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The long-anticipated Westworld finally made its much-celebrated debut on HBO just over a year ago, and just about everything about that first season was memorable, especially the sci-fi drama's haunting opening titles. Thankfully for obsessive fans in need of a rewatch, Westworld Season 1 is finally hitting Blu-ray and 4K UHD on November 7, and we've got an exclusive clip from one of the sets' brand new special features that takes a melodic dive into the show's opening credits to focus on that gorgeous theme. Check it out!
I was so happy when the Westworld Season 1 soundtrack came out last December, as composer Ramin Djawadi crafted one hell of an atmospheric and memorable collection of work for this atmospheric and memorable HBO series. It all starts with the main theme, which immediately brings to mind the machine-fabricated hands that bring the music to life (so to speak) in the opening sequence via the player piano. And it's awesome to hear designer Felix Soletic talk about how they used the player piano because of its metaphorical connection to the overall story, since that was the most sensible way possible to shorthand Westworld's themes and aesthetic; in that it's the Old West's closest example of artificial intelligence. (I remember being so confused by player pianos as a kid, since they were often used in pop culture to make it seem like ghosts were afoot.)
Ramin Djawadi not only composed the theme itself, but he also used his own hands playing the theme for the digital artists to use as a guide for the skeletal-esque hands seen on the screen. As Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan puts it, what makes that opening sequence so beautiful is the fact that the music and visuals are a distinct collaboration, and he's definitely not wrong. And that goes far beyond just the piano bits; I also particularly love the robot arms working on the horse and rider, as that creeps me out for some reason.
The clip above also reveals that composer Ramin Djawadi was extremely pleased to work with Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy on this project because he happened to be a fan of Michael Crichton's Westworld for much of his life, saying it was a huge influence on him as a child. In that original film, Yul Brenner's face coming off had an influence on my more nightmarish thoughts as a kid. But even if that wasn't the part that got to Djawadi the most, I think we can all be thankful that he kept up with his fascination for the story over the years.
HBO shows always have fantastic openings and themes, and for me, Westworld is one of the most effective ones ever. Check out the full sequence below.
As notable as Westworld's home release is in general, it's worth celebrating the fact that this will be the very first TV show to get a 4K release on Ultra HD Blu-rays, which means viewers will get to see a much closer representation of the wide-ranging color schemes and textures inherent to film-shot projects. And both the UHD and standard Blu-ray sets will be packed with a bunch of special features that will no doubt make fans want to rewatch the season all over again. (And why wouldn't we?)
Along with an assortment of features that were previously released by HBO throughout the season, the Blu-rays also boast new extras devoted to the music and main titles (obviously), the 2017 Comic-Con panel, and a more in-depth look at the season with Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. I'm perhaps most excited to see the new Gag Reel, though, because it will be extremely weird to see these intense characters cracking up in the middle of scenes.
So ask a nearby host to mark the calendar for Tuesday, November 7, which is when Westworld will be released on 4K UHD and Blu-ray. We're still not exactly sure when the multi-world Season 2 is coming, but we know it'll be here in 2018, and we can't wait. In the meantime, there are more shows hitting the small screen soon, which you can find on our fall premiere schedule.