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Everything posted by Josh500

  1. Yes, you're exactly right! As a matter of fact, I was watching that featurette yesterday, and made a screenshot of that moment myself.... Love this, by the way. John Williams conducting "Escape from the City"... Just wow. Here it is: Well, it's not limited to a certain set number of copies is what I meant.
  2. It's a good thing this isn't a limited edition. That way we can be more relaxed about getting it...
  3. Wow, that was fast. Can't wait to hold it in my hands. More excited about this than I was about Far and Away or the Disaster Boxset... Btw, John Williams visiting the set of War of the Worlds. Love this pic!
  4. These past 2 years, we've gotten the expanded Minority Report, Far and Away, and now War of the Worlds! Who thinks Born on the Fourth of July is just over the horizon, completing the John Williams/Tom Cruise releases? All 4 are among the best JW works, in my opinion. And yes, among the best Tom Cruise movies as well!
  5. When I first listened to War of the Worlds back in 2005, I must admit, I was a bit disappointed. So much dissonance, no recognizable, hummable themes, overall very dark and gloomy and murky. 15 years later, I hear so much more. It's not just mindless dissonant dark music, see. It's John Williams at the top of his game, the orchestration is multi-layered and incredibly well thought out and addictive, it's propulsive, pernicious, viscerally horrifying and breathtaking music... A consummate artist giving all he has at the service of the picture! Can't wait to listen to th
  6. Holy cow! Instant buy! Finally something good comes out of 2020!
  7. Love the main title. Haven't seen the movie yet, though. For me, the score is a solid 3,5.
  8. That's one release I completely forgot about for some reason. I have the OST album, which I like well enough. Not sure whether to get the expanded version, though... Whatchoo guys think? Should I spend 30-40 bucks on this? Right now, with the whole world apparently having turned upside down, everything seems so pointless. The last JW CD I bought was Far and Away!
  9. Yeah, love this scene. Munich actually features some of the fanciest and most complex single Spielberg shots ever... I know many don't know this. There's another shot which takes place inside a car with the assassins sitting inside (making use of the rear view mirror), which stuck in my mind.
  10. I too still have the original diorama packaging somewhere, but I took out the CD and put it in a regular jewel case long ago. No way am I gonna slide the CD into the cardboard folder, where it can easily get scratched!
  11. That diorama sure was the worst idea in the long sad history of bad ideas!
  12. This is a joke, right? They don't sound anything alike.
  13. Covid-19 is, of course, a subject unto itself. The US film industry should really be the last of most Americans' concern right now, what with the country being increasingly engulfed in chaos and violence, ugly politics and racial division, on top of the virus... Indeed. But man, that's a bit shocking. How time flies. Somehow I doubt that. First of all the US economy won't take another 2 years of this. It would totally decimate the country (which already has a debt of like 24 trillion). The Great Depression would look like a day at the beach in comp
  14. Well, that's my question. Will that happen, do you think, or not?
  15. Indy 5 may be a hope, but I'm not sure about that at all. Remember how long it took to even make KotCS happen! I hope I'm wrong, but I'm starting to feel that The Post was indeed the last. What do you think?
  16. I meant whether the performance conducted by JW was recorded...
  17. For a long time after I heard the alternate version, I couldn't decide what to make of it. I was so used to the original. This new opening seemed somehow too loud, too over-the-top, too jarring. However, you almost get used to anything. Now I totally get what Williams was trying to do... Anyway, I like them both, but the alternate version seems more powerful and also more original Williams (and not Steiner)! Of course just an intro insert. The main is exactly the same. But that doesn't bother me at all. Has it been recorded at all? Is it on YouTube?
  18. On the LLL release of The Lost World. Sure, the difference is only in the first 14 seconds or so, but still - I feel like John Williams himself couldn't decide which version he likes better, that's why he recorded them both. The first, original version (with the timpanis) is clearly an hommage to Max Steiner's King Kong. However, the alternate version strikes me as a bit more "badass," wilder, more aggressive, and ultimately exciting - hence these days I prefer this version over the original. That said, in any case, this piece is one of the most exciting and awesome f
  19. Plagiarism is a bit harsh, and also unfitting a term. He used the same idea twice. So? He came up with it. He can use it as often as he likes, if he sees fit to do so!
  20. Yeah, the mood is indeed similar. Especially Danny Elfman's original theme.
  21. Few people know this, but that's actually the concert piece of No Ticket. "Dobby's Theme" is seriously one of the most cheerful, charming, and feel-good pieces written by Williams. Invariably makes me smile. Too bad it was underused in the movie. Yes. Indeed. And if that had been included in the poll, you'd have voted for that?!
  22. Great! Thanks for the thorough and insightful answer. As for me, I find all 3 concert pieces stunningly beautiful, listenable, and well-written! I'm talking about these pieces in their own right, not necessarily the individual themes as integrated in the film. Each in their own way, they grab you, hold your attention, and mesmerise you. But I chose "The Chamber of the Secrets" too. Arguably the most powerful and electrifying of the bunch, with "Fawkes the Phoenix" being a close second.
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