There's a Secret Version of The Last Jedi Fans Didn't Know They Needed
Though the Star Wars movies have been historically rocky in terms of quality, the one thing consistently amazing about all eight entries in the saga is John Williams's score. His music, first blasted through theaters with the Star Warstitle card in May 1977, has become one of the best-known scores in film history. Along with Fiddler on the Roof and Jaws, the Star Wars score was among Williams's earliest Academy Awards—the beginning of a career that has included 24 Grammys and 5 Oscars. His music is as iconic as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, the lightsaber, and the Millennium Falcon.
It's only fitting that Rian Johnson would make a cut of The Last Jedi that lets Williams's latest Star Wars score take the spotlight. The director announced on Twitter that the special new features of The Last Jedi DVD will include a version of the film with no dialogue, major special effects, or backgrounds. The only sounds will be John Williams' score.
"This is the full movie, but with no dialogue, fx or backgrounds," Johnson said in a tweet. “I really wanted to put this out, it’s really something to see John’s music play with the movie, like a silent film."
But it will take an extra step to access this version of the movie.
“The one hoop you have to jump through to get it,” he said, is to “get the [Disney] Movies Anywhere app and link whatever account you bought the movie with to it. It’s free, it works pretty painlessly. Kinda a pain I know, but I think it’s worth it to get this version.”
For anyone who loves Star Wars—but hates the dialogue and sound effects—it's absolutely worth the effort.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
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