Today is a historic day for Star Wars fans, since all six movies are now available on Digital HD for the first time (which was just announced earlier this week). Fans can either purchase all six movies individually, or the entire collection in one bundle, which all include brand new special features. Jason Ward from Making Star Wars noticed a subtle change that might be somewhat alarming for longtime fans: the 20th Century Fox "fanfare" theme and logo that opens each movie has been replaced with a new version that just shows the LucasFilm logo, along with new music.
/Film also points out that this music used in the fanfare was showcased in the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. The only movie that retains the original 20th Century Fox fanfare is the one that started it all, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, since it is the only movie that 20th Century Fox still owns 100% of the rights to. The remaining five movies will revert to Disney over the next few years.
Since this new fanfare was used for the Digital HD release, some fans are wondering if this theme will be used when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters this December. It will be, after all, the first Star Wars movie that 20th Century Fox has not released, and it remains to be seen if Disney will try to incorporate their studio logo with this theme. Then again, Disney does not put their logo on any of the Marvel Studio movies, so it's possible that they won't use their logo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens either.
Given how synonymous the Fox fanfare is with the Star Wars experience, it may take fans some time to adjust to this theme, but at least now they have time to get ready for either this music or a different rendition when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in eight short months. Take a look at the fanfare below, and let us know what you think. Is this LucasFilm theme working for you? Or are you pining for the old 20th Century Fox music already? Let us know what you think below.
Here's the new fanfare that replaces the 20th Century Fox jazz. pic.twitter.com/xz7dt16Kfy— Jason Ward (@MakingStarWars) April 10, 2015