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  1. December marks the 40th anniversary of this beloved movie. Here's a lovely promo reel celebrating the 40th anniversary of Superman: The Movie, produced by Jim Bowers and Julian Adderley for CapedWonder.com And here's a great little interview to Richard & Robert Greenberg of R/Greenberg Associates about the still spectacular title sequence: http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/superman Finally, here's some memories from Richard Donner: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/superman-inside-story-director-richard-879894
  2. I can't wait to read Tim Greiving's (aka @Maestro) liner notes about it. In the DVD audio commentary, Coppola said that Kilar wrote the score using the script, concept art and some footage as a reference. He didn't write to picture. He wrote a set of themes with several variations, which were recorded as "pure" music and then he let Coppola and the editors use them as they wanted during the editing and mixing.
  3. I work in broadcast television as creative producer, so I too am fascinated about details and insights about the pecularities of the production of film scores. I like to peek into JW's creative process and also how his music undergoes the various stages of scoring, recording, post-production and so on. However, I find myself more fascinated if I put down the magnifying glass and enjoy the music for what it is, diving into the score itself and its thousand nuances. Sometimes it's fun to get lost into the tiny little details and make comparison between film, OST and the likes (I love Jay's spreadsheets for example, they're very useful and provide a great track record to see how things evolved), but the level of such deep-down tech analysis done by some people here sometimes scares me, LOL, so I ask myself "Do they enjoy the actual music in the end or do they just overanalyze stuff only from such a technical level?". It's not a criticism per se or toward anyone specific, but really, what is astounding for me about the music of Harry Potter is how incredibly dense, interesting and brimful of creativity is as pure music. I even distance myself from the films, enjoying the music as a beast of its own. I totally understand that a lot of people here are so much into the Harry Potter films and all their mythology and some of them came to know and appreciate JW and his art thanks to these films (it was the same for me back in the early 80s with Star Wars), so don't take it as criticism. For me, it's particularly fascinating to see a composer still working with what are basically 19th century tools and apply his methodology to a 21st century product. So I like to get lost into those things more than anything else. To each his or her own
  4. It's perfectly understandable that we, as JW/film music fans, are very much into these tiny details and obscurities. It's part of the fascination with this peculiar artform. But sometimes there's the risk to miss the forest for the trees and then not being able to distance ourselves from such minutiae and enjoy the musical work from a broader perspective. I'm not intimately into the Harry Potter films, so I won't be able to judge what tiny cues are missing, if there are tracks in a different order or alternates conjoined with film versions etc. I'll just press play and enjoy the huge amount of music as the producers chose to present it. Only afterwards I'll study the music deeper, reading Mike's notes and looking at the scores to see how the pieces evolved through the process. But what matters for me is the music itself, not its production. I think we all became a little bit too spoiled over the years and sometimes too much obsessed for what's missing, or why things are done in a certain way and so on. In this specific case, I strongly believe we couldn't have asked for a better product. Of course choices had to be made, but I totally trust the people who produced this treasured item.
  5. It seems JW tinkered with the ending of the Diagon Alley movement a tad later than he did for Harry's Wondrous World. When he performed the pieces in Boston for the first time back in 2002, the Diagon Alley ending was the same as the version recorded at the HPSS sessions, i.e. just with the chamber-sized ensemble: However, the published suite has the re-orchestrated extension where the whole orchestra joins in (as heard in the Hollywood Bowl clip posted before).
  6. I think he revised the ending afterwards.
  7. I wrote them today and they replied they will have information about deliveries from LLL next week.
  8. Both Intrada and SAE are listing the HP boxset as available in January 2019. MusicBox are still listing Dec 21, but it's highly unlikely (and even if they will, shop is gonna be closed from Dec 22 to Jan 6). I'm wondering if it's now better to cancel my MB order and doing a new one at LLL.
  9. They received almost 3,000 single orders and they're not Amazon. They probably have just 2 or 3 people manually putting CDs into boxes, labeling and securing them and carry them over to the postal office. I'm sure they're doing their best to secure eveyone who ordered that their copies will be sent before the end of next week.
  10. I think once the package is out of the US, the tracking service is updated only when the item has been registered onto your local postal service database. So it might take a while to see regular updates. FYI to anyone who ordered the boxset to third-party resellers, SAE just updated that they will have HP available on early January. I'm sure the same goes for Intrada, MusicBox and all the others.
  11. I don't know how many of you know already, but a biopic on Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (the Italian emigrée who taught composition to John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith among many others) has just been released in the US. Here's a trailer: According to the IMDb credits list, there are actors portraying Williams, Goldsmith, Andrè Previn, Henry Mancini, Stanley Kubrick and Igor Stravinskij
  12. I don't think so. I think they rely on the label to send out copies to resell as quick as they can. It's perfectly understandable that LLL wants to satisfy their own direct customers first and foremost. If anyone prefer to order somewhere else for their own perfectly understandable reasons, they have to wait a little more. I'm personally okay in waiting a few weeks more, I'm not manically obsessing over it. Other than the fact I'm enjoying fantastic recent releases like Dracula and Saving Private Ryan, I'm literally swamped with work in these weeks, so I don't have time to listen to any music
  13. Yes, I understand. Well, I ordered from MB too, so I have to wait too... unless I decide to cancel now and reorder directly from LLL (which I'm strongly considering).
  14. I totally understand your concern. But I think that it can be quicker to order from LLL than waiting the retailer to get their copies and then prepare & ship their orders.
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