the moment the opening titles end, an eerie mood is set, and Darth Vader's Imperial March is almost immediately the focus of our attention. Now this soundtrack does take a little while to pick up the pace, but when it does, it's magic. There are a lot of dark themes in this soundtrack that tend to give the film a more sinister overtone, and it is this characterisitc that sets it apart from the other Star Wars scores.

For example, this is the first Star Wars score in which Williams has employed a choir (For the most part, he sticks to the male voices). With that said, what Williams created with the Emperor's theme is something that suits that character to a tee. Even if you don't know what the Emperor looks like, this spooky motif will immediately have you conjuring up images of something truly evil and sinister. But what really fascinated me about this theme is the way it competed with Vader's theme for dominance of the score, almost as if Vader himself were trying to rise above his master's influence. Other darker moments of the score include the Rancor's music (a classic monster track if there ever was one), the underscore of the Battle of Endor, and of course the final duel between Luke and Vader.

In the three tracks listed The Battle of Endor, the music cues underscoring the lightsaber duel only confirms what I said earlier in terms of the Emperor's theme becoming more dominant and more sinister. I noticed that whenever Luke ended up getting the short end of the stick, it was the Emperor's theme that accompanied these momentary defeats, not Vader's.
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I owned the original 1997 RCA Victor Anniversary discs but was disappointed that the discs slid out of a small book out of the top causing scratches to the disc. I was interested in getting the Ultimate Soundtrack set but saw by the pictures those discs also slide out from the side. I decided to buy these older Sony Star Wars soundtracks to get the traditional plastic over and under disc cases. I figured I better buy these now since Sony is making the new box set I would imagine they will be discontinuing this set soon. Sound is amazing, everyone says these sound exactly like the 1997 RCA disc but the new CD's are slightly louder on my Sony Stereo at the same volume level, I played the new disc and then the old 1997 disc just to compare. I heard a flaw in the recording so I wanted to make sure it wasn't the disc and the same defect was heard on the 1997 disc at the same time stamp so they definitely used the original 1997 masters.
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Call me picky, but I expect that when something says "Original Motion Picture Soundtrack," it will be the music from the original motion picture (not the revised '90s version). For most of George Lucas's retreads, the soundtracks didn't suffer a bit. But two pieces of music suffered mightily in JEDI -- the replacement of Max Rebo's weird funk in Jabba's palace with the rock 'n roll monstrosity that appears here, and the woeful lack of Ewok yubby-nubbliness at the end, replaced by that pan-pipe crap that sounds like it came from a Rainforest Cafe. Most of the music here is excellent, of course, but I'd hoped that by buying a 2-disc soundtrack, I'd get at least the original versions of all the music, in addition to the redo's. Let's hope the soon-to-be-released "complete music" collection restores the film's original cheesy music, and doesn't try to rewrite history with this updated (and remarkably worse) cheesy music...
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