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The Empire Strikes Back: A Track-by-Track Commentary of the Original Score
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Week of Geek: The Empire Strikes Back 30th Anniversary

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back soundtrackThe Empire Strikes Back: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Special Edition)
Composer: John Williams
London Symphony Orchestra
1997 Release

WARNING! THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MASSIVE SPOILERS!

It’s been thirty years since The Empire Strikes Back, the much-anticipated sequel to George Lucas’ 1977 mega-hit cultural touchstone Star Wars, opened in theaters around the world and the impact it made upon audiences and critics has not dulled a bit, and for good reason. The movie proved that the success of the first Star Wars film was no well-timed fluke and even a movie that essentially paid homage to space operas, samurai films, and westerns could evolve beyond its influences and become its own beast. Best of all it was better than Star Wars in every possible way: the script by Leigh Brackett (screenwriter of such classic films as The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo, and The Long Goodbye) and Lawrence Kasdan (who later went on to co-write Raiders of Lost Ark and enter his own directing career) opened up the universe Lucas had created and expanded the scope with an epic, serpentine tale that was more darker, richer, and emotional than the original and overflowing with memorable characters, and quotable dialogue; the direction by Irvin Kershner was professional and assured; and the cast, free of George Lucas’ stilted writing and relative inexperience with actors (despite the fact that he had directed the actor-heavy American Graffiti to great success), were able to give deeper and more nuanced performances under the direction of the deferential Kershner.

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Contest: ‘Indiana Jones’ Soundtrack CDs
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This Tuesday, Concord Records will release individually the soundtracks to the original three Indiana Jones films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade — and we here at Geeks of Doom have copies to give away to one lucky reader!

One (1) winner will receive:

— (1) Raiders of the Lost Ark soundtrack CD
— (1) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom soundtrack CD
— (1) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade soundtrack CD

To read more about the prizing, see the About section for details, plus audio, and video clips.

TO ENTER: Fill out the form below and submit. Entry form is here after the jump.

RULES: One entry per person. All entries must be in by Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 9pm EST. This contest is only open to residents of the United States. No international entries will be accepted. Void where prohibited. Winners will be chosen randomly from valid entries and will be notified by email.

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‘Indiana Jones’ Trilogy Soundtrack Details + Audio + Video
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On February 17, 2009 Concord Records will release individually the soundtracks to the original three Indiana Jones films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

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All three feature Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ soundtracks digitally remastered from the original tapes, plus unreleased music from each respective film. Previously available only as part of last year’s highly successful box set release Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection, these reissued CD’s will be available individually for the first time.

Continue reading for more details, plus audio and video clips, and be sure to check back soon for the upcoming Indiana Jones trilogy soundtrack contest from Geeks of Doom!

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It’s ‘Star Wars: A Musical Journey’ NOT ‘Star Wars: The Musical!
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Earlier this month, I got a press release about Star Wars: A Musical Journey, a European tour featuring music from composer John Williams‘ score for all six Star Wars movies, but I never got around to posting about it.

Then I saw in some British tabloid that there will be some kind of Star Wars musical with singing and dancing Wookies and stormtroopers and I thought for sure there must be a mistake, because I think the press release about the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra would have mentioned something as bizarre as that on this tour.

I didn’t think much of it, til I started to see tons of other sites picking of the tabloid story and just a few hours ago, the story with all its fallacies made the front page of a certain popular social media site. Then I saw that Devin from CHUD figured out that one site made the Wookies joke and all the other sites picked it up — without looking at the primary source — thinking it was true.

So, all of you Star Wars fans in Europe, rejoice! A classy musical production featuring the score from the Star Wars saga, along with scenes from the movies, live narration, and memorabilia, is coming to a theater near you in April 2009.

See the full press release here below for details — oh, and the facts.

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‘Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection’ Details + Audio Clips
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IndyIf you’re a fan of the Indiana Jones films and their legendary scores by composer John Williams, then there’s ultimate musical box set for you [and me] — Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection.

This limited-edition box set, which hits stores November 11, 2008, contains expanded and remastered versions of the scores for the original film trilogy — Indiana Jones film series — Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade — and also includes the music for the most recent addition, this summer’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Encased in an embossed leatherette slip case with a full-color 25-page booklet of behind-the-scenes photos, storyboards, and images, this set also includes a bonus CD with additional previously unreleased music from the films, as well as excerpts from interviews with John Williams, director Steven Spielberg, and executive producer/story creator George Lucas.

Check out some audio clips here below from the collection, as well as two videos — an interview with John Williams and a music video for the original trilogy.

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DVD Review: Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
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Indy 4Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Two-Disc Special Edition
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen, John Hurt, Ray Winstone
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release date: October 14, 2008

In my review of the theatrical release of Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I expressed great disappointment after having such high hopes for the fourth installment of the popular franchise. Mainly, my disappointment was not because it was a bad movie, but because it simply was not the film I expected nor was it the scenario I pictured for the return of the adventurer after two decades.

Upon first viewing, I was analyzing the minute details of the film so much that I had trouble following the story, which picks up 19 years after the previous film with the title hero (Harrison Ford) facing off with the Russians during the Red Scare of the 1950s. Much older and wiser, yet just as physical, Indy finds himself with a new young sidekick Mutt (Shia LaBeouf ), a motorcycle-riding, leather-jacket-wearing rebellious greaser who needs Indy’s help to find his mother Mary and father-figure Ox. Ox and Mary — old acquaintances of Indy — have been abducted by Soviet agents led by Col. Dr. Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) for the information they hold about the mysterious paranormal Crystal Skulls.

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