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  1. No reference to wrapping up the show, either. Think we can assume a 5th season will follow in 2019 and wrap the series.
  2. Well there you go! Makes you wonder if Williams spotted TFA and TLJ with their temp tracks intact. Good question for Rian Johnson on Twitter!
  3. I wonder if there's a correlation between this switch to digital recordings and the plethora of session leaks from that time period? Philosopher's Stone (2001), Chamber of Secrets (2002), Minority Report (2002), War of the Worlds (2005) and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) all leaked in complete form.
  4. Nice, so it might have happened right after Disney acquired the licence from Sony. Makes sense they'd at least get the ball rolling.
  5. Was ROTS the only digitally recorded prequel score? I hear mixed reports about AOTC. I'm guessing ROTS was recorded at 24bit/96khz. Horrible to think so many scores were recorded at 44.1khz. As short-sighted as Lucas shooting in 1080p!
  6. I guess my question is whether they were actually transferred at such a high resolution so many years ago. Astute forward planning if they did! To be honest I figured that technology in all fields of analogue to digital transfers has improved over the years (like film scanning, for example). I guess audio transfers are different and you can't necessarily transfer more detail off the tapes like you can with film prints as scanning technology improves.
  7. I hadn't heard that either but there's long been rumours that their collaboration was less than congenial. Supposedly Cuaron pushed Williams quite hard (clearly with great results). Apart from the liner notes I'm not aware of any interviews where Cuaron discusses the score or working with Williams, nor any where Williams discusses working with Cuaron. Is there anything in that Bluray scoring doco? I always found that curious, given how diplomatic Williams is when discussing his collaborations.
  8. Wonder how recent? Surely it was high on the priority list for Disney Records after acquiring Lucasfilm (they're not doing their jobs if it wasn't!) However, it doesn't line up with what Shawn Murphy said in 2015 -- he claimed multiple people have searched the mines for the session masters and they couldn't be found. Was your conversation more recent than that?
  9. A modern scan of the tapes will still sound better than ones made in 2005, but there's no doubt those 2005 scans are vastly superior to the 1996 SE scans.
  10. Yep, it's an unfortunate reality. Reporters dare not risk their accreditations being cancelled or their company being blacklisted by Disney, so they'll stick to the rehearsed PR crap like, "What's it like working on a Star Wars movie!?"
  11. It would take a brave reporter to press the issue with cast or crew in the publicity tour; probably not the smartest idea getting on Disney's bad side.
  12. Reeves is developing into an excellent director. Serious missed opportunity by Disney not securing him for Star Wars IX.
  13. Geez, that's an indictment on the state of morale on-set under the other two.
  14. I'm sure we all know which producer gets to work on JW expansions from here. Has anyone other than MM even touched one since DD did Hook? I'd say A.I. is a good template for Matessino's current mindset on presenting alternates/inserts. Williams seemingly doesn't like short tracks or inserts in isolation, but if the alternative requires 3 discs... I could see LLL pitching a Potter release to WB as The John Williams Harry Potter Collection which allows 2 CDs for each score and a 7th disc for source music, alternates & inserts (expanded with the cues they belong to rather than isolated). Would that work for all 3 scores?
  15. The OST uses an alternate for the sequence where Hogwarts is locked up (Cuaron's fingerprints are all over the far-less-restrained film version): And also the cue accompanying the bats flying through the Forbidden Forest (only to be snatched by Buckbeak). Film version: There might be others but I'm not super-familiar with the score. The Boggarts! cue doesn't play anything like the film version, but that inserted source music editorially. Maybe the film just had lots of inserts rather than whole alternate cues, as these are short moments. And the Double Trouble track on the CD isn't reflective of the film version, either.