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!
Buy the Revenge of the Sith
soundtrack at Amazon.
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
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
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.