Watch & Listen: Opening of 'Star Wars' Will Never Be the Same Again
In case you didn't hear, the entire Star Wars saga is available on digital home video right now. And while there were rumors swirling yesterday that the digital edition of Star Wars switched back one of the most contested changes in the Special Edition cut of the first film, the fact that Greedo shoots first in the cantina instead of Han Solo, it turned out not to be true. However, there is one particular change in these new versions of the Star Wars films that will have fans, a little bummed. But it's a change we have to get used to, because this is how Star Wars films will be opening from now on since moving over to Disney. Watch!
Here's the opening of the new digital editions of Star Wars now (via The Verge):
Notice anything missing? The iconic 20th Century Fox fanfare is no longer part of the Star Wars opening due to Lucasfilm now being situated at Disney. The musical cue had become such an iconic part of the Star Wars saga that it was included on all the soundtrack releases of the motion picture score, and it even used to play over the Lucasfilm logo before cutting to "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away." But now, in place of the 20th Century Fox opening, Lucasfilm has repurposed some of John Williams score from Star Wars as their own fanfare, much like Marvel Studios now has their own opening musical cue.
Honestly, this is a nice touch, but it's just not nearly as powerful as that Fox fanfare we've gotten used to. But we'll all be very familiar with this new fanfare soon, because The Verge says this will be how every Star Wars film from now on will open, with one exception. 20th Century Fox still holds the distribution rights to the original Star Wars (Episode IV), so the 20th Century Fox fanfare will still accompany that particular installment of the Star Wars saga. But all the new films, beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will have this Lucasfilm fanfare preceding it. Again, we'll get used to it, but I'll personally miss the Fox presence.