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  1. Roald, did you really think someone's gonna give his vote to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory??? LOL
  2. The DVD Filmography on this site says that there's a 15-seconds footage of the recording sessions on the Amistad DVD. I can't find it. There's a making-of featurette on my DVD, but nothing whatsoever about John Williams. Could it be that the JW-related stuff is only on the US-edition of the Amistad DVD? Mine is the international edition, I guess. Does anyone know??? Thanks.
  3. One of my absolute favorites by Alan Silvestri is the score to THE LION KING. Absolutely magical!!!
  4. Almost three weeks until the nominations are announced!!! Let's keep our fingers crossed!!!
  5. Thanks for the responses. I think from now on I'm gonna view the score to ESB in a wholly different light.
  6. Morlock, I think you've got a bit of a skewed perspective. Do you know how many struggling directors there are out there, most of them just plain awful? Sure, if you compare Chris Columbus to directors like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, or even George Lucas, he may not look so hot, but those are MASTERS, almost prodigies. You don't have to be a master or a prodigy to be considered just "great." You may be right that if he stopped making films today he would be quickly forgotten -- we could argue about that -- but I think some of his movies are gonna be watched for a long time to come. And while we're at it, I shudder to imagine how SS might have turned out if it had been helmed by a less talented director (i.e. Alfonso Cuaron . . . he's obviously talented, but not on the same level as Chris Columbus -- not by a long shot). I think people tend to overly criticize people who produce/direct movies which are pure entertainment and are highly successful at it (and Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Harry Potter are some of the most successful films in movie history), just like Steven Spielberg was at some point in his career. Also, considering what this site is for, the fact that JW is willing to work with him over and over again should tell us something about how dedicated and talented a director CC really is.
  7. Got it. Thanks. P.S.: By the way, you can be a lot sicker than wanting to own everything with the name "John Williams" on it.
  8. That would be a tie between RotS and WotW, closely followed by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (in my humble opinion). I cast my vote for WotW . . . Steven Spielberg still makes my heart beat faster!!!
  9. Well, I've got nothing against him but he's a bit faceless, isn't he? The films he directed aren't even really his films either. He's just a gun for hire. What is his importance? Who did he influenced? Where is his stamp on history? To say he's one of the best director ever is a true insult to the real and acknowledged great directors such as Billy Wilder, John Huston, David Lean, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg. Directors who might make it into the Hall Of Greats (if they haven't already) are names like a Tartantino or a David Lynch. ---------------- Alex Cremers Well, I know what you mean and the directors you mentioned certainly ARE giants, but they're also a bit older than Chris Columbus, aren't they? And as far as his stamp on history goes, IMO it's a bit early for that (well, you COULD compare him to Steven Spielberg, but that wouldn't be really fair, would it?) . . . But someone who's already helmed such smash-hits like Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Harry Potter is most definitely a director worth watching. And the fact that he's disassociated himself from the HP franchise to pursue his own projects shows that he's not ONLY out for money -- besides, he's the head of his production company 1492, so it isn't true that he's acting ONLY as a gun for hire these days. IMO, we can expect great things from this (relatively) young director in the future.
  10. Thanks for the response. So for those who already own the RCA releases, it doesn't really make sense to get the SONY CLASSICAL releases, right? Are the RCA versions out of stock now that Sony released the re-issues? Or are both versions available as of now? Do you know?
  11. Chris Columbus is one of the best and most talented (not to mention successful) directors of all time -- that's not my personal opinion but simple fact. Period. I don't know what you've got against him.
  12. I have the original RCA versions. Should I get the SONY CLASSICAL versions, too, just for completeness' sake? Does anyone have both versions???
  13. That's a bit harsh, after JW worked with CC on Home Alone 1+2 and Harry Potter 1+2.
  14. According to IMDB, John Williams will collaborate in 2006 with Chris Columbus yet again on the movie Sub-Mariner, which is a sequel (follow-up?) to Rent. Does anyone know anything about those movies? I'd love to see JW work with CC again . . .
  15. The question was what goes through your head. Not what are you doing with your hands and feet while you're listening to JW. I'm sure JW thinks about the specific scenes of the movie he's scoring while he's conducting the orchestra . . .
