Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:18 PM
Hook by John Williams
What I found really surprising about this new release is that there isn't as much unreleased music as I thought there would be. Essential unreleased music, that is. The album generally feels like the OST with extra bits. That's fine - the score can be enjoyed in this form, especially by the casual listener. The sound quality in the final batte tracks doesn't bother me at all. However, the volume changes do, and so does the looped material. I didn't expect to spot it to be honest, as I was never a big fan of the score. But I did and it is quite jarring. It's a nice album and I'm grateful that I could buy it, but there is a certain dose of frustration ingrained in this project as well, which took so much time to complete. As compared to, say, LLL's Batman Returns, which was very much fast-tracked (as far as I can remember), I can't help to feel a bit disappointed this time (keep in mind I waited almost 6 weeks for this delivery). But then again, I think that presentation-wise that Elfman release was their best release so far. Oh, the design and the look is top notch. LLL releases generally look better than other labels' and this is no exception. Whatever the shortcomings, still and essential purchase.
From a storytelling point of view, from a directing point of view, there is one thing I associate with what he does, which is calm. There is such an inherent calm and inherent trust of the one powerful image, that he makes me embarrassed with my own work, in terms of how many different shots, how many different sound effects, how many different things we’ll throw at an audience to make an impression. But with Kubrick, there is such a great trust of the one correct image to calmly explain something to audience. There can be some slowness to the editing. There’s nothing frenetic about it. It’s very simple. There’s a trust in simple storytelling and simple image making that actually takes massive confidence to try and emulate.
- Christopher Nolan