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    Josh500 reacted to karelm in Saving Private Ryan vs. War Horse   
    You are so, so right.  This might be Spielberg's masterpiece.  Like Coppola did in Apocalypse Now, Spielberg put his heart and soul into this film and this sequence encapsulates why the film and score are perfect. 
     
    One of my favorite memories was on my flight back to Los Angeles after a wonderful experience performing with Marin Alsop and the amazing musicians and friends in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  My instrument wouldn't fit in the overhead, so had to fly in a seat.  Evacuation rules required it was the first row window seat to not block any passengers in case there was an evacuation.  So my instrument and I were boarded first and in the front row.  Next were a group of 20 senior citizens that were all part of the Honor Flight Network (a non-profit organization whose mission is to transport Veterans to Washington DC to visit memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice).  
     
    This was one of the most enjoyable flights I had ever taken making the five-hour flight feel more like 30 minutes it was over so quick.  The man sitting next to me was known as the “kid” because he was the youngest one at 87.  He was a rear gunner on a B-17 bomber.  I told him I was a pilot which excited him as we began talking aviator to aviator about what he saw and experienced flying dozens of dangerous missions, the fright of the Luftwaffe, friends he lost, and the incredible randomness of great tragedies.  He almost started tearing up recalling a routine mission with several of his friends where all on board died because the plane simply flew into a mountain.   
     
    I could feel the cold, noise, smell, fear, cramping, claustrophobia inside the rear and belly turret of these long missions over enemy terrain.  He said the introduction of the P-51 Mustang was a game changer because they would now have armed escorts on their dangerous missions who were as agile (probably more so) than the Luftwaffe.  They frequently didn't even know what happened to their friends.  After difficult missions, they simply returned and noticed airplanes missing.  No word of what happened to their friends...are they now POW?  Did the plane ditch in the sea?  Were they survivors hoping to be rescued?  They had no answers, just an empty bunk where their friend used to be.  How terrifying it must have been to fly these missions before the P-51 where it must have felt like they were a large sitting duck!  Now at least, they had a chance.
     
    Half way through the flight, many of these men had to go the bathroom so my front row chair became a rotating door of great stories from these incredible veterans.   One consistent story I heard was how much they all revered one of the passengers on the flight above all else.  Finally, he made his way to the front row seat awaiting the bathroom.  When he sat next to me, we started talking and I saw his cap "101st Airborne Screaming Eagles" Infantry division.  My jaw dropped.  He was a paratrooper on D-Day who jumped from a glider behind enemy lines in the middle of the night during the Invasion of Normandy.  Against incredibly bad odds, he survived the battle telling me that night, he lost half his company.  Just imagine, in a 24-hour period losing one out of two people you trained and bonded with.  Since this was 2014, I recall he was 92.  That would make him 98 now.  I don't know his name or if he is still alive.  I will never forget him and I knew him for maybe a minute.  
     
    They are true heroes. It was incredibly humbling to meet these heroes and I was reminded of them seeing interviews from Normandy on the 75th anniversary and think of them every time I see Saving Private Ryan.  I will never forget meeting them and hearing their experiences first hand.
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    Josh500 got a reaction from karelm in Saving Private Ryan vs. War Horse   
    One example. 
     
    Check out the moment starting at around 8:50. One of the best quieter moments in the film, and also one of the best scored ones. When the familiar theme starts playing (so graceful, soothing, and gorgeous!), I get goosebumps. I mean wow. Spielberg's top-notch direction also helps, needless to say. 
     
     
     
     
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    Josh500 reacted to bruce marshall in Saving Private Ryan vs. War Horse   
    They seem to go together, musically and thematically.
    Both great!
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    Josh500 reacted to bruce marshall in Saving Private Ryan vs. War Horse   
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    Josh500 reacted to Naïve Old Fart in Saving Private Ryan vs. War Horse   
    No. I'm the Naïve Old Fart;
    the original, you might say. 
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    Josh500 reacted to Naïve Old Fart in Saving Private Ryan vs. War Horse   
    SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Both categories. No contest. Lock, now.
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    Josh500 reacted to bruce marshall in Saving Private Ryan vs. War Horse   
    No you idiot!
    I saw it when it came out.
    I'm Rewatching it!😠
    It was a plane that bombed the tank.
    It's called a ' trick of the light".
    Trumpe l'oeil in French.
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    Josh500 reacted to GerateWohl in Saving Private Ryan vs. War Horse   
    I know. 
    Still...
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    Josh500 reacted to Thor in Saving Private Ryan vs. War Horse   
    SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, the score, was not a favourite of mine in the 90s, but has grown on me considerably as I've grown older and fonder of slower and more textural landscapes. However, not so much as to beat the pastoral beauty of his greatest score in the last 14 years. That is, at least in terms of soundtrack listening. For music-in-context, it might be the other way around.
     
