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Sony is re-issuing the Star Wars scores on November 6, on Blu-spec CD

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From what I understand, the original trilogy will be the 1997 SE programs, the prequel trilogy will be the OSTs.



The Empire Strkes Back: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015BSI7UK






Revenge of the Sith seems to contain the same bonus DVD as the still-in-print original release.


More info from another site (look at the price difference, indicating the OT will be 2CD sets and ROTS will have the DVD)






More about Blu-spec CD:



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This is excellent news. It's so important we have matching jewel cases and publication dates for the albums on our shelf. We must also show the labels we are blind sheep that will buy whatever they feed us, as often as they return to the well of redundant rereleases. I'm really looking forward to this.

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Sadly it is always easier to re-release old stuff. Doesn't cost all that much unlike hiring a producer to do a major project like the Prequel complete scores or improving of the original trilogy releases. In the SW frenzy when the new film comes out even the old scores will probably sell nicely.

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The thing is, it's not as if Sony Classical are resistant to allowing expanded scores of the albums they release, otherwise we would not have expanded Star Trek The Motion Picture, for example. They just seem to be resistant to the idea of Star Wars expanded scores, specifically.

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Is it really that hard to click and drag 2 CDs worth of WAVs into an iTunes playlist? It's easy, they're in that folder on the Sony Classical CEO's desktop labelled "STAR WARS PREQUEL RECORDING SESSIONS -- WARNING, HIGHLY PROFITABLE."

We all know they're floating around on several hundred iPods around various LA gyms.

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The fans already have the soundtracks!

This is what I don't understand. What profit benefit does it serve simply re-releasing the exact same product that's been available for over a decade, when anyone who had any interest would've already purchased a copy?

You have to at least include a few bonus tracks as an incentive to buy. Even Universal saw fit to expand Jurassic Park with most of the remaining score. Freakin' Universal!

Do they have so much contempt for their target audience that they consider them dumb enough to just endlessly re-purchase the exact same product by packaging it in different artwork?

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Comment on the Phantom Menace rerelease's Amazon page:

GREAT score, Album is a SELLOUT

By A Customer on January 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a horrific example of what happens when great music meets bad record label. No tracks on this CD are intact, are are fragments carelessly strewn around. This is due to the carelessness and arrogance of Sony Classical. After a 5 million dollar buy on Sony's part, Williams and Lucas decided to sell out their classical work. It contains no portions of Qui-Gons theme or the briefly stated (new for episode 1) Obi-Wan's theme. This album should have gotten the 2 CD RCA victor treatment like the Special editions soundtracks did. I was shocked. I DEMAND, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER FANS- A TWO CD SET!

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GREAT score, Album is a SELLOUT

By A Customer on January 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a horrific example of what happens when great music meets bad record label. No tracks on this CD are intact, are are fragments carelessly strewn around. This is due to the carelessness and arrogance of Sony Classical. After a 5 million dollar buy on Sony's part, Williams and Lucas decided to sell out their classical work. It contains no portions of Qui-Gons theme or the briefly stated (new for episode 1) Obi-Wan's theme. This album should have gotten the 2 CD RCA victor treatment like the Special editions soundtracks did. I was shocked. I DEMAND, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER FANS- A TWO CD SET!

Is that true? Sony paid Williams and Lucas $5M for the rights? Considering he gets about $1M per score, Williams sold out!

The White Album has been rereleased lots of times!

Yes, but with The White Album, there aren't eight songs missing before Revolution 9. With Star Wars and its sequels, there are missing tracks.

There also isn't a plethora of unreleased Beatles music just gathering dust on a shelf. There's a solid 2 hours of unreleased music across the prequel trilogy, the equivalent of releasing 40 new Beatles songs.

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They're just trying to get back at John Williams' fans for writing a mean letter to them 15 years ago.

I do think it's possible they're holding a grudge about the rightful back lash regarding the turd fest of the Phantom Menace so called "Ultimate Edition".

Don't get me wrong, it was nice to have a lot of the previously unreleased material in great quality but the edits were atrocious and mind numbing stupid. As we know it was essentially an isolated score, slightly modified for CD publication....

Although I will admit for the longest time I liked it and never cared about the horrible edits....until I heard someone's (from this forum) personal expanded or close to intended edit as possible.

Anyways...the best labels for an expansion of the Prequels and proper remaster of the Original Trilogy would be A: Disney (if they hired Mike Matessino), B: La-La Land, or likely C: Intrada. I say likely Intrada because of their relationship with Disney. Unless Disney wants to have the remaining scores under their own banner once the rights for the music revert to them.

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I doubt LLL would ever get the chance to release something as highly commercial as Star Wars (or Indiana Jones for that matter).

More often than not these end up at subsidiary labels owned by the film studio, produced by people with little regard for the music itself or what it represents.

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They're just trying to get back at John Williams' fans for writing a mean letter to them 15 years ago.

I do think it's possible they're holding a grudge about the rightful back lash regarding the turd fest of the Phantom Menace so called "Ultimate Edition".

Don't get me wrong, it was nice to have a lot of the previously unreleased material in great quality but the edits were atrocious and mind numbing stupid. As we know it was essentially an isolated score, slightly modified for CD publication....

Although I will admit for the longest time I liked it and never cared about the horrible edits....until I heard someone's (from this forum) personal expanded or close to intended edit as possible.

Anyways...the best labels for an expansion of the Prequels and proper remaster of the Original Trilogy would be A: Disney (if they hired Mike Matessino), B: La-La Land, or likely C: Intrada. I say likely Intrada because of their relationship with Disney. Unless Disney wants to have the remaining scores under their own banner once the rights for the music revert to them.

Can anyone PM me on how to find these good fan edits of the complete prequel scores? I have a few copies, and believe I have the complete Episode III cue list in excellent quality, but have found nothing for Episode I and the Episode II renditions that I've heard all contain SFX throughout some tracks. I'd love to hear what those on here believe to be the definitive fan edits for these scores!

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The blue Darth Maul? We all bought it, right?

Of course not. Napster was legal at the time.

That's funny you mention Napster, that's how I found out about the U.E. for TPM too. Then I ended up buying my copy a few days later from Borders.

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