It is almost impossible to imagine a Star Wars movie without Academy Award-winning composer John Williams’ iconic soundtracks. Fortunately, Walt Disney Records will roll out remastered editions of the six original Star Wars soundtrack composed by the artist. It has been revealed that Disney will be releasing them on on May 4, 2018, to celebrate Star Wars Day.
The remastered soundtracks for A New Hope (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005) will be re-released on the special Day. The soundtracks have been reconstructed from new hi-resolution (24/192) transfers supervised by Shawn Murphy and Skywalker Sound. Each soundtrack will come with a new cover and a collectible mini-poster. Fans get the opportunity to pre-order the soundtracks on the official website.
John Williams has composed scores for all eight titles from the saga to date. His soundtrack for 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Score. The score for The Force Awakens was nominated for an Oscar as well. Most recently, Star Wars: The Last Jedi also received an Oscar nomination.
Williams is composing the main theme for the upcoming Han Solo spinoff movie. However, as per recent reports, the composer could be retiring from the franchise altogether after completing work on Episode IX with J.J. Abrams.
“J.J. Abrams is preparing [Episode IX] that I will hopefully do next year for him,” Williams said while speaking on Los Angeles radio station KUSC. “It will round up the series of nine that will be quite enough for me. Disney will take it further and they will probably continue on to do Star Wars for decades. So I think it’s all good.”
William’s latest soundtrack is now available in a score-only version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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