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Check out the Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Soundtrack

Published May 4, 2005 in Movie Music
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox
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Here is a nice look at the soundtrack and latest music for the upcoming film Star Wars Revenge of the Sith. But besides a soundtrack, we also get a great bonus DVD set to remind us how much we love Star Wars and its music. Does it work? You bet!

Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Music


Before I begin on my discussion about the music [soundtrack] for Star Wars Revenge of the Sith, I got to point out that this film will have a marketing machine like that of which we have never seen. For the next two weeks you are going to see Star Wars everywhere. When you watch TV, when you purchase Pepsi, when you browse the internet, to when you look at a new computer for purchase [Alienware], you will see something about Star Wars. And you will also see tons of Star Wars updates coming in from CanMag. Even though I am sure most will never tire of Star Wars updates, there are some who will. For the few of you just mentioned-- just battle it out till after May 19th. Ok, on to my feelings about the latest Star Wars music and my thoughts on the music for the entire new trilogy.

The Entire New Trilogy

Let me begin with my small amount of disappointment with the music for all of the films in the new Star Wars trilogy. Now, I am not claiming that the music is bad, but it is obviously different from the original trilogy. So, why do I feel that John Williams may have gone wrong? It all comes down to one word-- March.

During the first trilogy, Williams was a lot younger [weren't we all] and seemed to really be into march style music. Hence, most of the most popular themes [save few] from the original Star Wars trilogy were in march fashion. Take example the 'Empire March' for instance; this song is the epitome of march style classical music. And, if you pop out your old Star Wars soundtrack CDs to listen to other tracks, you will know exactly what I'm talking about.

But now, after many years to grow and polish his trade, John Williams seems to be strictly classical. Williams has henceforth thrown 'the march' out of the new Star Wars trilogy; something that I greatly miss. One of my favorite songs out of the new trilogy is 'Duel of the Fates', which is not even remotely close to any other music in any of the Star Wars movies. But here comes the savior to the entire new trilogy- Star Wars Revenge of the Sith.

Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Soundtrack

If you had to decide on only one of the soundtrack CDs for the new trilogy, I would strongly suggest Star Wars Revenge of the Sith. The only track you may actually miss is 'Duel of the Fates,' but it is easy to let go with the impressive 'new' scores from John Williams. Actually, I shouldn't even call a good portion of the music 'new' for the Sith soundtrack, but that is perfectly OK with me and it should be for you too.

The first third of the Revenge of the Sith soundtrack sounds like Williams decided to combine new Star Wars style music with that of Aliens. There are many segments that actually cause scenes from Aliens to come storming across my imagination. However, after this first third is where John Williams comes home. As we know, Revenge of the Sith is going to attempt to provide the link between the new trilogy and the old trilogy. In doing so, there are going to be plot lines that need answering and music that needs hearing. What this means is that we can expect a ton of our most favorite tracks from the original series to make cameos in the music for Revenge of the Sith. Does it work? It is quite fantastic actually.

While listening to the soundtrack CD [writing articles of course], I started to get the chills when I heard multiple old-trilogy-themes begin to creep in and out of the music. And, unlike the Menace and Clones soundtracks that attempt to quickly hide the themed music, John Williams creates a reincarnation of the original music as if it is being re-born all over again. The music for Revenge of the Sith is how the music for the entire new trilogy should have been. Give us something new and polished, but remind us of what we know.

To top it off, the final track [13 minutes long] is the ultimate conclusion to the Revenge of the Sith soundtrack. Every one of your favorite old-trilogy Star Wars themes is given a chance to be heard and remind you why you love the Star Wars saga as a whole. And this is why I believe that we are told that moviegoers will cry at the end of the film. Not because of Revenge of the Sith exclusively, but because we will be reminded that this is the end of one of the greatest stories of all time.


Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Bonus DVD


Another great addition to any fan of the Star Wars movies
. The bonus DVD does NOT favor Revenge of the Sith either, and only attributes one of its chapters to the new film. Instead, each chapter offers our favorite Star Wars music over the past three decades and gives us a wonderful look back at the Star Wars saga as a whole. If you thought you loved Star Wars, this bonus DVD will only re-enforce your feelings.

By the end of the bonus DVD you can only feel sad that the three decades of Star Wars magic is finally coming to a close [thank God for the television series].

Here is the chapter list [not song title] for the Revenge of the Sith bonus DVD:

A LONG TIME AGO
DARK FORCES CONSPIRE
A HERO RISES
A FATEFUL LOVE
A HERO FALLS- shows four minutes of clips from Sith
AN EMPIRE IS FORGED
A PLANET THAT IS FARTHEST FROM
AN UNLIKELY ALLIANCE
A DEFENDER EMERGES
A DARING RESCUE
A JEDI IS TRAINED
A NARROW ESCAPE
A BOND UNBROKEN
A SANCTUARY MOON
A LIFE REDEEMED
A NEW DAY DAWNS


Don't have the Star Wars Revenge of the Sith soundtrack yet? Purchase it from Amazon.


For the trailers, clips, stills, and synopsis, go to the Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Movie Page.
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