Star Wars bonus DVD!

I loved the original Star Wars trilogy as I was growing up, and I still adore the first two films in particular. (The third has its moments, but only moments.) The prequels, on the other hand, have been an overblown bore, and Lucas has shown a remarkable ability to elicit very bad performances from otherwise good actors.

But the one thing that has remained remarkably good across the entire series has been John Williams’s music. And now comes this bit of news:

The soundtrack CD of John Williams’ score for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith will be accompanied by a special 70-minute DVD, Star Wars: A Musical Journey, when it is released on May 3, Sony Classical announced Tuesday. The DVD will feature Williams conducting excerpts from his Star Wars scores behind 16 “music videos” compiled from all six films that will include original dialogue and sound effects. Each “movement,” will be introduced by Ian McDiarmid, who plays Senator Palpatine.

Sounds grand! It almost sounds like they’re taking a cue (no pun intended) from all the bonus-DVD treatment that The Lord of the Rings‘ Howard Shore got.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).