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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (John Williams)

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Why the bonus DVD?
• Posted by: Rolan   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, June 30, 2005, at 11:32 a.m.
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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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