The Blu-Ray Version of “The Last Jedi” Has the Best Alternate Cut Ever Made

Matthew Loffhagen
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An alternate movie cut is always a treat.

Whether they add in extra scenes, change a film’s ending, or simply turn the whole thing black and white, there’s always something to be gained from a fresh take on a familiar film.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” may well have the greatest alternate cut of all time. As revealed by Rian Johnson on Twitter, the Blu-Ray release of the film will come with a music-only cut that removes all dialogue and sound effects so that viewers can bask in the sheer, unrivaled glory that is John Williams’ incredible score.

This cut of the film is also available to those who purchase it in digital download form, but there are a few extra hoops to jump through to get it – you have to download the Movies Anywhere app and link it with your digital copy of the movie through circuitous means.

But, ultimately, anyone who buys “The Last Jedi” will be able to watch the entire movie without having to listen to Kylo Ren whining, and that in and of itself is a wonderful improvement on the theatrical cut of the film.

Let’s face it: the best thing about “Star Wars” has always been the music. John Williams’ scores are phenomenal, and as the quality of the series has entered peaks and troughs, the music is one element of this series that remains top notch.

It’s easy to jam to music from even the worst of the “Star Wars” films, so that there’s nothing at all wrong with owning the soundtrack for “The Phantom Menace” on vinyl.

With “The Last Jedi”, Williams really kicked things up a gear. His work on the movie is phenomenal, as he blends motifs from the original trilogy with new themes for Rey, the First Order, and other key characters.

George Lucas once said that the point of “Star Wars” is not the dialogue – he shot his movies so that they’d play out almost like silent films, with audiences able to tell very easily who the heroes and the villains are.

It’s debatable whether Lucas actually intended this to be the case, or whether he’s just not great at writing human-sounding dialogue (who doesn’t hate sand?), but that’s beside the point. What matters is that these movies absolutely work without speech, and stripping away the ambient noises of the universe alongside Kylo’s grumpy whining reveals a truly spectacular treat for the ears.

If you’re planning on picking up “The Last Jedi” on Blu-Ray or digital download, you owe it to yourself to watch the entire music-only cut of the film.

Alternatively, if this movie didn’t grab you in theaters, maybe it’s worth trying this new version to see if it’s any more enjoyable. It’s hard to stay mad at a film that sounds this sublime.