3:48pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Home Release Includes "Silent Film" Version
Fans of Star Wars: The Last Jedi buying the movie for home use will get access to a never-before-seen version. Both digital and physical purchases will unlock access to a cut of the movie where the only audio is John Williams’ score.
The music-only edit was revealed on Twitter by Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, who called it his favorite (“kinda hidden”) special feature. There is a catch, however; to access it, customers will have to sign up for the Movies Anywhere app, the Disney-backed digital movie aggregator that is the exclusive home for the score-only Last Jedi.
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
This is the full movie, but with no dialogue, fx or backgrounds... just John’s score. I really wanted to put this out, it’s really something to see John’s music play with the movie, like a silent film.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) March 13, 2018
The one hoop you have to jump through to get it: get the 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.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) March 13, 2018
Williams’ score for The Last Jedi has been much lauded by fans of his work, and the Star Wars series as a whole — a fun fan-made podcast series released around the movie’s theater run looks in-depth at the choices made by the composer, and is a recommended listen — and, with Williams teasing a potential retirement from the franchise following next year’s Episode IX, releasing a version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi where his work is the only audio available feels like a thank you from the studio for his decades of work.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available digitally now, with Blu-Ray release on March 27.