John Williams' soundtracks for the first six Star Wars movies have been remastered and are getting re-released this year on May 4, aka Star Wars Day. Williams work as a composer can't be understated, but it will always be his work on the Star Wars franchise that he is most associated with. Now, it's been announced that his classic scores have been given a new polish and will be making their way to stores this May.
Disney Music Group announced that Star Wars Day will see the re-release of John Williams' original six Star Wars soundtracks on CD. Unfortunately, for now, the remastered versions of the soundtracks won't be getting a vinyl release. But that could always be announced later, so don't give up hope just yet. These new versions of the Star Wars soundtracks are all remastered, complete with new artwork and a collectible mini-poster. This includes 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), which feature some of Williams' most memorable compositions, including the Star Wars main theme, Imperial March and Duel of the Fates.
These versions of the Star Wars soundtracks were reconstructed from new hi-resolution transfers supervised by Shawn Murphy and Skywalker Sound. If you're a die hard fan of all things related to a galaxy far, far away, picking up these new copies of the soundtracks may make for a nice addition to your collection. Not only will they have what sounds like an improved sound quality, but all of the covers for the albums, which you can see for yourself below, have a consistent look. Plus, they'll include the previously mentioned mini-posters, which could serve as a nice little bonus.
Unfortunately, the soundtracks for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi aren't included here. Since those were composed much more recently, they aren't likely in need of a remaster. On the flipside, nobody is necessarily clamoring for much when it comes to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, but if there's one element of that movie that is worthy of including in a collection, it's John Williams' score. And a remastered version of Duel of the Fates could make that worth the price alone. Strangely, what is arguably Williams' finest moment came during what is widely considered to be the worst movie in the Star Wars franchise.
It was recently announced that Episode 9 is likely going to be the last movie in the series for John Williams, but he's had a tremendous run. These newly remastered versions of the first six Star Wars soundtracks are currently available for pre-order on Amazon. They're listed for $12.99 each, but the CDs will surely be released at retailers as well on May 4, just ahead of the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25. That movie doesn't feature a score from John Williams, but he did contribute a Han Solo theme. This news comes to us courtesy of StarWars.com.