    Film-wise, it's not even a competition. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN is one of the greatest war movies of all time. WAR HORSE is a decent, but ultimately flawed melodrama.
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    Josh500 reacted to Jay in Which version of "The Lost World" do you prefer, and why?   
    Agreed!
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    Josh500 reacted to DrTenma in Which version of "The Lost World" do you prefer, and why?   
    The start of the alternate makes me like it much more than the original.
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    Josh500 reacted to Thor in Why is John Williams considered one of the greatest film composers?   
    I have no idea if this a troll post or not (I agree it does sound that way from the phrasing), but it should be in the 'Unpopular opinions' thread, in any case.
     
    What you describe as a weakness, I call a strength -- i.e. allowing 'pauses' in the narrative to be scored upfront and center, relying more on the effect from visuals and music alone (kinda music video-like). Wish there more composers who did this, and especially directors who allowed that room for music.
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    Josh500 reacted to Steve in Why is John Williams considered one of the greatest film composers?   
    Failed troll attempt. The arguments make no sense and are completely wrong. This troll has watched no movies with Williams' music. Otherwise he wouldnt write such bs.
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    Josh500 reacted to crocodile in Did your War of the Worlds (Intrada) arrive defective?   
    No scratches or playback/ripping problems here.
     
    Karol
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    Josh500 got a reaction from Falstaft in RIP Sean Connery (1930 - 2020).   
    Sad news. RIP. 
     
    For me he'll always be Indy's Dad first, then Bond.
     
    In honour of his memory.... 
     
     
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    Josh500 reacted to Miguel Andrade in Did your War of the Worlds (Intrada) arrive defective?   
    Just ripped the two discs on my laptop and all seems to have gone right. I checked the final tracks on disc one and played fine.
    Will listen to this properly on my stereo system later this evening, but it seems all is fine with my copy.
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    Josh500 reacted to mstrox in Did your War of the Worlds (Intrada) arrive defective?   
    It ripped okay as far as I can tell.  I reserve the right to change my vote when I listen to the thing.
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    Josh500 reacted to Naïve Old Fart in Did your War of the Worlds (Intrada) arrive defective?   
    Answer: no, WOTW did not arrive defective, that's because it didn't arrive at all, because I can't afford to buy the fucking thing!
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    Josh500 reacted to Molly Weasley in Did your War of the Worlds (Intrada) arrive defective?   
    I just assumed it was my disk drive which is not excellent. But could be, that doesn't usually happen. It did work eventually! 
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    Josh500 got a reaction from Hedji in Did your War of the Worlds (Intrada) arrive defective?   
    Why always you? Weird. 
     
    I never had problems with any of my JW CDs that I got through the mail. The worst things to happen to me were broken cases, broken teeth, and missing (artwork) teeth... 
     
    I had only one experience with a brand new but flawed CD, which I couldn't correctly rip no matter how many times I tried. But that was a language learning CD, not a music CD.
     
     
    Well, this may still be (slightly) defective. Unless there was a smudge on it and you wiped it off? 
     
     
    Yeah, if it's still available then. 
     
     
    Maybe Luke Skywalker is sitting at Intrada, sending out the CDs... 
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    Josh500 reacted to John Chambers in Did your War of the Worlds (Intrada) arrive defective?   
    The same issue others have had with the last few tracks of disc 1. Intrada sent a replacement disc out within days of me reporting the fault. Glad most copies appear to be okay.
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    Josh500 got a reaction from Bespin in Did your War of the Worlds (Intrada) arrive defective?   
    Why always you? Weird. 
     
    I never had problems with any of my JW CDs that I got through the mail. The worst things to happen to me were broken cases, broken teeth, and missing (artwork) teeth... 
     
    I had only one experience with a brand new but flawed CD, which I couldn't correctly rip no matter how many times I tried. But that was a language learning CD, not a music CD.
     
     
    Well, this may still be (slightly) defective. Unless there was a smudge on it and you wiped it off? 
     
     
    Yeah, if it's still available then. 
     
     
    Maybe Luke Skywalker is sitting at Intrada, sending out the CDs... 
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    Josh500 reacted to Hedji in Did your War of the Worlds (Intrada) arrive defective?   
    My replacement ripped flawlessly... at least the last 6 tracks.
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    Josh500 reacted to Molly Weasley in Did your War of the Worlds (Intrada) arrive defective?   
    I did have to re-rip the last couple tracks, some of them multiple times, before it would stop skipping. But it eventually worked fine, and works in my car too.
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    Josh500 reacted to Hedji in Did your War of the Worlds (Intrada) arrive defective?   
    Yes, I couldn't rip the last few tracks.  Just got a replacement and am ripping it right now.  The disc drive seemed to struggle less with the replacement.  Now I'm spot checking the results for the skips.
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