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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

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The Star Wars spin-off industry has grown to the size of a red giant since the movie was released 19 years ago, and the enhanced CD, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, is an indication that the tie-ins are getting a little baroque. We’re talking a soundtrack for a book: a swollen orchestral John Williams-wannabe score by Joel McNeely tied to the latest SW hardcover. The enhanced section is strictly for bug-eyed completists, with publicity bios of the creative parties (George Lucas included), paperback cover art, storyboards, and information on Star Wars comic books, toys, and videogames. My advice: Wait until Lucas delivers the next movie. C-

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