  16. Generally, I would have to say option no. 2, sometimes option no 1. Just curious . . .
  17. As a matter of fact, I'm not. The only thing that struck me as really cute about the Varese Sarabande version is how, at the beginning of Parade of the Ewoks, you can hear those weird sound effects . . . it sounds almost like they had a young bear or tiger or something (perhaps an Ewok) running around the studio during the recording session and had made it squeal and moan at the right moments. That was missing from the JW version, but other than that . . . boy, it made me realize just how great a conductor JW really is.
  18. Okay guys, first of all HAPPY NEW YEAR TO Y'ALL!!! Now to my topic. Everybody (or many of you) keeps emphasizing how great and brilliant and second-to-none the soundtrack to The Empire Strikes Back is. I've listened to it many times (along with the other 4 Star Wars scores) and I don't really get why this one's so especially great. Don't get me wrong, it IS a fabulous and wonderful Williams score, but why is this ESPECIALLY great? For me, all Star Wars scores (yes, even Attack of the Clones) are great, so I don't really understand what's so special about ESB. Is it just the movie that's great? If not, is it because of the Imperial March or Yoda's Theme? Is there a particular scene in the movie that made you say so? Am I missing here something?
  19. Okay, I just got myself the Varese Sarabande release of the Star Wars trilogy. I listened to it twice from beginning to end I gotta say . . . who are we kidding? OF COURSE, the version conducted by JW is way better. The Utah Symphony Orchestra version, though I have to admit is a pretty decent effort, can't hold a lightsaber to the Skywalker Symphony version (to coin a particularly apt phrase). May the force be with John Williams and any orchestra he decides to conduct in the future!
  20. I would have to say it still lies (hopefully) in the future, to wit the expanded version of the three Star Wars prequels . . . released in the same vein as the original Star Wars trilogy. That would be the day . . .
  21. It's a much better album. The Williams conducted album is too dull in it's interpretations of the music. The Kojian album really has a drive to it that is missing from the Sony snoozefest of an album. You can read about the various rerecordings in this thread. Neil Okay, I just went through the thread and I gotta say . . . I've got to get the Varuan Kojian version as well. I've seen it many times in the store but have always avoided it because it wasn't conducted by Williams. I still believe that JW's version will be better, but if it's that good that some prefer the USO version over the SSO version, then it's certainly worth a listen or two. Josh, who's got two copies of the SSO version because he listened to it so many times that the first CD got worn out that it can't be properly played anymore.
  22. The recording of 1990 -- The Star Wars Trilogy -- was never used in the films. The original scoring sessions as everybody knows were with the LSO, JW just recorded the best of the three soundtracks over again with the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. By the way, does anyone have the recording of the Star Wars Trilogy with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Varujan Kojian? How does this compare to JW's Star Wars Trilogy?
  23. You are right. Williams had the most amazing period from 1975's Jaws until 1982's E.T.. During those years Williams wrote music of the highest possible quality. 1993 is from me an odd year: here Williams wrote two scores (Jurassic Park and Schindler's List) which, for me, returned Williams to his golden years perfectly. I'll always name those two scores along with Star Wars, Raiders Of The Lost Ark or E.T.. The biggest dissapointments were, again for me, The Phantom Menace and Harry Potter. These two productions almost begged for a golden age Williams score and although they are fine scores, they are not golden age material. Maybe Revenge Of The Sith or (hopefully) War Of The Worlds will expand Williams strongest scores, but I highly doubt it. Roald I disagree. With the Jurassic Park franchise, the Harry Potter series, and the new Star Wars-trilogy, JW is, to my mind, at the pinnacle of his career. On top of that, he's scoring such intellectual movies like Angela's Ashes, Seven Years in Tibet, and Memoirs of a Geisha. His scores are being nominated for the Oscar like every year, and he is rewarded with numerous awards for his work. I believe that, if his scores are suffering (case in point: Attack of the Clones) it's because the movies aren't what they're supposed to be . . . His scores have never been more complex, ingenious, and enjoyable to listen. P.S. Although, in truth, he's been at the top of his game ever since 1975 when he wrote the breakthrough score JAWS.
  24. What are you guys yammering about? OF COURSE John Williams will score WotW. Do you really think Spielberg will go to someone else after making E.T., Close Encounters, A.I., and Minority Report with Williams??? I don't think so. :roll: P.S.: Don't worry about the tight schedule. By February 2005 JW will have completed the whole 2 hour score for RotS, and WotW opens on June 29!!! That leaves him plenty of time for WotW. (Remember, JW wrote the score to Jurassic Park in 2 months.) P.P.S.: It'll be a snowy day in hell before Spielberg goes to Zimmer. Trust me on that.
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