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Star Wars: The Last Jedi special features include hidden music-only version

Nothing but Rian Johnson and John Williams

Daisy Ridley as Rey and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Daisy Ridley as Rey (left) and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available digitally in the U.S. as of today, and writer/director Rian Johnson used the occasion as an opportunity to reveal a previously unannounced hidden feature: a music-only version of the movie.

To be specific, when Johnson refers to a “music only cut” of The Last Jedi, he’s not talking about John Williams’ original score by itself. He means the visuals plus the music — and nothing else.

“This is the full movie, but with no dialogue, [sound effects] or backgrounds... just John’s score,” Johnson said on Twitter. “I really wanted to put this out, it’s really something to see John’s music play with the movie, like a silent film.”

The Last Jedi comes with a long list of bonus features, including a feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary about Johnson called The Director and the Jedi. But this unique cut of the movie is “my favorite” of all the special features, he said.

The music-only version of The Last Jedi is available to anybody who owns a digital copy of the film. (Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray copies of the movie, which will be released March 27 in the U.S., come with a code that can be redeemed for a digital version.) Johnson noted that people will have to jump through one hoop to get it: the Movies Anywhere app.

Customers must link the app, which aggregates virtual movie collections from across four sellers — Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu — to their account for the service on which they purchased (or redeemed) their copy of The Last Jedi.

“Kinda a pain I know, but I think it’s worth it to get this version,” said Johnson.

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