Star Wars Force Awakens vinyl comes with floating holograms

Walt Disney records has announced the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack will be released on double 180-gram vinyl on 17th June, and will come complete with 3D holograms. Yes, holograms.

Holographic images of the Millennium Falcon and a TIE Fighter have been hand-etched into the B-sides of both records by Tristan Duke, who has also performed holographic wizardy on Jack White's Lazaretto album.

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To view the images, you'll need to be looking from the right angle and have the right light - Disney suggests you use the LED flash on your smartphone. You'll then be able to see the ships, which will appear to float above the record surface.

The double LP set also comes with liner notes by director J.J. Abrams and a 16-page booklet. It is available to pre-order now for $50.

Sony Classical released the soundtracks to the first six movies across three "Ultimate" editions in September 2015, including a vinyl edition and high-resolution download edition.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.