Sony Classical Reissues Star Wars Episodes I-VI In Newly Restored Audio Collections

Star Wars™ – The Ultimate Editions Of The Original Film Soundtracks

The most acclaimed and enduring film music in Hollywood history, the original soundtracks of Star Wars Episodes I-VI will be reissued by Sony Classical in three new, definitive editions – Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11 LPs), Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (10 CDs plus DVD) and Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection (hi-resolution download).

Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11 LPs) - available now (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11 LPs) – available now (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

All composed by the legendary five-time Oscar®-winning composer (who may collect yet another Oscar nomination—and win–for best movie score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in February at the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony), John Williams, these unique collector’s sets are being reissued after the latest chapter in the saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, continues to break record after record at the international box office ($1.7 billion in less than 25 days and counting…). All three of Sony Classical‘s new soundtrack editions was released worldwide this past Friday, January 8th.

STAR WARS: THE ULTIMATE VINYL COLLECTION includes each of the six film soundtracks – from Star Wars: Episode I –The Phantom Menace to Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – in deluxe gatefold sleeves faithfully replicating the original artwork. Audio was transferred from the original LP masters using the highest resolution (up to 192kHz/24bit) and pressed with heavy 180 gram vinyl. The six double-LP sets are presented in a black, soft-touch laminated slipcase with an embossed, hot silver foil Star Wars logo, which includes a digital download card for one complete box set (all six soundtracks).

Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (10 CDs plus DVD) - available now (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (10 CDs plus DVD) – available now (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

STAR WARS: THE ULTIMATE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION includes the original six soundtracks in mini album jackets on 9 CDs, plus a bonus CD featuring a new audio interview with Harrison Ford (Han Solo) alongside an interview with John Williams. Also included is the DVD Star Wars: A Musical Journey, a one hour special hosted by actor Ian McDiarmid (Chancellor Palpatine) highlighting select musical themes alongside key sequences from the films. Rounding out the set are a fold-out poster and three collectible stickers.

STAR WARS: THE ULTIMATE DIGITAL COLLECTION features a bundle of the six original soundtracks available for the first time as high definition downloads (192kHz/24bit).

Since Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope was released in 1977, composer John Williams‘ scores have defined the soaring adventure for all six episodes in the saga. Williams won the Academy Award® for Best Original Score for the series’ first film and received Oscar® nominations for Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). His Star Wars music has also won four Grammy Awards®, two BAFTA Awards and a Golden Globe®. Williams continues his association with the Star Wars saga, composing the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released worldwide in December 2015.

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Now The Force Will Be With You – Everywhere!: Disney, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox Announce The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection

As anticipation builds for the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first new film in the Star Wars Saga in a decade, The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and 20th Century Fox today announced the upcoming release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available in Digital HD on digital video services such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, and Xbox Video beginning Friday, April 10. With Star Wars: Episodes I-VI available for purchase as a complete digital movie collection and individually, fanboys (and girls) as well as other viewers will have the Rebel forces at their beck and call across their favorite devices anywhere – sunbathing at the beach, relaxing in their living room with friends, or waiting to board a flight to Endor (or elsewhere).

The STAR WARS Digital Movie Collection Available for the First Time Ever April 10th. © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

The STAR WARS Digital Movie Collection Available for the First Time Ever April 10th. © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s only fitting

Available for the first time ever April 10th, The STAR WARS Digital Movie Collection © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Available for the first time ever April 10th, The STAR WARS Digital Movie Collection © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

that audiences enjoy this legendary Saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time.”

We’re thrilled that fans will be able to enjoy the Star Wars Saga on their digital devices wherever they go,” commented Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “These films broke new ground in technology, design, sound, and visual effects, and we’ve created some very special bonus material which delves into the Saga’s rich history, including new and never-before-released conversations between legendary Star Wars artists – the masters who helped George bring his iconic universe to life.

Enhancing the movie collection are a host of never-before-seen special features including Star Wars: Discoveries from Inside and insightful Conversations between key contributors from across this celebrated film franchise, plus a curated collection of classic Star Wars extras from each film. Bonus features include:

STAR WARS EPISODE I: The Phantom Menace
—  Conversations: Doug Chiang Looks Back
—  Discoveries From Inside: Models & Miniatures
—  Legacy content includes “The Beginning”; The Podrace: Theatrical Edit;
plus eight deleted scenes.

STAR WARS EPISODE II:  Attack of the Clones
—  Conversations: Sounds In Space
—  Discoveries From Inside: Costumes Revealed
—  Legacy content includes “From Puppets To Pixels: Digital Characters In Episode II”; State Of The Art: The Previsualization Of Episode II; and “Films Are Not Released, They Escape”; plus Episode II Visual Effects
Breakdown Montage and six deleted scenes.

STAR WARS EPISODE III: Revenge of the Sith

—  Conversations: The Star Wars That Almost Was
—  Discoveries From Inside: Hologram & Bloopers
—  Legacy content includes documentaries “Within A Minute: The Making Of Episode III”; The Journey Part 1; and The Journey Part 2; plus six deleted scenes.

STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A New Hope (20th Century Fox)
—  Conversations: Creating A Universe
—  Discoveries From Inside: Weapons & The First Lightsaber
—  Legacy content includes “Anatomy Of A Dewback”; Star Wars Launch Trailer; plus eight deleted scenes.

STAR WARS EPISODE V: The Empire Strikes Back
—  Conversations: The Lost Interviews
—  Discoveries From Inside: Matte Paintings Unveiled
—  Legacy content includes “A Conversation With The Masters” (2010); “Dennis Muren: How Walkers Walk”; “George Lucas On Editing The Empire Strikes Back 1979”; and “George Lucas On The Force: 2010”; plus six deleted scenes.

STAR WARS EPISODE VI: Return of the Jedi
—  Conversations: The Effects
—  Discoveries From Inside: The Sounds Of Ben Burtt
—  Legacy content includes “Classic Creatures: Return Of The Jedi”; “Revenge Of The Jedi Teaser Trailer”; Return Of The Jedi Launch Trailer; “It Began TV Spot”; “Climactic Chapter TV Spot”; plus five deleted scenes.