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Why the bonus DVD?

Rolan
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Why the bonus DVD?   Thursday, June 30, 2005 (11:32 a.m.) 

After I first purchased the soundtrack, I was anxious to see what "Star Wars: A Musical Journey" was all about. I was extremely disappointed with this pointless and time-consuming music video. In essence, the DVD is nothing more than a random bunch of scenes pasted together and choreographed to the music from all 6 films. If I wanted to see the scenes with music I would just watch the movies themselves.

When I first saw Ian McDiarmid sitting inside of Abbey Road Studios, I thought that maybe they would actually show the recording session with John Williams and the orchestra and chorus in progress. Ian said, "In a few minutes I will be joined by memebers of the London Symphony Orchestra and London voices." As the DVD progressed I asked myself, "Where is the orchestra?" In addition, I expected the DVD to be documentary-style production that would include interviews with some of the people who made the all 6 recordings possible like the music mixer Shawn Murphy, or the music editor Ramiro Belgardt to name a few, as well as the orchestrators from that past and the present trilogy. In the soundtrack for Episode I, John Williams wrote in the booklet that many of the LSO players grew up watching the original trilogy and aspired to join the orchestra and become professional musicians. Wouldn't it be interesting to interview some of them and see what they have to say?

We rarely get a chance to meet the people behind the scenes, and this DVD seemed like a perfect way to show how it all happened. Showing film clips with the music seems pretty redundant, for one could just watch the movies and get the same effect. In the Lord of the Rings trilogy DVDs, we get a chance to see the LPO recording sessions in progress with Howard Shore, as well as meet many of the people who made it all possible. This DVD doesn't even show John Willams face except in the background on the intro!

In conclusion, even though this DVD is a bonus for the soundtrack, it seems utterly pointless. The DVD seems more a disservice to John Williams than a commemoration of his musical journey.

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Lyell
Come on...   Friday, July 1, 2005 (9:47 a.m.) 

> In conclusion, even though this DVD is a bonus for the soundtrack, it
> seems utterly pointless. The DVD seems more a disservice to John Williams
> than a commemoration of his musical journey.

So you'd just rather not have it?

I agree that a DVD of what you've suggested would be amazing and I'd pay a lot of money for it.

But I disagree with your opinion of this DVD. I found it to be an EXCELLENT bonus item. Sure, I could go watch the movies. All 6 of them, 12+ hours of time. Or I could pop in a 30-minute DVD with excellent editing and great sound. For the rest of my life, I now have a microcosm of my absolute favorite music set against the feelings and characters the music represents. Seems like a no-brainer to me. I really, really, really enjoy this DVD.

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Alejandro González
Re: Come on...   Friday, July 15, 2005 (10:13 a.m.) 

I agree, I particularly loved the very last music video, when Luke fights Darth Vader. It's kind of sad - seeing Anakin as a child, then young man, the as Vader. It's what the trilogy is about, and it's only a few minutes!
As for intros though, that guy sounds like he has a gun pointed at him everytime he introduces a video!

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R.J. Robinson
a musician´s opinion...   Friday, October 28, 2005 (3:08 p.m.) 

If I tell you the truth, I bought this mostly CD because of the DVD. but what did I found? a "remix" of images (With some ridiculous pictures)and music that I could have done at home. I wont deny that there are 2 or 3 tracks that are beautiful (Like leia´s Theme an Luke & Leia) but I was expecting to see the LSO playing and williams conducting, giving instructions...Iám musician beacuase william´s music inspired me to be so. The beautiful cello solo in track 2 is gorgeous, and, I would really love to know the cellist who played it. Iám cellist, beacuse of John Williams, and this DVD is not at all an Musical Journey.

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Re: a musician´s opinion... a musician, really???   Thursday, November 17, 2005 (5:22 a.m.) 

Ok,

Well the DVD was great. It contains the most loved cues out of the Star Wars saga and takes you through the whole story in just over an hour Not a musical journey...??? It is a musical journey. You have got to start excepting the simple things in life...

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Re: Why the bonus DVD?   Wednesday, July 27, 2005 (6:47 a.m.) 

I TOTALLY AGREE!!!! Was very dissapointed as well! I've seen excerpts from the recording session of 'Duel of the FAtes' and let me tell you something! It's a goosebump-ride! A wise old man demanding a sound from the - close to - 200 musicians! Just so exceptional! you can see in this footage that Williams is not just an ordinary filmcomposer but a true Maestro! I'm sure there is A LOT of footage out there, but it's a mystery why they don't release it in any sort of form... a missed opportunity and a shame really! Just imagine the films without it's musical 'Force'...

Sheers, Jojo xxx

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