When Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes home to DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms, it comes with a bonus feature you might not know existed. According to director Rian Johnson, it’s a music-only version of the film — sans dialogue, sans any major special effects, sans backgrounds. Just John Williams‘ score.
The thing is, there are a few steps to access it.
“I really wanted to put this out, it’s really something to see John’s music play with the movie, like a silent film,” Johnson put it in a series of tweets.
“The one hoop you have to jump through to get it,” he continued, “get the [Disney] 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.”
This is Johnson’s latest play with sound, an approach that percolated throughout The Last Jedi. In one scene involving Laura Dern’s purple-haired Vice Admiral Holdo, the sound cuts out to create a vacuum-like effect. It was so noticeable that movie theaters ended up posting signs that warned audiences about the moment, which then led to more of a kerfuffle than perhaps intended.
Suffice it to say, The Last Jedi does interesting things with sound — even before you factor in Williams’ Oscar-nominated compositions.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently available as a digital release, and the film will hit DVD and Blu-ray this March 27.