Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side Of The Moon is arguably one of the best rock albums of all time. In addition to the transformative and alternative nature of the album itself, Dark Side is also known for having a strange connection to the world of film. It was discovered decades ago that playing the album whilst watching The Wizard of Oz would result in 40 minutes of perfectly synced and eerily appropriate coincidence. Well, it appears that this is also the case for the latest film in the Star Wars saga.
A reddit user called knnl somehow got his hands on a home copy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and noticed a ton of crazy coincidences when experimenting with playing Dark Side Of The Moon. You apparently have to start the album after the famous Star Wars crawl, where the First Order’s shuttles fly over Jakku’s moon. Coincidence? I think not.
Knnl also goes on to specify how Dark Side must be played a total of three times in a row throughout The Force Awakens’ full length. Additionally, there can’t be any type of pauses if you wanted the moments of magic to happen.
Which moments are they? Well to start, the song "Time" is playing when Rey is introduced on Jakku. The song has lyrics about the monotony of life, and the feeling that something bigger is ahead- if only you can wait. This sums up Rey’s time on Jakku as she awaits her family to return to her. The soft beginning of "The Great Gig In The Sky" also reportedly cues up perfectly to the shot of Darth Vader’s burned helmet.
There is also a particularly spooky moment when Kylo Ren is leading the assault on Maz Kanata’s cantina. At this point, "Us And Then" should be replaying and the results are startling. The lyric "black" happens when the camera is focusing on Kylo Ren, and "blue" is sung as Finn receives Anakin/Luke’s lightsaber from Maz. The color of that saber, as you know, is blue. This was apparently the moment where reddit user knnl determined that these weren’t just coincidences, but apparently J.J. Abrams and the editors of The Force Awakens did the whole thing purposely.
While the idea of The Force Awakens being edited to purposefully sync with Dark Side may be a bit far fetched, it is really remarkable that yet another film shares these moments. Check out how the album works perfectly with The Wizard of Oz below.
Scary right? Well, scary and awesome.
I’m looking forward to getting a Blu-Ray copy of Force Awakens and playing some Pink Floyd to it. Although I’ll have to watch the original version first.
The Force Awakens is still in theaters now. So you can always pop headphones in an experience the magic first hand if you’re feeling adventurous.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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