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How to watch the secret music-only version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Entertainment Weekly logo Entertainment Weekly 3/14/2018 Nick Romano
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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.

a man that is standing in the dark © Provided by TIME Inc. “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.

Related slideshow: The Last Jedi: See behind the scenes Star Wars photos captured in a galaxy far, far away

BEHIND THE MASK: Joonas Suotamo, who previously appeared in action scenes of The Force Awakens alongside longtime Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, officially takes over the role with Last Jedi. In a statement issued February 2017, Suotamo praised Mayhew’s performance as Han Solo’s beloved copilot. “Chewbacca is one of the most iconic characters in the history of film, and Peter’s development and portrayal of this beloved Wookiee has spread so much joy across the globe,” he wrote. “Peter’s guidance and kindness have been invaluable gifts which warmed my spirit and prepared me for this journey.” Johnson says the loss of his longtime smuggler pal has been tough for the Wookiee. “He’s resilient,” Johnson says. “He’s got broad Wookiee shoulders, and he also has a new mission. He’s got Rey, and she’s someone that Han, to a certain extent, handed the keys to. So I think that that helps." Excerpt from Entertainment Weekly’s The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars, a look back at the franchise through the years and features photos from The Last Jedi. Buy it on Amazon or the Time Inc Shop. The Last Jedi: See behind the scenes Star Wars photos captured in a galaxy far, far away

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