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

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A quick Filmtracks review of the bonus music-video DVD for Revenge of the Sith
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• Posted by: Christian Clemmensen   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at 5:41 p.m.
• IP Address: bushisacriminal.filmtracks.com
• In Response to: Re: DVD thoughts? (Mike)

> I have yet to hear the music (my soundtrack is on pre-order), but have no
> gripes about your review, save one:

> Please give your thoughts on the DVD! I'm dying to know more about it.

The track listings in the "notes" section of the Filmtracks review tells pretty much the story. Ian McDiarmid pleasantly gives a short blurb before each selection while sitting on the scoring stage.

The music videos are tastefully edited. The music is featured much more at the forefront than it was on the Phantom Menace "Duel of the Fates" cue that was filled with dialogue on the 2-CD release. Not many sound effects are included. The videos typically use footage from the appropriate film in which the theme was introduced, but they employ a cool wet mix of the dialogue (echoing, dreamlike) when giving a scene from a different film (premonitions, ghosts, and the sorts).

The "Battle of the Heroes" one is an extended preview... similar to the teasers. The rest of the videos contain spoilers. How much you like each one depends on your liking of the cue itself. My personal favorites are the Across the Stars and the Light of the Force ones.

They surprisingly don't show Williams conducting the music --at least not in the majority that I watched. The first video has some pics of Williams and Lucas that we've all seen before, although they've been artificially 3-dimensionalized.

The DVD is a good inclusion, definitely. Entertaining, although I lose patience with the little blurbs (narration) after a while. Thanks go to Sony for this nice freebie.

Christian




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