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      Donate to JWFan, win a CD!   05/30/17


      We are significantly behind on our funds for keeping JWFan alive, and need to collect donations again.
      As an incentive, I am offering a series of free CDS to anyone who donates over a certain amount!   Donate at least $10 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $250 goal:   Tyler Bates - God of War; Ascension (OST, La La Land Records) Danny Elfman - Planet of the Apes (OST, Sony) Danny Elfman - Taking Woodstock (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Identity Thief (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (OST) Michael Giacchino - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (OST, Varese Sarabande) Dave Holmes & Various - Ocean's 11 (OST, WB Records) Joel McNeely & Various - Hollywood '94 (Varese Sarabande) Joe Kraemer - Jack Reacher (OST, La La Land Records) John Williams - Born on the Fourth of July (OST, MCA Records)   Donate at least $20 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $500 goal:   John Barry - First Love (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - The Challenge (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - In Harm's Way (2009 Intrada edition) Jerry Goldsmith - The Red Pony (Varese) Alan Silvestri - Dutch (La La Land) Shirley Walker - Willard (La La Land) John Williams - Family Plot (Varese Sarabande) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   Donate at least $30 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $750 goal:   James Horner - Gorky Park (OOP Kritzerland Edition) James Newton Howard - Outbreak (2CD, Varese Deluxe Edition) Laurence Rosenthal - Clash of the Titans (2CD, Intrada) John Williams - The Fury (2CD, La La Land) John Williams - Jane Eyre (OOP, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   Donate at least $50 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $1,000 goal:   Jerry Fielding - The Wild Bunch (3CD, FSM) Ira Newborn - The Naked Gun trilogy (3CD, La La Land) Shirley Walker and Various - Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 (4CD, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer     All shipping will be paid by me to anywhere in the world!   I will pull names from a hat for each pool, and you get to pick whatever CD set you want if I pull your name!   To be eligible, leave your JWFan username in the comments area of your donation.  If you want to donate but not be in the running for a free CD, mention that in the comment.   Use this link or the link on the mainpage.       Thank you!   Jason, Ricard, and Andreas.


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  1. This passage fits into Across the Stars more organically than Catch Me if You Can, IMO. The CMIYC bridge is kind of abrupt and jarring, and the AotC connection only adds to that effect.
  2. I just bought two tickets, $275, last row. HA. They went fast, it was only slightly less stressful than trying to buy BSO Film night tickets, but at least it was all over quickly I'm looking forward to this! And I'll be happy to meet up with any other JWFans in attendance.
  3. Yes, if you enjoy the original album then having it in is original format is a big part of the fun of collecting LPs. There are some I would buy in reissued, complete format, but I haven't seen any yet that I've felt compelled to buy. I have STTMP and Alien on CD already, and wouldn't really want to rebuy those. There are some Williams scores I would probably rebuy if they were released. I do have some original Williams LPs, like Star Wars, Empire, Close Encounters, Raiders, etc. But I don't listen to those on LP as much as albums from other genres, because I enjoy the complete scores so much.
  4. Yes. But I don't buy a lot of film scores on vinyl because they're rarely complete. There are some cases where I like the album arrangement, though, and I will buy/listen to the LP... some Mancini albums, for example.
  5. I'll probably go, it's only a 4-hour drive for me! Wooohoooo! Good to see JW is keeping up his multi-year tour of the US.
  6. His last score needs to be for his own biopic! Which will be a jazz score up until the 70s, when it will switch to his symphonic style.
  7. There are some scores where the concert tracks don't seem to fit at the end. I always have this problem with Star Wars scores in particular, because they have such a definitive beginning and end built into the score itself. That's why I mention TFA, because it seems more satisfying to have the concert tracks as interludes within the score than to hear them after the end credits wrap things up so wonderfully. I sometimes find myself listening to a score like ESB or AotC without the concert tracks, which I end up treating more like separate singles that I might just listen to on their own. In the Lost World I like hearing the concert track at the end as a sort of end credits piece in itself, but I can see how you might sequence it a different way.
  8. In my edit I kept The Lost World as track 1, and the alternate version at the end, but almost every time I've actually listened to the score I start with The Island's Voice and move The Lost World to the end (leaving out the alternate version). I also skip the JP theme. I think your idea of adding The Lost World somewhere in the score could work well, kind of like how the TFA OST sequences the concert suites roughly where similar material is heard in the film.
  9. Hey, I really liked that! Thanks for sharing, KK
  10. Happy birthday to John Williams, the best person ever!
  11. Last year, he wasn't. He didn't arrive until after the first half started.
  12. I just bought tickets for Film Night at Tanglewood! Wooohoooooooo For anyone else trying, don't forget that calling is usually quicker than buying through the website: 617-266-1200 1-888-266-1200
  13. The score definitely works in the film, there just wasn't much to discover when listening to it on its own. But it was very effective at simply supporting the events onscreen. Did you have any favorite cues, Thor? And I would love to read your interview notes in English when and if you're able to share them! The film itself somehow managed to draw from at least half of the Disney Renaissance films in very obvious ways, but still feel fresh. And it was a joy to watch in 3D... the water effects were especially gorgeous. Nice character animation as well, and it was good to see a little 2D animation worked in there, with Maui's tattoos.
  14. Loved the film, and I've been listening to the songs over and over. They really grow on you. The score, on the other hand, isn't on the same level. I actually rearranged the songs and score on the OST in chronological order, thinking the story felt "incomplete" with just the songs (as arranged in the first 12 album tracks). But then I ended up only listening to it that way a couple times, and just playing the songs in OST order! The score toward the last act of the film tends to drag, in particular. I did like that some of the material from the songs appeared in the score, although this could have been used more. There were also a couple good moments in the score that stood on their own, like Battle of Wills. But regardless of the merely adequate score, the film and songs have been so much fun, it was a great antidote to all the uninspired entries in a lot of my favorite film franchises last year.