Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith(TM) Soundtrack Makes History as the Third Star Wars Soundtrack to Debut in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart

Soundtrack With Bonus DVD Also Becomes the
Fifth of the Six Star Wars Soundtracks To Make The Top 10

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Opens in Theaters Worldwide on May 19, 2005

Sony Classical's original soundtrack recording of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, the last episode of the massively popular Star Wars saga, hit the stores on May 3, and it immediately began making sales history.

The CD features a new score by five- time Oscar winner John Williams, who is also the composer and conductor of the score for each film in the six-chapter Star Wars saga, and it is packaged with an exclusive collector's DVD - Star Wars: A Musical Journey - an unprecedented bonus at no additional cost.

Created especially to accompany the CD release, the thrilling 70-minute Bonus DVD features 16 brand-new music videos set to selections from all six of John Williams' unforgettable Star Wars film scores and has been designed around a timeline that will take the viewer chronologically through the entire saga. The DVD is hosted by Star Wars actor Ian McDiarmid.

Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, becomes the third Star Wars soundtrack to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart - a new record. Previously, two Star Wars soundtracks held that distinction in a three-way tie with the two Spider Man soundtracks and two American Idol soundtrack collections.

The Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith soundtrack also becomes the fifth Star Wars soundtrack to reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200. This extends a pop chart album record, long held by the Star Wars series, among film and TV soundtracks - with the exception of Star Wars: Episode VI Revenge of the Jedi (originally released in 1983), all of the Star Wars soundtracks have made the top 10.

The most anticipated movie of the year, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, written and directed by George Lucas, opens worldwide on Thursday, May 19, 2005.

Information about the original motion picture soundtrack of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith is featured at Sony Classical is the trademark of Sony Corporation. All rights reserved.
Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith are trademarks of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.
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NEW YORK, May 11, 2005 /PRNewswire/ --

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Williams' lovely and moving score for the sixth Star Wars film brings thirty years of collaborating on George Lucas’ beyond-popular intergalactic franchise to a close. (Is this really the end of Star Wars? Can’t Lucas and Williams work together on a prequel to these prequels?

Let us hope so, and that Jar Jar Binks is nowhere near it.) As this music accompanies the most exciting Star Wars film in many a moon, the soundtrack itself is more fun, more evil, more nasty and bumpy.

Many of the heroic, anthemic themes woven throughout Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith will necessarily be familiar to any fan of the series, from the "Imperial March" to the main theme. It’s remarkable how stirring the latter can be, no matter how many times you’ve heard it, and even for those who do not have all their money invested in S.W. memorabilia. There is a lot of new music here, and the lush, extensive range of both Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra is on display, most notably in the menacing, percolating "General Grievous" and the rousing "New Hope" end theme. --Mike McGonigal,

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