(Lucasfilm screencap)"Star Wars" fans everywhere will remember the drum roll and opening fanfare of the 20th Century Fox logo at the beginning of each film — but that's all gone now in the new "Star Wars" digital releases on sale Friday.
Because Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion, it seemed logical that future "Star Wars" films would no longer feature the 20th Century Fox logo and fanfare. But it turns out Disney has also removed it from all previous "Star Wars" films (except for the original 1977 "Star Wars," as 20th Century Fox still owns the distribution rights).
In place of the 20th Century Fox opening, Disney now begins each "Star Wars" episode with the Lucasfilm logo but has given it its own opening fanfare that is pretty close to the original's — there are still trumpets, but the classic drumroll is gone.
Here's what the new opening looks and sounds like, courtesy of Instagram user Matt Downham.
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For comparison, here's what the original intro with the 20th Century Fox logo was like.
While some "Star Wars" fans may like how Disney and Lucasfilm are trying to preserve the tone and feel of the opening "Star Wars" experience, some older fans will most likely miss the iconic original.
The next film in the franchise, the JJ Abrams-directed "Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens," has finished filming and will hit theaters December 18.
All six of the existing "Star Wars" films are available for digital download starting Friday, and you can purchase them right here.
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