Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been released as a digital download and it includes a music-focused special bonus feature according to director Rian Johnson. The film will head to Blu-ray in two weeks, but eager fans ready for Johnson's entry into the Star Wars universe will have an opportunity to digest a number of extras that will illuminate the film as well as offer answers for any questions excited and eager fans might have.
Both the download and the Blu-ray have a number of extras, clips exploring the process behind the film, and features spotlighting the process used to create the movie at Lucasfilm. Lucasfilm is using the Blu-ray's release to help generate excitement for the feature-length documentary The Director and the Jedi, which means copies of the film will be loaded with goodies. Fans can explore everything from the director's commentary to 14 deleted scenes that might answer questions from fans. The film's divisive history has made the deleted scenes and extras of special importance with many hoping the film might provide a more cohesive picture of the story.
According to Johnson, those fans will be treated to a very special extra: a music-only version of the film. The extra will spotlight the work of composer John Williams, removing VFX sounds, dialogue, and background music. With Williams confirmed to score Star Wars 9, along with rumors that the beloved composer might retire after scoring the film, this extra is a special way of honoring an iconic composer as well as offering a new look at The Last Jedi. Johnson called the cut a "special experience" and compared it to watching a silent film.
The Last Jedi’s out today in the states for digital download, blu in two weeks. Of all the special features, my favorite one is kinda hidden, so wanted to call it out. If you buy the movie anywhere online (or the blu) you have access to a music only version of TLJ.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) March 13, 2018
Fans looking to check out the music-only cut who purchased the digital download will need to download the Movies Anywhere app and link whatever account on which you downloaded the film to it. It's a bit of an extra hoop to jump through when Blu-ray fans will most likely have it available as an extra like the infamous Logan Noir cut that showcased the film in black and white, but it's worth it to pay tribute to the composer and get a non-traditional look at the film.
Most people will most likely be looking forward to the deleted scenes and the director's commentary, however, the idea of a music-only cut is a special feature that nobody should take lightly. Williams has an incredibly storied career in Hollywood and his Star Wars score has become an iconic piece of pop culture. A music-only cut is a cool way to ask audiences to stretch their imaginations and a special treat as part of a growing trend of unique and special versions of films that really let directors get creative.
International fans in Germany can download the film April 18th and purchase it on Blu-ray April 26th. Fans in Japan can download the film April 18th and buy a physical copy April 25th. Fans in the UK can pick up the film on digital download or Blu-ray April 9th. With all the special features and this special cut of the film honoring one of the biggest pieces of a galaxy far, far away, it's a must for any film collection.
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